It’s September 1st (!!). Here in the Northeast, and in other parts of the country, the first day of school is at hand, or close at hand. My boys have a staggered start next week (in-person…for now…), but as I’ve mentioned before, I am already mentally preparing for remote learning – while trying to remain positive, of course. I just think it’s inevitable that we’ll all end up back there sometime this fall.
Those of you who are homeschooling, remote learning, or working with a hybrid model, are probably looking at your children’s Zoom schedules and scratching your heads, wondering how on earth they are going to sit comfortably at a desk for several hours at a time with minimal breaks. Kids will be sitting in front of computer screens for time durations approaching that of adults with ‘desk jobs.’ So it seems more important now than ever to ensure they are comfortable, well-supported, and that their chair enables and encourages good posture. Depending on how your child tends to sit (and for how long), they may benefit from a more specialized desk chair.
For this week’s Friday Family-Friendly Find, I wanted to feature something to make homeschooling and remote learning easier, more comfortable, and better organized. It’s so interesting to me how the concept of a homework space has shifted over the past five months. Before, the trend was really toward more of a communal area downstairs, near the kitchen, and now, everyone (grown-ups and kids alike) seems to need their own dedicated space apart from one another to focus and participate in Zoom classes/meetings without disrupting or distracting everyone else.
I sat down to write this post and suddenly realized it was my first time blogging about the second home I am building with my family in the Berkshires (aka #KRIProjectGoldenrodHill on Instagram. How is that even possible? I’ll aim to do better going forward, promise!
I’ve spent countless hours selecting the materials, finishes, and furnishings for this home. Some of it flowed easily, some of it was like trying to squeeze blood from a stone. As a designer, I’m really good at helping clients make decisions…not quite as good at making them for myself, unfortunately. 🙂
And one room – what we are calling the Multipurpose Room (labeled ‘Study’ on the architect’s drawing above) – really had me stumped…so much so that I saved it for last and decided to figure it out ‘later.’ Months went by, and I had a rough furniture layout and not much else besides tumbleweeds floating between my ears.
So I checked, and apparently the last gift guide I did was in 2012. [If you must…here it is…don’t judge…it was 8 years ago!]. Perhaps that helps explain my need to overachieve at this moment. For today I present to you not one, but three Father’s Day gift guides – each wrapped around a theme…
Working from home. It has become a way of life for those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to do so. And even as life begins to get back to normal in many states – or, the ‘new normal’ – it is likely that we will be continuing to work from home…
I started Kelly Rogers Interiors in 2012 in the third floor ‘bonus room’ of our then-condo, at a quaint little desk nestled into a dormer, a file drawer, and a small bookshelf. In 2013, when we moved into our current home, I upgraded to a real home office – a whole room to myself (heaven!),…