Prairie Days Design

loving your home one prairie day at a time.

Friday, 27 February 2015

week #6...

Friday, it's Friday!!! On this fabulous Friday, I have a quick DIY for you! This DIY has been on my mind ever since I first laid eyes on it! It's pretty simple, but it's so fun and frankly, very handy! Thank you Emily Henderson for the brilliant idea. Go and check out Emily Henderson's version, and then come back here and check out my version....

You peeked didn't you? You skipped right to this picture and haven't gone to read her blog yet have you... i'll give you another chance...

Ok, now here's my version...

This entire project was quite simple. All you need to start is:
a wood dowel
spray paint
2 wood blocks
a drill
a drill bit
a saw
wood glue
2 screws

I apologize for not having pictures of the process, but it's rather simple, so I will do what i'm best at... using my words!
First, paint your wood dowel with the spray paint color of your choice. Next you need to decide how long you would like each arm to be, and cut the dowel to length. Then, drill a hole about a 1/4" deep into each side of your block of wood. I chose to keep my block of wood completely natural, but I think it would have been fun to varnish it, or to paint it a super bright color! I like the natural look though! Next you need to put some wood glue in each hole you just drilled, and then insert a dowel into each side. Let it dry for a bit to make sure that it's nice and snug in there, and then all you have to do is drill a hole through the front of the block so that you can hang your new masterpiece! This is where the screw comes into play... and voila! You are done! A new fun, functional, and frankly eye catching jewelry block!
I am really proud of this project, and it was so simple! I'd like to thank Emily Henderson again, for such a beautiful idea, and I should really thank my handy husband for all his help too! And for his power tools... he's a pretty handy guy to have around!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

hello...to a new entry!

Confession: I may have forgotten about sharing our entry way with you! The important thing is that I remembered...eventually!
I love having an entry way, a separate place where sand, dirt and water can all stay once it is dragged inside on shoes and coats! However, we had ZERO storage in this entry way. Nothing. Not even a nail in the wall. We were hanging our coats on the banister and leaving my shoes in the middle of the floor when I walked in was driving Steve BONKERS! So, it is no real surprise that one of the first rooms that we had to get done was the entry. It's not perfect, yet, but it's so much more functional!
Here is the before:

See? Nothing... Nada... Zero storage. And now???

I wish I could explain to you the excitement that I felt when I had a place to hang my coat! There still isn't much for shoe storage, but we have an idea, we just have to execute it! However, I have a lot of flats and sandals, and they fit super well under the bench in the one bin. The other is holding our toques and mitts for now! It will likely hold more sandals come summer time! The top coat rack is for Steve's hats, as it's a little high for coats, but he has a lot of hats so it works well! The bench.. it's sooo simple and just fabulous. I love having a spot to be able sit while I pile on the winter gear! All in all, it's very functional for us for now and frankly, it's a thousand times better than it was before! Don't you agree? What do you think?!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

a little me time...

I figure that maybe it's about that time again to learn a little bit more about me! I almost feel super full of myself saying that! I swear i'm not! See? One more thing you just learned about me!
The last time that I gave you a little sneak peak into my life, I also discussed trying to decide on a coffee table! Well here's the update for you.. we decided to go with the super super simple ikea table... and i'm soo glad we did!! Do I dare say that finally having a coffee table is life changing? Ok maybe a slight exaggeration, but being able to use the TV tables as only TV tables is quite glorious! Here is the table we chose:

See?! super simple, but it works really well in our space... you'll see! Now, back to me!!


Lately I have been:

Dreaming about - Our honeymoon to Mexico that is only two weeks away! Currently the snow is blowing outside our home, and the drifts in our yard are creeping up to our roof, so a white sandy beach and some palm trees will be a very welcome change of pace in a couple of weeks! I seriously cannot wait!
Staring at - Our living room walls that were not painted the greatest and are begging for a new coat of paint. I am really hoping to prime it soon and get some color on them in the very near future. They are all prepped and the curtains and hardware have all been removed so it's really just a matter of me getting my butt off this couch! And now that the curtains are down? It is so much brighter in here and I am actually seriously considering leaving them off! We have 5 beautiful, big windows and the light that comes in them is very welcoming!
Wearing - The Fitbit that I got for my birthday. Do you have one? It's really quite amazing the things that it can calculate! I also find it amazingly helpful at getting me to do my morning work outs! If you don't have any idea what I am talking about, you can read more about the Fitbit here. If you are well aware of what the Fitbit can do then you will hopefully agree with me that the healthy competition with yourself to see if you can pass how many steps you took yesterday is actually super fun and extremely motivating!
Loving - My latest purchase of Happy Handmade Home by the girls from A Beautiful Mess. This book? It's seriously so much more than I even hoped for! It's soooo great! It makes me want to get way more creative and less fearless with my home. It makes me feel like I AM creative and I CAN decorate on a budget and it won't look like I did! Oh I cannot wait to sink my teeth into it even further!

Thursday, 19 February 2015

some reminiscing, and one bright rug...

