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So I needed some sort of school organization since both boys are now in school.  I wanted a place where everything could gather that wasn’t the dining table + island + counter…  I also got asked every morning “Mom, do I need to wear tennis shoes today for PE or can I wear flip flops?”

I got the idea from Martha Stewart  but with the awful texturing on my walls were not going to work with a chalkboard!  I also really loved the idea of a chalkboard because while it can rub off, it doesn’t get on clothing and skin like dry erase marker can sometimes.  

I found the great hooks at Ikea.  They close up when not in use.  I’m still looking for one piece that is apparently called “j tubing” to hang above the magnetic strip so that I can set 2 clipboards on to use to sign papers or fill out forms without losing them in the office or kitchen.  It was interesting getting it all together but it finally worked out.  Let me know what you think!  I can put together a step by step if there is any interest.

Please try and ignore the ugly tile!  I’m saving up for new floors, but since the only thing wrong with these is that I think they’re ugly – they’re going to have to wait.

Since I’m showing you my hallway, I wanted to share these cute little collages I made up one night while Jared was out of town.  I bought a pack of Moo Cards and 3 Ikea frames and just glued them down so they fit.  I thought it was a perfect way to showcase all those little snapshots that mean so much to me.  People love looking at each one when they come over.  These 3 are just from 2004/2005.

Then further down the hall is where I hung this canvas


Allison Waken is the founder, writer, photographer, and content creator of All for the Memories and All for the Boys.


  1. Are you flippin’ kidding me?!!! Screw Martha Stewart, YOU are fabulous!!! How creative are you!!?? Love the chalkboard AND the print collage AND the canvas and and and… even your tiles!!! Hahaha. πŸ™‚ Great ideas!

  2. Oh my gosh!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE those frames..They look so awesome with the Moo Cards and your canvas is Wonderful!!! Thanks for the inspiring ideas!!! Have a great day!

  3. kelly noel

    wow, i LOVE the chalkboard and what you did w/the moo cards. i’m totally inspired! awesome!

  4. Tutorial for the chalkboard calendar PLEASE!!! =-), You inspire me so much!

  5. That chalkboard is just too cool πŸ™‚ Would love a tutorial on the chalkboard calendar.

  6. I would LOVE a tutorial on the chalkboard calendar please!!!!! πŸ™‚