Country Living...Island Dreaming

February 29, 2012

Lighting in the Laundry

Now that I am in the process of painting
my new beadboard ceiling in the laundry room,
I have started to think about
what kind of light fixture I would like in there.

Since the beadboard ceiling draws your eye up,
I just can't have this dinky little thing on the ceiling!

I have three totally different ideas for the new light...

A Schoolhouse Semi-flush mounted light:
World Imports Lighting 9007-88 Luray 1-Light Semi-flush Light Fixture, Oil Rubbed Bronze


 A Norwich Small Foyer Pendant
Norwich Small Foyer Pendant by Kichler


A "Mini Smokebell" Semi-flushmount:

I love the look of the last one
but with the clear glass
and the clear bulbs,
I am afraid of having too much glare in there.
After all it is a "working" room.

The second one is adorable too.
I am just concerned it wouldn't be enough light,
plus the clear bulbs could cause some glare.
But it is cute, isn't it?

The Schoolhouse light would be the most practical.
The white glass covering would take care of the glare
and that light is the cheapest of the three.
I think it would probably give me
 the best type of light in there.

Does anyone have any of the "Smokebell" types?
If so, does it cause a lot of glass-glare?
It really is my favorite of the three.

Which do you think would look best in the room?

Oh and by the way,
painting a beadboard ceiling is not fun...
my neck is killing me!

February 27, 2012

Beadboard Ceiling

Our beadboard ceiling
was installed in the laundry room on Saturday
and I couldn't be happier!

Well, I could be happier
if I didn't have to strain my neck painting it tomorrow,
but I am thrilled with how it turned out!
Beadboard Ceiling in the Laundry Room - Calypso in the Country Blog
As you might recall,
I asked for advice about which way to run the boards.
Most of you agreed that that boards should run the length of the room.

So what did I do?
I ran them the width instead.
I know, how ungrateful for the advice I asked for...

But I had my reasons...

1.  Apparently, the boards should run perpendicular to the joists so you can nail into solid wood.  If you do it the opposite way, you have to add a layer of plywood.

2.  The room is only 7' wide by 8' 2" long so I didn't think it made too much of a difference. 

3.  In my mind, I pictured the ceiling going the width and as we were deciding, I kept trying to convince myself that I "should" run it the long way.  Whenever I try to convince myself of something, I usually end up regretting the decision.

4.  As you can see by the picture below, the hallway runs along side of the laundry room and I liked the way the boards ran in the same direction of the hallway next to the room.  I was also afraid of the laundry room feeling like too much of a hallway itself, if I ran the boards the length of the room.

Hallway/Laundry Room

So, here are the before and after shots.
Of course I still have to paint over the primer
change that ridiculous little light!

Sorry about the glare!

Beadboard Ceiling - Calypso in the Country blog
I am SO happy!
I have been finding any excuse to walk in here.
Does anyone need any laundry done?

Does anyone remember
what my laundry room looked like way back when?

This was way before the cabinets,
the new floor, the beadboard ceiling...scary!

I want to thank everyone who stopped by to give their advice.
I seriously took every comment into consideration
and I really appreciate your opinions!

Did you get any projects done this weekend?

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February 25, 2012

Weekend Pupdate #3

I cannot believe we have had our Rosie
for 3 weeks already!

So... here is your puppy fix for the week...
(Stay tuned at the end for all the "fun" details.)

This week she had a bath..

She enjoyed some great stretched out puppy sleep time!

She stole my son's backpack.

She got a little too comfortable on the couch...
We are going to stop this before it becomes a habit!

And she enjoyed lots of tail chasing!

But as to be expected, the week was not all fun and games..

We started off the week with my husband leaving for a trip so I knew I would have to handle things on my own for the whole week.  Rosie had been sleeping 5-7 hour stretches by the end of last week so I figured this would not be a problem...Wrong!  For some reason, she must have sensed he was leaving because all hell broke loose!  She was having accidents constantly and the nightime was a nightMARE!  She would only sleep 2-3 hours and then have an accident in her crate!  I was losing it!  I even suspected that she might have a bladder infection.  I ran the idea by my neighbors but everyone seemed to agree that she is still young and "puppies will be puppies"...

After the second night of this nonsense though, I decided to call the vet.  I told them I thought she might have a bladder infection so they had me come in that morning with a urine sample...which was not that hard to get since she was constantly going!

And sure baby had a bladder infection!
I was so glad I trusted my "mommy instincts"!

