Olive Us: Episode 8: How to Set Up A Study Space

September 12, 2012

Just in time for back-to-school season, here’s the latest episode of Olive Us: How To Set Up a Study Space. It’s a really cute one!

We filmed this episode at my mom’s house in Mendon, Utah. We actually filmed it as we were packing up and getting ready to drive back to Colorado. It was a busy morning!

Matt and Julie of Tiger in a Jar had such a great vision of how to make it charming. I love the music they found! And a big part of the charm is definitely the fantastic illustrations of Merrilee Liddiard. (Do you know her work? Her excellent blog is called Mer Mag.)

I hope you enjoy the show!

P.S. — Want to see the illustration that didn’t make it in? Go here. And be sure to sign up for the Olive Us newsletter to be the first to see new episodes.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rachel swartley September 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

I especially enjoyed seeing the set of Childcraft books on the shelf. :)


2 Design Mom September 14, 2012 at 4:05 am

It was fun to pick the books that would be in the video. Grandma and Grandpa Mac have a great collection to choose from!


3 Tan September 12, 2012 at 11:34 am

I spy falling up! Gotta love Silverstein.
Cute episode


4 mer September 12, 2012 at 12:50 pm

everything turned out so cute! And yes, I love the music. so very perfect.

thanks! xo



5 how2home September 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm

love the music! The whole setup is adorable :) Great work!


6 Jasmine Koh September 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Oh I love the style of that video, especially when the table magically appeared. Olive is such a natural in front of the camera.

And yes, I agree that the illustrations made it that much more charming.

I am totally inspired to try making videos. Do you think you could give us some tips on making our own videos?


7 Design Mom September 14, 2012 at 4:06 am

What a great idea, Jasmine! I should write a post about it. I’ll add it to my editorial calendar.


8 CMN September 12, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Loved watching this episode – so fun! Made me want to carry around a stack of books AND re-arrange the furniture. LOL! Well done, everyone!


9 susan September 13, 2012 at 5:01 am

Loved the study space with no computer. Using a real dictionary too. Great video.


10 Amy Jo September 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

I especially love that she is reading My Father’s Dragon–one of our all-time favorite books!


11 Design Mom September 14, 2012 at 4:06 am

It’s beloved at our house too!


12 Bridget September 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

We have that desk at home! :)


13 Genevieve September 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Gabrielle, I showed this to my 6 year old son last night and he immediately made a study space in the corner of our living room and went straight to his homework! His study space includes a globe, an abacus, and his beloved composition book. After he was done, my daughter sat down with the abacus and discovered all of the ways that you can add numbers to equal 10. She woke up this morning to do it again…all because Evan set up that special study space! Great work, Blair crew!


14 Genevieve September 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm

P.s. my daughter is 4, so the space REALLY inspired her to get her to sit down and discover some new math problems beyond 2+2 and 3+1!


15 Design Mom September 14, 2012 at 4:08 am

Oh Genevieve! I read your comment to the kids and it made the whole family really happy. Hearing about iewers setting up their own study spaces in response to our little video is just the best response ever. Thank you!


16 Elizabeth September 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Very inspirational, and Olive looked appropriately studious!


17 Caddy September 15, 2012 at 12:17 am

Three cheers for Childcraft books. We have a set my mom purchased in the late 80′s/early 90s, which I still adore.


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