This purple paradise is full of vivid color! We’ve taken a variety of hints and shades of purple and lavender to create this whimsical nursery.  The leopard prints on the pillow and blanket are sure to grow with your little girl.  To downplay the tenacity of the purple, we’ve mixed in airy hints of yellow, cream and white. The juxtaposition of pale color offsets the vibrance of the purple and creates a balance that is simply stunning.

Purple Paradise

Purple Paradise: One. Arteriors Gallagher Polished Nickel Chandelier | Two. Caden Lane Limited Edition Girly Purple Leopard Crib Set | Three. Sugarboo Designs Little Art Print Flower | Four. Sugarboo Designs Little Art Print Darling | Five. Arteriors Ashton Amethyst Banded Glass Lamp | Six. 3Sprouts Rabbit Storage Box

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This past weekend was my animal-inspired baby shower thrown by my sister in-law. We had such a great time! The animal theme was so much fun, with everything from orange animal print napkins to aqua ombre invitations and tablecloths.  We had a ton of fun making all of the decor and planning out food choices that featured our aqua and orange color palette.  With everything from cutie oranges as the centerpiece to aqua punch – the food and beverages fit perfectly with our colors. We took a lot of inspiration from Pinterest when it came to spray painting the white table clothes ombre and making the fabric tie banner for the gift table.  I couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out!

What themes and colors inspired your baby shower?

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Today we are getting the look of this beautiful vibrant bedroom.  The color palette is very bold, starting with the gorgeous turquoise walls and pops of orange, pink and white.  The upholstered headboards are the jumping off point for the entire look. Even though the colors are all pretty bright – the white grounds the entire look by adding a bit of a neutral undertone.

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Vibrant Bedroom: 1. Annette Tatum Pirouette Whisper Pillowcase | 2. Rickshaw Designs Lali Toddler Quilt | 3. Sugarboo Designs Elephant Speaking Life is Beautiful Pillow | 4. Arteriors Iman Clear Glass Lamp | 5. Sugarboo Designs A Flower for the One I Love Art Print | 6. Arteriors Jordan Vase | 7. Worlds Away Peyton White Lacquer Bamboo Edged Three Drawer Cabinet | 8. New Arrivals Urban Ikat Fuchsia Curtain Panels | 9. Whimsical Tufted Headboard in Pink Velvet

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Tomato Pie in a Sour Cream Crust // The Perch, a Polka Dot Peacock blog

Let’s celebrate the bounty of summer… and make a tomato pie.

I didn’t learn about tomato pie until I was living in Louisiana a few years back, and I am so happy I did because it makes a fabulous summertime meal.

Tomato Pie in a Sour Cream Crust // The Perch, a Polka Dot Peacock blog

Tomato pie is a great way to put tomatoes to use when you have an abundance of them, and the pie is perfection with this sour cream crust.

Here’s how you can make your own:

Tomato Pie in a Sour Cream Crust
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • For the Sour Cream Pie Crust
  • 1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup sour cream

  • For the Tomato Pie
  • 1½ lb. tomatoes, sliced (I used tiny heirloom tomatoes, though this could easily be made with larger tomatoes)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) Parmesan cheese, shredded and divided
Instructions
  1. To make the Sour Cream Pie Crust: Sift the flour, baking powder and kosher salt into a large bowl.
  2. Using a pastry cutter, cut the shortening into flour mixture until the mixture is combined and resembles small peas.
  3. Add the sour cream, stirring in the best you can with a kitchen spatula or fork until combined. (If it doesn't completely combine, don't worry!)
  4. Turn the dough out onto cling wrap, forming into a flat disk, and cover completely. Use this as the opportunity to combine the rest of the crust if it didn't completely come together.
  5. Chill the dough for at least an hour (or up to 24 hours.)
  6. To make the Tomato Pie: Prepare the tomatoes, cutting them and placing them in a single layer on paper towels. Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt, and let them stand for 30 minutes.
  7. Once the 30 minutes has passed, pat the tomatoes dry with paper towels, and set aside.
  8. Preheat oven to 350º once the pie crust has finished refrigerating.
  9. Stir together the sour cream, chopped basil and minced garlic. Add ¾ cup of the Parmesan, and set aside.
  10. Roll the pie crust into a 13" round on a lightly floured surface. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate, fold the edges under and crimp. Poke holes in the sides and bottom with a fork so air escapes as the crust bakes.
  11. Once the crust is in the pan, bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown.
  12. Once the crust is browned, remove from the oven, and sprinkle remaining ¼ cup cheese over bottom of crust.
  13. Arrange the tomato slices over the cheese, then spread sour cream mixture over tomatoes.
  14. Bake at 350ºF for 35-37 minutes.
  15. Let cool 5 minutes before serving, then enjoy warm!

