Tuesday, 6 December 2016

House Exchange - from Rotterdam to Paris

Sonia and Frederic Lucano house in Paris
Sonia and Frederic Lucano house in Paris
Sonia and Frederic Lucano house in Paris
Sonia and Frederic Lucano house in Paris
Sonia and Frederic Lucano house in Paris
Sonia and Frederic Lucano house in Paris
Sonia and Frederic Lucano house in Paris

If you follow Rafa-kids on Instagram, you probably noticed that some time ago we went for a long weekend to Paris. It was not ‘just’ a weekend away with kids. We made our first ever house swap! You wonder how did we arrange that ? Well, we are part of Behomm community, which is a platform for all creatives ( architects, designers, stylist , photographers etc. ) which are open to exchange their houses. I can spend hours, to watch places around the globe, designed with so much care and love. 
….and for one weekend we had chance to enjoy this wonderful house in Paris, which belongs to Sonia, Frederic and their 3 kids. It is unique old white house with 3 floors. Please imagine that the owner is an interior stylist - Sonialucano.com, should I say anything more ?  What I liked the most, that this large place has a consequent, the same atmosphere across the whole house. Living room, bathrooms , kids rooms , they all breathe the same style of their owners. Every little corner get an attention, each chair , mirror or even a little note putted on the wall, has its place and is selected with care…. It all makes such a space unique and one of a kind. I think it was a dream trip. Thank you so much Sonia for letting us into your wonderful world....

Sonia and Frederic Lucano house in Paris
Sonia and Frederic Lucano house in Paris
Sonia and Frederic Lucano house in Paris
Sonia and Frederic Lucano house in Paris
Children room at Sonia and Frederic Lucano house in Paris

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Cosy winter with Rafa-kids

Cosy winter with Rafa-kids - L shelf and B bench in White
Cosy winter with Rafa-kids - L shelf WHITE

Few weeks ago I was dancing from happiness in our Rafa-kids studio. We received a special delivery of NEW bench samples in all 4 different wood finishes. It was such an exciting moment!  Not only because we could see for the first time all the colours and how the benches look like, but there was also time for new pictures. 

White B bench was the first one. I imagined a cosy room, with Rafa-kids A teen bed, B bench and L shelf styled with beautiful textures of wool, felt and linen….Colours I like the most at the moment and which are so perfect for Winter season are : Blue, Grey and White. As our L shelf has a metal rod to hang favourite garments, I realised I needed some  beautiful pieces to display for the photo session. Happily we have in Rotterdam the great kids store BonBononTheBlock, where you can always find the coolest, trendy clothes.  Thank you! 
I’m so glad we managed to capture this calm, cosy mood. Just looking at it makes me so relaxed and I can simply take it all to our home for boys. The white furniture, walls and floor give such a great base for a room and to create your own individual world. I hope you also like this wonderful Grizzly carpet and baskets, which are all hand made made in Nepal, and part of Rafa-kids collection from now on. 

Stay warm….! 

Cosy winter with Rafa-kids - L shelf WHITE
Cosy winter with Rafa-kids - A teen bed +  L shelf and B bench
Cosy winter with Rafa-kids - felt carpet Grizzly
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Friday, 25 November 2016

Clouds and Raindrops decoration for children's room

Moon and stars mobile for children's room
Clouds and Raindrops decoration for children's room - Fabelab & Chispum
Cam Cam bedding and decorations for children's room
Cam Cam bedding and decorations for children's room

Cam Cam decorations for children's room

Let’s start the weekend in dreamy , cosy and sleepy mood….
Don’t you think that Clouds, Moon and the Raindrops are such perfect elements to decorate child’s room ?  I recently discovered, that the Danish brand Fabelab known for beautiful high quality textile products, have created in collaboration with Chispum from Spain, dreamy wall stickers. Clouds with raindrops in blue and pink. They are made with the special watercolour print designed by Anna Thomsen from Trekant Design. What do you think about the simple decoration of Moon and stars by CamCam brand from Copenhagen ? Or just a large raindrops catered from paper and hang next to the child’s bed? I’m so glad to see such a simple, calm products for the little ones. …

Thank you for the inspiration :  Fabelab - CamCam and BigImaginationDesign 



Fabelab & Chispum stickers clouds and raindrops


Clouds and Raindrops decoration for children's room - Fabelab & Chispum
Clouds and Raindrops decoration for children's room - Fabelab & Chispum

Monday, 21 November 2016

Design on Monday

MOEBE PINCH Photo: Chris Tonnesen Styling: Ida Lærke
MOEBE PINCH Photo: Chris Tonnesen Styling: Ida Lærke
MOEBE - design brand based in Copenhagen
MOEBE PINCH
Wall hooks - Luciekaas

I can’t believe it is already a week since last post on the blog. 
Where is this time going and why does it pass so quickly ? I actually can’t believe we will have December in a moment and the year will end so soon. I’m not ready….
If you follow my blog for a longer time, you’ve probably noticed I like to find nice things on the internet and share it here.  Unfortunately since last months  or even year or two I don’t have much time to do it any more. I thought that today I will make a little change. I would like to show you few little design objects which recently caught my attention and made me smile. Well designed, well crafted with a twist, that’s what I like the most! 


