I’ll Probably Explode in Excitement Before the End of this Post

December 5, 2013
Land of Nod Homeschool Room Ideas
Photo via Land of Nod



A few months ago, in the midst of my pregnancy with Kaden, Land of Nod (I KNOW) contacted me about collaborating on a project. I was swamped at the time, we were getting ready to move to North Carolina, etc, so I told them that I’d love to once things settled down.

Fast forward to October, when everything had changed and yet stayed so much the same. I reached back out to them with an idea about doing a homeschool room for Bella. We have a huge 4th bedroom at the front of our new home that I’d designated for school anyway, but was struggling to figure out what to put in there for her. It had to be childlike, inviting, and yet something she could grow up with. It also had to work for us moving around so much, and be functional for us both.

I felt after looking at their stuff for so long that they would be so perfect for this kind of thing. My idea was so different and yet their products are a great fit for childhood education and transition through the years.

So for the past 2ish months, we’ve been sending a ton of emails back and forth working on the room for Bella (and me!). Their amazing team planned a mood board with all the items they had in mind, and I was able to approve each. They asked about Bella, her interests, our ideas in education, my design style, how “schooly” I wanted the room, etc. They were absolutely incredible.

But the best part? (Because yes, it can get better.) Then they asked if we would consider being a Real Family – featured in their February catalog.


What does this mean? They’ll be flying a design/stylist team out in two weeks to set up all the product at our home. Then they’ll photograph the room and us, get our story, and we’ll be on their site and print catalog in January.

I just.

I don’t even know. 

I’m so freaking excited. I can’t believe this is happening. Any of it. And that Bella is going to have an entire homeschool room designed around her interests and my style of teaching – for her whole childhood. I keep waiting for someone to pinch me to wake up.

I’ll be blogging/Instagramming/tweeting the entire thing. I’m eager to meet everyone they send out, to see this whole process take place in our home. To start the new year with a school room in our home that we can escape to and read, learn, create.

So that’s my big news. I can’t wait to show it to you all, and have you see all the ideas we came up with for your own homeschool spaces. Big or small.


In the meantime, check out my mood board for some of the items we’ll have in the room, then hop over to Land of Nod for up to 25% off their holiday presents and decor with $4.95 flat shipping.

Land of Nod team – you’ll never have any idea how much it means to us for you all to work with our family on something so special. Thank you


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  • Tracy @ The UnCoordinated Mommy

    December 6, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Yay!!! Congrats!! I drool over there stuff often 🙂

  • Shawn

    December 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Yay! Super exciting! It’s going to be fantastic – can’t wait to see!

  • Laura

    December 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. How cool is this??? Maybe if the stars align I can get a design team to COME TO MY HOUSE and work out a room for my girls. HAVE FUN!!! Can’t wait to follow the progress!!

  • Chantal

    December 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Soooo cool!

  • Rachel Everitt

    December 6, 2013 at 12:29 am

    Great! I'm glad you & your family have something to be excited about again!!!

  • Sarah C. (@2pawsdesigns)

    December 5, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Doing a happy dance for you! I think I’d pass out. Looking forward to catching a bit of the “behind the scenes” on social media and seeing the end result. 🙂

  • Tricia Miller

    December 5, 2013 at 10:50 pm


  • Sarah Jane

    December 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    WOW!!! This is AMAZING!!! I look forward to seeing pictures!!!

  • Lisa

    December 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Diana- you don’t know me because I recently stumbled upon your blog but I just want you to know how excited I am for you! I shared your story with a friend who shared it with another friend. You have touched our hearts deeply.

  • Laura

    December 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    and sometimes you just need one, really good, thing! I’m so happy for you all!

  • elizabeth clements

    December 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Oh yes!!!!!

  • Christy Franc Brown

    December 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    So very happy for you! That is VERY exciting!

  • Christy Franc Brown

    December 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    So very happy for you! That is VERY exciting!

  • Elizabeth Lovelace

    December 5, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    God is good. 🙂 So glad you have something wonderful to look forward to and work on. 🙂

  • deirdre

    December 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Amazing, congratulations!!!

  • Sarah M.

    December 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    That is so, so awesome!!!! You are so deserving of this and can’t wait to see it all come together!

  • Danielle, Creative Director @ The Land of Nod

    December 5, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Honestly, I can’t think of a single person that I’d rather do this for. Our team can’t wait to come meet you and your family, and build the room you’ve dreamed up for Bella.
    Danielle Kurtz, Creative Director @ The Land of Nod

    1. Mary

      December 10, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      Land of Nod, I want to see an AWESOMESAUCE homeschooling room for this family! I love your company, so don’t disappoint! For reals! I want to see the pictures and be like, “They went above and beyond! Land of Nod rocked it! They are the sh**!” {if you put stars instead of letters, it’s not cussing! it’s cute! Lol} Oh, one more thing…I know I speak for thousands that know that decor items cannot change the pain this family has endured but, MAN!, we just about died from happiness when we saw the word “Squeeeeee” across the top of the post! Diana, we love you! We are with you! We are so happy for you! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

      1. Diana

        December 11, 2013 at 11:17 am

        This was one of the nicest comments I’ve ever read. I stood in my kitchen and cried reading it. Thank you. Thank you.

  • rachel

    December 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Fantastic. You and bella are very lucky. Enjoy it!

  • deereeder

    December 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    That is just so wonderful!

  • Martha

    December 5, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Too cool!! So happy for you all. Can’t wait to watch it all unfold.

  • Alicia Smith

    December 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    SO cool!

  • Lisa (@LisainLouKY)

    December 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Yahoo!!! That is so exciting. I can’t wait to see the final product!

  • Kiah

    December 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

    That is so exciting! the homeschool room is going to look fabulousadter the team does it thing!!!

  • Amber West

    December 5, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Also, too excited to form proper sentences apparently.

    “…something really AWESOME happening…”

  • Amber West

    December 5, 2013 at 11:20 am

    You know how sometimes you read about something really happening for a blogger and you can’t help but be jealous?

    I’ll be honest, I’ve got NO room for being jealous right now because I’m too excited for you!

  • Jen

    December 5, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Thats awesome! I cannot wait to see everything 🙂

  • Jessica

    December 5, 2013 at 11:13 am

    So exciting! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  • Jill

    December 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

    So very cool!! I’m so excited to see how the homeschool room turns out!!!

  • Nannette and The Sweetheart

    December 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

    How awesome is this!! So excited for you and Bella! I homeschooled my boys…back in the day…but didn’t have anything like you are going to be blessed with. This is wonderful. Happy dance with you! Can’t wait to see it! ♥

  • Franchesca

    December 5, 2013 at 11:08 am

    That is SOOOOOO exciting for you!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with together! You deserve this <3

  • Deanna E. Hernandez-Arza

    December 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm


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