Thursday, 11 February 2016

We go to Japan!

Japan in Spring
Japan in Spring
Actus style book Japan interior book
Actus store in Tokyo
Actus store in Tokyo

I can’t keep this secret any more from you. 
We booked tickets to Japan!  It’s going to be Rafa-kids business trip to visit our partner there - Actus store, but we will also have few days to explore Tokyo and Kyoto. We are so exited! As you can imagine! We are going in Spring time, just beginning of April, so we have a little hope too see the Sacura blossom….I know I know….

It’s a very long time that we both Arek and me, love the Japanese culture. It is not only from our studies time at the university of Architecture, but for me since an early art school actually. It was always a dream to go to this unique place and touch it and feel it in real. When two years ago, we were contacted by the prestigious Actus store from Japan, with an interest in Rafa-kids design, we could not be more happy. I wrote a post about Actus kids collection here.  Rafa-kids beds are in their stores since half a year and we are so ready to learn more about our partner and their culture. 

If you have any tips for us, what we really need to see in Tokyo or Kyoto, please let me know. We are making plans as I speak. I think I will share a lot on our Rafa-kids Instagram in exactly 2 months time, when we will be there. I still can’t believe! 

lost in translation movie
lost in translation movie

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Scotch-Soda | fashion for boys | part 1

Scotch-Soda new Spring Summer 2016
Scotch-Soda | fashion for boys | part 1

I would like to start a new series at Rafa-kids blog. Yes, a new subject - fashion for boys. 
I’m a mom of two boys and I find it challenging to find a playful and good quality fashion for my kids, without spending a fortune. My frustration was born already a long time ago. Each time I was going shopping I was getting disappointed and bored.  The amount of choices for dressing girls, was most of the time twice bigger than for boys. When my 4 years old son asked me for shoes with a panther print, I was confused. The only models I could find was for girls! and then a question, should I buy him girl’s ones?  Slowly I started to find  children’s fashion brands which I and my boys really like. I thought it would be nice to share it and maybe help other moms, who struggle with the same issue. 

Of course each child is different, and they do like different styles. My older son (9) is obsessed with soft, high quality fabrics, jersey might be one of his favourites at the moment. I call him my luxury boy, since the softer the garment, the more he likes it….Let’s start with one of our favourite brands - Scotch-Soda. The price tag is high, but I do not advice to buy an entire collection for one season, but just few great pieces which can be worn for a long time. Scotch-Soda was first a men’s collection and I still like their proposal for boy’s the most. 

Let’s get inspired by their amazing patterns and colours for the coming Spring/Summer Season! 

Scotch-Soda new Spring Summer 2016
Scotch-Soda new Spring Summer 2016
Rafa-kids selection Scotch-Soda new Spring Summer 2016
Scotch-Soda new Spring Summer 2016
Rafa-kids Scotch-Soda new Spring Summer 2016

Rafa-kids Scotch-Soda new Spring Summer 2016

Monday, 8 February 2016

Monday inspiration : Kids' craft corner


Let’s start this week wit a good vibe and a splash of creativity and colour. 
Do you have crafty kids?
 I thought that all children like to  “get dirty” and create, each time there is a possibility, but it is really not always the case. My older son Frank which is now 9 was never really interested in crafting, except for drawing. He likes to draw very precise and with a lot of details. 
My five-years old Robert absolutely loves to get dirty hands! If he gets tubes of paint,  he will paint not only paper, table but his face and hands too…if allowed! He disappears into another world when he creates, and I call him our little artist. We created a small craft corner for him at our home, which might not look so professional as these ones, but 3 shelfs and a good organising helps to keep it all under control. What is important in my option ? For sure a place close to a day light , desk or a table and above or next to it,  few planks to put all the materials. 

How to create perfect Kids' craft corner
How to create perfect Kids' craft corner
How to create perfect Kids' craft corner

Absolutely love this craft corner so well organised! 
Only the table is really to small in my opinion for all 3 kids which would like to make a use of this corner. Maybe long table next to the window would be more practical and just some little stools. 

How to create perfect Kids' craft corner
How to create perfect Kids' craft corner
well organized Kids' craft corner

This room looks like a dream place to me, and I’m sure to my boys too!
 I don’t dare to even show it to them….I wish we had a bigger house to do something similar. 
Big and little storage, cups, drawers and a place to expose the art work! I’m jealous.


well organized Kids' craft corner
This last example is the most modern and sophisticated one. 
It can be made in a corner of a living room. 
well organized Kids' craft corner

I took some of the pictures from an amazing site at The Artful Parent
which I advice to check, if you are looking for inspiration for crafting with your children. 


