Wednesday, February 29, 2012

House Plans on a Smaller Scale

As many of you know, we're in the process of finalizing plans for a new build. Things are moving along well, and I hope it will all be official soon. There's another kind of "new build" I'm dreaming of embarking on though. It's a new build in a miniature way. I've been dreaming of a dollhouse for my little girl. She doesn't know about it yet, and I don't think I'm going to mention it. It would be so much fun to put the house together for her, furnish it (at least partially) and present it to her for her 4th birthday this fall or perhaps at Christmas. It makes be giddy just thinking about it!

After searching around, I found the Little Dollhouse Company (based out of Toronto, Canada). They have some amazing dollhouses, dollhouse kits, and all the accessories! I was blown away.

Aren't they darling? This is the one I've been eyeing. It's called the Beacon Hill.

The only catch is, it comes looking like this...

I'd have my work cut out for me, but it would be fun and my little girl would enjoy hours and hours of play time sitting in front of this dream house.

The Little Dollhouse Company has ALL kinds of dollhouse styles. Those who prefer a more modern aesthetics will be happy to know there's even something for you!

The dollhouses range in price from $20.00 for an assemble-it-yourself kit to $8,000.00 (yes, you read that right) for a gracious, assembled house. Click HERE to see the assembled Queen Anne Dollhouse. (You have to see it from all angles to get the full effect.)

So, am I crazy to try and build a house while I'm... building a house?


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Design Board & Some Colour

Here's a pretty, over-the-top feminine space I pulled together. It's really fun doing design this way. You get to conceptualize a space and piece it together without having to spend a dime! You'll notice navy and pink as the main accent colours. These colours are trending right now so I thought I'd have a go at it.

I tried to keep things as budget-friendly as possible.

Floor Lamp ($270), Votive Holders ($10) and Jewellry Box ($49): ZGallerie
MALM Dressing Table ($129), Side Table ($79): IKEA
Vanity Mirror ($239): Graham & Green
White, High Gloss Chair ($199): Brocade Home
Fashion Sketch ($28) by Leigh Viner (Etsy)
Pillows ($60 each): Caitlin Wilson Textiles
Fuschia Chaise ($579): Urban Outfitters

If you haven't yet had your fill of navy and pink, this is for you...

Have yourself a bright and cheery day! But one quick question before we part ways... Would you wear hot pink pants?


Image Sources: Fashion Images (via pinterest); Veranda; Samantha Pynn

Monday, February 27, 2012

Home & A Little Bit of Fashion

A few fashion picks to start the week off. For some reason, I've been on the hunt for a polka dot blouse lately. This one from Piperlime would do the trick (if they had my size) and a few pretty accessories wouldn't hurt either. Aren't the sparkly flats adorable?

Accessories via Piperlime. (Hive & Honey Accordian Hoop Earrings; Sabine Onyx Statement Ring; Vera Wing Lavender Louisa 2 Flats; Michael Kors Watch; Mia Oversized Clutch)

We're home now and glad to be reunited with our kiddos. Our vacation was wondrous in every way. We enjoyed being together, filling up on fresh seafood, basking in the sun, and exploring the ocean waters. Simply being outdoors is a treat when we're normally stuck indoors for most of the winter.

Here's a peek at the resort we stayed at for most of the time. It was paradise!

We spent a lot of our time on the resort although we did enjoy shopping looking at Waikiki, the outlet malls, the Polynesian cultural centre, and a day trip up to the north shore (which included some snorkeling and boogie boarding - FUN!).  We're so thankful we were able to have some time away. The kids enjoyed all the grandparent time in our absence. Thank you, grandparents!

And thank you to my blogger friends who filled in for me while I was gone. It was a big help, and I enjoyed seeing what each of you put together.

Glad to be back in the swing of things!


Friday, February 24, 2012

Been Lovin' Lately with Danielle Hardy

Hey everybody! It's Danielle here from Urbanwalls. I'm so excited to be hijacking Prairie Perch for the day :)

In honour of the Pantone 2012 Color of the Year (Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango), I put a little board together of what I've "Been Lovin' Lately". I hope you enjoy all of the tangerine goodness as much as I do.

1. Quatrefoil Linen Pillow - Spice
2. Michael Kors Hanna Ballet Flat
3. Kate Spade Tudor City Holly Wallet
4. As Good as Gold - OPI Nailpolish
5. Chevron Lamp Shade
6. Wood Taper Holders
7. Hibiscus Bracelet
8. Martini Side Table

Thanks so much, Danielle! Orange shades aren't typically my favourite colours, but I must say you're winning me over with your picks here. Danielle is a Vancouver-based graphic designer and the brains behind those awesome and very-popular wall decals. You can visit her at her website and blog. Danielle is one sweet gal with an eye for all things stylish. I was so pleased to have her visit today.

