We decided the kids needed a specific space to study, to work. Not such a place to play or be noisy. More of a personal space, where friends don't play. This was Otis's bedroom before he moved into Caspar's room, it's beautiful and sunny. Caspar calls it the 'study room'.
Most of all I wanted the space to be enticing. Otis has most of his materials in here. Caspar doesn't so much have materials rather resources for his research. This room has a built-in wardrobe where Caspar stores most of his written materials and resource library. Otis also has a shelf in the wardrobe, it currently has his lock box and more model animals.
I also wanted the space to reflect Caspar and Otis's interests. In Caspar's case this is science and geography. Otis is currently in a puzzle phase and this is reflected in this space too. I think it's a good mix.
Our block area and play trucks are all in our living area, which works well as it gives the children a fun place to play together and use when friends come over. We also have a lot more plants in this space compared to before. We're finding plants more sustainable (especially in the colder months) than cut flowers and it gives the children more opportunity to explore and care for plant life.