Our Learn & Play Room

{alternate title: School Room Organization and Decoration From a Mom Who Is Neither Organized Or Good At Decorating.}

Remember the playroom yesterday? *shudder* Yeah. It took us all week and a last minute trip to Ikea but it’s finally finished! Wanna look around?

The view from the door….

Those Expedit shelves from Ikea are like my love language. I wish I had one in every room of my house. I haven’t quite figured out how to decorate the top of something so long. Right now it’s got random stuff on it that doesn’t fit anywhere else. How much do you love that Viking Hat next to the picture of the little girl reading? (Well, I love it a lot.)

That little gallery wall next to the window did not turn out how I hoped. It’s too symmetrical or dark. Or something. But it’s better than an empty wall, I guess. Here’s a close up of the pictures up there:

I made the “W” canvas. It didn’t turn out like I hoped. But it’s personal and Asa’s handwriting is cute. The prayer on the clipboard was copied from something I found on Pinterest. The Mary Had a Little Lamb print is from Sarah Jane. The hand-drawn kids are courtesy of Lydia. I have a soft-spot in my heart for pandas (Amanda Panda, you know) and that panda print is actually the front cover of a Land of Nod catalog from years ago.

The bulletin board below the kinda-cute-gallery-wall it is where we’ll do our calendar and display our We Choose Virtues cards. (By the way, all our We Choose Virtues stuff came in the mail this week and it is so cute!)

Here’s another shot from the door, this time looking at the desk…

I did another gallery wall over there with some scripture prints (which you know is like my favorite thing ever!). I’m still missing one because my printer BROKE last weekend. Ugh. Here’s a close up with links so you can get these yourself…

Top row: Lydia’s art class, Jeremiah 1:5, Galatians 5:13
Bottom Row: Still working on that one, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Isaiah 41:10

When you stand next to the desk, you’ll see…

The spot to the left is Asa’s school area. I so totally love it.

Those little book shelves are actually spice racks from Ikea. He’s got a magnetic bulletin board to display his work or to play with magnets. And the little baskets are where I put his tot trays.

Last is Lydia’s work area. She has a magnetic calendar which she LOVES to update. The file folder and magazine boxes hold her work and textbooks.

The numbered boxes below are our version of workboxes. I put her work inside and when she’s finished with it, she pulls off the number and drops it in the purple can above. We’ll see how it works for First Grade.

Not bad, eh? I’m no Nester, of course. But it feels happy in there! I’ve got plans for a few more updates and if they turn out cute, I’ll show you soon!

Do you have a kid-specific room in your house? I never had a playroom as a kid so I love having this place to play, learn and create!

bible craft

Check out my School Room and Kid Spaces Pinterest Boards for more inspiration!

Linked to the big Not-Back-To-School {Week 2} Blog Hop with iHomeschool Network!


  1. It does feel happy in there! 🙂 I hope in the near future that we’ll have a craft room/school room/sewing room. It could happen!

  2. Ooh, I love your layout!!! Asa’s area is so awesome!

  3. Ahhh…I don’t want to say I’m jealous but I’m totally jealous! I love IKEA and school stuff. What a lovely room!
    I really want to actually print some of those printable verses I have pinned.
    Also, I read above that you forgot the craft closet. Pretty sure I need to see that and you need to do a separate post on that. Very pinnable 🙂

  4. Looks super creative + organized! Kudos!

    Where did you get that desk? I really like the bright colors.

    Also: What curriculum are you using this year?

  5. I would love to know exactly what pieces you used to construct your desk! I’m going to ikea this weekend to get a desk for our schoolroom. This one looks like a very nice size for my 2 kids. Love all your pictures and your room looks so inviting. 🙂

    • Heather: I should do a post on the desk. Let’s see…basically these 3 pieces: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S99874111/

      Only we bought 2 sets–and picked our own tabletop. At the store, they’ll all come separately.

      Then we set the shelves up in a cross shape and laid the 2 tabletops above. So, four people can sit at it and have their own shelf next to them.

      So, we have a huge work space if we do a craft and also we’re not working on top of each other. Plus, when the kids are bigger, I could separate them into 2 desks if need be.

      We really like it!


  6. Wow, that’s a great space! And I like your gallery wall, I think it all just needs to be bigger-maybe use a larger frame for the drawings and mat them?
    And I love the scripture prints-may have to print a few of those for my girlies 🙂

  7. Hey Amanda! I love those shelves! I’ve been looking for something like that. I love the fabric drawers…gives it such a clean looking finish! Thanks for sharing. Also, when you click on “leave a comment” button (instead of scrolling to the bottom of the page), it takes you to some search page…oops!

  8. Love,love,love your room. I am hoping that once we finish our basement totally that I can go on a shopping spree at ikea! My oldest is name Asa also. Stopping by from the ihomeschool bloghop.

  9. We are moving next week, and I would so love for our playroom to look like yours! (It won’t since it will be in the basement and won’t have all that great natural light, but hopefully it will be well-organized!) Thanks for the inspiration!

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