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julie nolta design
Julie Nolta

Hi, I'm Julie, Chief Executive Empress

of my little apple green design studio.

Welcome to my blog!

When I'm not out visiting a client or searching for just the right  product for a project, I can probably be found in my happy little studio (painted the perfect shade of green), busy drawing up new ideas for a cool kitchen or a "spa-licious" bathroom. I like to share the fun stuff I find along the way!


apple green studio

Just a little something I made

paint chips


I got inspired to make a fun wall calendar a couple years ago, and I thought this week I’d show you how easy it is to make one for yourself. And it might even make staying organized FUN.

I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to calendars and planners and office supplies. I can get lost for hours in Office Max, and if there’s a cool notebook in my immediate vicinity, I’m as distracted as a dog when you yell “squirrel!”

Here's one of my recent purchases and probably all-time favorite:

office supplies

All of the work I’ve done for the last umpty-ump years, (including interior design) has required high levels of organization, so I’m always looking for the best way to keep track of what’s coming and how to plan for all the details. One thing I can't do without is a large wall calendar that I can glance at quickly.

Of course, if it’s on the wall, it’s gotta be cute. A couple years ago I got inspired by a calendar I saw on Pinterest, and had to create my own.

This colorful calendar I spotted is a dry erase board made out of an old picture frame and PAINT CHIPS - - another one of my favorite things. (From the angle, it looks like someone was laying on the floor when they took the photo!)

paint chip calendar

Since I wanted to be able to see three months at a time, I bought three picture frames so I could make three monthly calendars and rotate them. I think I got these at Target.

(TIP: I tried to save a little money and bought frames with acrylic or plastic instead of glass. They don’t erase nearly as well, especially with colored markers. I won’t make THAT mistake again.)

Then the fun part - - collecting a rainbow of paint chips from my favorite Miller Paint store. These are 2” squares I cut down from larger, individual swatches and arranged in color order. For fun, I left the color names and numbers on them. (My favorites are Footie Pajamas 0792 and Mac & Cheese 0954)

I laid them out on a background of brown wrapping paper with giant white polka dots, and taped them down with double-stick tape. Here’s what they looked like before and after they were framed. I ended up spray painting the frames white to brighten them up.

And here’s what they look like today hanging up in my office. Cute and colorful. Two VERY important things in my world.

paint chip calendars

I don’t use these calendars for my every day To Do lists, (that’s a story for another day), but I keep track of events like project deadlines, birthdays, etc.

You can easily customize these to fit your own purpose, style, and color palette, and you’ll never forget that THING you were supposed to remember! You can make a weekly version, a daily version, use scrapbook or wrapping paper - - whatever strikes your fancy.

If you love the dry erase calendar idea as much as I do, you can click here to see TONS more paint chip calendars on Pinterest. Mercy.

For even more fanatical ideas, I’ve got a whole Pinterest board dedicated to organizing and cute office spaces you can check out. :-D

What about you? Do you love organizing … or do you love to hate it?! Email me if you could use a little help in that department!



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