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Monday, May 19, 2014

Mop Philosophy Monday

 You'll remember my love affair for shades of apricot and yellow, very cozy, warm and pretty...
well I've been busy painting everything in my house, including the ceilings.  It's a pain in the neck, quite literally.
New colour on the left, "Richmond Gold" Benjamin Moore Historical Colours.
I painted the ceilings a pale apricot colour, the effect is quite nice.
 I was inspired by the interiors at the Fairmont Empress... but pretty happy that I don't have to do the dusting.
I love these old plant stands.

 Imagine painting these ceilings and not making a mess of those beams... imagine polishing all of this wood:

 We take our inspiration and apply it to our own homes in small ways, isn't that the idea behind doing a bit of decorating and organizing right after a holiday?
Tuscan Shelf Brackets from Lee Valley.
I ordered these shelf brackets from Lee Valley Hardware.   I'm trying to organize a downstairs pantry area in my house to store rarely used kitchen items and holiday decorations.
 
Everything seems slow-going these days, I find it difficult to get bigger projects done around the house while keeping up with all of the daily messes of life.  How do you get bigger jobs done, do you blitz it?  Peck away slow but sure?  Delegate?
I hope your week is off to a productive start and if so send those Productivity Fairies my way!
xoxDani    

34 comments:

  1. Painting ceilings sounds terribly hard work to me - lovely colours, Dani!
    I've got no magic productivity fairies to send, sorry.... Things are slow and frustrating here too on the renovation front, and super busy on the work front!
    Perhaps you should have another holiday and forget about house stuff? xx

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    1. Oh, and I highly recommend delegating and outsourcing when things get too much!

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    2. Ruth another holiday sounds just the ticket though I am working towards the next one, we leave for England in 6 weeks time and I'm trying to leave the house with jobs completed, for my own sanity but also for our Swedish friends who are staying here while we are gone.
      You and I are both going to be renovating and it will be excellent to commiserate!

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  2. I have never touched the wood in this house, I was just looking at it the other day wondering if I should oil it or something. I really wish someone would invent a cure for dust, it depresses me to see it on dark wooden floors.

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    1. Tabs I don't know if you have Method products there but the wood cleaners and polishes are the best. Oiled wood can get a bit grimey I find. The Method products leave a clean finish but pick up all manner of dust and dirt.

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    2. Tabs, I'm living in front of a demolition/construction site at the moment (has been going on for a year!) in a narrow street and dust is everywhere. I dust and 5 minutes later there it is. I saw the construction workers leave yesterday and they were patting their pants and concrete dust was flying. The horror! Not only to think about dust but I'm actually breathing this stuff in! We should commiserate over some bourbon.

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  3. I tried painting some cornices and ceiling roses in silver in my first house. I felt like bleeding Michelangelo and it took me a year to finish it and not that well either mind you. But I do feel ceilings get neglected and am sure the result will be fabulous!!

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    1. Naomi I love a painted ceiling and my white ceilings in the living/dining areas will soon be painted, I am tempted to get my son home to help me though. I agree ceilings are often neglected, I was nervous to try apricot on the ceiling in the foyer/hallway but the result is fabulous. It just glows and is very pretty. I'm trying to finish it up today, it is perfect weather for painting, dry and mild outside and I have the windows open!

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  4. Wishing and HopingMay 19, 2014 at 3:46 AM

    Dear Dani,
    Apologies. I have no magic wand.
    It's all my handiwork in this house. The husband is in the medical field and hours are horrendous.
    Heaven forbid you should ask him to help!

    So I slog away slowly, allocating a couple of hours a day to fit in with the endless every day demands. Blitzing becomes impractical and I'm guaranteed to "botch it" if hurried, and I'm far too much of a perfectionist to allocate the job elsewhere. I hate that I can't delegate, as much as I try to. So it always feels like nothing is ever finished around here. No rest for the wicked!

    Love your apricot - so Edwardian. We have an old Edwardian house and I painted every room a different colour scheme when we first moved in. Cornices, ceiling roses and wall papered above the picture rail. Now that it is time to refresh, I'm all for one colour. I don't think I can do it again. Ever!
    So kudos to you in doing it all on your own.
    Honestly though, colour is so much more homey than just painting everything white/cream, and soothing too if the shade is right.
    Your brackets are divine - what a classy pantry/store room you will have!
    Good luck and remember to take a break!! Helen : )

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    1. Hi Helen, your house sounds wonderful I'd love to see it, Edwardian is a favourite period of mine. Our house was built in 1915 and has some of those characteristics... some we'll be adding when we renovate next year, more mouldings etc. This colour I am using is used throughout our living/dining areas so carrying it through the hallways made sense, it is a good backdrop to art and very cozy. I agree that one colour has a very good flow!
      If only we had a wand but you are right, no rest for the wicked!

