Style Tips: Back-to-School
What goes around comes around in kid’s styles, often with a fresh new twist. We’ve been on the look-out for simple ideas and trends for this back-to-school season… watching our own kids + their friends gives us clues for kids, from toddler to teen.
Here are a couple of our style observations on accessories…
The All-American bandana is back! For girls, the fashion bandana is mixed with a fun bun, like these…
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For boys, we found this sweet spin on bandana charm via etsy…
These hip bandana trends work especially well when paired with denim, always an American classic.
Another style to watch in kid’s fashion is knit beanies, for both both boys and girls alike. Here are a few images of inspiration…
image via etsy
images via pinterest
We love this look with the pop of red and the classic high-top converse…and the always-right-for-Fall plaid print …
image via fashiondivadesign
Enjoy getting your kids ready to head back to school in style! Let us know the kid fashions you’ve spied recently.
Back to School means Back to Organization
Back to School is about a fresh start. Brand new tools. A time to get organized. We are probably not the only ones who enjoy shopping for crisp, colorful binders and composition books… sharpening stacks of #2’s …preparing children for the new year and organizing their living spaces for the school year. Where to begin?
Here’s one way to organize a girl’s bedroom: build a study and storage space that fits your space and style. Shown above: Young America Dana Writing Desk combined with two Dana Door Bookcases, a Dana Storage Hutch and a Bailey Banker Chair.
A Newberry Bookcase Bed (below) paired with two Dana Low Bookcases creates an attractive, practical space for the (many) things that may otherwise end up on the floor, under the bed or who-knows-where…
Mixed and matched, Dana furniture styles are space-saving, versatile and blend easily with Young America collections and styles you may already have in your home. Perfect for a child’s bedroom in your choice of paint finishes and wood tones.
Young America Dana study and storage ideas to help organize a modern boy’s room too.
Cubbies, bins, drawers and doors provide space to stow and display everything.
shown above: Dana Writing Desk and Dana Large Console (top with monitor/tv) with two Dana Door Bookcases, Dana Storage Hutches and Bailey Banker Chairs. A Newberry Bookcase Bed (below) is flanked with Dana Low Bookcases for a cozy library effect.
Here are some other fun ideas we’ve found while looking around online…
image via Ikea
How about stacks of colorful organization? Just a little paint & imagination goes a long way. Having ample storage is key, whether in boxes, bins, baskets or jars.
image via bellamumma
Task lighting is another essential. We found a current source for some colorful desk lamps at apartmenttherapy…
…and another fun idea for creating order in your study space, using a peg board to display artwork or assignments…
image via momodesign
For other good organization and decorating ideas for your kids’ rooms and study spaces: click here.
How to Create a Good Study Space for your Child
The “Back to School” lists have been printed… and maybe you’ve tackled some of the shopping already. Our Young America crew of parents loves back-to-school shopping. It’s an exciting time for your child; it’s a fresh start. And there’s something about those crisp, new folders and binders; pink and pencil-top erasers, scads of #2 pencils; countless college-ruled notebooks. We love the colors, graphics, textures. Thinking about all that is to come during the school year fills parents with anticipation; the possibilities are exciting and a child’s enthusiasm is too.
And where will the copious school supplies reside for easy access and organization? Rather than finding them strewn from here to there (and everywhere!), why not create a good study space in your home? Find a little time during these final days of summer to organize a special place for your child to sit down quietly; carve out a spot where your child can do his or her homework away from household hubbub. An organized desk or work surface with easy access to a sharp pencil, pink eraser, or fresh piece of paper are keys to helping your child develop great study habits.
1. Choose a spot a bit removed from the beaten paths of your home… at a desk in their bedroom, a designated corner in a playroom, or a built-in desk in the kitchen. Wherever it works for you in your house.
2. Talk with your child(ren) and find out what may be best for them. Getting your child involved in the planning may produce greater buy-in for them to actually use the designated space. Make it “their” place and chances are good they’ll love it. Accessorize it for personality and hang their artwork.
3. Consider setting up a desk or tabletop hutch, open shelves or simple cubbies and stock them with necessary items for an effective homework station. Desktop or wall mounted file holders or freestanding drawers work well too, and make sure the lighting is warm and bright. A little soft music can help them focus and get their reading, writing and math done.
4. Bottom line? use your imagination, be practical and have fun.
image: Young America myHaven Computer Desk
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