Back-to-School - Part II


Edwardian English Scalloped Oak Stationery Stand (LEO Design)

The school bell has rung!  Pupils to their desks!  While college freshmen may have encountered wistful parental partings, grade school returnees likely perceived their parents breathing a muted sigh of relief.  Such is the annual tide of school-going: students flow in and out of their institutions with seasonal regularity.  Like water, the droplets are always changing though the tides themselves remain regulated.  Over the next several days, LEO Design would like to share some interesting Back-to-School offerings—ideas to help organize, cheer and distract as students push-on through their matriculations.

Who can't use a little more organization at the desk or in the dorm?  Or office, kitchen or craft room?  This Edwardian English oak stationery rack, circa 1905, is meant to hold a supply of writing paper, envelopes, cards and letters.  But it's a very handy place to organize your paper-in-motion.  I use mine to hold paid bills (checks written, envelopes stamped and sealed) while waiting for the correct day to mail them.  Documents, brochures or articles which need attention also call to me from their oaken stand.  In large families, it might be a good place to leave member's mail—or, perhaps, provide a little "in-box" for intra-family communication.  The organizational uses are many.  And the stand looks so handsome doing it!  Click on the photo above to learn more about this useful item.

More Back-to-School ideas tomorrow and in the days to come.


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