Friday, July 25, 2014

This week on Marlborough 7.25

Well, Matt & Erin's wedding weekend in Vermont was the best. I've spent most of the week looking through photos on my camera, browsing through snapshots on Instagram (#shippeetefftwed), reminiscing about how beautiful the West Mountain Inn was, and wishing we could do it all over again! I'll be sure to share more photos here soon, but it was such an amazing weekend and I'm so glad I got to be part of it.

What's everyone doing this weekend? One of my best friends Emily is finally home from Florida, so I'm pretty pumped to see her tomorrow and then watch some polo at this event on Sunday.
Here's a few fun links from around the web this week...

  • 4 runners will be racing Boston's green line today to see who's faster! Watch it live
  • The trailer for the movie everyone's been waiting for is finally here. 
  • Joss & Main is having a sale to benefit Habitat for Humanity! Curate for a cause.
  • Loved this article about Instacart, a grocery delivery startup. Grocery shopping can be an ordeal when you live in the middle of the city, so josh and I will definitely be trying them out!
  • Now you can shop the pages of Real Simple Magazine right on Wayfair
  • An airstream gets an amazing rustic overhaul. 
  • A driving dog
  • A really cool treehouse.
  • One way to make sitting in an office all day in the summer a little better? Great desktop wallpapers
  • My friends Carolina is doing really cool things in Chile! Read about her cause

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Midweek Obsessions: Hammocks

Did you know that today is National Hammock Day? Probably not. I only do because I am mildly obsessed with them (and work at a company that sells over 150 types). I love the stress-free, relaxing feelings that hammocks evoke, and how they can effortlessly add a touch of whimsy to the inside or outside of your home. There's really no better place to put your feet up for a summer afternoon siesta. I think they just may be the most basic yet ingenious pieces of home decor ever made.

So kick back, pretend there's a breeze, and enjoy this little bit of midweek hammock-spiration.
^ a tropical poolside hammock surrounded by lush green
^ a white hammock chair hanging beneath a pretty porch
^ A hammock with a sheepskin. I could cozy up here all day.
^ a hammock illuminated by string lights. The perfect date night spot.
^ a colorful hammock lounge space on a tiny porch 
^ an idyllic water hammock 
^ A dreamy hammock in a Moroccan palace
^ a room with a pretty hammock view 
^ a lovely hammock escape in a vined outdoor space
^ a bold orange hammock in the middle of the jungle
^ a hammock adds a relaxing element to this beach bungalow 
^ a hammock in the attic, against the most amazing reclaimed wall
^ a sandy hammock retreat by the sea 
^ a kids' dream living room play spot
^ a dry hammock sanctuary above the water
^ a hammock right outside the door
^ a nautical napping spot with the waves as background noise

Happy napping!

Friday, July 18, 2014

This week on Marlborough 7.18

^ a great rooftop dinner for Marissa's bday this week!

Happy Friday! I can't believe one of my best friend's wedding weekends is finally here. I've got to run to get my bridesmaids dress steamed, my nails touched up, our cornhole boards packed up, and most importantly get myself together so I'm not a mess of tears for the next 24 hours, so I'll just leave you with some fun Friday links. I hope you have a wonderful weekend wherever you are! 
A few fun things from around the web this week...

  • These would definitely satisfy my summer sweet tooth.
  • One family, photographed over the course of 19 years.
  • 10 creative Instagram accounts to follow. 
  • Vermont, from a Floridians point of view
  • The cutest ice cream bar EVER. 
  • What do you think of Airbnb's rebranding effort? 
  • This seriously makes my heart melt. 
  • In love with this home filled with barnwood projects & thrifted finds. 
  • Now you can get a Boston T pass in ring form. Not the most stylish but I like where their heads are at. 
  • Another reason why cats are awesome. 
  • I want to design a whole room off of this beautiful photo.  

Have a great summer weekend! xx

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DIY Margarita Flower Popsicles

My popsicle maker has quickly become my favorite kitchen item. I've made popsicles so many times this summer out of simple juices, lemonade & mint, fruits, iced coffee, you name it. Everything tastes better in popsicle form. And if your not a big liquid drinker like me, it's a great way to trick yourself into staying hydrated. We got ours at Wayfair (now out of stock) but you can also find great ones at Target or William Sonoma.

These pops in particular were so fun (and pretty) that I had to share! On the 4th of July, Vermont handed us a little bit of rain and a whole lot of lemons so naturally, we made magarita popsicles. Margaritas are one of my favorite celebratory drinks so I was excited to recreate them in popsicle form, with a pretty pink petal twist.
- 1.5 cups citrus juice (mix of lemons & limes)
- 1/2 cup tequila
- 1/3 cup triple sec
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
- 1 tsp ground salt
- Flowers/petals of your choice (see a full list of edible flowers here)

First, start squeezing those lemons and limes to get all the juice necessary!
Next, add your tequila, triple sec, honey, and salt to the same pitcher and stir.
After that, pour your mixture into the molds and let freeze for about an hour to allow some crystals to form so that your flowers won't float. If you don't have popsicle molds, you can also use plastic cups like in this example.
Once the pops have frozen for about an hour, insert the petals or flowers using your fingers or kitchen tongs and then insert the popsicle sticks. Then, put them back in the freezer and let them freeze for another couple of hours or so.
Once frozen, serve on a pretty platter and enjoy!
Enjoy one or two of these at the beach this summer and you're sure to have a great day. ;)

Friday, July 11, 2014

This week on Marlborough 7.11

^ picked up some sunnies at the Copley Farmer's market this week

Happy Friday! How was everyone's 4th? After a nice little Vermont vacation last week, I'm back in the full swing of things this week. The rest of the month is jam-packed with exciting stuff, most imminently being two of our best friends' birthdays this weekend and the much anticipated #shippeetefftwed the weekend after that (omg!). I'm trying to really enjoy this summer day by day so I don't blink my eyes and it's over.

