One of the main dreams I had for our farmhouse renovation and for our home long term, was that it would be a place of learning and exploration for Grey and our future children.
We specifically designed a classroom off the kitchen for access to start school each morning after breakfast. We also had double doors put in that lead to my office off of our master suite, so Grey would always be close by when I need to work on the blog or do housework.
I have said many times, I adore the flow of this home. The flow from one room to the next and how it compliments the flow of our day is one of my very favorite parts.
Our plan is to take you all on a home tour, room by room as we complete them and I wanted to start with one of the happiest spaces, our school room/play room.
One of the best parts of the room is the large window at the end of the room. It makes the room bright and inspiring for work and play! We kept the antique metal frame windows that lends so much charm. The rest of the room was transformed with the same grey wood tile we put throughout the home, fresh white walls and a built-in closet for my teacher supplies.
I worked on dividing the room into various areas that include work spaces, play spaces, "yes" places to create, display areas for Grey's works and a soft reading corner that invites cozy book reading.
Utilizing bins to house toys, books and games has been a dream in keeping the room clean. We've implemented a "one bin at a time" rule which works so well for our family. I'm blessed to have a toddler who loves organization and cleanliness like his mama (Thank you Jesus!) so we both enjoy this system.
While toys such as action figures, legos, playdoh, animals, cars, balls and pretend play items are in bins, all books are visible to invite reading. In addition to bookshelves lined with books, I also have floor bins filled with themed books for the seasons and current school topics, as well as our library books.
Grey is now at the age where I'm comfortable having colored pencils, crayons and markers available in jars at all times. He also has his own drawer organizer of scraps of paper, pom balls, toddler scissors, glue, pipe cleaners and more craft items should he want to craft on his own.
As for my aforementioned "yes" spaces, his school table has a dry erase top with a cup of dry erase markers, the chairs are also dry erase and I've attached a large dry erase board low on the wall as well as a dry erase and chalkboard easel. I want him to know that this space is his space and there are so many avenues in which to express himself creatively!
Aside from the art spaces, we have a school table set up in the center of the room where we do our morning book and work projects. Separated by shelving and bins, I created a dramatic play space where he can play kitchen, cafe, store, vet, ice cream shop or wherever his little mind takes him.
Under the window, we currently have a train table where he can drive cars or build legos and truth be told, between this and his kitchen, this is where he spends most of his playtime in this room.
I hope you all enjoyed spending sometime in our classroom today! We've enjoyed having you!
Do you have a schoolroom/play space in your home? What are your favorite elements that make it an inviting space?
Do you have any questions regarding our school day or room set up? Leave them below!
Photo Credit Amy Termini Photography