7.12.2017

In-Home Classroom and Office Space

I'm really excited to share this post with you today! For a while now, I've been wanting to create an in-home office space for myself. Getting an online ESL teaching job with VIPKID finally gave me the push to actually make that space happen. Keep reading if you would like to see my new little sanctuary.

I wanted to put together an area that would be a functional "classroom," but that would also serve as a cozy corner to blog/write. Luckily, we have a spare bedroom that only has a bed and a few boxes in it, so I was able to steal a bright corner and set up shop.


Behind my chair is my "classroom" background. This is what my students see when I'm teaching. It won't always stay exactly this way...I plan to change it out fairly frequently. The polka dot tapestry is from a photo booth set that I purchased at Walmart, and the world map and ice cream banner are from Target.


Since my students will never see what is in front of the camera, that is the area that I really used to be myself. Slade bought the desk for me. It was only $40 at Walmart, and it's really cute! I'm eventually going to buy a good desk chair, but for now I'm just using one from our dining room table. I keep a blanket to put over my legs when I get chilly, and the orange shirt I have to wear while teaching hangs over the back of the chair for easy access. Sometimes I sit on the yoga ball instead of the chair to change things up a bit.


I don't like clutter, so I try to keep the top of my desk pretty sparse. The file folder organizer is from TJMaxx, and the globe tape dispenser and both lamps are from Target. I originally intended to just keep the brass lamp on the surface, but I need the white one for extra light while I'm teaching.


My favorite part of this space is my gallery wall. Along the bottom, I have three cork boards that hold a variety of memories. There are post cards from my European travels, concert tickets, and some of my favorite photos. It's so nice to be able to look up from working and reminisce about some of the best times of my life. The prints above the cork boards are from a variety of places, including Etsy, Blue Poppy Gallery, and the market in Charleston, SC. The green print was a bridesmaid gift from my cousin Taylor's wedding.


Below the desk is the not so pretty part. This is where I keep all of my teaching props and supplies. One day, I'll have a better storage system for all of it, but this works for now. The world map step stool was a Christmas gift from my parents a couple of years ago...I'm not positive where it's from. The pink and white box that is sitting on top of it at the moment is the maid of honor gift I received from my friend Liz for her upcoming wedding. Fun fact: I've had the yellow teddy that is sitting in the crate since the day I was born. 


And there you have it! It's not much, but it's mine, and I'm so happy with it. It keeps me motivated, and makes me actually want to sit down to work. I would say that alone is a win. 

Do you have a home office space? What is your favorite part of your home? 
Kristen from Pugs and Pearls said...

I was hoping you'd post this! What a cute and inspirational corner! I especially like that it's right by a window. The natural light can keep you in a good mood!

StephTheBookworm said...

I absolutely love it! Looks like a comforting and inviting place to teach, blog, and write!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It looks great! I especially like the background and how you can change it up for your students! I have a craft area and I love it. It does need reorganizing and soon!

Kay R. said...

Such a cute setup and I really like the classroom background. So fun.

Laura Darling said...

I love this. That wall with the map is amazing.

Kerry Crystal said...

The classroom and office look great! I love the drink wine and rescue dogs poster! - Crystal

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