Recently, I also had to realization that I had not been taking enough advantage of outdoor dining this summer. Sure, we eat a lot of meals on our patio, but we are lucky enough to live right in the center of a city that has so many great restaurants with patios and roof-decks.  Josh and I cook dinner at home almost every night, but recently jointly decided to "screw that." We have all winter to sit inside and save our pennies. So we've been taking advantage of outdoor dining much more lately - I joined all of my high-school girlfriends on the Rattlesnake's rooftop last week, josh, Andrea and I beat the 90 degree heat outside on Cafeteria's pretty patio this week, and I'm meeting up with josh in the Seaport tonight for some oceanfront oysters at Legal Harborside. Summer's too short to eat at the dinner table...right?

We've also seen lots of patio diners on Newbury street bringing their dogs along for the meal, which we are considering doing with Mac, but just aren't sure how well-behaved he would be or how much he would enjoy having to sit still with all those other dogs/people/food around to play with. To all of you dog owners I'd love to know: have you had a good experience bringing your pup out to dinner with you?

Here's some cool links from around the web this week...

  • Such a fun little house
  • Follow fashiongrandpas on Instagram. You won't be disappointed. 
  • Melon inspired decor
  • 40 reasons to love lettering. 
  • Definitely want to make this fruit sorbet sometime this summer. 
  • Our patio's on Good Housekeeping
  • A record-breaking school of manta rays. Nature is so cool sometimes. 
  • An oil spill turns out to be a freakishly massive school of fish. 
  • Loving this slideshow featuring magical photos of Nicole Richie's backyard
  • After staying at a Westgate hotel before while we were in Florida, josh and I were exited to watch the "Queen of Versailles" (available on Netflix), a documentary that follows the founders of the Westgate empire. The film, about being (grossly) wealthy, building the biggest home in America, and then losing it all, is depressing, but a really interesting watch. I see a reality TV show in their future. 
  • On a completely opposite documentary note, has anyone seen Tiny (featuring tiny home dwellers throughout the world)? The tiny house movement is so interesting too me - how homeowners are able to create such functional spaces with so little space, while also freeing up their finances to live the way they've always wanted to. I especially love this little home featured in the film. 
  • The craziest wedding photos you'll ever see. 

Have a wonderful weekend! xx

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DIY Cornhole Boards

Everyone can agree that cornhole is pretty much the best lawn game ever. Or maybe I'm just biased because I'm actually OK at it. But either way josh and I love it (and usually make a pretty invincible team) so have been playing it every chance we get this summer. And it got to the point where we couldn't keep relying on our family or friends' boards anymore and wanted to get some of our own. We were planning on buying a set on Wayfair (specifically these) but all of the wood board options that were good quality (i.e. not plastic) had pretty big price tags. You can't even get an unfinished wood set that you have to paint yourself like this for under $100. So naturally, off to Home Depot we went to get the supplies needed to make them ourselves. And for a little under $70, we were able to recreate the $200 boards we were originally eyeing. Here's what you need!

- 1/2 inch plywood boards (48'x24') (get 2)
- 8 ft. 2x4s (get 4)
- 2.5 inch screws
- 3/8 x 3.5 inch carriage bolts, washers & nuts to attach the legs
- wood glue
- stain or paint in your choice of color
- sandpaper
- polyurethane
- bean bags (I got ours on Etsy)

To get started, print out the measurements so you have them while you are cutting pieces. Josh used these regulation cornhole plans and they were really easy to follow.
Start by making a mark for the center of the holes that will go in each plywood board (9 inches down from the top and 12 inches from each side). Then, mark a 6 inch diameter circle around the spot that you marked and cut it out with a jigsaw. 
Not exactly to most even circle I've ever seen, but we'll take it. Next, cut your 2x4s into the sizes specified above and attach them to the bottom of the plywood boards to make the frame. 
Next, fill in any large screw holes with wood glue, let dry, and then sand the boards down so you have a smooth, even surface. 
Then your ready to paint or stain the boards in any color you'd like. We used the same chocolate brown stain that we used on our patio fence. After painting or staining, make sure to apply a few generous coats of polyurethane. You want the boards to be fairly glossy to help your bags slide in! 
Finally, all you need to do is attach the legs! We probably should have done this before staining, but we wanted to be able to fit them in the car when we headed up to Vermont for the 4th, so josh just attached the legs while we were up there with bolts so they could fold in. Then, it was game time. 
Josh, Mac and I tested them out.
And then others joined in the fun.
These boards really got a lot of love last week on our mini Vermont vacation. They got more sun and sand time than we did, and I can't wait to wear them in even more this summer. How about you? Are you as much of a cornhole addict as I am? Josh and I are accepting challengers. :)