Entries from July 28th, 2011

Backyard Project: Drainage



Jason has been working hard digging trenches in the clay after work, and now we’re filling them back up! Some readers with similar issues commented, asking what the next steps were going to be, and so here’s the play by play!

First, dig out a trench 16″ down and 12″ wide, with 1″ of slope per 100ft to get the water in the direction you want it to go.

Then, add 2″ of 3/4 crush in the trench and lay in 4″ perforated PVC pipe. We were warned not to use Big O, since it tends to fail.

After connecting the pipes, wrap them with permeable landscape cloth.

Cover the pipe with 3/4 crush. And then cover with a layer of landscape cloth.

Top with 2 – 3″ of topsoil, and you’re done!

Backyard Project: Tree Takedown



We have struggled with a dark and soggy backyard since we moved into this house. This tree has been topped so many times by the previous owners that it is shaped like a giant mushroom, and blocks the sun from coming in, keeping the ground soggy and kid free… and that is not what you want in a backyard! Time for the chainsaw to take down this huge tree!

Here is what it looks like now, bare, and messy from trench digging. I have to say that I love trees, and I fought to keep the tree for quite a while. But, Jason won, and I am happy now that he did. We now have a spot in our backyard where we can grow veggies! There are currently eleven tomato plants up there waiting for some sunshine. Jason, you were right. ; ) (Yes, those words are an early birthday present for you. Enjoy.)


Type Tuesday: Like, totally…



It’s the little things that make me happy. For instance, before today I didn’t know how to embed a video into a post!! Yes. Laugh if you will. I’m really quite excited to add that to my bag of tricks! Spoken word and typography, perfect! Thanks for the link Jessica!

In This House…



I love this “manifesto” that’s floating around the web lately. Nyla and Rene both featured great Etsy versions… and when I saw an adaptation of it painted on these stairs I knew that I had to share! The talented photographer, who I recently met at church, is the newly engaged Rachel Ray! So, excited that we get to work together very soon!

And check out this super cute family posing on their fabulous handiwork! Turns out this mom also blogs!

I have a strong desire to go and paint my stairs white now!

Photo Credit: Rachel Ray Photography


Roadside Find: Mid Century Chairs



I’m excited to say that we’ve now had two weekends in a row of sun! And you know what that means!!! Garage sales! And roadside treasures just waiting to be snatched up. I’m giddy just writing this! ; ) Check out this cute pair of chairs that I found at the end of a driveway last week! I ran up and knocked on the door just to make sure they were actually getting rid of them. I can’t wait to plan an attack for how to make these babies over!! Here are some fun ideas:

Dana Israel via Design*Sponge

Skinny laMinx via Design*Sponge

Etsy via I Dream of Chairs

Obviously the chair style is totally different, but I always love the simplicity of white and wood together. Second Coat Design via Design*Sponge

I adore this pale blue high gloss seat! Not sure how comfy mine would be without the upholstered seat. via Skinny laMinx

Guest Posting: Sadie + Stella



I’m over at Sadie + Stella today for their Favorite Room Feature! So, hop on over and visit me there!

And if you’re visiting from over there, welcome to my blog! Thanks for visiting!!

Summer Lovin’



Today, I’m participating in her summer blog crawl over at Gallery No. Eight! So, hello if you’re a visitor today! I’m so thrilled to have you here! 🙂

Brittany asked us to share a summer moment with you. My favourite is always found in Tofino, over on the Westcoast of Vancouver Island. It’s the place that we go ever summer. And every summer we talk about how we could live there year-round. It’s that wonderful. And relaxed. And beautiful. Here are some of my favorite places in and around Tofino!

This is one of the largest trees on Meares Island. You can get there by kayak, or water taxi. I’ve done both, and either way it’s fabulous! Do you see my son at the bottom of the tree?

Beach time, of course, is always a hit. It’s the first thing we do when we arrive. And, after a ferry ride, and hours of driving, some open space to run is perfect.

Canada’s answer to surfing. Thrilled that I tried, and conquered. ; )

And for those of you with kids… you need to take them to see the aquarium in Ucluelet. It’s a fifteen minute drive from Tofino, and the best aquarium we’ve ever been to.

You’ve Got Mail



You know when the mail truck pulls up in front of your house that the weekend is starting out right! I won a couple of giveaways before Canada Post went on strike, and so the mail is very exciting for me now that it’s over!

The signed Sarah Richardson Designer Palette fan deck for Para Paints came in the mail today!! Along with it was a Sarah’s House T-shirt, and an autographed photo of Sarah & Tommy! How fun! A big thank you to Jennifer, over at Rambling Renovators, for having a giveaway!!

Also in the mail was this fun card all the way from Australia! I won it on Pascale’s wonderful blog, Spoonful of Colour. If you want to check out more of her work you can also visit her Etsy site.

Hope your weekend is starting out right!

XO Rosa

Here & There: Lighting



I’m adding a new feature here at flutterflutter, called “HERE & THERE”, where I’ll feature some of the awesome finds available “HERE” in Vancouver, and other cities, along with pics showing how they’ve been used to style rooms “THERE”, in the land of design inspiration. Hopefully it will give you some ideas for mixing different styles into your own decor!

With some child-free time last weekend, we took to the streets of our favorite Vancouver haunts to see what we could find… it was a great day for modern lighting! ReFind on Main & Your Fabulous Find (1800 block of Main St) were the sources for all of these lights.

Happy Treasure Hunting!!

PS – Let me know if anyone picks one of these awesome lights up!

Photo Credits: Kikki.K via DESIGNSPIRATION[SK], Apartment Therapy, Table Tonic. All small photos taken by Rosa Pearson.

Chevron, and On, and On…



Although the chevron trend is not at all new, there are always new projects that impress me! I have wanted to add it somewhere, but was waiting for the perfect spot to present itself. While reorganizing my office, I decided that was the spot! Do you see the sliver of my chevron DIY in the pic of my office above? I’ll show you the full reveal next week! But, until then, here are some chevron inspiration pics to get you in the mood! ; )

Trisha, over at The Sweet Survival used a Chevron stencil to make a custom hook rack – love the color scheme she used in her son’s room! Lucky boy to have such a beautiful room!

HGTV’s Design Happens, featured this dresser with vertical chevron stripes in an interview with decorator Nick Olsen. Love that green!

Interior designer Stephanie Sabbe created a wall of chevron using contact paper – still a favorite of mine, so I had to throw it in here! A timeless take on chevron, and a fabulous removable design!

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