Monday, February 28, 2011

Robert Blonski (Canadian Artist)

I've admired Robert Blonski's art work for several years now. I love his asian-inspired look. It's so delicate and pretty.

You can check out his website here. I also know Art Interiors is at least one of the places his work is available for purchase.

These are some of my favourites. Perhaps someday I'll hang one of them in my home. So very lovely.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Beautiful House Tour via Apartment Therapy

I stumbled across this beautiful house tour in my blog travels recently. It was so pretty I had to share it with you. You can check it out here.

There's nothing like a well put together home, and homeowner, Angelique Hoffman, has put her home together oh so well! I really like the architectural elements of the old house. It gives her great "bones" to work with.

Here are a few photos to whet your appetite but be sure to check out the whole tour at some point. (Tour via Apartment Therapy)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Summer Thornton Interiors

A little inspiration for you by designer Summer Thornton. 

I love her work. She creates beautiful interiors. I like her mix of traditional and modern elements. The pieces she uses often have traditional or classic lines to them but her overall look is modern. I also really like her colour choices. Her interiors are definitely glamorous which is the look I tend to like.

You can check out her website here

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Favourite Nook

This is my favourite nook in our current home - the feature wall in our kitchen/dining room. The wallpaper makes it I think. It reminds me of a sunrise or rolling hills laden with ripe wheat (but perhaps you need to be from the prairies to appreciate that).

The pink flowers and blue/green crystals on the candelabra are a nice compliment too. Oh, and don't forget the lovely mirror... that's why I say it's my favourite nook because I R-E-A-L-L-Y like all the pieces collected there. A big thank you to my hubby for doing the papering for me.

Do you have a favourite "nook" in your home?

Mirror, Winners; Wallpaper, Home Depot; Tea Pot and Cup, Peridot Decorative Homeware; Hutch, IKEA

Soup to Share #1

I remember my brother telling me about a guy he had tree planted with one summer who really liked soups. In fact, he liked them enough to host soup-tasting parties!

We like soup at our house too just not quite that much. We eat it pretty often during the winter months; it's the perfect meal on a cold Saskatchewan winter day. 

I have a few recipes that are favourites of ours so I thought I would share one a week with you over the next little while (until the spring dawns upon us). They will all be meatless, nutritious and easy to prepare. Hope you follow along and get a chance to try some of the recipes for yourself or for your next soup-tasting party if that's what you're into! 

Soup to Share #1: Cream of Spinach Soup

1 large onion, chopped
2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped
3 cups water
2 tsp. salt
1 lb. spinach, cleaned and stemmed
5 medium cloves garlic, peeled only
1-2 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. flour
1 1/2 cups hot milk
white pepper and nutmeg, to taste

For a lowfat version simply skip Step 2.

1) Place onion, potatoes, water and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Remove from heat, add spinach and garlic cloves and set aside. 

2) Melt the butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Whisk in flour and keep whisking over low heat 5 minutes. Drizzle in the milk. Continue to whisk and cook until smooth (about 5 to 8 minutes more).

3) Puree the vegetables in their cooking water; return the puree to the saucepan. Stir in the white sauce (or just the milk, if you're making the lowfat version). Adjust the salt and add white pepper to taste. Serve hot, topped with a subtle sprinkling of nutmeg. 

Source: The New Moosewood Cookbook, Molly Katzen

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A New Look for our Master Bedroom

When we moved into our current home I took the opportunity to give our master bedroom a new look. The old look had been rather feminine which I liked, but I was pretty sure my husband was ready for something a little less girly. I wasn't able to spend much so I had to work with what we already had as much as possible. Here are some before and after shots to see what I came up with. We both like the new look and it was relatively easy to achieve. 

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In case you're wondering, the headboard is a door cut to the correct size and covered with paintable wallpaper. I had originally painted it a light pink but went with the dark grey to add that masculine element. I like how the pattern of the wallpapr is feminine but the colour is masculine. The pillow is from Winners; the lamps from Urban Outfitters; the side tables, wall decals and dressers from IKEA. (The feather wreath was also a DIY project.) Out with "girly look" and in with the "happy mix" look! 

Kid's Play Area

We had a productive weekend at our house. Saturday was spent organizing things down in the basement. The space was in desperate need of a clean up and we needed to make room for our new treadmill... yes!

We have designated one corner of the basement as the kid's play area. Obviously they aren't relegated to only play in that one corner, but we wanted to make a special place for them that could be their space.

The area is complete with storage bins, craft table, play kitchen and dress up corner. There are still a few finishing touches that need to be done but I thought I'd share a few photos of how it looks so far (and a few shots of the mess it was before). 

I still want to replace the curtain, paint the toy box and get a few more things up on the walls but for now I'm enjoying the work we've done and am looking forward to putting the final details together. Play, Create and Have Fun! That's what this space is all about.