Tomato Pie in a Sour Cream Crust // The Perch, a Polka Dot Peacock blog

How do you utelize the bounty of fresh tomatoes in the summertime?

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The beach, the sky and the stars inspired us to create this dreamy starlit bedroom inspiration.  Muted linen and lace with oversized limed wood nightstands create a beachy feel.  Add the shimmery silver tones of the antiqued mirrored star chandelier and you’ve got instant drama! For accessories, we’ve pulled deep blue tones that remind of us of the night sky and metallic accents to finish off the look.

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Starlit Bedroom: One. Pom Pom at Home Caprice Pearl Lace Linen Duvet Cover | Two. Worlds Away Large Antique Mirrored Star Chandelier | Three. Global Finds Analise Candleholders | Four. Arteriors Chen Console Table | Five. Ferm Living Marble Dusty Blue Hand Printed Silk Pillow | Six. Pom Pom at Home Montauk Indigo Linen Throw

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Happy Friday, today we are featuring one of our favorite palettes this season tangerine dream with orange and aqua.  The bright bursts of tangerine orange mixed with it’s complementary shade of aqua creates such a beautiful contrast.  We started with the lovely poppy artwork as the jumping off point and then add various elements to complement it with pillows and other accessories.  We’ve also chosen a few neutral items like the lamp to offset all of the color.

Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream: Arteriors Poppy Clear Glass Lamp | Sengalese Storage Basket with Tangerine Stripes | Greenbox Art + Culture Poppies Wall Art | New Arrivals Wishing Well Curtain Panels | The Little Acorn Fox Bib | Pehr Designs Jameson Bloc Pillow Sky Blue | The Little Acorn Cloud Print Crib Sheets | Rag and Bone Personalized Baby’s First Book Giraffe | Spot on Square Hiya Rocker

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Endless End Table Possibilities

July 17, 2014

Today, we are featuring the Arteriors Bates Side Table to show that it offers endless end table possibilities.  You can feature this side table anywhere in any room! The trendy, burnt brass finish is hand applied and features irregularities that makes each table unique.  The sloping curved shape is chic enough for any adult space but […]

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Strawberry Soup

July 15, 2014

Strawberry Soup. I realize this sounds weird and implies perhaps an entree. I’m here to tell you that this is not a main dish. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say it would be the perfect thing to end a dinner party with because it’s light and refreshing, despite calling for […]

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Laid-Back Lodge Style

July 14, 2014

This laid-back lodge style feels so relaxed and welcoming! It makes me want to kick my feet up and hunker down for a comfortable evening with the family. Rustic elements like the bookshelf and candleholders mix so well with the industrial chair and contemporary lamp. The bold wallpaper brightens the space without being too loud, and the […]

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Furniture Fun Day with Bradshaw Kirchofer

July 11, 2014

Today is Furniture Fun Day with the brand, Bradshaw Kirchofer! Their gorgeous, hand-crafted furniture is made to order in the USA.  The lightly distressed look and vintage appeal is created through hand applied finishes using a five-step process. Each piece comes in a variety of wood tones and colors. And the furniture can even be customized if […]

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