Everyone's at home and there's a lot of art and crafting going on these days! Carving out a creative space in your home for you and/or your children is sometimes easier said than done. Sometimes necessity may also be a driving force.
We have a small kids activity table which has seen a lot of love over the years, but as my son grew into some more advanced projects that we wanted to keep out of reach from the curious hands of his little sister, I needed a new solution, and thus, this creative space came to be. We love this little corner of our sun room pictured below and its proved to be a very useful and creative space!
As you create your own inspiring space, ask yourself these questions ...
1. IS IT FUNCTIONAL? - As visually appealing as your space may be, don't forget it has to be a functional area of your home. Think about what the end purpose for that space will be, and make sure it meets that need.(My son's desk area functions as an art space, homework table, crafting area, and general place for projects that simply aren't safe for his younger sister.)
2. IS IT EVOLVING? - We all know kids grew faster than you can pick up the trail of toys behind them, so having a space that can grow with your children and your constantly changing lives is important. Set it up for how you will use the space now, but keep an open mind about updating your space in the future. (Our desk is actually an adjustable drafting table so I can continue to raise the height as needed. The spinning organizer can hold colored pencils now, or more advanced art supplies later on. Additionally, even though my son was only 5 when I initially created this space for him, the desk and the organizers aren't a child scale so he has been able to grow into the space and will continue to do so for many years to come!)
3. DOES IT MAKE YOU HAPPY? - Decorate your space with colors and images that evoke joy and you will surely feel inspired and ready to create!(The framed pictures on the wall are from our annual family vacations to Walt Disney World which I add to each year ... so even our decor is evolving!)
Since this photo was originally taken, our space has continued to evolve as little sister soon needed her own creative space, too! Stay tuned for photos of her newly redesigned homeschool area and big brother's upgraded desk space.
And if your curious about the globe pictured on the desk, see the details below. I will only recommend products that I personally own and love! Until next time, happy organizing and creating!
My Favorite Things
The "smart globe" pictured on my son's desk, is an interactive learning toy that will keep your kids curious about the world around them! Fair warning though, the game where you have to identify as many countries as possible in a set time limit can be a little stressful for mom and dad who should be much better at the game than they are!