Avery's Art Work

Needs to be Replaced

Needs to be Painted... Red? Blue? White?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Meal Plan (February 22-28)

Tuesday: Cream of Spinach Soup; Sandwiches

Wednesday: Spaghetti with meat sauce; Caesar salad

Thursday: Beef Roast with Root Vegetables

Friday: Chicken Kiev; Cheesy Potatoes; Asparagus

Saturday: Away

Sunday: Pita Pizzas; Veggies and Dip

Monday: Thai Chicken Salad

Friday, February 18, 2011

Stylish Toys

I'm no math whiz but here's a little equation that I'm sure you'll have no trouble with (whether you're a parent or not)...

Kids = Toys (LOTS of toys)

Can anyone relate? I'm not at all complaining. I'm very glad and thankful that my children have lots of toys to play with. Living in Saskatchewan means we have many house-bound days during the winter months and without a good supply of puzzles, dolls, blocks, stuffed animals, books and more we'd really be at a loss. 

You'll find toys in almost every room in our house. We try our best to keep them tidy and organized. We always do a clean up at the end of each day. Most of the toys I just don't want left out but there are a few that are actually pretty stylish. What makes a toy stylish? I'm sure people have different ideas on this, but for me, it needs to be made from some sort of "natural" material like wood, cloth, felt, or paper. Plastic usually doesn't cut it (although there are some exceptions). IKEA has some great options along with Dwell Studio (of course). 

Some images for you to see what I'm talking about...

Dwell Studio


Dwell Studio

Dwell Studio


igloo play




Melissa and Doug



Thursday, February 17, 2011

For all you scrapbookers out there!

Scrapbooking. It's something I haven't ever gotten into. Many of my friends scrapbook though (and are rather good at it I might add). It's amazing and beautiful what can be done with paper, stamps, scissors and ribbon.

A friend of mine told me about Wilna Furstenberg and her lovely blog and I was able to check it out just a few weeks ago. Wilna is a scrapbooker extraordinaire (amongst other things). She scrapbooks the "old-fashioned" way and also does digital scrapbooking! She is also a co-founder of Little Light Studio which offers "online classes for the creative soul". You can check out their website here.

If you're at all into scrapbooking you'll want to check out Wilna's blog, and even if you're not, it's just a pretty place to visit. I particularly like the tour she has of her studio - what a fantastic work space!

Now, for the icing on the cake... Wilna is a local gal! While originally from South Africa, she currently lives with her family in Prince Albert, SK. Hope you get a chance to check out her blog here. You're sure to enjoy your visit! 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

For the Little Man

When our first child was born we didn't "find out" what we were having. That meant we had to go with gender neutral colours and furnishings in the baby room. (We had a girl.) With the birth of our second child, a boy, we decided to keep the look more or less the same but decided to introduce some boy elements in small or simple ways. One thing we did was create a type of feature wall where we painted three horizontal blue stripes across the wall and hung a large monogram canvass. 

We don't plan on staying in our current home for very long so we didn't want to paint the entire room a "boy" colour. This was our solution and we're happy with how it turned out. A big thank you to my mom for helping me paint the stripes. 

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Roasted Cauliflower

Just wanted to share a quick, easy and delicious recipe with you. (When something is quick, easy and delicious you know it's a keeper.) 

A big thank you to my friend, Laura, for posting it on facebook a few weeks ago. I've made it twice since then and we've thoroughly enjoyed it. The one time I served it we had dinner guests and they also commented on how much they liked it so I'm confident that it's good enough to share. 

You can check out the recipe here

Meal Plan (February 16-21)

Meal plan for the week...

Wednesday: Pasta Primavera

Thursday: Chicken Broccoli Bake; rice; tossed salad

Friday: Chicken Fingers; fries; raw veggies and dip (Avery's request)

Saturday: Tacos; Nachos with guacamole; tossed salad

Sunday: Away

Monday (Family Day): Baked fish, rice pilaf; roasted caulifower; zucchini and peppers; chocolate cake with ice cream (thanks to my mom)

With it being "family day" on Monday, we're spending the day with family. We hope to do some outdoor activities (weather permitting) in the afternoon and then have supper together. Do you have any special plans for the long weekend? If nothing else, we can all take a moment to give thanks for our families.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Tab... My Ispiration Board

I don't have a designated office space in our current home so there is no inspiration board hanging on my office wall. Perhaps some day. I do think a well put together inspiration board can be quite lovely though. If you're not sure what I mean by "inspiration board" check out this rather pretty one by Jen of Made by Girl

There really aren't any rules when it comes to putting a board together. Basically, anything you find beautiful, unique or inspiring goes. That being said, an inspiration board is constantly evolving as styles change and as you change. 

I've ventured to put together a little inspiration board of my own here on Prairie Perch and I'm excited to be able to share it with you! You can check it out by visiting the "Inspiration Board" tab just under the main header on the blog home page. Inspiration here we come!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Day of Love

Happy Valentine's Day! Here's a little collection of quotes and images to inspire love on this fine day. Happy loving!

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. - Emily Bronte, writer (1818-1848)
I [am] my beloved's, and my beloved [is] mine: he feedeth among the lilies. - Song of Solomon 6:3

 Love prints by Jen of Made by Girl

Academy Florists

Pink Magnolia Cupcake

Underfunded Heiress

Lavish Event Design

One Charming Party