Our Classroom 2012-2013

Welcome to our class.

We have turned the area that was designed to be a formal sitting room and a formal dining room in our home into our classroom and my office. We have school here about 90% of the time. Occasionally we take our studies elsewhere {to the park, etc} BUT we honestly prefer our classroom. Its calm and relaxing in here, our stuff is here, and this space is designated learning space. We use it and we love it. I feel very blessed to have the extra space in our home to have it.

I have changed the layout a bit this year, expanded the table, and separated some of the areas away from each other. Last year, we had everything for the kids crammed into this one room and it was just too much. It was fine when there were no humans in here, but once they came in, it was too crowded. Slamming lockers, typing keyboards, and opening drawers and such while students were in their seats created chaos. You get the idea.

So this year our $40 Craigs list table expanded, received a fresh coat of paint, and we purchased some new sturdy chairs. It sits in here all by its lonesome. When you add myself and my four kids this space is maxed out.

I found some condiment caddy’s on clearance at Target that make getting supplies easy. I filled them with some Trader Joes salsa jars and all of our stuff is easy to see and grab. Do the kids constantly spin them during school? Why, yes they do.

I used some old wood from the garage for a simple reminder that hangs in plain sight. All. The. Time. It’s so One Thousand Gifts-ish. There are so many blessings overflowing. I never wanna forget.

I finally did it. After three years of drooling, I dropped the cold hard cash at Ikea and bought the map. I haven’t looked back. Oh, we love it and not just for school. It’s just awesome and H U G E and pretty and lovely. I have a thing for maps.

We have no overhead lighting, so we have to do the plug in. This post inspired this lamp. The basket is a trash can from the dollar tree and I had the cord already from Ikea. I simply cut a hole in the bottom of the basket with scissors and threaded the cord through. Voila. Light for a dollar.

Multiple fabrics become a giant cord cover. Maybe, the longest in history.

A wall of  fun and useful things is behind the table. Garage sale finds, things repurposed, and birthday presents make up this collage. Hobby Lobby sells white board inserts. This 18×24 size was just $7.99. It’s pretty fabulous inside this frame that I already owned. The chicken wire extravaganza was a $2 garage sale frame with some wire stapled in. The frames and mirror up top were .50 cent garage sale finds and some scrapbook paper and a pictures of my lovelies. While I was at Hobby Lobby purchasing my white board that scrolly oval frame and the S just jumped in my cart. I was forced. I had no options.

I used an old picture to coat with chalkboard paint and drew my own calendar. Let’s be honest, my handwriting is just awful, but there is something so fabulous about the chalkboard situation. I love them almost as much as I love maps. I am going to have Emma create September.

One of my favorite quotes ever, or questions rather is What is it you plan to do with your ONE WILD and precious life? Thank you to this adorable little shop on Etsy and happy birthday to me.

My office became combined with the computer area for the kids, their lockers, and our inboxes. It’s working beautifully. I tried and tried on furniture lay out to get this all in here and was stumped. My sister had the genius idea to put this computer table up against my desk. It’s just awesome. Thanks sis! It is main priority to keep the computer right out in the open. Mission accomplished.

Kid’s lockers tuck right in the corner.

Each child has an inbox and a whole bunch of papers wait for me there.

The Ikea Expedit collection is my best friend. All of my teacher books, science kits, extra school supplies, scrapbooking stuff, camera gear, and the kitchen sink is safely stored outta sight in this bookshelf. It’s mine. All mine. No Students allowed.

I also don’t share this. It sits on my desk. Its fantastic. It spins too. Yes, I spin it during class.

Both of these spaces are right inside our front door. I love the romper room kid stuff, but I don’t want to look at it all the time. So, we try to maintain a little bit of pretty in here. I will show you soon where I have my secret romper room for school learning stuff. It’s fun if you like that kind of thing.

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54 Responses to Our Classroom 2012-2013
  1. Liz @ The Hesitant Housewife
    August 23, 2012 | 3:40 pm

    Um. Darcy. Get your booty over to my house and decorate it, organize it, and then move in and make me keep it that way. What I’ve just seen is more fabulous than the pottery barn catalogue! I LOVE IT!!!! CAn I enroll at your school?!!!! Love you sweet friend!!!