They had to give her an antibiotic shot and then gave me pills for the next 10 days.  The little sweetie was so good for the doctor.  Even while getting the shot, her tail was still wagging and she never seemed upset the whole time we were there.  I felt like such a proud mother.

I think that is when the transformation took place. 
And I don't mean her transformation,
I mean...mine.

Ever since we brought her home, I had been feeling resentful towards her for disrupting my life, for not letting me sleep...basically for everything.  But suddenly I felt so protective of her.  I felt like she was my little baby and I wanted her to feel better.  The vet told me that the first night or two she would still be waking up more to pee while the medicine kicked in - plus she wanted me to make sure she kept drinking water to flush it out of her.  So I ended up waking up every 2-3 hours with her but I wasn't angry like I had been.  I just did what I had to do.  Hopefully tonight she will sleep longer since she has been on the medicine for a couple days now. 

I am really enjoying her so much more now.  I feel much closer to her and I want to snuggle her even more.  In fact I am kissing her all the time.  I guess we'll keep her...LOL!

So that was our week...I hope you enjoyed the pictures of the fluffball.  Hey, doesn't she look a little more "golden" now?  I think she was whiter when we got her but her fur is getting darker and fluffier.  And she has definitely gotten bigger!

Thanks for stopping by.  I have to bring her out into the cold windy night when I am finished writing this.  It is absolutely freezing here and the wind is so strong I think my house is going to blow away.  Yeah, this going outside part has not gotten any more enjoyable....oh well!

How is your weather this weekend?


February 24, 2012

Advice Anyone?

Just out of nowhere,
I am going to get a project done in my house...

Let me explain...

About 6 months ago, I mentioned to my husband's friend that I wanted to put a beadboard ceiling and crown molding in my laundry/mudroom.  He is my go-to guy when I need projects done around the house.  He is rarely available on weekends because he does a lot of side jobs, but the other day he called and asked if I would like him to do my project on Saturday!  Yes, please!  Well, of course I had to run this by Mr. C. which I knew would not be to hard since he has been traveling all week - on a fun type of business trip of all things.  I have been alone with the kids and a crazy, peeing puppy and I have had to babysit a friend's son all week.  I have had basically no sleep so when our friend called, I knew this would not be a difficult negotiation with my husband!  Oh, did I mention that our electricity was out most of this morning?!!  Uggh..So, anyway, Mr. C. said yes (like he had a choice) and now I get my little project done!

You might recall,
I started on this room last year
 when we put in this new tile floor.

So, I know I want beadboard and crown molding but our friend asked me which direction I want the beadboard to go.  So what do you think?  From this angle, would you go left to right (cabinets to wall) or front to back (doorway to door)?  He is coming to measure tonight so I have to come up with an answer asap.  I am not sure if there is a right way to do it. 

And maybe after I get this done I will come up with an idea for changing the stuff on top of the cabinets...oh and that light just has to go!  I will show you some ideas next week for what I am thinking for the light!

Back to the beadboard...

So which way do you think it should run?


February 23, 2012

Paint Colors in My Home

Yesterday, I told you I tested a sample of Benjamin Moore's Iced Slate for my son's room. He wanted a blue-ish gray but after I painted the board, I thought it looked a little lavender in certain light.  I waited to get his reaction before I said anything.

He took one look at it and said,"I don't like it.  It looks purple!"

So, it's back to the drawing board with that!

In the meantime, I thought I would show you the paint colors that I have used in my house....
(All paints are Benjamin Moore)...
Bone White Benjamin Moore
Foyer:  Bone White

Benjamin Moore Bone White
Living Room:  Bone White

Benjamin Moore Custom Color matched to Sherwin Williams Red Bay
Dining Room:
Custom Mix - similar to Sherwin Williams Red Bay
which I loved at my friend's house.
(I was trying to match the rug)

Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque
Kitchen:  Monroe Bisque

Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque
Family Room:  Monroe Bisque

Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque
Back Hallway:  Monroe Bisque
(Although it looks quite yellow in this picture!)

