Interior Design in a Home Educating Environment - Guest Post
I'm excited to share this guest post with you today from interior designer, Zahra Abbas, who will be sharing her innovative ideas on interior design for families who educate their children at home.
Zahra Abbas is an interior designer, focusing on designing residential homes, along with her husband. Her interior design journey began after completing a mentorship programme by an industry expert.
Zahra specialises in creating aspirational interiors by using juxtaposition for the basis of her designs.
Zahra believes that our homes are fundamental to our wellbeing and says, ‘I feel everyone should have a unique connection with their home, which works for their family. Our home is the most important start of all of our aspirations, so we should nurture the space to allow us to nurture ourselves.’
Zahra lives in the South East of England with her husband and two young daughters.
When home educating it can be tempting to let it take over the daily routine of the household. It is
important to ensure that the education and the creativity flows in the home. A great way to inspire
the creativity is to create a beautiful home that the whole family can connect with. It is even more
important that all the members of the home enjoy their environment. The main premise of our
interior designing is that we create ‘aspirational interiors for inspired living’ and this in it’s truest
form can create an amazing home both for education and relaxation.
Keep hold of adult space
I would place an emphasis on the importance of compartmentalising space and keeping hold of an
adult space. Regardless of whether children are home educated or not, it is important for our own
wellbeing to retain a sense of individuality and remember yourself foremost as the individual that
you are. Essentially there should be at least two rooms within the home where the style and theme
reflects this; the reception and the bedroom. If your reception is also the living area then read on
for how to compartmentalise a shared space.
Adult space needs adult storage
Naturally, there will be course materials, exercise books, crafts, homework and projects from
providing education at home. All these items needs to be stored. To retain the feel of an adult space
and add storage, look for ideas that suit your décor. It is tempting to buy the storage facility which
has the most space but always work with the look you are trying to create. It is better to wait and
find a piece that suits your room style, than buy a piece and try and make it work.
Use additional storage where required
If you have a loft or garage, try and make use of the storage space to store items which aren’t
immediately required. It could be a weekly turnaround; setting up what is needed for the week’s
teaching and storing all the other items elsewhere. The less clutter and more organised space you
have, the more areas of the home you will be able to use throughout the day to explore learning.
The environment we are in also reflects on our mindset, if we are in a disorganised space we will
naturally feel the same and it will be counterproductive trying to absorb information in such an
environment. The physical space around us needs to reflect what we are trying to achieve, children
are much more able to concentrate away from distractions in organised spaces.
Inspire with décor
Globes are a big decorative accessory at the moment as are world map mural wallpapers. Wired
noticeboards are also huge, framed art walls are another trend; look to display works of your
children in a hallway or the stairs, something they can share and talk about and feel inspired to
create. One of the huge benefits of learning at home is the variety of techniques that are used and
these subtle ideas make the home space a much more vibrant and exciting learning ground.
Allow children to learn about the importance of home
You truly connect with your home when it offers the opportunity to rest, relax, entertain and enjoy.
It is your sanctuary because it is where you are most vulnerable; encapsulating all the emotions a
human being embodies. Children are tuned into such vibrations and can often feel these more
strongly; whether they are aware of it or not they have a personal connection to their home. Let part
of the home educating benefit them by exploring what home means to them and how they visualise
their space helping them to grow. You can often be surprised by the insights children can offer. It is
also a great chance for them to get involved in creating a home they enjoy too.
Creativity flows in design and architecture
I remember growing up and thinking I had my career path all mapped out; school, university,
professional exams and whoop an accountant! When I started out in interior design I felt as if my
eyes were opening up to so much inspiration which was actually all around me from the beginning.
Some of the most beautiful architectural history and famous interior designs share inspiration that
goes beyond the profession, it is always interesting to see a creative perspective to widen your
understanding of the world around us. How about a lesson in interiors around the world to
showcase what are important architectural features in different regions of the world?
As far as the home educating goes, I’m sure you are much more aware of what works and how to
achieve academic results. My role here was to show you how to have a beautiful home in doing so,
which I hope you can take something from.
A big Thank You to Zahra for taking part in today's guest post, you can check out more of Zahra's lifestyle interiors over on her website here or follow along on social media where she shares tips and newsletters: