Back-to-School Kid Space with Josephine Desk

With school starting next week, I wanted to set up a place for my son to draw, color, practice writing, or do art.  Sure, we can use the kitchen table or counter (and often do), but it would also be nice for him to have an area that doesn’t have to be “picked up” come dinner time.  Decor speaking, I wanted to add a pop of RED to his navy, light blue, and white room, and I found the perfect desk for the job.  Have y’all seen this World Market Red Josephine Desk before?  It’s white version is popular in many home offices I’ve seen online, but I dig the bright, shiny red color for this space.  Here’s how I incorporated it into the corner of my son’s room. 

I considered adding campaign hardware to the corners of the desk, but decided against it because I like how it looked originally.  Instead, I just “dipped” the legs in gold spray paint and added a decorative washi tape trim for fun. 

On the desktop, I put some of my son’s flashcards, markers, crayons, and pencils, along with this cute red service bell.  Inside the drawers are paper, coloring books and craft supplies.

I made the “IDEAS” sign with wooden blocks, skewers, and chipboard letters.  It’s an easy DIY that you can use for any word or perhaps your child’s name.  The red sculpture is the Soapstone Love Knot Figure
James has already grown accustomed to his desk, and drew us a family picture.  “You’re the one in the pink with the high heels Mom.”  Ha!  
This desk should last him a long time since it’s stylish enough to grow through later years. Right now, he’s sitting on the multicolor striped frayed throw pillow and the Celia Metal Swivel Chair
And since I had to move his bookcase to the playroom to make room for the desk, I used the Zinc Oliver Rolling Cart as a three-tiered bookshelf that fit this small wall perfectly!  Just his size!

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I feel like, “Where did our summer go?” but the structure and routine of the school year will probably be a welcome addition to our days.  We are getting pretty L A Z Y around here! 
The Josephine Desk ($169.99, $199.99), Celia Swivel Chair ($109.99, $129.99) and Zinc Oliver Rolling Cart ($79.99, $99.99) are all currently on SALE at World Market during their Home Office Event that runs through August 25, 2014.  In addition to the sale, 
Use code “HONEY” for 10% off at World Market.  
The code is good through August 12, 2014.


  1. August 5, 2014 / 11:11 am

    Love it Megan! Where did you find the task lamp? Looking for one for my little guy:)

  2. August 5, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    Megan, what a great space for James. I love the cart idea for books. Never thought of that. Looks wonderful.

  3. August 5, 2014 / 3:55 pm

    I've seen those love knots before and I'm obsessed with how you incorporated it into the space. Great job!

  4. August 5, 2014 / 4:05 pm

    Great space. He will use it for years to come. Wow, next week for a preschool start? That is really early.

  5. August 5, 2014 / 4:30 pm

    Very cute! My son just got a new desk for his birthday and we're also using the little silver buckets to hold his pencils. I'm hoping this will make him want to do homework. Probably not lol! I love the detail you added on the bottom.

  6. August 5, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    I love what you've done with this school space for your little man! I like how you put your own style twist on the feet of the table with gold paint and washi tape. And that was too cute of James drawing you with the high heels. 🙂

  7. August 5, 2014 / 6:02 pm

    Ok, this is the most stylish little "office/workspace" for your little guy! Love the dipped gold and tape for an added touch. Can you come decorate Marli's little nook for me? 🙂

  8. August 5, 2014 / 10:12 pm

    Really cute space. Can you please do some posts that are not advertising or promoting something?

  9. Carmel - Our Fifth House
    August 5, 2014 / 11:04 pm

    Super cute! I've always loved a navy and red combo in a boy's room!

  10. Allison
    August 6, 2014 / 3:51 am

    Megan, James's room is fabulous! I love the dipped legs on that desk. I have that desk in white. The red is fun. What a great space for James to do his artwork and down the road his homework.

  11. September 3, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    Please tell me where you got the lamp. I love it!

    • September 3, 2014 / 10:18 pm

      The lamp is from Z Gallerie and I painted the edges blue. 🙂

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