Saybrook Sage Benjamin Moore - I get asked about this color all the time!
Guest Bath:  Saybrook Sage

Benjamin Moore Philadelphia Cream
Playroom/Dog-room/Future Office:
Philadelphia Cream

Benjamin Moore Providence Olive
Laundry Room:  Providence Olive

Benjamin Moore Providence Olive
Conservatory:  Providence Olive
(kind of a dark picture...sorry!)
Benjamin Moore Linen White
Master Bedroom:  Linen White

Benjamin Moore Amsterdam
Master Bath:  Amsterdam

Benjamin Moore Bright and Early
Big Kid Room:  Bright and Early

Benjamin Moore Linen White
Little Kid Room:  Linen White
You might wonder why "Little Kid" has a big bed
 and "Big Kid" has a twin...
Well, "Little Kid" took over the guest room
 and we just never switched them.
 "Big Kid" has not let me forget this though...

Benjamin Moore Dry Sage
Basement Man Cave:  Dry Sage

Benjamin Moore Linen White
Basement Man Cave Bathroom:
Linen White

Ok, so what's missing?  Husband's office...white but too messy right now, Kids' bathroom...Hawthorne yellow, but changing some things...Kids' basement playroom...Navajo White but WAY too messy to show!  (We have all the toys piled up from the upstairs playroom)
I have not been able to keep up with certain things since our furball arrived.

So, as I said,
the next painting project will be my son's room....
as soon as he decides on a color that is!

What is your next paint project?

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By the most asked about color is...
Favorite Paint Color - Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage


February 21, 2012

I Don't Want a Baby Room

My eight year old has been fed up
with the baby blue color of his room for some time now.
I keep promising him I will make his room more grown up.
(I did a post on this a few months ago - Choosing Colors.)
Today I took the first step.

I went to Benjamin Moore and picked out a sample of
"Iced Slate" (#2130-60) to test out in his room.
He thought the "Bright and Early" (#834) was
"Way too babyish!"

When we started looking at paint,
we liked "Silver Mist" and "Blue Heather." (on right)
But "Iced Slate" is kind of in between the two.
(shown on left)
He liked the idea of a blue/gray
so we will see what he thinks of the "Iced Slate."
Top left - Bright and Early (what he has now)
Right - Iced Slate (the sample I bought today)

I painted a poster board and when he gets home from school
he can help me evaluate how it will look in his room.
He is definitely getting some opinions nowadays.
My little baby is growing up!

So, that's what I am doing today
between running the puppy outside to pee.

What is your Monday like?

February 18, 2012

Weekend Pupdate #2

We survived another week with Rosie.
She had fewer accidents in the house
and the sleeping got better!
The other night she actually slept 7 hours straight!
Seven hours!!!!
Of course it was from 10:00 p.m. till 5:00 a.m.,
but luckily I went to bed around the same time she did
so I had almost a full nights sleep!

It was so nice that she slept that one night
because my husband was traveling most of the week
so I had constant potty duty.

I asked my niece to babysit Wednesday night
because I was supposed to go to my book club.
Book Club ended up getting cancelled at the last minute
but I had my niece over anyway.
I just needed to get out of the house for a couple hours.
I felt so much better afterwards!
Rosie is still biting and chewing everything in sight.
My neighbor gave me some sour apple spray to spray on furniture legs
and other things we don't want her to chew on.

Of course that was after she started chewing the molding!

Rosie had her first check up at the vet.
I had a whole list of questions for her.
She told me to put habanero pepper
on the things we don't want her to chew.

Great, now my whole house will smell
like a Mexican restaurant!
But hey, if it works, I will try it!

She also told me to fill a can with coins and shake it at her
when she bites us while playing.
She also suggested that the kids roll her on her back
 and hold her there to establish dominance
because right now she kind of treats them like her litter mates!

I thought I was so prepared for this!
I read so many books about dog training
over the past few months
 and now I feel like I can't remember anything!
(Yes, I know it looks like I went a little overboard
but I just read the puppy parts in some of them!)

I found my first "tumbleweed" this week.
Yes, I am sure I will be finding
these clusters of hair around the house
for many years...ughh.
So, what are my feelings about having a puppy this week?
Well, let's just say if you were on the fence about getting a puppy or not....
My advice to you would be...
DON'T do it!!!!

Just kidding...
well, kind of...

Sure, I love her
and the kids are so happy.
In fact, my 8 year old is still setting his alarm
to help out with her in the morning!
And I do love it when she lays there
with her cute puppy legs behind her!
I just think I need to get used to this new life I have!

If you have a dog, how long did it take you to adjust?

February 17, 2012

10 Questions Tag

About a month or so ago, a lovely blogger, Kirsty from Coral and Coast included me in her 10 questions tag.  Kirsty, I apologize for taking so long to write my post!

I have to answer 10 questions and then pass it on to other bloggers...

