Peace and space for life and play

Lovely details and high ceilings characterise the room that architect and designer Cecilie Milsted has decorated for her son. Here, the few items are of a quality that will last for many years.  

At first glance, it's hard to tell you've stepped into a children’s room. A bed, a large wardrobe and a couple of baskets on the floor are the main features of the room, and only a few items, such as a children's lamp and a couple of baskets full of toys, reveal that the room belongs to four-year-old Wilhelm. The children's room in this old Copenhagen apartment is deliberately spartan. It gives you peace to let the eye wander and space for your creativity to unfold, says architect and designer Cecilie Milsted, mother of Wilhelm and his little brother Svend. ‘I like the children’s room to be as empty as possible so that there's plenty of room for the boys to play. Too many things can be stressful for children, I think. Of course it's important that it's also cosy, but you can easily create that with pictures or a bit of decoration,’ she says.

Cecilie Milsted does not want to have toys everywhere.
‘In the room there’s a basket of Lego and a mess box full of mixed things. Our children don't have very many toys because we don't think you should have very many things. We're always trying to cut back. Children could actually play with just a spoon, anyway – at least while they're little,’ she says.

Quality above all
TThe most important thing for Cecilie Milsted is that the items in the children’s room are of a high quality – and that they have an aesthetic that is not necessarily aimed at children but could fit in a living room or bedroom.

‘I don't think too much about buying things that have been made with children in mind. I buy things for the kids that I’d like to have too – and only things that are good quality. The children have to learn a sense of quality, so we don't buy things that aren't properly made,’ she says.

The bed in the children's room is actually an adult bed, and Cecilie Milsted and her husband chose it so that Wilhelm can take it with him when he moves out in many years' time. Long-term purchases make the most sense for the couple.

Beautiful textiles
As the designer and owner of the exclusive clothing brand Milsted, Cecilie Milsted works with quality textiles professionally, so she doesn’t compromise on the textiles in the children's room.
On top of Svend's bed is a beautiful patchwork quilt that she bought vintage.

‘The boys play and sit on the bed a lot, and I like the bedding to be clean, so I always make the bed in the morning,’ she explains.

"I think the brown colour brightens things up nicely, and I also love how the bedding just gets nicer and softer the more you use and wash it"
The percale bedding in Clay from Georg Jensen Damask is a beautiful match for the muted colours in the room.

"I think the brown colour brightens things up nicely, and I also love how the bedding just gets nicer and softer the more you use and wash it", says Cecilie Milsted.

Order and storage
The house rule is that you play with one thing at a time so that everything doesn't end in chaos. When you’ve finished playing with the Lego, everything gets put back into a large Lillerød basket, and then another game can begin.

"It's important to me to have good storage solutions so that the children can find their things quickly and it's easy to tidy everything up again", says Cecilie Milsted.