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Back in the School Groove!

Are you sick of your dining room table being cluttered with papers? A designated schoolwork space benefits the parents as well as the children. It can turn a place of homework struggles into a happy homework haven. If possible, create your space in a place where your kids already gravitate to. Go with the flow and think long term. You'll want a space you can update as your children grow older and study needs change. A monotone environment is less likely to encourage creativity and stimulate the thinking process. Be creative & use color!

Depending on the age of your child, having a place for parents to sit can also be important.

Keep the clutter to a minimum! There may need to be plenty of supplies for your student to access. Help them learn to stay organized. There should be a place for everything and after the homework session everything should go back in its place.

Having furniture to fit your child’s size is important. This adjustable height desk and chair are just the ticket for growing kids!

What a great set up for multiple children!

Obviously, not all students are young children. So what about teens and college students? Here are some wonderful ideas for these folks.

What teen wouldn’t dig this set up? Notice the flexible lighting, great storage, and ample work space!

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Proper lighting is essential to any work space. Keep lighting options flexible and be sure to provide task lighting. Any of these lights would do the trick!

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Comfortable and adjustable seating is also important. I LOVE the Herman Miller office chairs!

If a built-in desk is not an option for you check out these movable pieces!

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Having a specific place where you feel comfortable, can focus, and get to work is important for any student. Where do you or your children do homework?

By |September 19th, 2013|Bookcases, Desks, Hannah, Kids|Comments Off on Back in the School Groove!|

Back In The Groove – Record Storage

Vinyl record sales are the highest they have been in the last 15 years.  Today we are exploring new ways to store these nostalgic music makers.  Join us as we get ourselves “back in the groove” with record storage!

Atocha is a New York based company and we are in love with their American made, sustainable wood storage! This cabinet features six drawers for LPs and four drawers for CDs.

We love the angled lines of Etic Design’s media cabinet.  Takes the typical wooden box and gives it a new sculptural aesthetic.

This sculptured media cabinet would look perfect with a collection of LPs stacked in it!

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Available through BHD

Mixing of materials is always  a good idea when it comes to media storage.  The metal legs makes it durable while giving the piece light weight feel and a rock star appearance!  Brass is back baby….antique brass, that is!

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Available through BHD

And for those who love whimsy with their storage.  This ikat painted console would be perfect for storing music and media!

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Anthropologie

Modular storage is becoming more and more popular.  This stackable storage would be perfect for a small space!

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This modular storage makes configurations endless!  I love how the horizontal lines are always at the same level!  Would look sharp full of vintage and new LPs!

What kind of storage will you use for your new found collections?

By |September 16th, 2013|Accessories, Inspiration, Jennefer|Comments Off on Back In The Groove – Record Storage|

Faux Sho-House: Play Room!

Last but not least, the Faux Sho's final post, the playroom (for young and older). What fun a playroom can be! It’s a high activity space: tumbling, playing instruments, music listening, art creating, playhouse and lego building, movie/TV watching, gaming, lounging, entertaining! Often an odd shaped space, long and skinny, the room over the garage, an attic build out, basement build out, odd pass through room…these rooms are unusual and perfect for a multi-tasking.  I prefer to think of these spaces as separate zones based on activity and because of their high energy these rooms can take bold design elements.

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I love all things abstract and color but with a little grounding and practicality. This American Leather sofa is large, plush and versatile.  Available in leather or fabric, the backs can raise and lower to meet any body frame. It softly says, come lounge (or jump) on me…I’m comfy! By adding abstract pattern pillow,s from Dedar, we create a simplified graphic statement. Accompanying the sofa is an ottoman from Montis. Pack it with books, mags or toys. It’s soft yet has a flat surface, has rounded corners for safety and offers a punch of color.

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Dedar Pillow Fabric & American Leather Sofa

Purcell Living’s Cuscino easy chair is constructed of a quilted synthetic leather stretched over foam.  Extremely comfortable for gaming and movie watching, but can take a  beating!  We’ve paired it with Made Good’s Lambert table.  Formally know as the potato table, we love this recycled cement paper on wire frame’s asymmetrical curves!

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We couldn't pass up this chaise lounge by Patricia Urquiola!  It’s wooden and steel frame with woven cord upholstery would make a lovely place to read or work on your laptop! Paired with this versatile floor lamp which allows you to direct light where and how you need it!  This lamp is available through BHD. 4

With most of the rooms lending themselves to active specific areas, use flooring to define the spaces. Where tumbling, art,  and indoor wall climbing happen we placed cushy rubber puzzle tiles.  Interface’s new plank-style carpet tiles are the perfect practical soft flooring for all other areas.  Both easy to clean, repair and replace if ever needed!

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Playrooms can never have enough storage!  We love this concept image of a wall full of asymmetrical shelving to hold toys, books, and movies.  For game storage we chose B+N Industries collaboration with Rex Ray, the Ellipses and Waves credenza.  Practical, functional and absolutely fun all in one!

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Playrooms are the perfect place for wall treatments!  We love Designing Solution’s chartreuse climb wall!  And for an accent wall we chose Flat Vernacular’s Peaks and Valley’s wallpaper to give an area an extra special pop!

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We hope that our Faux-Sho playroom design has inspired you to look at your playroom design differently; whether this space is for the young or young at heart. How can you incorporate some of these design details into your play area?

Thanks for following our Faux Sho House Tour. We've enjoyed the challenge and exploration of designing our own spaces. Hopefully you have gathered inspiration and ideas along the way. Until our next Sho-House returns happy designing! -The BHD team

By |September 13th, 2013|Beth, Faux-Sho House, Furniture, Kids|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Play Room!|