1.  Describe yourself in 7 words:
  • Honest
  • Funny
  • Loyal
  • Optimistic
  • Neurotic
  • Friendly
  • Intuitive
2What keeps you up at night?
  • Well if you read my blog, you know the answer to that question is my Golden Retriever puppy!
3Who would you like to be?
  • Probably just a better version of myself.  I am happy with who I am but I could learn to be more patient, relaxed and not worry so much!
4.  What are you wearing right now?
  • Since I am constantly running the furball of a puppy outside, I am wearing jeans and a long sleeved striped t-shirt.  I have not been putting anything nice on until I am just ready to go out somewhere.
5.  What scares you?
  • Anything bad happening to my kids!  That is definitely my biggest fear!
6.  What are the best/worst things about blogging?
  • Best - Sharing creative ideas, making blog-friends with so many amazing bloggers, getting motivated to work on projects in my home...
  • Worst - the amount of time I spend on my computer, feeling guilty if I don't respond to comments in a timely manner...

7.  What was the last website you visited?
  • Savvy Southern Style - I think Kim's blog was the first one I started reading on a regular basis about 2 years ago and I have barely missed a day!  I love her style and she is so talented with all her painting projects!
8.  Slankets - yes or no?
  • No, I just don't get the appeal!
9.  Tell us something about the person who tagged you.
  • Kirsty writes a beautiful blog, Coral and Coast and she is lucky enough to actually live near the beach - in New Zealand!  How wonderful is that?  Her home has great coastal style and she also has 2 dogs, one of which is a Golden Retriever named, Nala.  Kirsty is one of the bloggers I have been swapping dog stories with and she gives me hope that my little puppy will be as wonderful as her Nala someday! 
10.  Now I get to tag a few blogs I have recently found so they can answer the same 10 questions.  You are probably already familiar with some of them but they are fairly new to me over the past few months.  But one thing they all have in common is they each have at least one dog!  As you may have noticed, I have been in a desperate quest for as much information as possible to make my life a little easier with this puppy!

Deserae at Peeking thru the Sunflowers.  Her blog is full of gorgeous inspiration photos and projects she and her husband have accomplished.  You just have to check out the amazing distressed dining room table he just built.  It looks like it came straight from a Restoration Hardware catalog!  They also have 3 dogs.

Natasha at Schue Love has a beautiful blog with decorating ideas, fashion tips and she is also expecting her first baby!  She manages to be extremely stylish while pregnant...something I don't think I quite pulled off!  She happens to have a cat and a sweet Golden Retriever named, Wilson!

Kerry at House Talkn is hysterical.  You must visit her not only for her great style but she will just crack you up!  She has been a huge help answering puppy questions.  I have gone back and forth in so many emails getting all kinds of tips from her.  She has a precious Golden Retriever, George who is only a few months older than my little Rosie.  She is an inspiration because she just recently survived the housebreaking phase.  If she can do it, so can I!

Pam at Simple Details has amazing style.  I drool every time she posts pictures of her home and she has so many great ideas!  Oh, and did I mention that she has a Golden Retriever?  If her house can look that beautiful with a dog, then I have hope for mine! 

Shannon at Cozy Home Scenes is so sweet.  She has a warm and cozy blog full of creative ideas and I was in love with her Christmas foyer!  On Tuesdays, she hosts a "Cozy Home Party" so be sure to link up next week.  Oh yes, and did I mention that she has a little dog?  So she has also been helpful with my puppy comments and questions!

And ladies, please don't feel obligated to pass this on.  You won't hurt my feelings if you don't want to participate!  I know some people don't like to do the whole "tagging thing".

So there, you learned a little about me and you may find a blog or two that you haven't read before!

Have a wonderful weekend!
What are your plans?

February 14, 2012

Valentine Cheating

Who would ever cheat on Valentine's Day?

Well, this year I am doing just that!

Instead of pulling out some festive decor to celebrate,
I am pulling out pictures from last year!
My blog was fairly new back then,
so the odds are
you haven't seen these anyway!

And if I crop a picture,
it will seem a little different.

Look familiar?

I love red and white together.

Then I found a few variations
that I didn't post last time!
One with the orchid on the right...

Some wheat and red berries...

Some more things moved around...

I guess it doesn't count as cheating if you haven't seen these, right?
(Just like a cheater...trying to justify things!)
Seriously, "it's not what it looks like..."

How did you decorate for Valentine's Day?

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