After a month of designing, purchasing and experimenting, I’m finally happy with the Montessori design of our new home.
When we first moved in, Mark and I agreed that the thick, dark-green carpeting in the living room had to go immediately. Within a week, Mark had put in brand-new laminate wood flooring. It cost less than $300 and completely transformed and uplifted the energy of the house! (Home Depot and a handy husband is all it takes, my friends). We then agreed that since the children will be spending the most time at home, we would set up their work space here on the first floor in the living room.
I’m so glad Mark and I are on the same page about our children: their education is our priority and you can see it when you come to our home.
Here are a few pictures of the children’s new work space:
On the other side of the room is my favorite thing of all – a child-sized sink that my husband designed and built! It is both luxurious (because so few homes have it) AND oh-so necessary (I never have to lift them up to the sink, press their stomach into the cold ledge of the sink and then hurry them through the whole washing process again!). Powered by a pump, it runs water up from a container through the faucet and then drains back down into the same container.
Here are some pictures of my amazing husband at work:
This is a standard sink from Home Depot, which Mark sawed down to size. Here he is installing the faucet. A goose-neck faucet makes it possible for children to fill up watering cans or pitchers at the sink.
He puts plumber’s putty around the drain ring in order to secure it to the sink
This container is from a fishing and marine store. For convenience’s sake, the water comes out of here and drains back here. We change it daily, which is simple to do.
You can’t see the pump, but once it’s plugged in, all you have to do is turn on the faucet and it works!
If you are in our neighborhood or passing through Baltimore, come for a visit! And bring the little ones to come and play with us!
In upcoming posts, I’ll be showing you the other areas in our home, including where we get dressed and where we eat. Stay tuned!