  2. Amy G
    August 23, 2012 | 3:56 pm

    It’s beeeeeeeeeeeeeeautiful!! I love it! It looks so calm and inviting! Can I please send my kids to your school? :)
    I too have been working on our classroom- I have spray paint fingers, and toes, and hair, and flip flops . . . .
    We have one more week of summer and I need every minute of it!
    Love you friend! Happy schooling!

  3. Rikki
    August 23, 2012 | 4:26 pm

    It’s a gorgeous space!! You give me great ideas!!

  4. kirsten
    August 23, 2012 | 5:12 pm

    beautiful, BEAUTIFUL school area! love it! good for you for springing for the map! I’m dying for a ‘formal dining room’ which I’d use as a school room. As it is, we use our regular dining room.

  5. By Word of Mouth Musings
    August 23, 2012 | 5:55 pm

    What a lovely space – and we have that wall color in our home too – so calming and peaceful.
    You rocked this Mama xxx

  6. Heidi (Dearlylovedmist)
    August 23, 2012 | 6:14 pm

    Wow. Even more beautiful than last year. Didn’t think that was possible! :) What a lovely space to learn in. Way to go!!!

  7. Alicia @ La Famille
    August 23, 2012 | 6:53 pm

    oh my gosh!!! this is just amazing!! like totally amazing!! i love the map and the table…and well…all of it.

  8. Jenny
    August 23, 2012 | 7:07 pm

    I love your style, and you have also given me a few ideas. That map has definitely been on my wishlist for awhile, as well, and I only haven’t gotten it because we have little wall space remaining. But…I’m thinking.

  9. Cara Yeh
    August 23, 2012 | 8:12 pm

    Wow! I totally need your help; you are awesome. What a gift you have. Love. Every. Little. Inch. Happy weekend to you! Enjoy your family day. :)

  10. lena
    August 23, 2012 | 9:19 pm

    i love your school room! i can’t believe i passed on the condiment racks. ;(

    • Milly
      November 22, 2014 | 6:03 pm

      This is what we need – an insight to make evrnyoee think

  11. Teri @ TommyMom
    August 23, 2012 | 11:13 pm

    Seriously? I simply can’t stand the pressure! YOU are A-MAZING! XO, ;0)

  12. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Great space and great photos! I love that it reminds me of coastal living….oh how I miss living on the coast….But Germany will suffice for now 😉 Bless you sweet friend!

  13. Laura
    August 24, 2012 | 4:58 am

    Wow. So, so pretty! I love your room! Love it for it’s map and chalkboard. Love it for it’s light and bright! Love it for it’s hanging lamp. Which I just may be copying! Love it!

  14. the cape on the corner
    August 24, 2012 | 7:03 am

    wow. gorgeous. prettiest classroom i’ve ever seen!

  15. Louanne
    August 24, 2012 | 8:52 am

    Your school room is so cute! Wonderful job!

  16. Wendy
    August 24, 2012 | 7:07 pm

    All I can say is, “Wow!” Your school room looks absolutely beautiful!! I can see why you like to do your school work in there! :)

  17. Jenna Brunello
    August 25, 2012 | 7:17 am

    Beautiful room! Where did you find the boxes that fit in your Expedit? The yellow ones – there are 3 in a cube?

  18. Rebecca Owen
    August 26, 2012 | 12:35 am

    what a great space! that is just perfection!

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  20. The 36th AVENUE
    August 29, 2012 | 9:44 pm

    Hi there!
    I am featuring you tomorrow on my blog… I love this space!
    Thank you so much for linking up to The 36th AVENUE.

  21. Britni
    August 30, 2012 | 1:11 am

    This is a GORGEOUS classroom! The colors are so beautiful and I would sit here and tell you all the amazing things about it, but that would take me forever and it’s past my bedtime :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  22. Ana
    August 30, 2012 | 5:34 am

    You had me at the classroom! Just gorgeous – prettiest homeschool room I’ve ever seen!
    Thanks for sharing!

  23. Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers
    August 30, 2012 | 6:31 am

    oh my! This is stunning. I love the chairs, the gallery wall, the chalk board. You did an incredible job with this space!

