Would you look at this?
The school room reveal I’ve been alluding too!
Ever since we decided to begin homeschool preschool in January I’ve been eager to have a designated place for our craft and workbook time. We flip flopped our former upstairs office and downstairs play room and now, the traditional bonus/media room is our school room! The other half of the bonus room, the part you don’t see in these photos is a modified man cave and my craft desk stuffed in a corner. It is not picturesque and therefore shall not be making a debut. Just keepin’ things real.
Our school space is bright and cheery, sometimes organized, and most of all, always a fun place to learn and explore. Both Jemma and Max have thrived in this environment. Jemma begs me to “read the ‘rections” (directions) in her workbook as she settles onto the bench in her chosen outfit of the day – usually pajamas. And Max. Oh, Max … he knows just what tubs hold his favorite building sets and when Jemma is hard at work sometimes he’ll join her, sitting ON TOP of the table, to begin a coloring project of his own.
I suspect we’ll have many lovely days settled at this table with the sun streaming in. As they get older, I even have a little mama space tucked in the corner for my homeschool planning!
With our beige walls and lack of painting motivation I really wanted to bring some color into this space. Hence, a very special welcome to the most exciting rug all thanks to Mohawk Home. Isn’t it divine? The quality is impeccable and it brings such a cheerful vibe to spur on our learning time.
Other favorite elements include the ginormous chalkboard quote print, my second Annie Sloan project (see my first here!) and the Instagram collage on our Expedit thanks to Printstagram. I’ve been putting off printing Instagram photos and finally got to it – I’m so happy I went with Printstagram, they are sturdy, the coloring is spot on and now I have a handful of my favorite memories on display for daily viewing.
Here’s all the official deets + links …
Braver Stronger Smarter Print /// FREE from the Caravan Shoppe
IKEA Expedit /// Craigslist
IKEA Norden Table, Benches, Pub Table and Stools /// Store closing sale
Instagram Collage Prints /// c/o Printstagram, Social Print Studio
Drawers /// Relative hand-me-down painted with Annie Sloan Barcelona
8×10 chevron rug, also available in 5×7 /// c/o Mohawk Home, #ilovemymohawkrug
Knick Knacks /// Target + Michaels
Banners /// Homemade by my Mama and I
And now … drum roll please … one of you will be WINNING a rug of your own! Any Mohawk Home up to 5×8 and under $150. There are so many to choose from! So, whether you’re decorating a school room, bedroom, living room or patio you’re sure to find a perfect rug from Mohawk Home. Because, after all, #ilovemymohawkrug and you will too!
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED
I was provided a rug from Mohawk Home and it’s true #ilovemymohawkrug! It provided the perfect snap of color to our homeschool space. No other compensation was received. I also received Instagram prints from Printstagram and am floored by their quality – will definitely be placing an order from them again soon!
Joni Rae says
Awesome! I love this room! I entered but autocorrect changed my name to Join. LoL
Joni Rae says
Awesome! I love this room! I entered but autocorrect changed my name to Join. LoL
Kristine Hofstad says
What a gorgeous room! The more we think about schooling for Ben, the more we lean to homeschooling.
Callie Bowers says
Absolutely adore this space! Such a great idea. I want to recreate this room for my home! Perfect for homeschooling! That rug is fabulous! xo
Do! Then we can plan field trips together :)
Thanks so much!
I could use something new for the house! Love your homeschool space!
I love this !! I really want to start have a lesson plan with the smaller boys! I completely adore your kid space Gretchen ! This rug is just what I need for our new house ! Thanks for the giveaway!
Asha Evins says
Is homeschooling hard? That is a beautiful room, I'd love to learn in there. I'm working on my nursery and was looking for rug inspiration today, so thank you.
Ruthy T. says
wow gretchen! This room looks fantastic! what a fun space to learn :)
Alex Thornton says
The chevron is so cute! Thanks for the giveaway!
I am looking forward to researching topics and activities for J and M:)
You can lead a summer unit study :) Maybe on info you gather on your East Coast trip!
Carmen Stephens says
I'm going to need to print off some of my instagram pictures now!!
Kristine Foley says
Your room turned out beautiful! I'm dying over the Chevron rug!
I was a little sad that I didn't see your rug over there or a couple of other rugs in the cover photos for each category. Everything is still dark too, so I am assuming that maybe they haven't updated to the Spring and Summer Collection yet either. However, I really do love this one .http://home.mohawkflooring.com/rug-search/Anton/Natural/086093361600/?return=rugs.aspx||qwe=|pt0=1|pp=30 Love what you have done with your space! Thanks for the opportunity!
Kristen LaValley says
This. Is. AWESOME. I need this in my life. I can't wait to get into a place of our own. I want to start home school with the three year old in the fall and this room…AMAZEBALLS.
Destiny Paquette says
I love all the mohawk rugs, but would love this one!
This is an amazing homeschool room…We have a pretty small house so I just dream about having a spot like this ;) I love how you have it so open and bright and everything is organized in cubbies! Thanks for the inspiration.
Mary Clements says
I love the fluffy pink rug from Mohawk!!
love your room. And mowhawk rugs are awesome
courtney @ larking says
Super cute playroom/schoolroom! I love how bright and cheery it is. Your chalkboard quote is perfect!
Melissa Moore says
The Chevron rug is amazing (and probably what I'd choose too!!) Your space looks great and like a fun place to learn and grow.