Have a good weekend, friends! We're homeward bound, and I'm ready to see my little people. -Sarah

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Been Lovin' Lately with Jane Gallant

Hi Prairie Perch readers! I'm Modern Jane and I'm here visiting today, sharing some of the things I'm loving lately. I've been in the shopping mood so here are some things I've been scoping out! I hope Sarah is having a great time soaking up some sun!

Tonic Living fabric. A fantastic Canadian company. Can't wait to get my order!

Stella & Dot Ever After necklace. I want to pair it with my On the Mark.

Paper Mache deer heads. The trend may be on its way out but I still really  want one.

Leigh Viner prints. Just plain gorgeous.

Colored jeans. Think Spring!

Society 6 IPhone cases. So much selection. I'm currently rocking one from the Dollarama so I may soon take the plunge.

Essie polish in Turquoise and Caicos. Bright and fun.

Urban Decay Naked Palette. I have the first edition and the colors are so rich. 

Thanks for having me Sarah!

Thanks, Jane! That iphone case is so pretty and I'm thinking it's time to embrace coloured jeans (again). You can visit Jane at her blog where she shares her latest inspirations and projects. Her PEI home is a work in progress, but the progress is fantastic! Definitely worth a visit. -Sarah

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Been Lovin' Lately with Barbara Matson

So thrilled to be visiting Prairie Perch today while lovely Sarah is off holidaying with her family!

Glad they can escape the cold prairie winter even if only for a little bit.

Sarah asked me what I have
"Been Lovin' Lately"

There has been so much to love, here is what I have been lovin lately.

I love my Ilse Jacobsen red rain boots from Splendid Willow Avenue. Living on the "wet" coast, a pair of rain boots are a must. So these wool lined rain boots get attention everywhere I go and keep my toes toasty warm.

I enjoy a hot cup every night.

Bistro chairs.

Would love a few for my kitchen...

Industrial Pendants.

Black and brass

{ok, no surprise there!}

White bookcases with black interiors....

Lonny Magazine Jul/Aug 2011 | Photography by Patrick Cline; Interior Design by Lauren Gold

Or black bookcases with white interiors.

There you have it. 

My love list.

XO Barbara

Thanks so much, Barbara! (Barbara is one of the sweetest, friendliest bloggers out there. You can visit her at Hodge Podge, where she is always sewing, painting, and thrifting up a storm. She's also interviewed some really talented Canadians.) - Sarah

Monday, February 20, 2012

Been Lovin' Lately with Michelle Mollinga

Hi There! I'm so excited to be visiting here on Prairie Perch! Thank you Sarah, for inviting me over! How is everyone today, are you ready for spring yet? The grey winter days on the west coast really have me longing for colour…tropical ocean blue, tangerine and the fresh green of spring. So, I've rounded up a few funky bits to share with you. Here's what I've Been Lovin' Lately...

1. Glass Jug Pendant Light from terrain

2. Marie Antoinette Side Table from bonluxat

3. Triton Wallpaper from Wallpaper from the 70's

4. John Lewis Bump Chair from John Lewis

5. Knitted Cylinder in Coral by ferm Living

6. Owl Bank from Urban Outfitters

Nice to meet y'all,
Meesh xo

Thanks a bunch, Meesh! You can visit Meesh at i dream of chairs, where she blogs about a variety of things, but her passion and sepcial interest is (you guessed it)... chairs! - Sarah

Friday, February 17, 2012

Been Lovin' Lately with Rosa Pearson

Hello everyone! I'm Rosa, visiting from over at FlutterFlutter. Sarah asked me to pop over and say hi while she is away enjoying some sunshine. Thanks for letting me visit with your peeps Sarah! I've been asked to share some of the things I've "Been Lovin' Lately", so here goes!

  1. First off, cuckoo clocks - I'm obsessed! Would love to find a vintage one and paint it red like this one from Sarah Wandering!
  2. Quotes! I'm loving all the inspiring quotes on Pinterest. I've pinned quite a few!
  3. Red pants. I love this look in fashion, but have been too scared to try on a pair yet. ;)
  4. This Ikea bookshelf is perfect in this room by Carrier & Co!
  5. Bold & Noble designed this great typographic print that would be perfect in my hubby's office.
  6. I think these Emeco Navy Chairs from Inform Interiors would be great around my kitchen table!