  24. ToTheMoonandBack
    August 30, 2012 | 6:41 am

    WOW! Love your school room. Absolutely amazing, you did a wonderful job. I don’t homeschool, but can you come over and help me anyway?

  25. I am LOVD
    August 30, 2012 | 8:09 am

    We’ve got the same map…from IKEA, right? Love your space!!! Your kids are very lucky!

  26. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline
    August 30, 2012 | 8:31 am

    what a lovely space! I’d recognize that katie Daisy print anywhere! Her artwork is amazing!

  27. Kate
    August 30, 2012 | 8:37 am

    Beautiful space! What color paint did you use in the classroom? I am re-doing our basement and it would be a great color for my kids’ playroom. Thanks!

    • Brittany
      September 5, 2012 | 12:16 pm

      I LOVE the color, too! But I couldn’t seem to find anywhere it was mentioned, but I love the blue. Darcy, are you willing to share the paint color?

  28. Jaime at Crafty Scrappy Happy
    August 30, 2012 | 8:44 am

    Oh my goodness. I am just speechless. Your space is AMAZING. I Adore each and every little detail. Seriously can I just come and move right in?!

  29. Katharine
    August 31, 2012 | 7:59 am

    I love this room! So organized and beautiful. Its a great place to learn and work. Where did you buy the chairs from? I would love something similar. Thanks!

  30. Donna
    September 1, 2012 | 8:10 pm

    Love this room. Everyone needs a room like this to study in. I was wondering if you could tell me about the little dachshund print on the wall? It is adorable!

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  32. Laura @ Finding Home
    September 22, 2012 | 9:57 pm

    Your “count your blessings” chalkboard could be my most favorite I have seen! I am about to change over our office /craft / homework space and I was sure I wanted white walls – now your pretty blue is making me wonder…

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    Take care, Laura

    • Sadia
      November 21, 2012 | 10:01 pm

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  33. Shannon @ aka design
    September 24, 2012 | 7:22 pm

    I have to say I’m totally envious of your gorgeous homeschool room! We have a pretty room too, but it’s our dining room!

  34. Joni
    October 2, 2012 | 4:52 am

    Wow. Just Wow. I wish I had a room to transform like this. We are pulling books into the kitchen table every day, as there is not an extra room in the house. I love everything about your room. Very creative.

  35. Sanz @ From The Mrs.
    March 8, 2013 | 8:41 am

    Beautiful! I think I will copy your chalkboard idea for the calendar. It’s so much nicer than my bright green dollar tree calendar!

  36. Andrea
    July 10, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    School 2013 is upon us and I am SOOooo excited to have found your blog. Thanks for the ideas. I hope you all have a great year this year!

  37. Kristin
    July 15, 2013 | 6:30 pm

    I have been searching for ideas for “pretty” homeschool spaces as we are needing to use our dining room as our school space. I am determined to keep the space pretty as well as functional so your room has given me lots of ideas for that. Thanks so much!

  38. Lauri
    September 9, 2013 | 8:43 am

    Pinterest led me to you today! My kids are all grown, so no home-schooling here, but you have given me some inspiration for the sewing studio that I am designing. You have some “in-boxes” in this post that are crazy fabulous! Would you be so kind to share where you got them and who makes them? Any info that you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for any help that you can give me.

    • Lauri
      September 9, 2013 | 8:48 am

      I just saw the answer to my question on another one of your posts. You are a very talented gal. Thank you for sharing your journey in this life. You are blessing more than home-school mommas. Blessings beyond measure.

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  40. Kellie
    January 4, 2014 | 5:13 pm

    I love that shade of blue on the walls… so serene. Do you know the color still? Thanks!

  41. Heather
    May 28, 2014 | 11:09 am

    I too would love to know the paint door. It’s beautiful.

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  43. Relyn
    November 30, 2014 | 9:01 pm

    Please, oh please, tell me where you got that AMAZING polka dot lunch box. What a gorgeous school room.

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  47. Ann
    May 26, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    Did anyone find out what the blue paint color is? I would love to paint my preschool room this color!

  48. Kim
    June 14, 2015 | 12:57 am

    Thank you! :)
    Will do this on my classroom.

  49. Sara
    June 16, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    Hi! I have a classroom that I would love to paint the blue color you did in your learning space. Can you tell me what color it is?
    Thank you!

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