Ok, so I’m getting ahead of myself here talking about homework, but, needs must and all that.
When my babes go back to school in September, I will have one in year 4 and one in year 10. Gulp. They’re growing up so flipping fast, a couple more blinks and they won’t be at school anymore, then what the flip do we do?!
Both my kids love school, despite what they might say, but homework is a whole other matter. I have to say, I kind of agree with them. When you’ve been working your little tushy off all day at school, the last thing you want to do is an hour or more of homework when you get in.
One way to help the “I don’t want to do my maths” is to make the space where they do their homework as comfortable, cool and inspiring as possible. Because I have two completely different ages, it’s not so easy. The space needs to have enough room for everything a teenager needs, but also be fun enough to keep the attention of an 8 year old. So, the best way to do that is give them their own spaces, in the same place, so I can keep an eye on them both.
In an ideal world, we would live in a house big enough to have this at least in the living room, preferably in it’s own room, but, we don’t live in an ideal world (and that sucks) so we’ll pretend we have the room to fit in two homework stations. Call it the power of the blogger.
Wayfair asked me to put together two rooms that would work as the ideal homework inspiration station, and, of course, any opportunity for virtual shopping and I am all over that.
I wanted to keep the two rooms similar, with the same ‘basics’ but obviously change a few bits and bobs to cater for each of them.
Homework Station Inspiration 1:
Homework Station Inspiration 2:
Both schemes have the same desks, mostly because I think it keeps the room looking stylish, having them complimenting each other but with little twists, and partly because I really love the design of this desk and it just fits with our home! The chairs are both the same but in contrasting colours, they also match our dining chairs (although they’re white) so it pulls everything together.
For my son, I tried to keep it interesting. Otherwise the boredom of homework would kick in a lot quicker! At least if the area he has to work in is fun and comfortable we’ve won half the battle, right? An unusual storage box, lobster cushion, peg board for all the essentials, art work to remind him that he will soon be out of the homework mode and back into the playing mode, and, of course, a giant clock to countdown the hours. Even I would be happy to do my homework in there!
For my daughter, it had to be a little more about looking the part, because, teenagers. Again, the desk and chair but this time partnered with a few bright accessories like the print cushion, amazing Oxelösund desk lamp, framed print (again, reminding her that there is more to life than school work!) hexagonal shelf cubes (can they be cubes if they’re hexagonal?) a ceramic mug as storage (with unicorn, naturally!) and a desk tidy (which could also work as a make up storage station) it’s pretty much spot on!