Get a headstart on homework.

My baby is starting grade one this year,
I have absolutely no idea where those years have gone?
I swear he was just learning to walk yesterday!

My girls are 16 and 17 years old and luckily for Orlando, he gets to benefit from the lessons I learnt with the girls.
One thing I have discovered is that I need to implement good study habits from a young age, trust me, I am not going through the homework headaches with another child!

When Pottery Barn Kids approached me to see if I’d like to create a study space for Orly, I thought they might have read my mind!
Um, YES!
Of course I’d like to give Orly a space of his own and of course I’d like to work with Pottery Barn Kids, my go-to favourite kids store!

I decided to put the desk in Orly’s room to start creating those good study habits NOW.
I know what you’re thinking – ‘Are you serious? You’re making your 7 year old study already?’
No, he’s not cramming for maths and geography just yet, but by making his desk a fun space to play and work, we hope that it becomes a place where he wants to spend time.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

I got Orly involved in creating this space right from the beginning.
We popped on to the Pottery Barn Kids website and looked at the desks and chairs together. We talked about options like colours, comfort and storage.
I found out pretty quickly that the things that were important to me, were not important to him, and vice versa. He wanted somewhere to display his artwork and Lego creations, while I wanted ample storage and a timeless style that would grow with him into his teenage years.
We chose the Elliot Desk and Hutch. It’s classic design, overhead cubbies, double drawers and fun corkboard ticked all the boxes and we both love it.

We already had the Madison 4-shelf Bookrack which is a great complimentary piece to use with the desk as it keep all his books within arms reach.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

When it came to the chair, he wanted a furry seat cushion and ‘a chair that spins like the teacups at Disneyland’, while I wanted something sturdy and safe.
The Carolina Swivel Chair was the perfect fit, it’s a little bit playful and very practical.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

Next on my list was lighting. I am an Optical Dispenser by trade, so I understand how important adequate lighting is. While reading and working in the dark will not cause permanent damage to your eyes, it may cause headaches and eye strain, these are completely avoidable by selecting the correct lighting such as the Solid Task Lighting with it’s directional gooseneck that can be angled to shine on their workspace.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

Also on my list was desktop storage for easy access and quick clean-ups. The Shaped Lazy Susan was a winner for both of us, the compartments keep his pencils and stationary organised, while the spinning star keeps him motivated to clean up.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

When the functional things were ticked off, I let Orly choose some comfort items to make him feel cosy at his desk.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.
If you know Orly, you will know he has a obsession with soft textiles, he loves anything fluffy or super soft. He wanted a blanket to ‘wrap up like a burrito’ when he’s working. I think this might be a case of monkey see, monkey do! #guilty
We chose the Stripe Fur Throw with classic stripes on one side and faux fur on the other.
As you can see by that toothless smile, he absolutely loves it!

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

Because I’m savouring every minute that he still wants to play with soft toys, I let him have this adorable west elm X PBK Bear to keep him company while he works.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

We also chose this fun Best Day Ever cushion for a pop of colour and positive reminder to make every day your ‘Best Day Ever’!

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

When we had finished selecting our items, we placed our online order and awaited delivery.
A quick little tip here – the deluxe delivery service is worth every single cent.
The friendly delivery team brings the items to your home, assembles the furniture, places it where you want it AND takes away the rubbish. It was a little bit of luxury that was greatly appreciated in our busy life!

 Orly was so excited on the delivery day, he was dancing around the house like it was Christmas.
He didn’t waste any time in making it his with all his special things.
He loves the corkboard and carefully went through his art folders to find his favourite pieces to display. I love that we can keep it fresh with new artwork now, but it will also transition to a great memo board for him as he gets older. We used the cubbie holes for his favourite books and vacation mementoes and his big sister made the ORLY letters from Lego for him.

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

He took great pleasure and pride in showing his space to both his sisters and instructing them that they had to ask him if they wanted to sit on his special chair. #siblinglove

He’s had it for a couple of weeks now and I am so pleased with the way he has been using it every day.
He plays with his Lego, does craft activities, colours-in and practices his writing. Not only does it keep this mess off my kitchen bench, but we are starting to develop those habits I was talking about … the study habits that I was hoping to implement. My first mission was to get him to use his desk, to sit and play or work independently and to enjoy it.
Mission accomplished!

Creating a stylish study space with Mum Little Loves and Pottery Barn Kids.

Now lets see if we can produce a doctor with those study skills, or a nurse, or a builder, or maybe an astronaut … whatever makes him happy, as long as he tries his best, oh gosh I sound like my mother!

If you want to create a study space for your children you can find loads of inspiration here.
Or pop in to your local Pottery Barn Kids store, the shop displays are always full of fabulous styling and ideas.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

Disclosure : Some of these pieces were gifted, all of them were hand selected by me, all opinions are my own. Y’all know I don’t share things unless I love them, love the quality and love the brand.

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Creating a study space your kids will love.

Creating a study space for a child that is functional is one thing, creating a study space that is functional, and where your child actually wants to do their homework is another.

