So you’re interested in a more Montessori-inspired lifestyle, but you feel like the sea of espresso-colored furniture and lack of space is holding you back. I mean, come on, have you seen the Montessori homes on Pinterest and Instagram? Quite breath-taking if I do say so myself.
Do you feel discouraged enough to quit yet? Don’t.
It took me more than a year to recreate ONE space in my home to better fit the aesthetic sphere of a Montessori home. Yes, a year. I am that woman with the sea of espresso-colored furniture flooding her home, and boy have I been annoyed with it for far too long.
Before I show you how I transformed my daughter’s work table and art space, I need you to note a couple of things first:
- Before you jump on the redecorating bandwagon, first start with yourself. A prepared environment is NOTHING without the inner work of the adult first. If you are not trying to learn how to become a more respectful and trusting parent, then redecorating will do you no good.
- Take your time. Many knowledgeable Montessorians will gladly explain how it’s more important, and logical, to start with one area of the house at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to change everything at once. Remember, it took me over a year to achieve what I am about to show you.
- Use what you already have. It feels great to buy new items and furniture, but if what you already have works, then don’t spend the money on new items.
- Always be open to change. A few weeks from now, you may notice that your child doesn’t interact well with his or her environment because of the placement of items, perhaps (or for another reason). Observe and be willing to rearrange furniture according to your child’s interactions with his or her environment.
So, here are the changes that I’ve made. I’ve done the cliche thing of buying the items from Ikea, but for a very good reason as you’ll see in the price tag in just a bit.
Here’s the before. Black and espresso everything. It worked out okay (meh), but wasn’t simple, organized, or appealing. And look at that dirty table (please keep in mind that I try to keep my pictures authentic. It’s real life, friends).
And here’s the after. Simple, organized, appealing.
Here are the details:
-I traded the black Ikea Lakk table for the children’s table and chair set you can find here ($30 – you can’t beat that)
-Two of the Ikea spice racks ($5 per shelf) for storing her art supplies that are currently in use
-Children’s Ikea art easel ($20)
I spent a whopping total of $60 for this whole area…’tis why I did the cliche thing of going to Ikea for everything. Wink wink.
This area of my home brings my daughter joy and no longer drives me crazy. So, it’s a win win if you ask me.
As Montessori scholars recommend; a simple and beautiful environment with natural and light-colored furniture really invites a child to interact with it.
I am hoping to add some artwork here soon and will update you as I add items.
Now, on to my next project. Actually acquiring a natural wood shelf for my daughter’s main Montessori shelf setup and getting rid of our espresso cube. Sigh.
What do you think? Have you updated a space recently and can now breathe a sigh of relief? If not, what are your plans?