#89: A Year Without Shopping

Could you put your wallet on lockdown for 365 days? Sherry shared the story of a woman who did, including why she took on the challenge, the few exceptions she allowed to make it possible, and how it’s inspiring us to adjust our spending… and maybe even try out a ban of our own. Plus, how much should you involve your kids in the design of their rooms? We share some tips and tactics for keeping everyone happy in the process, so the result is a room that they love (and that you also like to be in with them). Plus, the paint colors that will help your home sell for more money (some of them surprised us!) and a DNA test that led to a humbling personal discovery.

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What’s New

  • Here’s that book Sherry was raving about, The Year of Less by Cait Flanders, which came out earlier this year.
  • You can also follow Cait on her website, where she has some ongoing resources for people looking to follow in her footsteps.
  • If you want to grab one of the AncestryDNA tests that we did, they’re selling for $79 on Amazon right now. It takes about 8 weeks to get your results back, so just be ready to be patient.
  • Or you can just try searching for old relatives without testing your DNA first over at Ancestry.com (they offer free trials to access their database of old documents so you can attempt to construct a family tree).

Paint Color Quiz

  • Here’s Zillow’s 2017 Paint Color Analysis, which includes a chart of all of the colors from last year that helped houses sell for more than expected (and the ones that caused them to sell for less).
  • You can also check out the 2016 report to see what has changed or listen to Episode #24 to hear how Sherry quizzed me on that year’s data.
  • Sherry also promised some of her favorite sale-friendly wall colors that we’ve used frequently, so here they are:
    • Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore (with Simply White trim, also by BM), seen here:

office chair / bench / rug / woven blinds / curtains / rodcork board tutorial / more room sources

  • And here:

neutral foyer fake gingko branch decor

console / similar mirror / similar baskets / more room sources

  • White Heron by Sherwin Williams (with Pure White trim, also by SW), seen here:

dresser / similar mirror / bench / rug / sconce / curtain rods / curtainsmore room sources

  • And here:

headboard / art / blue pillow / sconces / side tables / striped duvet / more room sources

  • Irish Mist by Behr (with Simply White trim by Benjamin Moore), seen here:

mega sofa (it’s 3 of these together) / similar rug / curtains  / rod / more room sources

  • And here:

pendant lights / countertop / art / more room sources

  • Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams (with Pure White trim, also by SW), seen here:

art / leaning mirror / shelves (we sprayed them gold) / rug / more room sources

  • And here:

rug / desk / desk chairs / storage cubbies / more room sources 

Listener Question

  • If you want a peek at how our daughter’s room has evolved, you can scroll through this post that documented its progression. That post doesn’t include it’s most recently evolution (shown above), but it’s detailed in this more recent post.

girls bedroom campaign sidetable wooden spool headboard

art / night stand / rugsimilar headboard / lamp / more room sources 

light / sconces / blue pillows / similar daybed & rug / ottoman / more room sources

  • In both of those rooms, you can see how we did neutral walls (Going To The Chapel by Benjamin Moore in our son’s room, White Heron by Sherwin Williams in our daughter’s room) but added color and fun with accents like bedding, accessories, and paint on surfaces like the ceiling (in our daughter’s room) or both of their closet doors.

similar chair and side table / cloth binsottoman / bookshelf tutorial / more room sources

  • And if you check out this post, we actually detail (and show video!) of how we got our daughter involved in one of the design elements of her room back when we was 3. So tiny!
  • Also, this is that closet with the desk that she requested recently (and helped me put together). Although this photo is from back before we got her a pink chair (that’s a borrowed dining chair below) and later added the rug underfoot when she noticed it was colder in that corner. Note: see how we covered that back wall in fabric here.

girls bedroom closet writing desk fabric wallpaper

We’re Digging

  • That’s sister-and-brother-team Leann & Steve from Restored By The Fords above, in a space that kinda exemplifies what Sherry was describing in the episode. I mean the gold swan certainly wasn’t something we saw coming…
  • There’s more of their work on HGTV’s webpage, but below are a couple of highlights:

  • Sounds like their current season is complete, so you should be able to binge it on demand – and they just got greenlit for season 2, so they’ll be back in 2019.
  • And if you or the guy in your life is interested in checking out Wohven, the t-shirt subscription service I mentioned, I’ve been pretty impressed with the quality of them (versus what I typically wear which is usually Target, Old Navy, or free shirts from the various races I run). You can choose the size, the neckline (crew or V-neck), and plain ($9) or graphic tees ($11). Below are some samples of their designs:

If you’re looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes.

And lastly, a big thank you to You Need A Budget (YNAB) for sponsoring this episode. Sign up at YNAB.com/YHL to get your first three months free!

Thanks for listening, guys!

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