Monday, June 9, 2014

Homeschool Room Inspiration

Good morning!  

Thanks so much for all the encouraging words on my last post.  I talk to God a lot about how thankful I am to have the opportunity to teach and stay home.  I *might've* teared up a little bit as we packed up the last of my goodies from my office at school out of excitement and gratitude for His plan for me and my family.  I came across so many things I used when I taught first grade, and the thought of getting to do these things with my own son overwhelms me in the best possible way.  

I'm really excited to make-over a room in our home for the purposes of school.  While I want the space to be intentional, I also want it to be incorporated into our home so that it's not like HEY! WE DO SCHOOL HERE.  Not that that is a bad thing, but our room will be the first thing you see when you walk into our house, so it needs to be somewhat seamless.  

So, here are my criteria for our Homeschool Room:

>> Intentional spaces for reading, writing, and 'rithmetic <<

>> Not a standalone room <<

>> Shop the house and thrift as much as possible <<

>> Inspires creativity <<

Here is the room.  Very open.  Great lighting.  Currently unused.  Opens to foyer.  Leads into dining room.  

This rug has been hanging out in there for a few weeks.  It's a little busy for the space considering what I want to do in there, but maybe I'll end up liking it once everything is painted and in place.  Or not.  I'm kind of a rug hoarder, so there's a chance there's something else in the house that will work.  Jute or sisal is an option, too.  The white book display from Pottery Barn was bought at a yard sales years ago for $15.  A tuck-n-run, if you will.  I couldn't believe my luck!  The kid doing acrobatics on the floor is a non-negotiable.  He comes with the room regardless of what else I do in there :)

I really want a midcentury modern sofa to sit between the two windows. I can just see us cozied up there reading and studying and doing school stuff.   This is something we don't currently own, but I've been Craiglisting my little heart out in search of something that will fit the bill, since new ones run around $2000.  {Sidenote: Found a tufted one in 'excellent' condition on Craiglist.  Refurbished recently.  $185.  Sold.  Packed up the fam and journeyed into downtown Cincinnati to check it out.   Upon inspection, it was soaking WET.  They'd left it out in the rain the night before, but 'just now realized it!'  The cushions were soaked and the 'refurbishing' had been done three years prior by a previous owner.  Not true.  Original fabric, sagging cushions, dingy.  I WAS SO MAD!  I just hate being taken advantage of!  We left without purchasing, obviously.}

The IKEA Expedit shelving unit is currently housing toys and books in Becks' bedroom, but will move downstairs to house books, manipulatives, and school supplies.  Bins and baskets are aplenty here, too, so they won't be purchased.  

The window wall will be painted (maybe) from one of the colors shown above.  It will be an accent wall, as I want all the other walls to be white.  Right now, much like the majority of the house, they're painted builder's grade beige-ish.  Blah.  Looking forward to seeing them go.  I want pops of color throughout the room, via accessories and such.  

I want to flank the windows with patterned panels.  The ones shown above are from IKEA and are $14.99 for two.  What a deal!  They're also 98' long - a must-have for the high ceilings and tall windows.

Between the windows, I want a gallery wall of square-framed prints.  The frames pictured above are the RIBBA 9x9s from IKEA.  The possibilities for what I can frame are endless.  

I collect vintage blue Ball mason jars of various shapes and sizes.  I want to use them to store various writing utensils.  Picked up the two pictured above at a local antique mall yesterday.  Six bucks a piece and one was filled with old, vintage marbles.  LOVE.

Fortunately, we already own the criss cross desk and Pottery Barn vintage inspired stools (a Craiglist find last summer) where Becks is sitting above.  He actually said to me, "You're going to make me do a lot of paperwork here, aren't you?" Ha!  I cracked up!  We may end up painting the desk and we will definitely be replacing the handles - and not just because the one in the picture is falling off!  They're so sharp that I've cut my leg on them before.  

The reclaimed wood shelves will be made from old skids we already have on hand.  We'll just need to purchase brackets to put them up.  The ones above are from West Elm.  

So, there you have it.  If your granny happens to be selling a midcentury modern sofa from back in the day, holla.  Just as long as it hasn't been sitting out in the rain :)  

Happy Monday!


Courtney B said...

I can't wait to see your finished room. I love all your ideas!

Mrs. Richardson said...

It's going to be adorable!! I can't wait to see if finished! :)

Julie said...

I know the finished product will be amazing! :)

Katie Knight said...

It's going to be fun to go along with you on this adventure.

Bridget S said...

Eighteen years ago, my husband and I got a sofa just like you are wanting for $15 at an auction!!!! We gave it away to my husband's brother when he got his first apartment :) I love your is going to look AMAZING!

Literacy Without Worksheets

Michelle said...

This looks great Abby! I can't wait to follow you on your homeschooling journey!

Nicolette said...

Wish you were outside Chicago...I see those couches all the time in our thrift/antique circuit!

I have an Ikea Expedit are so versatile. Not gonna lie...I have six in my house. Five for homeschool and work materials, and one in my closet. They are perfect for everything.

I don't have a dedicated room to homeschool in. We've have a multi-purpose dining/living area that has been outfitted to do homeschool. Still working on it. :)

Can't wait to see your "after"...

Jenny Looney said...

I love that criss-cross desk and stool! Your room will turn out amazing. Craigslist can be SUCH a bummer sometimes!

Jenny Looney
Livin’ The Third Grade Dream

Miss Tweedle said...

Hi Abby, I love both your blogs and I follow you on instagram as well. I am a teacher in a small town in Canada and I have been using many of your ideas and printables for a number of years now. Thank you! I am at home this year with my first baby, a girl named Nora. It is my dream that one day I can stay home and be her "teacher" too :) I recently opened my own Etsy shop as a side job ( and I also have a blog ( Perhaps something in my shop will strike your fancy for your homeschool room! Good luck with your hunt for a mid century sofa! :)

Elissa Jones said...

How exciting! I can't wait to see how your homeschool classroom comes together and all the fun ideas you have for your sweet boy this year!