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A homework space for a growing boy

by Clare Mansell
A homework space for a growing boy

On our landing upstairs we have a little bonus space next to Alice’s bedroom which looks down on our hallway. We haven’t done much with it since we added the first floor to the house two years ago, but anticipating the start of proper homework (eek!) in September, we recently decided to turn it in to a study space for Theo.

Far from being a forgotten space, it’s actually a lovely spot with oodles of natural light coming from the hall below and via a large VELUX window in the eaves, so the perfect place to study, or as he does at the moment, practice your drawing…


The desk is one we have had for a while which was originally in the cabin and used to be the one I sewed at. It’s a really great solid wooden bit of furniture which we picked up very cheaply because it was originally too low to be much practical use. We added bun feet to it to raise it and it’s been great ever since.

The chair was one that I picked up on impulse from Ardingly Antiques Fair a couple of years go and resprayed last week with Pinty Plus chalk paint in red velvet. It is a crazily vibrant colour, but it seems to work in this spot and with so much white to compliment it.

oak light with red accentI love the chunky oak effect and cream lamp with the red fabric cable which came from First Choice Lighting. If you are after a desk light, I think it is a real steal at only £24.99 with free delivery! They also do it with a black and white cable and a red shade.


I hadn’t planned to hang anything on the wall behind the desk immediately, but we were lucky enough to be given some hanging strips and frames by 3M Command to try out, so I thought I’d put them into use in this spot. If you haven’t tried hanging strips yet, they are quite amazing and speedy to use.

They are made up of two sticky velcro strips, one which goes on the frame and one which goes on the wall. I usually wimp out of hanging pictures in our house and ask Jim to do it, but I did these ones myself and they literally took about a minute each to do…. and in case you are wondering, yes they are still up!


Theo is delighted with his new workspace, but the true test will come in another four months when we try and get him to sit at it and do things!


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Donna May 24, 2016 - 9:30 pm

What a fantastic use of that space – it’s so bright and cosy! x

Evija May 25, 2016 - 4:11 pm

Gorgeous space! I bet Theo can’t wait to do the homework now! x

Julia @ Rainbeaubelle May 26, 2016 - 10:53 am

Oh I love this look, how great does that bright red look against the white? Amazing. I am moving house soon so will keep this for inspiration, I’ll need a desk space for me and the kids to work on. Great idea those command strips too! x #HomeEtc

Kara May 26, 2016 - 2:52 pm

Wow what an amazing space, I am very jealous. That chair colour is amazing and I love the lamp.
I would happily do homework there xx

Caro | The Twinkle Diaries May 30, 2016 - 2:01 pm

Ohmyword!! I want that lamp for myself!!! I LOVE it!!! I have an angle-poise on my desk but it’s definitely not as lovely as Theo’s one! Also love the colour of the chair! I might have to steal this idea for my outdoor seating! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us Clare! Caro xx #HomeEtc

mummyofboygirltwins May 30, 2016 - 6:55 pm

Utterly lovely and what a fab use of the space. SO light and bright and the colours you have chosen are amazing. What a brilliant place to study.

Thanks so much for linking up, love Jess xx


karen June 6, 2016 - 8:13 pm

What a lovely little space, lucky Theo. That chalk paint looks fab and we’ve been using those strips for years…so easy and no mess when we move!


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