luciekaas design hacks
luciekaas design hacks
Wall hooks - Luciekaas
wooden animals from Japan

wooden animals from Japan
Wooden animals T-lab Japan
wooden animals from Japan
wooden animals from Japan

Monday, 14 November 2016

Groovy Magnets & Rafa-kids

Groovy Magnets & Rafa-kids
Groovy Magnets


Did you like our  “ Let’s walk into the forest…..” blog post ? 
Well , we have much more for you today. 3 years ago I had a chance to discover a very nice brand from Belgium called Groovy Magnets. At my last visit in Amsterdam I told you about it here, I came across their products again and thought to do something together. Rafa-kids absolutely loves to collaborate with other creatives, so we asked if we could use their playful products in our up coming project. 

So here you are! 
Simple idea with a great and fast effect - magnetic wallpaper, magnetic wall stickers, posters and magnets. You select a wall sticker and magnets -  put it on the wall ( no glue needed) and you can start to play together with your child. I’m sure you will have lots of fun! We have a problem which animal on the magnetic sticker to choose - Owl, Rabbit or maybe the Giraffe ?  The graphics is so cool and the quality is very good. It is not a sponsor post, believe me. I’m just exited.  I always appreciate not only the way the product is made, but how it is packed and Groovy Magnets - get’s my 10 ! Well done. 

Groovy Magnets
Groovy Magnets
Groovy Magnets & Rafa-kids
Groovy Magnets & Rafa-kids - A teen bed

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Let’s walk into the forest…..

Rafa-kids B bench
Rafa-kids B bench
Forest children room - Rafa-kids B bench

In some parts of Europe there is already a big layer of snow, but in the Netherlands we still enjoy Autumn atmosphere. We feel so lucky to have sunny days and to see the nature changing slowly…. Few weeks ago we brought into our Rafa-kids studio a ‘nature’ vibe and created a children’s room with NEW Rafa-kids B bench. The set was part of a project called Carte Blanche which we were asked to create by our long partner/stockist in France Les Enfants du Design. I was feeling like a little girl in a candy store, since I could select product from their collection to create this room. Yeeey!!! …it is one of our favourite children’s stores carrying plenty of the best modern products for children which are on the market at the moment. 

What is the story behind the room…
 I wanted to bring into child’s room a charm of natural colours and textures. We set two corners - one with our bench next to the bed and the second is a little “ tea corner” where kids can play. Our Rafa-kids bench is such a simple and elegant furniture which can be used in many different ways. We always want to make our furniture - Playful. I hope you like the tones of mint with the contrasting dark brown textures of wood and wool. My favourites are the different kinds of baskets to hide the kids toys. They give a room a bit of a boho vibe contrasting with the modern simple furniture. I also imagine that the room, can be gender neutral and give calm and nice atmosphere to play. I hope you like it. 

Forest children room
Forest children room
Forest children room
Rafa-kids Les Enfants du Design


To create this room we selected few of our favourite products from the Les Enfants du Design store: 

Monday, 7 November 2016

Monday inspiration - self made wooden furniture in children's rooms

self made wooden furniture in children rooms
self made plywood furniture in children rooms

Parents' creativity doesn’t have an end! It is great to discover so many individual projects created for children's rooms by them. It can be an architect in me who always gets exited to see something unique. Today I would like to show you few inspiring project. 

As you can see most of the furniture is made from wood or plywood which is great and easy material to work with. The first room was created by Tinta Luhraman. You can find her charming Instagram account here. Beautiful example that child's room can be made only with natural materials and colours. As Tinta explains it, is all conscious decision - no plastic toys, but only the one which last for a long time and are made from natural materials. Her daughter loves to play  with ‘toys’ found in the forest, what is easy to notice looking at her room. The bed was made by her father. 
The nursery room I’m showing you is created by another creative parents , please have a look at their website : Huisengrietje. Not only the bed is made by them but all the little natural accessories too. What do you think about this absolutely cute clouds hanger made from tree branches ? 

self made plywood crib -huisengrietje
clouds hanger for baby made from tree branches  -huisengrietje

And then big projects - bunk beds! The first project is created by Danish mom Pernille Hornung Bahn for her siblings Vitus and Cornelia. A wide wall with built-in sliding door, storage and sitting area is dividing the room in two. Cornelia has cabinets and shelves to the right of the wall. In the second part of the room is Vitus on the way down from his bed. Cornelia loves her new 'room' with high bed and plenty of floor space for play. The new wall has a built-in bench for Cornelia. A carpenter built an old barn window into the wall, so that she can look into the space of her big brother. The window also lets natural light from other part of the room. Great isn’t it? The two other projects are from here and here

Have a wonderful new week ahead! 

self made plywood furniture in children rooms
self made plywood furniture in children rooms
self made plywood furniture in children rooms
self made plywood bunk bed in children rooms
self made plywood bunk bed in children rooms
self made plywood bunk bed in children rooms
self made plywood bunk bed in children rooms