With all of the getting back to school, and thinking about your classroom or homeschool work space, what about YOUR desk?
If you're a classroom teacher, we're seeing a greater trend toward incorporating beautiful, soft-to-the-eyes spaces in our classrooms which feel like a home environment.
If you're a homeschool educator as I am currently, it's important to carefully design and create spaces within our homes that are not only functional, but speak beauty to your eyes throughout the day. After all, homeschool educators dwell in our classrooms all day long!
Today, I'm going to show you my command center, my work space, my R E T R E A T- which would be an easy DIY for your teacher desk in your classroom or your homeschool area.
My teacher hubby made this space for me this summer out of love and it truly is a work of art. Even though my work station desk is in the center of our main living area, when sit down at my desk, I enjoy beauty, calmness and tranquility. (He's thinking of making one for his US HIstory classroom as well.)
DIY PREP WORK
Before you design & create your desk, it's important to assess what in NATURE speaks to you the most. You want this to be a piece of peace & of beauty in your classroom or home.
Nature is the highest form of beauty. In nature we find colors, shapes, patterns and intricate design that is there for our eyes to feast on and our souls to find peace within. What places/colors/patterns in nature speak to you? For me, it's always been the sea.
As soon as my feet hit the sand and I peer out onto the endless horizon of the ocean, smell the salty air, feel the breeze, my heart rejoices and I feel a peace that is special to that place.
I can't always be at the sea, so I bring it into my home in a tasteful and subtle way. You can integrate colors/design/patterns, etc. into your home/classroom as well to create your workspace & classroom environment. You can see my workspace below.
DIY Teacher Desk Details
The Desk- You can get the building plan and pattern for the desk here from Ana White, who we love to get plans from!
The Window Organizer- This was a $12 window frame from a local antique shop in my tiny hometown. :) (Love that it comes from my tiny hometown shop and not a big store.) I use a Bistro Chalk Marker to write our weekly layout. This is where I keep family events. It's easy and quick for my hubby to look at. He doesn't have to shuffle around on my desk looking for a calendar!
Antique Glass Milk Jug- This beautiful, glass antique milk jug also came from a local antique shop as well as the decorative cotton for a nice southern touch! It frames my window nicely and adds another dimension to it.
Wooden Heart Ornament- This really is a Christmas ornament from a local shop and it adds a nice natural feel and texture to my workspace.
Tin Pen Holder- IKEA, people! Not sold online, only in the store.
The Chair- Also an Ana White building plan. It's actually a bar height chair, which I love. I like that my desk is high enough to keep little toddler fingers out-except when she climbs on. But that's inevitable, right? ;) It is nice to have it a different and unique height.
The Stain & Paint- Coastal Gray (because you know I love the coast) + water based polycrilic and Antique White Paint, both from Lowe's. You can get stain in any shade you wish!
As stated before, this desk set would be really nice in a classroom as well. It doesn't have drawers or storage space, but many teachers are moving away from a "traditional" desk area as moving around the room to interact with students is more prevalent. The nice thing about it is you could use it in front of the class as a "podium" type desk which is tall enough you can stand behind it and merely lean on your chair! I like the trend we're seeing to bring soft & beautiful "home-like" spaces & textures into classrooms. I'm sure it helps create a welcoming & nurturing environment for students who need it so much at school!
Whether you teach at home or in a classroom full of little hearts, taking care to incorporate pleasant beauty into your learning environment is rewarding & well worth it!
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