Prairie Days Design

Prairie Days Design

loving your home one prairie day at a time.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

the little kitchen that could...

This is probably one of the most honest blog posts you will have read in a long time. If you have been following me and my little blog for awhile, you may remember all the trials and tribulations we had while renovating our kitchen. If you are new to the blog, I will catch you up rather quickly. We had an old kitchen that looked like this:

After ordering a new fridge that was too big for the "fridge hole" we decided to just rip the kitchen out and redo the entire thing... ourselves...while still working full time jobs...yes we are crazy.

We got the kitchen to this point:

(Sorry for the horrible phone picture, but you get the point).

It was totally useable... and then we decided to have a baby. Now it's been almost two years since the day we gutted it and we are so close to being done... SO CLOSE!


We managed to get the lovely "hospital green" paint off the walls. I managed to convince Steven to let me paint part of the kitchen purple... yes, you heard correctly, purple!! We also got the new lighting installed over the bay window..
Sidenote: There was never any lighting above the bay window before... we stole the electricity from a light switch that was controlling the dishwasher. That's right, the dishwasher was on a switch...why? Well we figure it was because they did not have a large enough breaker panel, so when they wanted to use the microwave and stove, they could turn the dishwasher off. I guess that's one solution to the problem! **rolling eyes**



We have also installed our backsplash *YAY* and the crown moulding around the top of the cabinets. Steve managed to finish installing the range hood this past weekend as well. They never had a range hood either. I am beyond excited to have one again!


Now I will shut up for a minute while you bask in the glory that is our kitchen in it's current state...


Amazing right? I must say we are pretty proud of what we have accomplished. It may have taken us almost two years to get it to this point, but it's all be done with our own hands in our own time (with a little help from some friends time to time too... thank you *you know who you are*!!
Now we still have a few things to finish up, including new lighting and a little eat in area...but we'll discuss that in a future post! Fun fact to leave you with?! Three years ago to this day we signed the papers on this little house we call home! I'm so glad we took the plunge... I love my home.


Friday, 19 May 2017

what's old is new again...

I remember being in highschool, and my friend's parents renovated their basement. I thought they had done a fabulous job. They had wainscotting all along the bottom half of the walls. They had lovely new carpet and they had added a huge master bedroom and bath. I remember thinking that this is something one aspires to have. Everything was brand new. My favorite part of their renovation? Their new furniture. Guess what color they were? Hunter green. Guess what color is BACK!? Hunter green. Now I know what you are thinking. Hunter green? really? Yes. Really. It really is a timeless color, you just have to use it correctly.
Now we have a Hunter green countertop in our bathroom currently. I hate it. (My mom always said that hate is a strong word, but I think it's entirely appropriate for our countertop). It is dated for sure. But when I think about using Hunter green in other spaces, it actually makes me excited. I love the deep, rich tones on walls right now. It makes for such a moody room. I decided to test my theory and designed a room around Hunter green. I think it really works. What do you think? Would you attempt it?

*bed*dresser/nightstand*lighting*throw*cushions*paint*bedding*highlandcow*

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

in with the new...

It has been over a year since I wrote here on this little corner of the internet... and I miss it. Steve and I have been very busy and whether you want to hear about it or not, it's all comin your way! So please don't leave!

Right after my last post, I found out that I was pregnant. I didn't mean to drop off the face of the planet once I found out, but no one ever told me that once you get pregnant your body goes into some sort of strange alternate universe where everything sucks. Don't get me wrong, I was THRILLED to be pregnant, but don't let anyone tell you it's a walk in the park! Cause they would be lying. That little tiny fetus kicked my butt! It was hard to even get out of bed in the morning, let alone continue writing a blog. Frankly, it was the very last thing on my mind! Then 1 month turned into 9, and this sweet little boy was born and changed our lives (for the better!) for forever!

Nash David was born June 10. He is perfect in every way. I know that every mother says that about their child, but this one is so beyond true. I won't go into detail about why he's so perfect... i'll just let you see for yourself!

See? Perfect.

Now I cannot promise that I will never post about him or anything related to him.... but I can promise that this is still a design blog and an outlet for me to express my creativity. I hope to get back into blogging... likely slowly at first, but if you bare with me I think I can balance a full time job, being a mom, renovating a home, and blogging. I might even get some sleep every once in awhile too ;)

much love.

Friday, 9 October 2015

a little look alike...

Happy Friday! This week has been a bit crazy for us. It's really starting to feel like fall around here, and the days seem to be getting shorter, literally and figuratively. The sun isn't sticking around and it feels like we get nothing done in the evenings! We have accomplished a few things in the kitchen, and I'll catch you up on that next week. It's really starting to look more complete now!
Steve and I are hosting thanksgiving for my side of the family this weekend, and I am really looking forward to it! It'll be our first big get together since having a functioning kitchen! I am heading to my mom's tonight to make a few pies as I really want to carry on the tradition... my grandma ALWAYS made pies. Thursday night dinner? Sure, lets make three pies. I may never get to that point, but I definitely want to keep the tradition alive for special occasions! Next I'll have to learn how to make her special birthday cake....that one might take a little bit more practice!

Anyway, on this Friday before a long weekend, I thought I would share with you a little look alike... as it's been awhile!
I am currently in love with paint techniques. I love only painting portions of walls, or painting shapes etc. and so when I saw this paint carried up the wall onto the ceiling and sort of acting as an extended head board, I fell in love. I love the basic backdrop that this room has with splashes of colors in all the accents. It's such a simple design but it has a big impact. I am really hoping that kilim never goes out of style either, because by the time I can afford a beautiful kilim rug, it might just be!

Now without further adieu, here is the their version...

and here is mine.....

**bed**curtains**rug**pillow**sconce**bench**side table**

Happy Turkey eating!! And if you are anything like Steve, you will be laying on the couch regretting that third helping in no time!