Monday, August 25, 2014

Teacher Lounge Makeover


This past summer has gone by so fast.  It is hard to believe that Calgary school doors open in less than a week and a half.  During the past school year, I was blessed to meet two amazing moms and friends, Heather and Jennifer.  We came to realize through various volunteer activities that we work very well together and play off each others creativity.  We met while planning and organizing our schools 10 year anniversary and we came up with a plan to makeover the teacher's lounge.  This area is used by the teachers, staff and parent network for meals, breaks and meetings, as well as one-on-one learning with select students.  Our wonderful and amazing Head of School learned of our plan and was kind enough to provide us a budget help with the makeover.  Let me show you what we did…

TEACHER LOUNGE MAKEOVER


BEFORE

The following pictures are the teacher lounge/staff room before the makeover.  Note the dated paint job and general clutter that had developed over the years.  The mismatched chairs contributed to the overall busy theme of the room.  The booth cushions were covered in dated fabric which was difficult to clean and maintain.


The kitchen area was a combination of mismatched shelving and clutter.  The microwaves sat on the bar for years and the use of space was not being utilized to its potential.


Here is a closer view of the kitchen area.  


AFTER

Yes, my friends…this is the same space!  Can you believe it?  One of the first things that needs to be done before a makeover can begin is to remove everything out of the room.  We started by taking off all of the cushions in the booth areas, removing all of the mismatched chairs and taking everything out of the kitchen including all of the shelving.   The painters arrived in July to paint the entire room.  We settled on a grey, white and yellow theme.  Not only are these colours beautiful and easy on the eye, they are very gender neutral.  Just repainting the room made a big difference in the space before any decorating even started.  I will post more pictures this week on how the space came together, but today I wanted to focus on the before and after pictures and how beautiful the space is now.


This is the space as soon as you walk thru the double doors.  The teachers are now greeted with a beautiful table with 16 matching chairs from IKEA.



The microwave was removed from the bar is now centrally located on its own table.  The table includes extra storage for kitchen items and recycled magazines for the teachers to enjoy during break time.  The wall space surrounding the microwave hangs inspirational quotes that will inspire everyone that reads them.  The clock was relocated to finish off the wall collage.



We tried to reuse and recycle what we could in the space.  This poster frame for instance is one of the examples.  We framed fabric and supplied the teachers with dry erase markers and erasers.  This board can now be used by the teachers to write messages or simply to wish someone a happy birthday or write a quote of the day.



Trying to find tablecloths to cover this large of a table was hard, so the next best thing was to place runners and vinyl place mats down the entire length of the table.  Along the runners are items they would need while eating lunch such as napkins, salt and pepper.







Wood letters were painted white and hung on the wall surrounded by group photos of the teachers from the past couple of years.  Our goal with this space is to keep adding pictures of the teachers as the year goes along.  After all, this is the teacher lounge and we really wanted this space to be a personal reflection of them.



The back cushions were covered in a grey and yellow fabric and a dark grey leather for the bottom.  The leather is an easy clean up for spills and it looks good too.




Bar stools were added to the bar and this space can now be used as a place to eat or grab a quick cup of coffee and visit.  




All of the shelving before was torn down to make way for these cabinets and bookcases from IKEA.  We chose this unit not only because it was pretty but it served as a functional area too.  This unit provides them with drawer space that the kitchen didn't have earlier.  Utensils, dish towels, and pantry items can now be tucked away and hidden.


This area to the left of the unit can be used for food preparation.  Everything they need now is right in this little area.  From cutting boards to knives, we have it covered.


The bookcase in the center of the unit provided a space for some decorative touches.  Everything from the lemons to the straws to the little canisters were great ways to brighten up the area.





In the kitchen area is a small coffee bar.  Everything they need to make a cup of coffee or tea is right at their fingertips.  Small details like this make a big difference and adds a personal touch to the space.


The existing bulletin board was covered in a coordinating fabric.  The school calendar was also frame and placed next to the board.  Details like this just finish off the space.



It was so much fun to create a new lounge area for our amazing teachers at our school.  With that being said, I can't just post pictures of the amazing space without posting pictures of the three of us.  We put our heart and soul into making this space a place where teachers, administration, parents, visitors and students would want to come into and feel welcome.  We know that it will be enjoyed for many years to come.  

Thank you Heather and Jennifer for joining me on this amazing makeover journey.  It was full of hard work, a lot of shopping, assembling furniture but most importantly we laughed a lot.  

Also, a SPECIAL THANK YOU to Mr. Richard and Mr. Daniel for being there to assist us when we needed you.  Your help is greatly appreciated!!!


Heather, Me and Jennifer

I will be posting more about the space in a couple of days with more details on specifics of the space and decor….
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Monday, April 7, 2014

A Simple and Beautiful Easter Wreath


Good Afternoon!  Here's hoping that your Monday is off to a good start.  The sun is shining today and that is a wonderful thing.  I can honestly say that I am officially done with winter and snow...D-O-N-E!  If I never saw snow again, I can't say I'd be upset!

Today I wanted to share with you a simple and beautiful Easter wreath I put together in less than 10 minutes.  I haven't done much decorating for Easter like I've done in the past but I have managed to put a few things out.  Let me show you how easy this wreath was to throw together. 


I have this Smith and Hawken Boxwood wreath from Target on my kitchen hutch at all times and had a moment today where I thought I would embellish it for Easter instead of heading down to the dreaded basement to find my Easter wreath I had from last year.  


These beautiful mercury glass Easter eggs came from Home Sense.  I purchased these with the intent of filling a hurricane lamp, but instead I chose to use them on my wreath.



I simply just tied them together and hung them with a small wire in the center of the wreath.  That is all I did, pretty simple huh?




How easy was that?  

I have to say that a less than 10 minute project works for me.  Hope each of you have a great week and a wonderful Easter.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Teacher Conference Survival Basket


 Today I wanted to share a quick and simple treat I put together.  It is Parent/Teacher conference time at our school and that means we go to school for half a day and have a free day on Friday.  Although the students are out of school, the teachers have conferences all day until 8:00 p.m.  I started thinking of how much time the teachers would be up at the school and I wanted to give them a little something to help them get through the couple of days.  If you are fortunate like me, I LOVE my sons teachers and any time I can go above and beyond to let them know how much I appreciate all they do for him, I am happy to do so.  Let me show you what I came up with.


I started with an empty basket and filler I purchased at Michaels....



I then went to our local market and purchased pre-made sandwiches, soup, pasta salad, muffins, cookies and fruit....



Placed all the food in the basket....


Topped it off with napkins, utensils and crackers....


Tied some raffia to it...


and off they went....


There was enough food in these baskets to last them a couple of days while at the school.  If anything, they didn't have to worry about packing their lunch and snacks for their busy days.
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