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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Find it here.

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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Find it here.

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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OMG, OMG, OMG … It’s here!!!

Yes, I am a little bit excited! Pottery Barn, PB Kids and West Elm are in my hood, Squeeee!!!!

Three of the world’s most successful and stylish furniture and home wares stores have moved in to a fabulous big retail space in Brisbane’s hip James Street.

If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of them, let me introduce you.

Pottery Barn is a global retailer of high quality products for your home. Their range is primarily based around comfort, quality and style. I have been a huge fan of Pottery Barn since I discovered it on our travels back in 2005, I remember hearing about this place called ‘Pottery Barn’ on the TV sitcom ‘Friends’ and when I saw a store in Los Angeles I ventured in out of curiosity. Oh my, it was filled with gorgeous glass lanterns, shiny silver table ware, plush sofas and the most beautiful bed linens I had ever seen (that I could actually afford). And so it began, my love affair with Pottery Barn. From that day on every time we travelled I spent hours oohing and aahing in every Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids we came across. I would buy anything that I could fit in my suitcase, and sometimes more than would fit, I have had to purchase an extra suitcase a couple of times!

More recently I have discovered West Elm. I feel it is a bit younger, a bit hip and it moves with the times. I love it for buying on trend items. Currently they have a great range of brass, marble and beautiful linen bedding, the price point is very affordable and the quality is great!

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek with the media launch before opening time. There was red carpet, coffee, croissants, cookies and a ribbon cutting ceremony. But more exciting than that was the feeling in the air, the feeling that PB wasn’t just moving into our city, but moving into our community. They have utilised the skills of our local talent for the front of the counter in the West Elm store. It was hand made by local, Kylie from Paper Boat Press, you really must check it out next time your there, it is incredible. West Elm have also put the call out to local handcrafted creators to take their wares to the Brisbane store on October the 10th (this Saturday) to be reviewed and get a chance at being part of their monthly pop up stores. I love that they are supporting our little and local talent!

Source: Paper Boat Press FB
Source: Paper Boat Press FB

I also really enjoyed the styling sessions they had running in store. I felt inspired after watching Kara Rosenlund work her magic styling a coffee table. She made it look so simple!

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I snapped these shots for you to get an idea of the incredible range of goodies, but truly, I would break my website if I tried to upload all the beautiful furniture and home decor they have to offer. You really must pop in when you have a chance! It’s worth a look just to see the beautiful styling, the room displays and little vignettes everywhere you turn. The shop fit-out is absolutely incredible too, just wait till you see the giant set of barn doors when you walk into the Pottery Barn entry. Grab a girlfriend, or take your Mum and make a day of it!

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Pottery Barn Cortona furniture, Tenny Tile quilt cover and Belgian linen diamond quilt.
Pottery Barn Antique Silver collection with
Pottery Barn Antique Silver collection with Cambria dinnerware.
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Pottery Barn wall of goodies, check out those Wood Paddle Pedestals.
Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor dinnerware.
Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor dinnerware with Coral melamine accent plate.
West Elm Fishs Eddy range.
West Elm Fishs Eddy range.
West Elm
West Elm Organic Shaped dinnerware with metallic rim and Gold Cutlery.

If you don’t live close to a store, don’t worry, you can shop online at Pottery Barn here, Pottery Barn Kids here and West Elm here.

Happy Shopping!

Hayley x

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