Do you remember your college days? I remember having to be so creative with furniture in our home, because we couldn’t really afford anything! In one of my first shared apartments, my best friend and I had a “sofa” that was basically a futon on a wood pallet, with large pillows as the back rest! I then made our coffee table out of two white milk crates and a piece of plywood that I had painted with chalkboard paint! I felt so creative! Of course any and all d├ęcor consisted of pictures that you took throughout the year.

After college, came my first job and eventually my first real home. With that came real furniture too! I remember being so excited when I got my first sofa and coffee table. Then when I actually had curtains to put up in my living room… I felt like a real live grown up! It’s crazy to me sometimes that the littlest things can bring such contentment to life! It also boggles my mind how much my taste has improved and grown in just a few short years… ok, maybe 10 years… has it really been that long since the futon sofa days?

Now, I am very proud of my roots and where I came from and how I have evolved into the person that I am today, but sometimes it’s fun to dream, isn’t it? Sometimes I look back on those years right after college and dream about what my life would have been like if I had moved to New York, or Chicago, or LA and moved into a loft downtown… all after winning the lottery.. am I right? I picture that loft looking something like this:

A chic, young, hip, eclectic style that would go hand in hand with my chic, young, hip personality! Can’t you picture girl’s nights of popcorn and “Sex in the City” on that sofa, wine in hand and boys on the brain? Or a random, Wednesday night, spur of the moment party with all my cool and hip friends? I need to get back on track here and talk about the real issue at hand here, and that is how fabulous each piece in this design is! Do you want to know the best part? They are affordable and easy to find! Each piece is from Chairish.com, a fabulous place that you can find one of a kind pieces! I love the fact that I was able to design an entire room from one website! It all started with the fabulous rug … I mean if you want to add a pop of color to a room… a rug is a perfect way to do that! I could have gone in a completely different direction and done a super neutral color pallet with this rug, but when I picture a 20ft ceiling loft space, with exposed brick and picture windows and this rug...

all I want to do is match it with more bright, beautiful, one of a kind pieces… mission accomplished!
Now rush over to Chairish.com and have a look at their beautiful rug selection here... you know you want to! I can personally guarantee that you will find more than one thing that you want to pull that credit card out for! You have been warned!!

rug**sectional**pendants**chair**coffee table**pillow#1**pillow#2**pillow#3**female print**bar print**

** Note: This post was in collaboration with Chairish.com. I have not been given any compensation for the statements made. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

week #4 & #5

Last week's project is leading up to a post for next week. We have ALMOST finished our entry way, but we have finished it enough that I feel comfortable sharing it with you! I am very excited to have a room feel 98% finished! Anyway, you'll catch a little sneak peak here today! Week #4 project took a little bit longer than I had anticipated, because as we all know... sometimes life gets in the way! Regardless, it is now done... and I was inspired by this decal from Urban Walls. Now, I LOVE Urban Wall's decals, and have bought from them before, but I knew that this one I could definitley paint on myself, and what better place to put it than by the entry door! Here is what I did..



As I was painting on the color, it was a lot more yellow than I was hoping for. I wanted the more bright green feel that it had when in the paint jar. After painting on about a dozen layers (hence taking so long to complete!!) it looked slightly greener, but still not quite the look I was going for. Sometimes things just don't work out exactly as you had planned, am I right? But the beauty of paint is that there is always more paint to cover it up if you don't like it! I will live with it for now, as this entry (as you will find out soon!), has a very monochromatic color scheme going on so this pop of color is a welcome addition! Now this was a lot more work than just throwing up a decal, but the cost of project was $5.98 for the paint and another $2.99 for small paint brushes. I also used some more of the black paint to go outline each letter once I was finished painting on the vibrant green/yellow, so that all my "errors" didn't show through... the beauty of having a black background!
ANNNNDDDDD since week #4 took FOREVER, you get to enjoy week #5 today as well! Have you tried cauliflower pizza crust yet? I see it all over Pinterest, and Steve and I make homemade pizza at least once a week, so it was only a matter of time until we needed to try something new! A healthier pizza version?! Why not? All I kept reading was that it was amazing, that you cannot tell you are eating cauliflower... my verdict?


I think it's VERY good! I think it doesn't taste at all like you are eating cauliflower, and for me, that's great, cause I don't normally like cauliflower! It's not as crunchy as I had figured it would be but the texture works! I have no idea who thought this concept up, but I applaud them and will definitely be using it in the future! My only complaint? It's a MESSY situation! Or maybe that's just me?? Could very well be!! HA! You can find the version of the crust that I used here!
Happy Friday everyone! I'll be back next week with a entry reveal and week #6 project! Whoot whoot!
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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

the bedroom...

Well, here it is! The third room in the house that has had ANY work done to it whatsoever! It's not been much, but a little paint can sure make a place feel like your own! Here is a little reminder of what it looked like right after we moved in...

Pretty plain! The colors of the wall in here mimic about every other color in every other room except the kitchen! BORING! Now? Now it looks like this...

