may paper works

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you guys know i love my paper works!  paper works is a monthly subscription plan with 3 levels – you can print it all yourself or have it delivered to your door.  plus there’s an online gallery of printables and past collections so you can print extras if needed.

my friend emily designs a beautiful new set every month, and every month i say, “ooh, this one is my favorite!”.

i get an email before each new month, reminding me to download and print my new set, which is really helpful to do some prep work for our month ahead, like write out our family calendar.

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i keep a more detailed calendar on my phone, but this one is more for the kids to see what to expect each day/week/month.  i’d like to say its eliminated the question of “what are we doing tomorrow?” each night, but no.  at least not yet!

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this is absolutely our most used piece of the set:  the chore charts.  we’re pretty big on raising responsible kids, so we implement lots of chores in our house.  plus, mama ain’t got time for all that!  truly, we want our kids eventually to leave our home knowing how to take care of themselves and serve others.  having a regular rotation of chores gives them experience in all areas of domesticity.  i’ll go into greater detail about our chore system another time, but basically, they have set chores each week (different ones each day), and each week the charts rotate to a different child so one of them isn’t, say, always doing laundry.

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these grocery lists have been life-changing for us, too.  unfortunately, my pictures are a little blown out so you can’t see the details, but the list is divided up into categories, like dairy, produce, pantry, etc.  it saves us considerable time at the store each week, having everything categorized!  i’ve tried grocery lists on my phone before, but this works so much better for us.  it hangs on the side of our fridge and everyone adds to it throughout the week.  on the weekend, we grab the list and head out the door.  i like having a paper list in hand while shopping better than my phone because i can cross things off and i don’t have to keep turning my phone back on when the screen shuts off.

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there are so many other great pieces to the monthly set, but another of our favorites is the verse cards.  we have a whole stack of verse cards on a big ring that we leave on our dining room table.  we’ve also implemented “prayer sticks” as my kids call them – prayer requests on popsicle sticks.  we don’t do them nightly or as regular as i’d like, but we each grab a few sticks and pray around the table with them, then one of the younger kids usually ask if we can read a few of the verses as well.

if you don’t want to print these out on your own, you can also get the full set delivered to your door each month!  i’ve done that in the past, and may do it again.  i didn’t use every piece of the entire set, so it felt a little wasteful to me (not to my friends who got the extra pieces, though!), but the quality of the print and paper is so much better than what i can do at home, so i might be switching my service soon…

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full disclosure, i do get a $5 kickback for every new subscription, but you can too!  this isn’t me trying to make a living selling beautiful paper products, but me supporting a friend’s business that i believe in and use myself, and think you just might love it too!  also, if you click here, you can get $5 off, too!  woohoo!

 

rental house: master bedroom design board

living in a rental and dreaming about our future home, i still want my current master bedroom to feel like me.  and as it turns out, “me” has been evolving style-wise over the last couple years.  i updated our master bedroom a bit in our last house, but stopped when i realized we were going to sell and just simplified things.

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this was the “before” of our master bedroom.  i loved that wall color (flax by restoration hardware), but it was feeling a bit dark for me and i was ready for a change.

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the “after” is with fresh paint, crisp linen white by glidden.  i slowly pulled away from color, leaving mostly neutrals with a bit of color here and there.

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i have all the same white bedding, but we sold the bed.  i loved it for so long, but after 12 years I was ready for something new.  and new for us has been our mattress on the floor!  actually, sean and i have both oddly really liked the change.  my favorite dresser/bedside table has sadly migrated into silas’ room (i’m hoping to get it back in our next house – i love it!).  i am so over the lamps.  still very pretty, but not at all what i’m leaning towards.

wanna see what i am leaning towards?!

master bedroom design board

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texture, neutrals, natural wood, modern, bohemian, and slightly industrial.  wow, thats a weird sounding mix, but after looking over the design board above, i really really like it!  i want warm and cozy, romantic but still masculine.

i refuse to buy anything that can’t work in another house, but is also an inexpensive fix to the blah that i’m in right now.

here are some pics of our current room:

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oh, such a bad picture!  this was the day we moved in.  but you get the idea right?  i really like symmetry so it made the most sense for me to center the bed under the window, flanked by borrowed side tables from my parents’ loft.  i also tried the wall to the right of the bed, but the dresser and sean’s desk wouldn’t fit.

that layout was ok, but sean’s desk, which is his office when he’s not on the road, was shoved in a corner, furthest away from the window.  considering he spends more time in here than i do, i thought i’d try to adjust it a bit to serve him better.

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ignore me (and the pile of clothes, and the mess), but you can see the bed is flipped to the wall opposite the window now, and the layout is better.  i don’t love it, but its better.

so here’s the plan for fixing this room up:

1 – make macrame hanging for over the bed (done!)

2 – get stumps for bedside tables (waiting for us at my parents’ house!)

3 – make new bedside lights (parts are being shipped…)

4 – order grey linen duvet cover (its sitting in my cart)

5 – make a simple headboard from distressed wood (i already have a pile of old fence wood that will be perfect!)

i am more than slightly tempted to paint this room.  the whole house is some sort of a creamy white, but its been badly touched up so many times that there are actually several shades of slightly different whites all over.  and its flat paint, which is so bad.  it shows so much – dirt, imperfections, nail holes… but i think sean would kill me if i told him i wanted to invest time and money into something we can’t take with us.  we’ll see…

so to the details:

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these images are my jumping off point.  they are what i want the room to feel like.  so what do they have in common?

- natural woods.  i love a good painted piece of furniture, but natural or stained wood can do wonders for warming up a space and giving it more character and history.

- greys.  i’ve always tended towards an all white bed, but i find myself drawn to these mid-tone grey lately.  still neutral and safe.

- low beds.  done!  thats what happens when you sell your bed and don’t replace it!  we’ll eventually get it off the ground, but i think i’ll lean toward a lower height than usual.

- hanging lights.  i’m still unsure as to the height that i’ll hang ours from, but i’m ready to ditch the lamps.  besides, there won’t be much room on top of my wood stump side table ;)

i’ll check back in soon once i’ve made some progress!