Playful Learning’s One-Room Schoolhouse

April 15, 2013

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

I hinted awhile back that Playful Learning has some exciting news on the horizon, which we have been busily preparing for behind the scenes. For those of you who have been reading Playful Learning for some time, you know that there is usually a space at the center of any new project that I embark upon—our new phase is no different. While the direction of Playful Learning is to enhance our online offerings by creating an inspiring collection of amazing little eCourses. At the heart of everything we do is our time spent together as a family, engaging in the projects that we share with you.

With this in mind we set out to create a work +play space that would enhance our experiences as well act as an inspiring backdrop for the videos we are producing for our upcoming eCourses. My inspiration for our new space was fueled by my love for the one-room schoolhouses of yesteryear. With a clear understanding of how we would be using the room, basic guidelines on creating spaces for children, and the aesthetic guidance of Farrin Cary Design, we created a room that encourages exploration, creativity, discovery, and growth.

Enjoy the tour and stay tuned for an exciting announcement in the coming weeks…

*For more details, check out our One-Room Schoolhouse pin board.

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

 

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

Playful Learning's One-Room Schoolhouse...

 

Mariah
Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.
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31 Comments

  1. stephanie said on April 15, 2013 #

    omg, its beautiful! what an inspiring space! congrats to you, you must be so proud!

  2. Hana said on April 15, 2013 #

    What a wonderful, inspiring room, Mariah! I would love to have a room like that in our home… something to aspire to, for sure!! Really looking forward to seeing what else you have in store!! H xo

  3. Laura said on April 15, 2013 #

    My heart is swooning over how beautiful & inspiring your new space is! I’ve loved seeing how the learning spaces in your home have evolved & grown.

  4. rebecca said on April 15, 2013 #

    what a beautiful space you have created mariah. simply amazing. i only wish it was attainable for my place!

  5. Monique B said on April 15, 2013 #

    Beautiful and inspiring! We should all have a space with similar elements, even if just a corner of our home. Thank you for sharing. Since we can’t all have you in person, lucky for us you provide us with the tools and resources!

  6. tiffany said on April 15, 2013 #

    Beautiful. The botanic prints and pillows especially caught my eye. Where dud you get them from, if you don’t mind me asking?

  7. Amy E said on April 15, 2013 #

    Gorgeous space!

  8. Mindi H said on April 15, 2013 #

    The black globe is eye catching. It’s something I’ve never seen before. The room is magnificent. Beautifully decorated with only what is needed. Love it!

  9. Kristi Simons said on April 15, 2013 #

    Amazing! So beautiful and easy on the eyes. I LOve every detail. Thanks for the continued inspiration and keep doing what you do best! (inspiring a love for learning for child and adult alike).

  10. Catherine said on April 15, 2013 #

    Oh, I love this soooo much! I love your inspiration for it too. I have one room available for my kids and this just struck a chord with me immediately. I keep trying to simplify, simplify, simplify and yet somehow we still get over run with supplies and stuff. Having that phrase ‘one room schoolhouse’ in mind is going to be my mental mantra as I embark on decluttering again. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!

  11. Stephanie said on April 15, 2013 #

    What an amazing space!

  12. ~ joey ~ said on April 15, 2013 #

    Wow wow wow! You have done it again Mariah, I’m speechless! Brilliant! xoxo ~ joey ~

  13. susan said on April 15, 2013 #

    What an amazing space! it is so inspiring.

  14. Angela said on April 15, 2013 #

    I haven’t had a chance to read all the details but the pictures are amazing – I want to curl up on that little settee with the beautiful pillows and never leave. You don’t mind an extra body in your space do you??? Thanks for the inspiration, it’s beautiful!

  15. Stacey said on April 15, 2013 #

    Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous and inspiring space! I can’t wait to see what you have for us next.

  16. Sarah M said on April 15, 2013 #

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I love the touches like the botanical prints–I’m always attracted to that. Can’t wait to pin some of those for inspiration for ‘later’.
    Sarah M

  17. Cris said on April 15, 2013 #

    WOW!!! What an inviting space. Bright, beautiful and inspiring. I’m doing some renovation at home soon and I’m looking forward to create a space as lovely as this. For sure I’ll put into practice what I learned at your Playful Learning Spaces course.
    Thanks

  18. Rachel said on April 15, 2013 #

    WOW WOW WOW Mariah! This room gave me goosebumps. Very inspiring, beautiful, simple and practical. Thank you so much for sharing. I love everything you do, can’t wait to see more!

  19. Amanda said on April 15, 2013 #

    *Jaw on floor*.
    You’re doing it right.
    Everything.

  20. shelli said on April 16, 2013 #

    I absolutely love this one room school room!! Mariah, do you homeschool? Also, I was wondering if it will ever be an option to be able to receive credit for continuing education for teachers?

  21. Kelly P said on April 16, 2013 #

    My dream room! Although I love the white, I’d need to change colors (Laos is too dusty with red dirt) but this is exactly what I want to create for my kids. Although one is still in the tummy and the other is 8 months… guess I can start collecting materials! :)

  22. Adrienn said on April 16, 2013 #

    Wonderful! It must be an absolute joy to work in there! :)

  23. Kat said on April 17, 2013 #

    This is such a beautiful space, completely inspiring. I love it.

  24. Lina said on April 17, 2013 #

    What an absolutely beautiful space! And everything has it’s place. I’m always inspired by your spaces!

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  29. Samantha Vinyard said on August 29, 2013 #

    So beautiful and peaceful. I can’t wait to make a classroom of our own. I will be using yours as inspiration.

    • Mariah said on August 29, 2013 #

      Thanks Samantha! Keep us posted about how your school room comes along :-)

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