Now,it's still by no means finished, but it's definitely more "us". I am still looking for the right curtains to put up, I want something that is very vibrant, but doesn't cost 100's of dollars?! You hear me?! Don't we all want what we want for less $$! As you can see, we STILL haven't gotten to the headboard, but it will come, and then we'll get new side tables, i'll put on our new duvet and all will be peachy! And if you are wondering, YES, we did change the horrid ceiling fan from 1979 that squawked on every single rotation! In August, when we first moved in and it was +30 with no a/c in our home and the only form of cooling off was that fan? Well, it was replaced very quickly! Any ideas for a place for vibrant, fun, eclectic curtains?

Monday, 9 February 2015

i'm on a roll...

It's Monday! Here in Manitoba it is a holiday for us, and so I am home relaxing after a long weekend away visiting a very dear friend of mine in Ottawa! I had a blast and it was just what I needed! There was lots of chatter, tons of reminiscing and plenty of relaxing! Speaking of relaxing, I have been on a major reading kick lately and it's been lovely! I was in a reading slump for awhile, but then I read Amy Poehler's YES PLEASE and it got me back in the groove. It's really a very good read. It made me appreciate being a woman, it gave me hope for the future, and it inspired me to follow any dream because they really do come true if you work hard enough! Yes Please was one of many really good reads lately, here are the rest of them...

Eleanor and Park had a lot of hype behind it for me. I had seen it on numerous blogs and read really good things about it, and so it was very high on my list of "need to read". My mom gave it to me for Christmas after seeing it on this very blog. Did it live up to the hype? ABSOLUTELY! This is a very quick, easy read... but there is just something about it that draws you in. Rowell has a way of making you feel like you are right there, experiencing everything that the characters are. Rowell also does an amazing job of giving you a clear vision of each character. I seriously read this book in a matter of a couple of days. Any chance that I got to pull that book out and read a few pages, I did it. In other words, I highly recommend!
The Longest Ride... a classic Nicholas Sparks love story, and because of this, of course I loved it! This is another one that only took me a few days to read, maybe a week? Don't tell Steve, but I think I was secretly hoping that the cowboy would jump out of the book and declare his love for me... weird? Ok maybe a little, but I am a country girl at heart and any story about a gentleman cowboy will pull at my heart strings! This story ends exactly as any female would want it to, and without giving away the entire book, I will stop talking about it right... now...
Save Me by Lisa Scottoline was pretty good.  I felt like this book started off really slowly and then got way more exciting about half way through. It takes place in the span of about a week, but a very hectic week. I feel that maybe if I were a mother myself, I might have a little more patience for the beginning of the book. For me, it was only ok and I am not even sure if I would really recommend it to anyone. Nothing against the author though, I have read a couple other books by Scottoline and really enjoyed them!

I've been trying really hard lately to read before bed instead of sitting on my laptop or ipad. It's working so far and I must say, I love holding a paperback in my hand. It's one of my favorite things! Next on my nightstand?

I just started reading These Girls and I think that I should have saved it for our honeymoon... it is turning out to be a good beach read! I can't wait to read Lauren Conrad's book, and I even have Steve reading I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, and from the snickers I hear next to me, I think i'll have to give it a shot when he's done ;)

a little look-a-like...

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? It was pretty frigid around these parts, but it was sunny!! The sun makes the cold temps bearable! I am still working on week #4's project, so you'll get week #4 & #5 on Wednesday! In the meantime, I have been doing soo much pinning and getting very inspired! I have taken a LONG break on getting anything done around this house, and I think Pinterest and the sun have given me a push to get back at it! It's images like this that get the wheels spinning!

How brilliant is the floor lamp used as a chandelier! I love the simple things that people think to do sometimes, but have such a large impact on a room! Here's my little look-a-like version...

Of all the things for this room? I am most in love with the lips print... It just makes my day for some reason! I think it would be awesome in a bathroom as well! Think I can convince Steve?

table**chair**lips**beach**lamp**credenza

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

gallery ideas #4...

Mirror mirror on the wall... cheesy enough for you? I figured so! I do cheesy well ;) This gallery wall inspiration lends more to smaller spaces.. mirrors reflect light and make those small spaces feel larger! How beautiful would these mirrors be in an entry way in a small, downtown apartment?! Gorgeous. The best part? You'd never leave the house with a hair out of place ;)

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

decisions decisions...

Well hello all! I know you were looking forward to seeing what week #4 was going to be all about, but it's not quite finished, so you'll just have to wait a few days! In the mean time, I want to discuss our living room just a tad bit more. I have really been on the fence about paint colors for our living room. The color that I have been thinking about, I am really nervous about. I don't want to just paint one wall, i'd like to paint all walls something like this...

Maybe a shade lighter, but isn't it pretty? and calming?! I think it'd go great with some of the colors (plum & gold) already going on in our living room...

Then I found this room... and my worries are disappearing....

It's pretty, right?! I think it'll work in my living room, I really do! What do you think?

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