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  5. we're coming close to 10 years of procrastinating when it comes to big works in the house. We don't have the time nor the energy to o it ourselves, and we don't have the money to have it done... I am trying every year to find a solution but... I love this apricot colour, it looks warm and welcoming.

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    1. Hi Steph thank you I had to banish the green it was too much of a contrast against the wood and driving me crazy. Sometimes it is better to procrastinate the big jobs, we've been doing this with our kitchen but next year it will be 10 years of living with it and it is time for action. Of course we can't do much ourselves so the expense is daunting, which is why we have procrastinated as well! I hope you are having some lovely spring weather.

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  6. Hello Dani,

    We are great believers in leaving each to his or her area of expertise. Over the years we have searched for our areas of talent and skill and, with regret, have found that other than reading, writing, gardening and some arithmetic, we have no practical skills worth mentioning. Indeed, as on occasions we have embarked upon little tasks which could loosely be termed DIY which have all led to increased expenditure with professionals to put our amateur efforts right, we now stay well clear and make tea.

    We are, of course, most intrigued to see your final result. The colour combinations look most interesting.

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    1. Jane and Lance I think you don't give yourself enough credit, your practical skills fall in the area of expert, I know for a fact this is the case with gardening, so you can certainly get away with delegating the more tedious chores in life.
      MrBP has been working in the garden all weekend and he is delighted, covered in mud and enjoying himself thoroughly. It's a nice break from the law for him though of course we leave the design and serious pruning to the experts like our friend Christopher. We find if we give him a big glass of scotch in the garden he will trim a few trees for us and it is like watching a sculptor at work!

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    2. This sounds like a very good deal for us......a Scotch for a hedge trim. However, we do wonder what the topiary could be like if Christopher has one too many tipples!

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    3. Jane and Lance when Christopher gets into his second drink we take the clippers away!

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  7. Forrest is starting to paint our sitting room and dining room ceilings this week. We went with a dove white, which has a drop of peachy-pink in it.

    we go in crazy spurts and then things will remain half-finished for MONTHS (sometimes years). Because we do ALL the work ourselves, it depends on Barry's schedule and willingness! We are hoping to finish painting the family room in the basement, the sitting room, dining room and replace the front door this summer. Oh and paint the inside and outside of the gazebo and re-shingle the roof. We will see...

    I marvel as well about caring for those old buildings, but the staff take such delight that I am always impressed. When we were at the Algonquin a couple of weeks ago, you could see the unbridled enthusiasm that the housekeeping staff had for the refurbished hotel. They were so proud!

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    1. Wendy I must get myself to the Algonquin! Yes it is much more wonderful when Kerry comes in and does our work, I am into week four of painting the foyer and hallway...I'm going to try to finish it today and then it is on to the ceilings in the living room/dining room. Go Forrest! Those tall guys are such good painters.

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  8. Well, my dad's house is huge and old, and he just bought a robot vacuum. He seems to have some fantasy that that will stay on top of the dust (he does have a cleaner, but it's very expensive to get cleaners in Australia, and some rooms as a consequence don't get done very often). I find it frustratingly slow at my place too. If I were painting the house myself it would have taken forever... I did say I was going to do it when our first painter seemed to have some sort of problem and then quit, but fortunately we found a new painting crew and they did it for us. Our last house, which was tiny, took forever to paint and we did it ourselves! You're doing a nice job though, and I like the colour... new paint always makes a house feel so fresh xx

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    1. Heidi with your children so young there is no way you could do the painting yourself. I'm doing ours with our 19yo daughter, she is very patient and meticulous and is proving to be a good painter. It's an important skill to have for that first house etc!
      A robot vacuum, that's so funny! I don't think it will keep the house dust free but it may keep the floors halfway clean. Older houses do seem to generate more dust, mine has been especially dusty these last few months, I think the addition of a puppy has certainly added to the mess!

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  9. If it is interior work we are blitzers...I have no patience for a house in disarray. Of course we now have "people" but we have redone two house ourselves except maybe lay carpet. Painting the exterior of our house in south Florida almost did our marriage in. Exterior work is slow and steady. The gate I requested after our robbery, back last August, will hopefully be fully operational in two weeks. Our BIG project will be in about two years we hope. Neither one of us is looking forward to it but is needs to be done.