Thank you for inspiration, photo’s : 1 -23 / 4 - 5 - 6/7- 8 -9 / 10 -11

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

KidZinspiration and Rafa-kids at M&O in Paris

Fabelab textile for children from Denmark
Fabelab textile for children from Denmark
KidZinspiration and Rafa-kids at M&O in Paris
KidZinspiration and Rafa-kids at M&O in Paris

We were so happy to collaborate with KidZpiration for the January M&O in Paris.

KidZpiration is based in The Netherlands and  distributes a range of high end, design driven toys and kids lifestyle brands to a wide variety of retailers in Europe. We met Maiko (founder)  in our studio to talk about the coming fair. KidZpiration  is carrying very beautiful products for children, from brands like:  Wee Gallery, Smiling Planet, Rock&Pebble, GreenLullaby, Fabelab and others.

Like you can already see on the pictures we clicked very well with KidZpiration and our Rafa-kids R toddler beds went to Paris. Danish textiles from Fabelab were presented on our beds, in two different corners. On one of them you could see our natural finish bed and L shelf with bedding and accessories with soft colours . The other corner was black&white and on our Rafa-kids XL shelf were presented amazing little toys from Rock&Pebble. We are very pleased to share our furniture with other brands, since we believe this way we can create new, fresh and inspiring content. 

KidZinspiration and Rafa-kids at M&O in Paris
 Rafa-kids R toddler bed at M&O in Paris at KidZinspiration
Rock&Pebble at M&O in Paris with KidZinspiration
Rafa-kids toddler bed and Fablab textile at M&O in Paris
KidZinspiration at M&O in Paris

Monday, 1 February 2016

Favorite stylist part 6 - Aurore Sfez

Aurore Sfez for magazine Doolittle
Aurore Sfez for magazine Doolittle
Aurore Sfez for magazine Doolittle

Today instead of our usual post “Monday inspiration for children rooms” 
I would like to show you one of my favourite stylist
If you are interested in the latest trends in kids deco , Aurore Sfez is the one you would like to follow. Her styling work is mostly dedicated to a French magazine Doolittle for whom she is preparing series of pictures. I have a feeling she is creating kind of 3d mood boards, with colours/textures and of course furniture and products for children. That’s why her work can look so different, depending of the season and the latest trend. I’m showing you today her winter atmosphere and the other one with sunny days. I like both of them a lot and thought this will give you a good impression of her style. 
You can find Aurore Sfez on Instagram or Facebook, where I found all the pictures. 

Aurore Sfez for magazine Doolittle
Aurore Sfez for magazine Doolittle
Aurore Sfez for magazine Doolittle

Saturday, 30 January 2016

new Rafa-kids lookbook - Shelf collection

Rafa-kids shelf collection lookbook 2016

I have a great treat for the weekend for you :
NEW Rafa-kids lookbook, where you can see our shelf collection. 
Please have a look : Rafa_lookbook_2016_shelf

The lookbook was created by the talented graphic designer Asia Gwis / kawkadesign. It was so great to give her a ‘free hand’ so she could design and show Rafa-kids shelves in her own way. What a nice surprise, to get this playful yet delicate look with our furniture. The use of colours is also new for us and we are absolutely delighted with the final effect. We hope you will like it as much as we do. 
If you missed our first Rafa-kids lookbook, here it is :  Design To Play.

We wish you a wonderful weekend! 

Rafa-kids desk with shelf M
Rafa-kids desk with shelf M in lookbook 2016
Rafa-kids desk with shelf M in lookbook 2016
Rafa-kids toddler bed with shelf M in lookbook 2016
Rafa-kids shelf S in lookbook 2016
A teen bed  +XL shelf - from Rafa-kids

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

MINI Bloomingville from Denmark

teepee from MINI Bloomingville Danish design for children
teblewear MINI Bloomingville from Denmark
MINI Bloomingville from Denmark
children products from MINI Bloomingville
MINI Bloomingville storage for children from Denmark
MINI Bloomingville ceramic for children from Denmark

It’s nice to see that the Danish design company Bloomingville

brought to the market a collection for younger users - called MINI Bloomingville. The company was born from Betina Stampe’s dream and passion in 2000.   Today the company has grown into an international cooperation employing more than 70 people and 65 sales representatives and distributors worldwide.  In 2014 Bloomingville became a part of US-based Regent Holding, which is co-owned by Betina and Simon Stampe. The company’s range is covering now not only accessories but also wide collection of furniture. I like to watch how such a brand is growing over the years and to get inspired by it. 

What MINI Bloomingville offer us ? Soft, delicate tones on textile, pillows, bedding, blankets and rugs. Ceramic and storage products from small to medium. Little bags, paper decorations -  posters and cards, well the list is very long…and then all decorated with a children friendly graphics of animals.  

MINI Bloomingville & Rafa-kids moodbord for toddlers

We made inspiring collage, where we used also Softgallery image and Collegien slippers
The rest of products are coming from Mini Blomingvile collection. 

MINI Bloomingville products for children from Denmark