Study Complete!

October 9, 2012

Well I’m excited to announce I finally finished up the study space makeover we started way back in May.  I had every intention of finishing up this space before school started for the kids in August but life and other more important spaces kept me occupied.

Anyhoo.  Last weekend, I finally was able to tackle the final projects that remained – stitching up a cushion cover for the window seat and installing a window treatment above.  I decided to have a lot of fun with color in this space especially since it’s for the kids.  I stuck with a blue and green palette (predictable much Kate?) and mixed in a lot of pattern to keep it fun.

blue and green study with window seat


With a width of 9 ½ feet, the room is not gigantic, but but it’s just big enough for its intended purpose, as a creative zone for art and games, for reading or watching movies, and a place for the youngsters to hang out with each other and their buddies. 

kids doing art


Yeah that window seat we built from IKEA refrigerator cabinets over the summer sure looks great topped with a cushion and some fun pillows!  I’ve always wanted a true window seat similar to the built in nook I had when I was a kid. 

I sewed a cushion cover with a foam insert for the window seat, but let me tell you, it was the ultra lazy ‘sew the bare minimum’ method. I had lofty ambitions of a piped cushion cover with a perfect zipper enclosure but instead settled on a knife edge cushion, stitched up with some green canvas outdoor fabric I found on sale at Joann’s Fabrics.

window seat from ikea cabinets centsational girl


Hello beautiful modern oversized drum fixture!  I searched high and low for the right pendant, and even considered a DIY version, but when I saw the Finley fixture at Crate + Barrel, I decided it was the one.  Large in scale, clean lined and modern, and perfect for the space. 

new fixture in study


To the right of the window is the blue sofette I bought earlier this year and the new wall map and art gallery wall above.

wall gallery and blue sofette

pillows on sofette

marking pens and books


The campaign desk I painted Kelly green earlier this year is still hanging out on the wall opposite the window.  Inside I store most of their art supplies with the bottom drawer dedicated to their multiple completed masterpieces.

kelly green campaign desk in study


To the left of the window and across the sofette is the set of Vittsjo shelving we modified earlier this summer by painting it white and replacing the shelves with stained wood instead. 

white painted vittsjo shelving


The shelving units are narrow and perfect for storing books, games, and a small TV.  More kid art is on display up above.

vittsjo shelving centsational girl


It’s a small but stylish space perfect for kid activities and one that will grow with them over the years. 

blue and green study with window seat


Sources:  Paint: ‘Oyster Bay’ by Glidden; Rug: Green and blue medallion from Overstock;  Sofette: Bayonet in Caribbean Blue (purchased on sale at Joss & Main); Drum shade pendant: Finley from Crate + Barrel; Pillows: Joss & Main, World Market, and DIY;  Shelving: Vittsjo by IKEA, modified by us; Table: DIY, how to here; Window treatments from Lowes: Levolor bamboo blinds and Calendale panels; Desk: thrift store makeoverGreen chairs from Target.

Let me know if I forgot any details, I’ll answer them in the comments!



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