Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Study Week


Thought I'd share a few photos of our office/study this week, seeing I am going to be spending most of the week here, in my little corner..... studying.  Lets start with hubby's end of the room.

He likes to have his appointments here whenever he can. The office does have a separate entrance, off the front porch, but he always likes to bring his clients through the front door! Before the appointments start, I totter in with a silver tray of tea, coffee and biscuits... they love it! It's a lovely big room. It can be closed off from the rest of the house with French doors so if appointments are at 'after school time', you can't hear a peep from inside the room. We have the sound system wired into this room so often I can hear hubby humming away to a bit of 'Buble' while he works.


What a rush it was this morning. This Monday/Tuesday transition is going to be a challenge for my boys. 2 separate sessions of soccer practice on a Monday night, 2 hours of homework for year 7 boy, a 7am Tuesday morning start for Guitar Ensemble and we're over it! Big one has to take 2 co-curricular activities in addition to his studies. Soccer and guitar were the obvious choices as they are his great loves.... but the volume of  homework as well!.... it brings me to tears.... and big boy on occasion too. Every subject gives homework every night.... when will he have time to still be a little boy? Is anyone else wringing their hands over homework this early in the year?! I've only just recovered from my high school years (well 27 years ago....seems like yesterday!) and here we go again!
Happy Tuesday!
A-M xx

 
And no, it's not always that tidy!

24 comments:

  1. Such lovely inspiration! I've started the long and fraught journey of planning our study or as Mr Brabourne believes - his study. He has a list a mile long of technological musts - this is going to be a big challenge to fit all these unattractive bits and pieces into a room that I want to look beautiful. Your gorgeous photos give me hope that it can be done! Leigh

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  2. Leigh, wireless helps! and big cupboards for storing ugly office stuff! A-M xx

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  3. Stunning room, just like the rest of your home!

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  4. A-M when will your incredible home be photographed for a magazine?? I want to drool over it on glossy paper!

    I simply cannot get enough! Every single detail is perfect. It truly is.

    Anna xx

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  5. Hi A-M...

    I just wanted to reply about your comment on the amount of school homework kids get these days. My husband is a high school teacher and the year eight co-ordinator. He can't get over the amount of homework kids are taking home. He spoke to ALL year 8 teachers last year asking them to reduce the amount. A lot of parents have praised the school for doing so but more schools need to realise the problem. Like you said...they won't be able to be real little boys if they're stuck inside at a desk. I have 3 little boys, the eldest has just started Prep so we've only just begun the 'school journey'.

    By the way...I love reading your blog and seeing how you create/design your home! Just beautiful.

    Kate's corner

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  6. Boy would I have massive problems concentrating in your study...I would just sit and stare into that DG wallpaper. Good to see you are a little bit untidy sometimes, still looks like relatively organised piles of paper though! Poor Big One, our schools aren't as hard with the homework, hope he still has time to have fun...still a long way to go before it's all over.

    Have a great day - Lisa x

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  7. Lovely office A-M - wish mine was so lovely!! But it's strewn with notes about every single school detail at the moment, and they're on top of a pile of contracts i'm writing too :'(.

    Yes, back to school has been crazy - my year 7 too is proving a challenge with tennis and sailing and homework and, and, and...the schedule is relentless. Then the youngest and homework is crazy too in yr 4 (not to mention his motocross, sea scouts, etc etc). I think the dog has forgotten who we are :)

    good luck my friend on the crazy ride! julesx

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  8. Oh A-M, my heart breaks for your son with that much pressure! I was seeing red when my 9 year old came home from the first day of school with homework. Nothing like easing them into the school year huh?! On a positive note my husband, who is a senior lecturer in Education has made a submission to the Aus. Research Council to do a research project on this very subject. He has written an article which you may find interesting. I found it a real eye-opener to learn that research shows homework at primary level is of little or no benefit.
    I'd better stop now (I have a bee in my bonnet over this issue!).
    LOVE your study and your hospitality (silver tray, tea, coffee)is impressive!
    Angex

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  9. Oh it's gorgeous, I do love the black chair at the desk.

    You made me laugh with the school comment, yes it is haunting isn't it *wink.
    xxx

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  10. Hi A-M, yes I know, as the boys get older, it gets so much busier. I remember when my eldest (now 2nd year uni) was doing vce, he had 1st football training 3 mornings a week and had to be at school by 6.45am, (at that hour it only takes 20 mins to get to school) also two sessions in the afternoon not getting home until 7.50pm, he was also training and competing for highjump/athletics for Victoria and this is all before study. It was planned since year 8 that he take a gap year in England which I think is a fabulous idea but at the last minute he decided against it. Oh well, the main thing is they are happy and healthy, but here we go again,my lovely middle son is doing year 12 this year with all the extra sport etc. as well. I find it is so much easier when I am organised but sometimes, life gets in the way. Oh it is all good fun - most of the time (exhausting, but fun). Enjoy your day A-M.

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  11. my god, clients must come see your DH and say "oh wow, did you get an interior designer in this place, it looks so fab" hehehe

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  12. Your study looks amazing, perfect.

    Yes I'm with you on homework, my daughter started grade 7 last week and got homework from three subjects on the 2nd day. She is enjoying it though and I haven't had complaints from her (yet!). I'd still like her to have time for herself or simply swim with her siblings all afternoon/evening. It's only going to get worse.......

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  13. Wow! This is a beautiful room. I really love the wallpaper and the color scheme. What a pleasant place to work!

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  14. How funny, I'm working on my next post entitled Homework - with lots of gorgeous studies! Yours would fit right in. I continue to marvel..

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  15. What a beautiful romm A-M! Another one... I would find that a relaxing and inspiring place to work, and I think I would like someone to bring me coffee and biscuts too!
    :)

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  16. What a wonderful place to do work. I wouldn't even mind doing work in such a lovely space! We have created a small study off of our family room but hope to create a "real" one like we had in our last house, in the new addition. And I've never understood why they give so much homework, glad my last one is in his last year before heading off to Uni next Fall!

    Kat :)

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  17. Lovely room. I like the colors, the clear yet feminine style.

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  18. Your study is simply perfect. Can I have one of everything in this room please?

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  19. I love this room, I loved when your header was the wallpaper. You've done a beautful job A-M.....Julie in Holland :)

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  20. Beautiful! Especially the winged chairs and the blinds!

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  21. Looks like a beautiful room A-M! Would be such a lovely room to bring clients into. Your poor big boy - the workload really steps up in the older grades doesn't it :(

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  22. Jelous. Saw The boys are back on Sunday and it made my husband cry. I can't wait to move down there. Heidi

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  23. My daughter is only in first grade and it's getting ridiculous how much homework...

    I can't imagine in a few years...

    best of luck!
    -kelley

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