the winner, some organizing + paint

I’ve submerged from my pile of teacher homework to say hello and announce our ExVoto Vintage winner.  Congrats to  Stacilyn, commenter #55!  Email me so we can ship out your sassy new necklace.  Thanks again to ExVoto Vintage for such a lovely giveaway.

Switching gears a little, I’m learning that being a part-time teacher means I have my own share of homework.   So yesterday I spent the day working on lesson plans, rubrics and study guides.  Ahem, this type of work is NOT my area of expertise.  I’ve learned a trick to keep me interested in detailed projects like this:  use pretty things!  It stimulates my creative side.  So I busted out my stash of goodies from the Martha Stewart Home Office collection which I found on my last trip to Atlanta.

I used a set of these folders and some pretty labels.  When I assembled my new work binder, I was going for this look.  Ahhhhh, isn’t that nice?  Oh what a coincidence, it’s a designer’s folder filled with pretty samples.

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I know the Martha Stewart for Staples line is totally old news, but it was new for me to see in person.  We don’t have Staples in our area, which is cray cray.   Don’t even get me started on our lack of cool stores here such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Anthro.  Arggghh!

SAVINGS TIDBIT:  For those of you who DO have a Staples nearby and would like some pretty office organization from the Martha Stewart line, you might enjoy this 50% off coupon I found right over here.

On a furniture note, I started thinking about shelves to store organizers and binders.  So I poked around and found this super cute bookcase, even though it was from the kid section.  I did love the interesting lines but did not love the price, so I moved on.  Not to mention this would have to be painted a murkier color to give it a more adult look.



I started looking with more of “bargain” in mind, and did find something I loved.  This little beauty, which I think has major potential.  Love the geometric pattern on the sides!  At only $142, you can buy two and have symmetry in your room.



For an office or study, I would definitely grab two bookshelves, if the room’s measurements allow it.  Then I’d paint them a  sophisticated color.  I came up with three paint color options:

1.  Benjamin Moore’s Colony Green #694.  It’s a murky, greyish blue.  Very chic.

2.  Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe # 26.  Remember that amazing bookshelf I posted last week?  The color was Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe, which is another outstanding choice for these affordable shelves.  Here’s the shade again.

 3.  Benjamin Moore’s November Rain 2142-60.  I just used this on a client project and absolutely LOVE it.  Soft, elegant and neutral, this color is great with earth tones and creams.


You cannot go wrong with any of these shades.  Who would have thought that doing schoolwork would have led me to  bookshelves and paint?  Occupational hazard I guess!

Hope your week is off to a great start : )

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  1. Lori H says:

    I love the MS office stuff at Staples! Thanks so much for sharing the coupon. I will have fun using it :)

  2. bevy says:

    I saw a very similar shelf as the Jenny Lind one at Target, but I don’t think it was as wide. It was only a couple of months ago that I saw it. You may want to snoop around online and see if you find it. It really is a nice shelf.

  3. Preston says:

    Great organizing tips. Super color choices. I love how you motivate by bringing in pretty things into your tasks.

  4. jana says:

    Recently painted an old oak vanity in November Rain & adore it. It was fortunately an soft & elegant, choice.

  5. Sam Penner says:

    Loveeee that Martha Stewart organizer! I also love that November rain paint color. Glad to hear you are finding ways to stay creative in your teaching gig! Xo, Sam

  6. Allison A. says:

    Congratulations to Stacilyn! I still need to check out the Martha Stewart office line….looks wonderful. All three of those colors are beautiful….especially Colony Green and November Rain. Hope it’s a great week for you Seleta.

  7. pve says:

    You are just a gem of good tips and I bet your students learn all about sharing~
    I am off to staples for a new Martha binder as I have learned a few lessons from you.

  8. Colette says:

    Love the last two colors. Making a dash for the paint store. You always have the best ideas.

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