Prairie Days Design

loving your home one prairie day at a time.

Monday, 17 July 2017

our little hobby....

So while I’ve been away from the blog, a few fun things have happened (besides giving birth). We have taken our love for old barnwood and created a little hobby out of it. A bit of a money making hobby… Originally we were only into making picture frames, and it was mostly for my benefit.

These were the first ones that he made and they hung in our condo for a couple years. Now they hang proudly in Nash’s bedroom. They are still my favorite to this day.

After frames came our dining room wall, which gets very high praise every time someone sees it! We have covered a few walls for others since then, and have dabbled in a few other projects as well.

One of the simplest, and probably my favorite to this date, are the boxes. They are simple but the details make them so special. I love piling blankets and pillows into them. The handles are made from old (like stored in an old grainery for years to just gather dust old) towing straps.

Another of my favorites has been the mirror he framed out. We just took my old mirror that hung on my door from my college days and framed it out. I would love to see this hanging in someone’s entry!! Or leaning up against the wall of someone’s bedroom. Can you imagine a giant version?

We have created a few other fun projects for the house that we get complimented on all the time. I love the warm feel of all of the pieces, and best of all, they have been made with love. How cute is our little model??

For those local to the area, we have a few of our items for sale in a cute little shop off Portage Ave. It’s call Green Mosquito Interiors. She has all kinds of local handmade goodies just waiting for a new home.

Monday, 5 June 2017

wishful shopping...

Summer has arrived in full force around here. It's been beautiful, hot, and sunny outside and.... I am now stuck inside full time again. That's right... I have returned to my full time job as of yesterday. It wasn't the easiest day... I missed my little peanut an awful lot. We made up for it with lots of snuggles and even more kisses. Once peanut was off to bed, I sat down and did what I do best... shop...or wishful shopping?! Until that first paycheck comes back in, I can't afford any of these beauties... but oh man...soon enough. Maybe a 'back to work' present is in my future...

one --- The heat must be getting to me... it's making me feel like i'm in the desert again. This cacti is just far too cute to not love. I'm obsessed with pillows and cushions, it's like how other women are obsessed with shoes. Pillows are my shoes. Steve just loves it!

two --- Oh look! More pillows!

three --- Funny, there are three things I love about this bench that have drawn me to it... 1. the color, 2. the tufting and 3. the sleek legs. It's a perfect combination!

four --- Wouldn't this pottery go perfectly with that cactus pillow?! Those blues are what dreams are made of!

five --- This clock, it's shape, it's colors, it's whimsical appearance.

six --- Ok, if you don't click on ANY of the above links... please click on this one at the very least. You will find amazing modern and clean. I am in love with this quilt in particular!

much love.

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?


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.