Written by Lauren:

One of the most important things to have when you are part of a community is a place to gather, a place to be able to catch up with other community members, grab your morning coffee, or to meet in a more formal setting. One of the most important things for a teacher is to have a place to relax, a place to have your lunch with other teachers and chitchat about your day, a relaxing setting when you yourself are in a rush (making copies, gathering supplies for your classroom, etc.), and of course a place to meet and discuss the goals you have for your school. When I set out to help design this space, I had all of these things in mind.

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In our previous post, Preschool Resource Room Inspiration, I shared the vision I had for completing this project. To keep with the organic feel we are going with throughout the school and adding in a few special touches to continue this concept but also keep this space fun and inviting for teachers and parents to enjoy.

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We painted all of the walls a soft grey and the back brick wall a dark charcoal grey as a nice backdrop for the sofa.

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The sofa, coffee table, table and chair set, desk chairs, and all bookcases were purchased from Ikea. This cool statement rug was custom designed by Flor. To cozy up the space we got this grey linen chair from West Elm and fun throw pillows from CB2.

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This room is used for prep by teachers and as a lounge for both parents and staff. A laminator, a copy machine, a place to store supplies, all necessary to have in this space, and of course this table is multi-use and super functional too. To keep with the organic feel, we added in some greenery as well.

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A Nespresso machine was added for parents and teachers to enjoy!

Upon the completion of this project, the school staff sent out a special note to parents that said: “Make sure to stop by the Community Lounge to brew your morning coffee or espresso”. This, for me, truly sums up this space! I hope that this is a place for the community of my daughter’s school to gather for many years even after Ava and my twins have moved on from being in preschool. In the meantime, I know I plan to continue being involved in the growth of this very special school and love that the staff and parents now have a space to call our own. A huge shout out to Abbi Hertz and Allison Schwartz for all of the time they put in to make this space come together.

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