Polyvore is amazing. I have ridiculously expensive taste. It’s not that I choose things deliberately because they are expensive; it just happens that way. While brainstorming and dreaming and wasting insane amounts of time on Polyvore, I’m also inspired and quite well aware that although so much of what they offer is expensive, it doesn’t have to be. Below is one of the ways I imagine our schoolroom. I homeschool our oldest boy, with his brother to follow next year and then the baby. I envision a cozy space, separate from the living areas because of the mess which, by necessity, homeschooling generates. I want something cozy and masculine, full of fun and vintage touches, with some of the comforts that more modern options (read: sofa’s!) provide. Ideally this would also contain most of their toys and be a getaway place – the place where they can gather with their friends and play a board game as well as a place where they can hang out together and watch a movie or cozy up with a blanket, tea and a good book. I firmly believe in making your home cozy and comfortable, without too many of those precious touches we mother’s so often love. If I don’t create a space my kids enjoy being in, and are proud to bring their friends to, then they’ll find that somewhere else, thus largely defeating a major purpose of homeschooling. So I dream, and I plan and I design and decorate…because I love it and it’s good to dream.