I wanted to create a space for my daughter Arabella that she loves, a space that reflects her personality, a space all of her own, where she feels inspired and motivated to learn.
Arabella is 13, she wants a grown up space, but she still loves pretty things and a touch of pale pink. 

We worked with Pottery Barn Kids and both Arabella and I are absolutely thrilled with the outcome.

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Putting together a functional and inspiring space for your child is not as hard as it sounds. Consider your children’s requirements, ask them what they think they need, and it can be a space that you both love. It’s a great idea to let your kids help you choose a few things so they connect with their space and will want to work there.

Now, It’s all very good to have a desk and a chair, but if it’s not inviting and interesting to your children, they will not want to be there.  It’s also great to have a fabulous looking space, but it has to be functional. Let’s have a look at how to make it both fabulous and functional.

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 A DESK – Do they need one with a big table top to spread out paperwork and projects? Or maybe they only require a small space for a computer or tablet? I like to look for a desk with a couple of drawers to hide all the uglies out of sight, you know the ‘uglies’ … the crazy amounts of cords and charging cable our kids seems to collect, along with their eraser and sticker collection. Yep, they still have them at 13 years old!

We chose the Blythe desk in vintage grey. It ticked all the boxes for both Arabella and I. She loved the colour and the drawers, I loved the turned legs and beautiful hardware.

Find it here.
Find it here.

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A CHAIR – Here’s the trick, you should choose a chair that is comfortable, but not so comfortable that they fall asleep.

We chose the Knox stationary chair in Simply White. It has a saddle-cut seat for comfort and is built from solid rubber wood which makes it exceptionally durable for many years to come. I love the cross back design.

Find it here.
Find it here.

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Now that the absolute essentials are taken care of, ask your child to help you layer the space with things that make it comfortable and inviting, things that reflect your child’s character and things that will help them concentrate and learn.

Here’s what Arabella and I chose to personalise her space.

A LAMP – If lighting is low in your study space, choose a lamp with directional lighting. Also, size is important, you don’t want it to take up all of their work space.

We love the Brinley Bubble lamp base paired with the Vivian shade in pink. What I love about PBK Mix and Match lighting range is that you can choose your own base and shade separately. I don’t know how may times I’ve bought lamps in the past, only to replace the shade with something more to my taste.

Find the Mix and Match lighting here.
Find the Mix and Match lighting here.

STORAGE – There are so many options for storage available. Choose storage that is easily accessible for items on high rotation like pens and pencils, then choose boxes and containers for items that are precious or used less often. Luckily the Blythe desk has lots of drawers and Arabella can keep all of her bits and pieces out of sight.

We chose a basket for Arabella to keep her revolving pile of books in. She is an avid reader and I used to find little piles of books everywhere. The Simply White Sabrina nursery basket is perfect. Yes, this basket is a nursery basket, it’s actually a nappy caddy, but there are no rules, and it often pays to look in areas where you wouldn’t normally venture. I’m glad I did, this basket is perfect!

Find it here.
Find it here.

We also chose the Abigail Medium Jewellery box for storing precious items. Arabella is a dancer, she loves the fairy ballerina that twirls to the music of Swan Lake, she also loves that it comes with a key so she can keep her special things safe from her pesky little brother.

Find it here.
Find it here.

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A RUG – I think layering the space with a rug makes it feel warm and inviting.

This gorgeous hand tufted wool rug in the prettiest of pale pinks. Arabella loves to stretch out after dancing and read books, the Addison rug is soft and comfortable.

Find it here.
Find it here.

DECOR – This is a great area to let your children help you choose a few things. Pottery Barn Kids has pencil cases, bookends, speakers and so many pretty little things to choose from.

Arabella chose an ‘A’ for Arabella, of course!

Find it here.
Find it here.

I chose a gorgeous white gallery frame for Arabella to display her choice of art or photo. It can be changed easily when she tires of the current picture, as teens tend to do! For now she has one of her prized possessions, an autographed photo of Minnie Mouse from a family vacation to Disneyland.

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I’m sure over time we will collect more bits and pieces as her needs change, but I am confident that the big items we chose will grow with her until she leaves home. Actually, Miss Arabella has informed me that she is taking it all with her when she moves out! Cheeky!

I managed to catch Arabella at home soaking up some afternoon sunshine, which is a miracle in itself with her crazy school and dance schedule. She adores her new space and spends so much more time there than she ever did at her old desk.
Lets just hope it makes her a brilliant scholar!

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Arabella is relaxing with her favourite pillow she’s dragged from her bed. I love the PBK monogramming service, it truly makes an everyday item into something quite special. She has an Organic cotton pillowcase in white.

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What do you think? Do you love it as much as we do?

If you want your own Pottery Barn Kids study space, or maybe some help with colours and furniture selection or maybe an entire room makeover, PBK has a fabulous design service to help you out. In fact you can get a design consultation from Pottery Barn or West Elm also. You can choose to work with the design team in store, over the phone or possibly in the comfort of your own home if you live in Metro Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth. They can work with you to design a single space, or your entire home. And the best bit … their design service is free!
You can contact Pottery Barn Kids here.
Or Pottery Barn here.
Or West Elm here.

I hope I’ve inspired you to spruce up your office or study space, or any other space in your home.
Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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