Stylish Study Spaces For Every School Age

Stylish Study Spaces For Every School Age

“The more that you read, the more that you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." ~ Dr. Seuss

Opal House

Opal House

As everyone gets ready to go back-to-school in the prepping mode… buzzing around gathering new school supplies and fun new clothes. We relish in savoring the end of summer and look forward to a new season coming upon us. A reminder that schedules will have a new order and the idea of getting organized hits like in the Disney ‘Enchanted’ movie where Giselle is singing with the animals while cleaning up (wink, wink)… well maybe not completely. However parents raise excitement by getting their new Elementary students backpacks monogrammed while others are putting together new dorm essentials to spruce up the space of their recent graduates new adventures in college education. This may also happen to inspire the creation of new study spaces that can be personalized with style and functional organization, to keep the ho-hum out of the homework struggles. We’ve rounded up a bunch of desks, chairs and accessories to spark new decor ideas for your students study spaces.


Pottery Barn Kids

Pottery Barn Kids

Elementary Students are full of energy and excitement a lot of the time in their back-to-school adventures. Keeping arts and craft supplies well organized is essential for these young students. With all of the markers, pencils and notebooks to keep track of having defined areas to store them by using containers, helps reduce clutter and productivity.

Colorful furniture and accessories are eye catching… making a space feel more exciting to be in while focusing on daily projects.



Pottery Barn Teen

Pottery Barn Teen

As children age and enter Middle School and High School their desks and chairs need to accommodate for their larger bodies. A great time to pass their older furniture along or to be sold for new items. Thinking about the selection of these items and their longevity into High School graduation can be important. Depending on your needs you may find more cost effective furniture or decide to invest in an upgraded style or quality to be kept in the family long term.


At this age, girls especially may find organization to be exciting. Sparking enjoyment in picking out stylish accessories, as they become more independent in their studies and keeping their spaces tidy. By hanging wall organizers and incorporating desk accessories the clutter has a place to land besides the floor. Writing notes and displaying their favorite photos becomes a weekly ritual for family and friends to share in seeing.


As technology is a large part of daily life we’ve found some functional and stylish tech accessories that include USB and charging capabilities. If you’ve ever caught yourself talking to your teenager and realizing they didn’t hear a word you were saying because of their ear pods… you’re not alone.


Pottery Barn Teen

Pottery Barn Teen

Who said desk chairs have to be boring… sleek or super comfortable there is no need to sacrifice style in a home study space. Here are a few design inspired options to show a different side of the old “Office Chair”.




As designers we have special resources to find unique furniture pieces. If you’re interested in having one sourced we can find it.




As study, sleep and common space can often times become one in dorm settings. We’ve looked at a different take on where papers and projects can be accomplished. Imagine sitting in a comfy chair and pulling up a small side table for a laptop which can easily become a space where later people gather for social time or a study group. These C-tables and laptop carts provide a compact hard surface space that can be used for multiple purposes.


We’ve recently been enjoying helping a client design their daughters dorm space. Bringing elements of subtle color and texture into a space can give those smaller living and study areas a sense of style and personality. And with a little imagination a dorm or small apartment will feel more inviting and cozy to be in.

Pottery Barn Dorm

Pottery Barn Dorm

Going along with the idea of space become a minimum. We’ve thought of finding useful decor and accessories like storage ottomans and carts to store things and keep small objects out of walking paths… and shared spaces with other college roomies.


As back-to-school approaches we hope you find everything you need to make it a successful year. Tackling study spaces with a sense of design and style makes it all the more fun-ctional!

Melissa Mathe

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Tips to: Get Your Home Ready for Back-To-School

tips to: Get your home
ready for back-to-school

"You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax all you need is a book." ~ Dr. Seuss


With the school season in full swing comes busy schedules and a lot of new activities. This gets us excited to create and find ways to show encouragement, get organized... and let's face it pick out some cute desk accessories too. Prepping for school isn't just for the backpack and classroom it's also for the home by continuing the learning environment and providing appropriate spaces and supplies. Make going back-to-school fun and easy for everyone with these simple tips.


clear the clutter


from counters

Create clean desk and homework areas that well define where tasks can easily get done. A clear desk equals a more free and creative mind. Store artwork and remarkable school work from the previous year in a clear bin in the attic, to be remembered. Recycle empty jars and repurpose or donate older paints, craft and school supplies.




get crafty and break out the glue gun

Make fun décor to get in the "School Spirit" with this perfect "Apple and Chalkboard" DIY Wreath. Have your kids help with creative decor projects which turn into great backdrops for pictures on the first day of school. This wreath is super easy. Start with a burlap ribbon base add floral apple accents that just poke into the ribbon. Glue the crayons on the chalk board, hand write Back-to-School and put it all together to hang.



use tools to

 stay organized

Keep supplies easy to reach and clearly labeled. Make organizing fun by using a label maker, chalk pens on chalkboards or markers on acrylic accessories. Personalize your space with monograms and name plate stickers. Strategically place magazine file holders, paper bins and desk sets so you can keep things orderly and tidy for simple productivity on a daily basis.


Photo Credit: Pottery Barn Kids

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Committing to stay organized does take time, make it fun and it will feel effortless!

Melissa Mathe

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