One of the great joys of childhood is the feeling of traveling a thousand miles away through the pages of a book. While everyone appreciates a cozy corner, I think kids really love a special, secret spot, created just for them, where they can disappear into the pages of a book AND disappear from the world of grownups at the same time. If you agree, then you too will recognize this project as book-nerdy-kid nirvana...
It seems that, increasingly, it's becoming the norm for kids to have their own bedrooms, especially if there's adequate space for it. But what if you have two rooms, two kids, and no playroom? Is it a better use of the space to have the kids share a bedroom?
Ever since my first read of Jane Eyre, which opens with her seeking solitude by curling up with a book on a window seat, I've dreamed of having a similar spot in my home. A reading nook is an accessible escape.
This room in our home was being used as a media room, until our son Henry came along. We still use part of it for a computer area, but the rest of the room has become a simplistic, well-loved playroom.
Our home is our first classroom, but in Bea's case, her home really is her classroom. Her mother, Nichole, homeschools her and runs a small, part-time home-based preschool. This classroom is inspiring whether you are planning a space for formal learning or just looking for ways to create an environment at home to inspire and edify your child.
Charley just turned one and I wanted to create a space that was appropriate for her now, but could also grow along with her. I wanted it to be a space that I enjoyed being in because, well, I spend lots of time in there with her.