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    1. BB I remember your burglary very well and it spurred me on to update our own security system which is working really well. It will be excellent to have a gate at the entrance to your property! We are planning a big big project as well, adding on to our house. The final drawings come in this week so it is very exciting but I'm kind of dreading it too as it will be a big mess.

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  10. Gardening projects tend to be a blitz, all hands on deck; I don't see any big new efforts in that area as all the beds are functional. My digging new beds days are over. I have some small reupholstering projects-- outsourced--as well as some sewing to do, usually in small bursts. If I don't complete something, no worries, just transfer to next week's list. Some projects have been on my list for comically long periods.

    I love the BM historic colors; the trim in my little library is Providence olive, a lovely soft green.

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    1. Lane I know that shade of olive green and it is an excellent one. It would be very pretty as trim!
      Many of my jobs keep getting pushed to next week, on and on, but now I'm on a six week deadline, we leave on our trip the end of June!

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  11. Dani, take a look at my Pinterest board on paint colors and you will see that I am into some soft colors including the blue greens. I have to say that I would be a disaster at painting, so we hire it done and it has gotten very expensive. I wish I had to moxie to just do it myself, but I'm afraid it would be poorly done. I love the idea of ceilings painted another color, but I have never done it. Love your rug in the first photo. We have one with similar colors in our farmhouse.

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  12. I love the Benjamin Moore historical colours!

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  13. Your house will look so warm and inviting....looking forward to seeing more! We are heading home soon to redecorate upstairs. I get as organized as possible, clearing my schedule, making meals ahead of time for the freezer, making sure the bar is full, and diving in, nose plugged and all! I dread the lead up, but once it's started I love the assessing the progress each day and it becomes a little addictive!

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  14. Well, around here things rarely get done. I have a wonderful young lady who "does" for me in the city, but out east those who are at all interested in construction/painting/cleaning/repairs want to do it for some CEO who won't even notice binge overcharged at all. The last time I had cleaners in, two women showed up, I showed them the unscented "green" products, they nodded enthusiastically and upon my return my products were untouched and it took me three weeks of hard labour to get all the scents and aromas of their products out of the house.

    an "expert" came to look at the deck, and basically said "yeah, it could use some new boards and a coat of something."

    I'm considering taking a course in electrical wiring. I'm sure that what I know is dangerously out of date.

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  15. Can't help but comment on your 'binge overcharged'. I suppose it might have been meant to have been 'being overcharged'. I do believe that binge overcharged is a sublime description.
    Just took a course in electrical wiring. Invited an electrician to go where the alarm company could not seem to analyze and solve. The electrician insisted on giving a hands on three hour lesson in changing out receptacles and yearly maintenance necessities for the electrical panel and the hot water heater. He was the best teacher and I was a willing pupil.He steadfastly journeyed where I was certain shocks would be forthcoming. He remained safe and sure. I asked if he performed these maintenance tasks at his own home. The shoemaker's daughter walks barefoot. He said that after ten hours on the job, he doesn't ever want to touch his tools when he gets home. He was like a living miracle for me-curious, generous with both his knowledge and his time and truly innately curious and technically adept. As he was driving off, he stopped and pulled back in to make certain that his adjustments had in fact restored the luxury of hot water. He was a treasure found by chance on the street-no referral,no googling, no yelping, just a brief conversation leading to a great encounter.

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  16. Hi Dani, I do most of the painting chez nous, but I must admit that I have never painted a ceiling - I simply don't think I could stand looking up all the time, I'm sure it must be very uncomfortable. I hope you don't get a nasty crick in your neck!

    I was painting in our present house for most of the three years we have been there - obviously I'm a 'peck away slow but sure' kind of gal. and I'm sure I'll be starting once again whichever house we choose.

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  17. I'm a delegator as an IKEA bookcase is about all the DIY I can handle. Apricot and yellow do sound like a great combo and very Dani...!

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  18. I love your colour choices: gorgeous! I do little projects en masse: I just pick a day to put up hooks, set up the garden, whatever. I'm a terrible painter. I did it for the first and last time last year when I did the summer house. You seem much more skilled. I love taking inspiration from places I've visited: such a fun part of travel to bring a little of it home.

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  19. I love doing work around the house. I have been helping re-floor a room and I find it to be very relaxing. I am not super patient and hate mess, so I do things until I finish them. I can come over and help in exchange for some pig cookies :-)
    The new color is so posh!

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  20. Love Benjamin Moore historical colours, so elegant!

    We go in spurts. A few months ago, we managed to repaint the bathroom and put in a new light fixture, plus put up some new art work throughout the main floor. This was after nearly a year of grousing about the state of things. It might be another year before we tackle the ensuite bathroom...!!

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