Thanks for sharing some of your current favourite things, Rosa! I like the red theme going on. You can visit Rosa at her blog Flutter Flutter. Have a great weekend, everyone! - Sarah

    Wednesday, February 15, 2012

    Been Lovin' Lately with Andrea Johnson

    While I'm soaking up some sun, I've asked a few blogger buddies to write some posts for me. Everyone is going to be sharing some things they've "Been Lovin' Lately". Anything from furnishings or design trends to fashion - whatever has caught their eye and tickled their fancy lately.

    First up, I'm happy to have Andrea Johnson here from Andrea Johnson Design. I had the privilege of meeting Andrea at our blogger meet up last fall. Andrea is an interior designer in the Vancouver area. She's one stylish gal with a contagious smile.

    I am so flattered that the lovely Sarah wanted me to do a guest post while she escapes for some much needed sunshine!  I have put together some fashion items that I've "Been Lovin' Lately."  Hope you enjoy.

    From left to right:

    1. Necklace from Lauren Elan
    2. Pleated skirt from ASOS
    3. Head scarf from Three Birds Nest
    4. Blazer from Aritzia
    5. Pants from ASOS
    6. Clutch from Banana Republic
    7. Jeans from unknown

    Thanks so much, Andrea. I especially like that pleated skirt! Pop on over to Andrea's website to have a look at her lovely design work.


    Tuesday, February 14, 2012

    Constrasting Seat Cushions

    Happy Valentine's Day, friends! I hope your day is lovely and filled with at least a little bit of special. I don't have anything very Valentines-ish for you today. Sorry. Hope you can get your red and pink fix somewhere!

    I've been dreaming about slip covering our sofa for a while now. It's a rather bland brown colour and I'd like something different. I still like the style of the sofa, but I'd like a fresh, non-brown look. I've avoided tackling the project to date though. To be honest, I'm a little intimidated by it and recently I've noticed a different kind of look that would be an easy out for me. The look I've spotted is sofas with contrasting seat cushions, where the seat cushions are a different fabric from the rest of the sofa. Here's what I mean...

    Here's a banquette with the same look.

    This could be something for me to try. It would be simpler than doing the whole sofa but would still give me that fresh, new look I'm dreaming of. I could even choose a patterned fabric if I dare.

    What are your thoughts? It seems like a good place to start, and if I still find myself wishing for the full slipcover, I can always change things up down the road.


    Image Sources: Suzanne Dimma; House and Home; pinterest

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    Artist: Bobbie Burgers

    I spotted artist Bobbie Burgers' artwork in the recent House and Home magazine. Burgers is a Vancouver artist who studied art history at the University of Victoria. She also studied in France and likes to draw inspiration from that part of the world. She is known for her lovely bouquets and florals. So much flowery prettiness! Love it.

    Her work has so much movement to it, filled with depth and texture. Some of my favourite blooms are peonies and tulips so it's no wonder these make me happy.

    Hope they bring some cheer to your day too!


    Friday, February 10, 2012

    Delightful Details in the Kitchen

    Happy Friday, everyone! Sorry I wasn't around yesterday. Life. Happens.

    Here's a little collection of details done right in the heart of the home. Attention to detail is really important. It gives a space a pleasant, finished look. Creating a lovely vignette in a corner of your kitchen will make you smile and it's not all that difficult to do. Probably the #1 thing to remember is less is more. Be inspired!

    Good styling doesn't have to be complicated. It can be as simple as a collection of white vases and pitchers or wood bowls and pottery.

    Have a look around your kitchen to see if you can come up with a pretty arrangement of things. Have fun and enjoy your weekend!


    Image Sources: Alice Lane Home; Arianna Belle; Rue Mag; Margot Austin for Style at Home; Samantha Pynn; Small Shop Studio; via Pinterest; via Design Sponge

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

    New Trend Bubbling Up

    A friend of mine, who has a bit of an inside scoop on design, recently sent me Oly Studio's latest light fixture. It's the Muriel Chandelier made from cast resin. "Bubble Lights" aren't anything new to design, but this is the first one I've seen that has an iridescent look to it. I bet it's really pretty when lit. (Too bad we can't quite see that from the picture.) The variation in the size of each bubble is also unique. Most other bubble fixtures have a uniform size to each bubble. It almost looks more like a cluster of grapes.

    And then I was over at pinterest and spotted these bubble tiles. (These were all sourced through EVIT, an Italian tile company.)

    So, what do you think... are bubbles for you?