This weekend my sister Elizabeth was home alone without the kids. Her husband took them camping with a friend.
No one and I mean no one can get me to pick up a paintbrush except my sister Elizabeth. It literally hurts me to paint. My neck and shoulders are instantly sore and my body usually takes days to recover.
This is the reason I have never painted one single room in my own house! But I have painted a lot in my life. You can’t be someone who chooses paint colours for a living and NOT know how to paint.
So when she told me she was going to paint the neglected office/storage room (above) that’s located right beside her most beautiful room in the world, I raised my eyebrows.
‘Do you have any idea how to cut in?’ I inquired doubtfully?
‘Nope, but you can show me right?’ She responded with a twinkle in her eye. Knowing I might end up showing her how to do it by doing it all anyway, haha.
Well since I get just as excited as she does about a new decorating project, she was right!
My sister has been homeschooling my two sweet nephews for a few years now and her husband mentioned it would be nice if they had a dedicated spot to do their school work instead of just sitting at the kitchen island.
Since you look right into the office from this room, I suggested we paint the room the same colour as the x ottomans (below):
BM Rolling Hills Green
Also, this colour will clash badly with their old world map so I found a new one:
We have a budget of $2000. So here’s what I put together today.
The best way to know if everything you’ve found online will work together is to group them all on a Pinterest Board or photoshop, or a power point presentation.
This is why our eDesign department is so busy and successful.
Then, it’s important to read the reviews because the comments will often give away if the colour is true when it arrives.
And then, we read the reviews on the curtains and someone even posted a photo of what they looked like when they arrived:
So unfortunately, we are back to the drawing board on looking for curtains. She ordered the desks but we’ll wait on the chairs until we find the off-the-shelf-curtains.
Pretty is slim in pre-made curtains. If anyone has any suggestions, I would love if you’d post them in the comments!
Here are some other homeschooling rooms I found:
Love this huge room with cubicles! How cool is that:
This one is so creative with a photo of each child above their work station:
And you don’t have to have a dedicated room to home school your kids!
Here is what my sister has to say about homeschooling her boys:
Markus & William
I wanted to homeschool from the very beginning because I enjoy spending every minute of the day with my boys.
My husband had different ideas so we ended up enrolling them at our local school.
By the time my oldest, William, was finishing grade 2 I saw a drastic difference in his behaviour. My usually happy-go-lucky boy was not happy anymore. I could see he was depressed and he would complain a lot about not having enough time to play and make all the projects he had planned in his head.
In Kindergarten he had been so social and confident and over just a few years he was not that. The summer before grade three, I convinced my husband that we needed to homeschool our boys because I couldn’t watch my dear sweet boy suffer anymore. The boys were both overjoyed and we haven’t looked back.
William has blossomed and is back to my joyful, happy, creative boy that he was before school. The boys are busy all day long building, creating and also getting some schoolwork in too. The house is always a mess as many of you have seen through Maria’s before and after pictures, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
This is my dream job and I’m so thankful that I don’t have to work outside the home.
The longer I homeschool, the more my husband and I are convinced it is the best thing we could’ve done.
They are able to explore their passions and learn what they want to learn and also being able to spend hours on a project such as a popsicle stick boat.
I know they will be ready for life because they live in the real world everyday whether it be going to a bank appointment with us to renew our mortgage or going to a doctors appointment with grandma.
I can go on and on but if anyone is thinking about doing it I say absolutely go for it.
Okay, I also wanted to mention that my husband noticed the stress level went down in our house as well because he would come home from work and instead of the kids and I being stressed from the days events we are happy and present with a warm welcome home.
Colour is Timeless
Here are my sweet nephews, hanging out in their freshly painted home school room!
I’ll post the before and after when I have them!
How many of you noticed a difference with your kids once you started homeschooling?
If anyone has a source on where I can find the leafy (not tropical) curtains, please post it below!
Also, I’d love to write a post about my colour wheel. If you have questions on how to use it and photos to go along with how you’re using it, please email them here.
The Best Colour for your Child’s Bedroom Furniture (before & after) William and Markus room
The Two Kings of Muck Mountain on Elizabeth Avenue (when they were MUCH younger)