Welcome Kali!!!

For as long as I’ve known my husband, he’s always wanted a Rottweiler. Yes, you read that right. A Rottweiler. Courtesy of his sister. She’s had a couple of great Rottweilers and hers were the first time I’ve had any real interaction with the breed, leaving me with some good impressions.

I had always heard they were basically big babies once you got pass their demonic looks. When I first met my sister-in-law’s purebred, Kera- let’s say she has no idea she’s too big to be sitting in your lap. She is a super sweet girl and a perfect example of one of these “aggressive breeds” who is not so aggressive. I know parents hate when you compare raising puppies to kids, but it’s really a similar idea. If you raise your kids right, they’ll be great adults. Same with dogs. Raise ’em right.

Here we are. We now have one of our own. Meet Kali. Her name derives from the Hindu Goddess and the Sanskrit word for “the black one.”

She’s from the same breeder that Kera came from and we got to meet her parents, so we have double the confident that Kali will grow up to be a super sweet dog. Born January 20th, we got to take her home when she turned 7 weeks old. I took both of these pictures above the day we got her.

These two photos (above and below) are her from this past weekend at 8 weeks. I’m not sure if these photos quite capture it, but she has definitely grown in the week and a half that we’ve had her. And yes, this girl has her quirks, like chewing on a pine cone and some of these gumball seeds. She’s a bit of a talker, too. We’re still trying to figure out what some of her sounds mean.

Kali is definitely a stubborn girl. She never does anything just once. She has to do it a couple more times, just to make sure you really mean it, which as I understand it, is typical of the breed. It’s also definitely way too soon to tell if she’s going to be a one person dog or not. Jon read that they can be one way or the other. Right now, it’s looking like she has no major preference over either of us, though she likes Jon just a little more.

Having her in our life is definitely going to be an adventure. The training is going to be an interesting challenge as well.

Tired of Boring Side Tables? Get One in Color!

Choosing a side table in color was actually not my first choice. Oddly enough, it was never my first choice in any of my designs on Olioboard. Side tables are very rarely the star of the show. I prefer to let the colors shine through on walls (even if it’s gray or black), arts, pillows, couches, chairs, rugs, accessories, and lighting (such as lamps, etc.) Side tables are an important part of the living room, but they’re so versatile that I don’t think they would make or break a room per se.

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Ceilings and Dark Trims of the New House

Hey guys! I have finally emerged from the depths of the ocean. So much happened this month that we’re only just now catching our breath and starting to enjoy ownership of our first house.

I must confess. I was not able to get pictures of the house all freshly painted before moving in boxes. The family members we called on to help us move do not mess around. We were only going to have them help move the big things, like the couch and this monster of a beautiful hutch. Well, one thing led to another and before I knew it, in about two hours, all of my things were packed up. We moved almost everything in one day! Once everyone got in the house to check out the new paint job, they were ready to unload in time for lunch. Of course, we ordered pizza.

Since I was not able to get photos of empty freshly painted rooms, I decided to give you peeks of what I did: painted ceilings. You’ll also see some wall and trim colors. Jon and I wanted to branch out and not do the typical white ceiling and trim and we love it!

Dining Room

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Making Progress on the New House

Choosing paint is not easy but we got it done. You can see in the picture above and below that I struggled with choosing a color for the main living areas. I started out with Sea Salt from Sherwin Williams (far left in the above photo). I was picturing a green- gray color, but it turned icy blue here and far too washed out. I think in the end I was picturing a color that doesn’t exist, but perhaps I haven’t found it yet. Either way, I had to choose a color as soon as possible. We closed on the house on Friday and the contractor was scheduled to start on Monday. There just wasn’t enough time for me. In case you missed it, here is where I shared my process on choosing paint and flooring and here are all my before photos.

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