Pretty is as pretty does.
I wanted to start by showing a few pictures from a scrapbooker's dream room. The reason I decided to post this is because we end up with alot of stuff, and it's not all pretty.
So, in a effort to make a few pretty changes in my own classroom, I've been collecting idea pictures. Multiples of an item that works, like the metal containers, the baskets or the magazine holders add function and style.
Form follows function!
Look at the massive amount of storage this 12x12 shelf offers. One thing I really like about it is that things don't have far to fall over, like they would on a really wide shelf. We have wide shelves right now, and it is frustrating to my daughter when some of her books are in her backpack, ready to go to co-op classes, and the rest are sliding around on the shelf. With 12x12 shelves, this would SO not be happening.
Color me happy!
I really like the fact that this scrapbooker chose a few colors and repeated them throughout the room. It's really not that hard to do if you plan ahead, but if you don't, or like me, are rehab~ing garage sale items, and give~aways from your neighbors, paint can be your BFF! Just limit your pallete to two to three colors, and stay with them!
If you struggle in this area like I do, check out books from the library on home decorating. I love the Pottery Barn series of books, and have been inspired by many others as well. Go see what you're library has to offer. You won't be disappointed!