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.


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


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
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8
  • 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
  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?


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.


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


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


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 also allows the table to be placed in kid-friendly areas like a nursery or playroom.

Endless End Table Possibilities: Nautical Nursery with the Bates Side Table // The Perch, a Polka Dot Peacock blog

Endless End Table Possibilities: Nautical Nursery with the Bates Side Table

Arteriors Bates Side Table | Jennifer Delonge Wing Recliner Glider | New Arrivals Hampton Bay Curtain Panels | Arteriors Calhoun Walnut Wood and Cream Crackle Porcelain Lamp

Endless End Table Possibilities: Kid's Playroom with the Bates Side Table // The Perch, a Polka Dot Peacock blog

Endless End Table Possibilities: Kid’s Playroom with the Bates Side Table

Arteriors Bates Side Table | Bradshaw Kirchofer William Child’s Chair | Oopsy Daisy Blue Elephant Canvas Wall Art by Creative Thursday by Marisa | 3 Sprouts Leopard Toy Chest

Endless End Table Possibilities: Sophisticated Seating Area with the Bates Side Table // The Perch, a Polka Dot Peacock blog

Endless End Table Possibilities: Sophisticated Seating Area with the Bates Side Table

Arteriors Bates Side Table | Arteriors Calvin Top Grain Antique Brass Black Leather Chair | Greenbox Art + Culture Abstract Wilderness Canvas Wall Art by Angelo Franco | Ferm Living Geometry Vase 3 | Ferm Living Geometry Vase 1


Strawberry Soup // The Perch, a Polka Dot Peacock blog

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 half and half.

My mom suggested I give this recipe of hers a shot, and boy, am I glad she did. While I don’t remember trying this during my childhood, I can guarantee it’ll be a staple in my home this summer and for summers to come, as it uses my favorite fruit, and it’s a different kind of dessert that you normally don’t think about.

Strawberry Soup // The Perch, a Polka Dot Peacock blog

Here’s how you can make your own:

Strawberry Soup
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup half and half
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Additional strawberries for garnish
  1. Combine the ingredients in the food processor, and process until smooth.
  2. Pour the soup into chilled soup (or drink) bowls.
  3. Garnish with strawberries, and enjoy cool!

Strawberry Soup // The Perch, a Polka Dot Peacock blog

What kind of berry is your favorite?

Have you ever had Strawberry Soup?


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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Cucumber Sandwich with a Feta Spread

July 10, 2014

Since summer is officially here, it has gotten extremely hot in Texas recently. While we haven’t broken 100 yet, it’s inevitable at this point, and I find myself craving foods that are light and refreshing. Cucumbers are everywhere these days, and the other day when I was scrambling to figure out what I was making for lunch, I […]

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Colorful Kid Corner

July 7, 2014

This colorful kid corner is the perfect place for story-time and cuddling up! Create a vibrant getaway your kids will love with fun patterns and prints.  A shaggy rug is the perfect place to lay and add some throw pillows and blankets to make it extra cozy.  Whether your child likes to play or have […]

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