The most amazing Montessori homes I've seen don't belong to bloggers or influencers. They belong to busy parents who create lovely spaces without any fanfare. Today I'm sharing some of these spaces. I find all of these rooms really refreshing, I'm not going to add much commentary other than to say I hope you enjoy these and feel somewhat inspired to bring a little Montessori into your home! This is such a sweet space. There is a lot in this small area - floor bed, toys and a few books. This space is really calm and serene. Valentina does such... Read more →


Today I'm sharing some real Montessori bedrooms. You can see they have been put together with care and respect. While this style of bedroom is the norm for families like mine, they are very different from your typical nursery or toddler bedroom. It's nice to highlight them and share them with other interested families. This room has been designed for a 10 month old. I love that the picture has been taken from an infant's perspective. A crawling and sitting child can reach the toys, materials and books! This space now has a floor bed too which you can see... Read more →


You can see Montessori in almost every area of our home. I want to provide, as much as I can, an overall picture of what our home looks like room by room. Every space changes, it develops as the children get older however most of these spaces are the same from when our toddler was around 18 months to present at 26 months. Our home is far from perfect but it is a process of observing our children and making changes to meet their needs. Kitchen (above) - kitchen helper so that my toddler can reach the kitchen sink and... Read more →


Beautiful (and Real) Montessori Baby and Toddler Rooms

Today I'm sharing some simply beautiful Montessori baby and toddler rooms. What makes them Montessori you ask? Let me explain! Above I love how everything is at the child's level or at toddler height. This floor bed looks the same as ours and we love it. This space is cozy without being overbearing. Toys and clothes accessible to a toddler - yes! This is the same as our wardrobe which has been perfect from around 18 months+. Isn't this lovely?!? Lots of room for the child to move (freedom of movement), a wall mirror to observe themselves and their environment,... Read more →


"If we had to live just one day in an environment such as the one we prepare for our children, I believe we also would find it painfully uncomfortable...If these mothers prepared an environment at home for the child that conformed to his size, to his energy and to his psychic faculties, the child would be at liberty and a great step would have been taken toward the resolution of the educational problem - the child would have his own environment." - Maria Montessori, The Child in the Family. "We must give the child an environment that he can utilize... Read more →


Image: This Little Nook Is there anyone here that doesn't love looking at Montessori bedrooms? What I love most about these rooms is the approach that each family has taken. You can't buy Montessori out of a catalogue, it looks different and unique in every home. All of these rooms are practical and all of these are really beautiful. Pictured above is a Montessori Baby Room with Lorena Canals at This Little Nook. This room has so many small touches to take in. Image: Wondermamas Above and below is a Montessori Inspired Toddler Bedroom at Wondermamas. I love the neutral... Read more →


Most Montessori infant and toddler environments have low shelves. They are a staple, essential for storing and displaying toys and materials in an ordered way that is accessible to the very young child. I'm frequently asked for the measurements of our Montessori infant/toddler shelves. Rather than provide them here I've found a few DIY tutorials that may be more helpful! DIY Montessori Furniture at Playwood. I feel like I could DIY these! How sustainable, you can shift the pieces around and make something new when needed or as the child grows! Also see their Kids' Wardrobe. DIY Montessori-Inspired Shelf for... Read more →


Have you seen some of the children's spaces at Tanglewood Hollow? I've long admired Allyson's homeschool and Montessori influenced spaces. In particular, I'm finding inspiration from the way Allyson uses bunting and flags. Not only do they add colour and are a focal point, but they are also so, so beautiful. I've recently ordered some garden creature bunting from Etsy and I'm thinking of using it in Otto's bedroom. Here are some of the other Montessori, Waldorf and nature inspired flags and bunting that I'm loving: Our World Fabric Bunting. Bless this Garden Prayer Flags. Garden Herbs Flag. Green Prayer... Read more →


Otto is almost 18 months old and it feels like a good time to revisit some of our Montessori home spaces. I'll explain how they work and how we troubleshoot. Our spaces are fluid, always changing. I hope these posts will give you a few ideas for your home environment. At almost eighteen months Otto can: Put on/take off socks independently - only loose socks, not socks that are tight. Wool socks are great. Put on/take off boots independently - only his rain boots and not always on the right feet. He can also take them off. Put on/take off... Read more →


A month or so ago we moved Otto (17 months) into Otis' old room. Otis (7yrs) doesn't like sleeping alone and I always found it difficult at bedtime if I was busy with Otto. So now Caspar (11yrs) and Otis are sharing a room. Otto's new room is much larger. We haven't made many changes. Most of the furniture is the same. Above we've created a little reading nook. Previously Otis had his fossils and rocks/minerals on the wall unit but now we have some Schleich animals. We might even change it over to some of Otto's favourite Siku vehicles.... Read more →


PERFECT Montessori Baby Spaces!!

I've been helping a local family set up their Montessori baby room (just giving some gentle guidance). I found it easier to show them with pictures rather than tell them with words about the Montessori aspects of the room. It makes sense when you can see what the room might look like. My general advice was: Stay flexible - once the baby is born you may want to change things around. A baby play space doesn't have to be in the bedroom - it might work well to have a play space (movement mat/mirror/mobiles/shelving) in a living area. Use what... Read more →


I love the Montessori approach to wall art. Nothing too busy, distracting or overwhelming. Just simple and beautiful. In children's spaces, I like to use images from nature. It's a part of the Montessori approach to expose the child to reality-based imagery but what is most important to me is that the images are inspiring, uplifting, captivating. I want for my children to see the possibilities of the world, to want to explore the earth, its lands, sky and, oceans. When Otis was a toddler we used the Bits of Intelligence cards for wall art. They are lovely, the background... Read more →


I was going to give an update on Otto's bedroom - to show how he has grown into the space. But then I realised I only had photographs of half of the room. But this pretty much is it, out of picture he has a wardrobe, his weaning table and chair and his ball tracker. He has a lot of his toys and materials in our living area downstairs but we always keep a few things in his room to play with before or after bed. This is a favourite spot for reading and playing with his brothers. We've put... Read more →


Have you thought about making a 'yes' space for your baby or toddler? Some parents I speak to say they have baby-proofed their entire house, but it isn't the same thing. A 'yes' space is a room or an enclosed space made specifically for the child where the child can feel 100% safe and confident. They can move, touch, and, explore confidently knowing this space is for them and they won't be reprimanded or told 'no'. Magda Gerber, founder of RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) was an advocate for 'yes' spaces but it fits very well within a Montessori home.... Read more →


Otto has just turned 10 months old so I thought it was time to show you his updated Montessori room. We moved into this house in January, after an international move we barely had any toys or furnishings. Now the room is starting to look and feel more lived in and we are working out the best way to use the small space we have available. Above he is playing with the bells and cube c/o Montessori Shop. As Otto is now crawling and climbing, we've been careful to remove any hazards in his room, including low plants and small... Read more →