Gorgeous room! I'm getting ready to start homeschooling, and I've been collecting ideas. This is definitely getting pinned for inspiration! :) -Emily
I like the Anton Natural rug.kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom
RambleSAHM W. says
I LOVE what you did! I am going to have hubby make me a table like that one. Right now we homeschool at the kitchen table and it is NOT working we have an extra room and I am wanting to do something like you have done! Oh and I love the Hummingbird rug if I win!
Katie R says
I am obsessed with that rug. It's perfect for a home-school room (or playroom)! Love what you did!
Jessica Menster says
The fancy trellis design is nice- but it would be hard to pick- I'd need more time to pick a favorite!!!
Haha! Come on down! I know I could learn a thing or two from you – we could swap being teacher!
Chelsie McKinney says
You did seriously an amazing job! And I'm obsessed with the rug!
I think your is my favorite! My kids' room gets neglected in the decor dept!
deb c. says
Your room is great!! I'm a grama, and even though I don't do the homeschooling, I think this would be nice at my house, too. A specific place for the kids to play or study or do crafts! Thanks for the inspiration! Also, loved the Mohawk video…glad it's a "made in the USA" product!
Toni Marie Caravello says
I love the Anton Natural rug for my living room.
Linda Meyers-Gabbard says
My favorite is the Westland design. It reminds me of a log cabin in the woods.
STUNNING! Can't wait to create a space similar for my kidlets!
Brittany Quick-Warne says
LOVING Felicity Ziggidy Teal- have been looking for a rug just like it!
Gemma Hartley says
Ashley C says
I like their shag rugs, the graphite color is my favorite!demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com
Love this! And would love to win a rug of my own, I have been cruising for one for our front room/playroom.
Kelly Tillotson says
I really like your room! it is happy and cheery, just what i was going for in our room too! i love firstname.lastname@example.org
i like the felicia in cocoa and praline color
Dawn K. says
I love the Haight | Coco | 96 X 120 rug. So nice!
Ashley Bree Perez says
I love this one http://home.mohawkflooring.com/rug-search/Aragon/… . I hope I win. I need a new rug for my new home! :) My email is email@example.com
I like the Peacock rug and the Simpatico
The Lady Rebekah says
This is great: http://home.mohawkflooring.com/rug-search/Glennfi…
Christine Jessamine says
The lifeguard style of rug is my favorite
Oh girl – how is it possible that we are twins and yet have not yet met? I felt the exact same way – great school, nothing not to like and still … unsettled. And then, so much peace. Things have been AMAZING since we started homeschooling (which for us, since she is only 3, has been pretty relaxed, but still very fun and full of learning). Jemma is thriving and we've reached a new level of connection which is priceless. I worry about the logistics because I have no homeschooling background – what brand of handwriting books did you get? I'm starting to think through some things for next year. Kymberlee posted on FB a little while ago about 3 week studies/focuses and I really like that idea. So I think I'll start planning ahead for the fall. We're wrapping up this year with Easter and then, by Jemma's request "trees, worms, sky and grass". AND, best of all, someday in the future we're going to do a year of road schooling and there is no doubt in my mind that you'll be one of our stops :)
Laura Burns says
http://amzn.com/w/2SGNT79BQFIXQ I hope that link works :) I've been keeping track of all the items I'd like to invest in for a while. We have been using the Kumon books for the last while and I totally plan to keep using them, but I have the Handwriting without tears book for the "official" use. I have heard wonderful things about that series, so I'm excited! I'm borrowing the Sonlight core curriculum from a friend to use for Kindergarten, and am soooooo tempted to buy the Saxton math book. Ahhh… logistics! Charts! Calendars! Colored Pens! I am going to do a trial run during spring break so I can get a feel for how to lay out the day and still incorporate fun trips and things. The way *I* remember kinder, we played 95% of the time and then sat in a circle for a little bit each day to do something academic. But I understand that things have changed drastically. :( Over the summer, I'll plan out the year. My mom always when to a homeschool convention in June, ordered books that week and was planned out by late July. She homeschooled under the supervision of our Christian school (which is were Liam is in PreK) and they would send someone to the house to review our work every 3 weeks. So if there was an issue with the books Mom chose, we could check things out from their resources… The only time I remember her switched a book in the middle of the year was my 10th grade year when I was suffering through geometry. We went through 3 textbooks before we found something that was worth our time. At this point, I'm going to just use support groups and co-ops and not join up with the school just yet. It's a large fee to be under their supervision and in Ohio you don't have to declare your education intent until first grade, so I've got some time to work out the kinks.Road schooling is AWESOME!!! Because of my mom's health we weren't able to be away from home for long periods of time, but we would do several road trips throughout the year. When I go to a new city, the first thing I want to check out is a museum, then ethnic food, then something sciency :) I want to take the kids to visit each coast! This summer, we plan to visit Canada and work on my cousins' farm. So exciting!
The link worked perfect! I'm excited to check out some of these resources! Thankfully Jemma turns 4 in the fall so I'm got a good 2 years before I need to make a kindergarten plan – I'm focusing on making learning fun and enjoying new experiences right now. I need to become familiar with WA laws and find a co-op/group/model we jive with. When you make your West Coast trek, you've got a place to stay for as long as you like! There are so many places we can drive from here too – mountains, coast, Seattle, Portland, all the farming in Eastern WA. Excited to have a friend on the homeschooling journey – especially since you've been through it yourself!
janie vezina says
what a great room, love all the colors.