02 September 2014

A New Learning Year






Since it's that time of year again, my thirteen year old wanted to change her personal learning space.  
It's still too hot for the big table on the porch.





She borrowed one of the stools from the kitchen.  She loves cottage, industrial, and boho, and
many of the decorative items in her room are her vintage finds or something someone made.
She loves second hand shops!  (I love them too, but our home is small, and an item has to go or be put away when something is purchased.)






She also loves IKEA.  The Ikea cart keeps her materials organized.






The desk has been ours for many years., and despite its small demeanor, it is quite functional.
It can be closed up at night. For extra items, the baskets underneath store items not often used.






 Hung over the metal door in her room , is the pin board I made her a few months ago.
She uses it to hang jewelry. The door itself is used to hang drawings, postcards, photos with an assortment of pretty black and white magnets.... a changing display of a young teen. Some of the magnets came from an Anthro clearance and some from an office supply store.

With all that is going on in the world, sometimes I feel silly or shallow writing about home or making projects.  I don't even have a business.  But then I think my job is important, I'm raising an adult, keeping a home, and sharing ideas with lovely people who have similar interests.

P.S. Friends, I have many photos of our trip through Tirol, Venice, Florence, Pisa, and Rome.
I will share if it interests. After our three weeks in Tirol, we traveled around Italy for two weeks using the trains, buses, our feet, and the occasional taxi.  We stayed in bed and breakfasts and small family hotels,  and we ate only one meal out per day.  It made the trip reasonable.










41 comments:

  1. It's nice to have a pretty space for studying and learning. I love the board you made for her to display here jewelry. And I would LOVE to see more of you photos of Italy. It's my dream to travel there someday and it thrills me to look at photos. Sweet hugs, Diane

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  2. A girl (your daughter rocks) who shares the same whimsy that dwells in my heart. Loving the vintage patchwork Boho chic rug and I've never seen a lamb or sheepskin rug I didn't adore. It's still summer time with sizzling temps in Philadelphia and the thought of Fall interior changes just seems insane!

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  3. People seem to think that travel is so expensive. But if one travels like you do (and like we do), staying at small B&Bs or small hotels and having only one meal out per day, it is very doable. The most expensive part is getting there. Then again, it's not cheap to fly within our country either...

    I love you daughter's taste in decor for her room! It's so pretty.

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    1. That's so true. xoxo The biggest expense was the airfare.

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  4. omigosh! I love that stool, the desk and that multi-coloured rug!! So gorgeous - she has fabulous taste.

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  5. I think you have the most important job in the world.

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  6. Homemaker is still my 'career', even though I am also an Artist with a wee little etsy shop. There are not many left who will or can work for no pay. Homemaker is not an easy job to remain faithful to for your entire life. I believe it is of great worth.

    Lovely learning space and yes I would like to see your trip!

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    1. Thank you.

      I just want you to know that I'm loving everything you are creating over at your space. It is so inspired and beautiful. I love the rosaries and your studio. I'm not seeing the comment box, so I figured you need repose. xoxoo Su

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  7. I love her study space! That desk is gorgeous! Your daughter sounds a lot like me, I can never decide which style I want to go with either. Which is why I tend to clutter things up often :P

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. She is always changing things up, very creative as you are. xoxox

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  8. I think that raising a child is the most important job in the world. When you think about the difference one person can make in the world, it's hard to dispute that! I also think that there is just so much ugliness in the world, so much seriousness and such heavy weighty matters plastered all over the news, it is a welcomed breather to look at your lovely study space! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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  9. I agree with Kim above! She says it well! Maybe that is what is so unbalanced about our world today - not enough children raised with love and guidance and set on the right path. I love your blog and the beauty that you share. Beauty and love of home and family is something we need more of in this world.
    Your daughter's work space is lovely and reflects her beautiful spirit. I would be interested in seeing photos of your trip if you would like to share. xo Karen

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    1. Thank you, Beatrice. xoxo Have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. Like you, and many blogger friends, we have been feeling sad, confused, disillusioned and horrified with some of the atrocities that have been taking place around the world lately. Having the luxury of a creative/communicative outlet, in which to share our passions, our thoughts, and our opinions, is certainly, for me, a way of dealing with the chaos.

    Your daughter's room is elegantly charming and if I had a pretty desk like hers, I would spend all day there, not necessarily studying the entire time, but definitely a little daydreaming would take place!

    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful Wednesday!

    Poppy

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  11. I just want to say that your daughter has learned well from her mama :) And her room is lovely...mature, yet still sweet. Thanks for the eye candy and wonderful message today.

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  12. Your daughter has such sophisticated taste which reflects a great deal of refinement. I always enjoy your lovely posts. Blessings on the new school year.

    PS: I too have a small home. You are so right when you say, if something comes in something goes out.

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  13. Each child likes to develop independence and usually one of those ways is making it theirs and not "moms" anymore. One of the things they also do is start demanding more privacy. I remember when DO NOT DISTURB and KNOCK AND WAIT TO BE ADMITTED signs appeared on my sons door around age 12.

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  14. Your daughters learning space is just perfect! Beauty and function all in one. It is so wonderful that she has such a definite since of style and it is so mature and elegant. Great job, Mom. That's why your job is so important :)
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  15. Bonne Rentrée as we say here. Her space is adorable. My much older daughter just moved back to university and I love helping her set up her space too.

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    1. That's so much fun, Donna. I hope my daughter and I will always do projects together too. xoxo

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  16. Thank you for sharing.
    I would love for you to share your photos from your trip. I am not sure I will ever make it to the area, so enjoying someone who as traveled, makes it fun for me. :-)

    Have a great weekend.
    Carla

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  17. ahhh, her room is adorable...and I, for one, would love to see your photos.

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  18. I love looking at your projects and I really hope you will share your travel photos with us!

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  19. First off I want to say I am VERY interested in pictures of your trip. I don't always comment but I do always read. :)
    Love the pin board and the sweet space your daughter carved out.

    I also wanted to thank you for your kind comments and wonderful friendship. You are a true treasure. Have a beautiful week!

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  20. Her space is enchanting and bring on the trip photos of COURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)

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  21. My sister said to me yesterday: "I feel silly buying carpet when there is so much going on in the world". I think many of us feel that way, yet we still live and inspire others. We never know 'what' will lead that one person to smile in the midst of pain, just because we shared! Your daughters room/study area is great! And yes, it is still too hot to relax outside :( Blessings, Cindy

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  22. Maravilhoso e tão romântico!!

    Adorei ficar olhando os detalhes.

    beijinhos,

    Lígia e =^.^=

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  23. Your daughter has lots of style and very good taste but we know she takes after her talented mother... It is a gorgeous and comfy space for learning. Yes, the days are still very hot here too...

    Janet

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  24. What an adorable place to study! The desk is really nice... and I'm in awe if you're daughter can close it every evening... Mine is a messy place! Please do share pictures of your trip, I loved the previous post!

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  25. I LOVE her learning space! So chic and cozy, even when it's hot out. I would love to see all of your pics from Italy. I will catch up on previous posts soon! xo Jen

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  26. I am this morning catching up on some of your lovely posts. With all that is going on in the world over the last few days they are a heart warming diversion. Your job is very important and you are sharing that, your life and your talents with all your lucky readers and I for one am grateful.

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su