Maisonette's Co-Founders Have THE Best Back-To-School Tips
These Vogue veterans curated a shopping list just for us.
When veteran Vogue editors Sylvana Ward Durrett and Luisana Mendoza Roccia set out to create a one-stop-shop for the best children's gear on the internet, they knew they wanted to curate a tight edit of stylish items. Maisonette is now a go-to resource for clothing, toys, gifts, and even home goods. Durrett and Roccia bring together a wide range of iconic, quality goods from around the world, and now that it's back-to-school season, their favorite finds are going fast.
We tapped the co-founders to find out what every child needs as they ease back into the school year. Together, the former editors put together a list of the top ten necessities for curating the best study space for any kiddo — here's what the savvy entrepreneurs (and moms!) recommended.
1. School Supplies
"Children are more productive when they have everything they need to complete their homework in one space – and it saves us parents time when we’re able to avoid running around the house looking for a glue stick. In this case, more is better!"
Maisonette Rainbow Dreams Back to School Bundle, $68, Maisonette.
Maisonette Super Dude Back to School Bundle, $38, Maisonette.
Mr. Boddington's Studio Set of 2 Composition Notebooks, Space/Sharks, $20, Maisonette.
2. Bright Décor
"Color influences productivity, creativity and mood. Vibrant hues liven up the space and can be an inspiration for kids – it helps to get the creative juices flowing."
Mr. Boddington's Studio ABC Art Print,$22, Maisonette.
3. Adjustable Lighting
"Similar to color, lighting can heavily impact productivity and mood. You want to make sure the study space is well lit to keep kids engaged and focused on their homework. Adjustable lighting is extremely helpful, especially for larger desk areas!"
Maisonette Mavis Adjustable Table Lamp, $165, Maisonette.
4. Organization + Storage
"Clutter is distracting. Keeping everything neat and organized increases productivity and promotes confidence, as your mini knows where to easily find everything in their own dedicated space. We always keep the shelves stocked with books for continued learning at home."
Mimish Metallic Storage Pouf, Grey, $79, Maisonette.
Babyletto Dottie Bookcase, $249, Maisonette.
5. Quiet Space
"Ensure the study space is in a quiet area of the house – for younger kids, setting up a space in a more communal area, such as the kitchen tends to be better in order to supervise, but as our minis grow up, a dedicated space of the house will be built out as a study of their own."
6. Interactive Décor
"Make learning more fun with interactive décor, such as a chalkboard. Our kiddos love playing teacher with us and in turn, it helps them learn, too."
Gautier Studio Big Blackjack Blackboard, $99, Maisonette.
7. Comfortable + Cozy
"Create a space where your child enjoys being – making it cozy and comfortable allows for kids to learn in a more relaxed environment. Warm up the space with a colorful rug and comfy reading chair. We usually decorate with a colorful and printed rug in case of any spills and stains! "
Casablanca Ines Rug, Multi, $198 - $648, Maisonette.
Kip & Co Canvas Beanbag Chair Cover, $99, Maisonette.
8. Simple Setup
"Filling the space leads to more distractions. Keep it simple with the key necessities – desk, chair, and storage!"
Oeuf Set of 2 Bear Play Chairs, $226, Maisonette.
Oeuf Play Table, $269, Maisonette.
"Decorate with artwork or school projects created by your mini to make the space truly feel like their own."
Cheree Berry Paper First Day of 3rd Grade Banner, $20, Maisonette.
"Study breaks are needed to keep kids engaged during a long study session. We love these eco-friendly bowls to serve our minis study snacks!"
JJ Rabbit AniBOWL Set of 2 Penguins, $10, Maisonette.
JJ Rabbit CUPPIES Set of Four, $28, Maisonette.
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