Thursday, February 27, 2014

This Week on Marlborough 2.28

^part of the weekend crew at the top of Bear Peak

A few highlights from this week...
  • We had another successful winter edition trip to Attitash. I think it was the biggest group ever! I came out of the weekend with several bruises (beer olympics+icy trail+sleds+darkness = not a smart mix), but overall it was a great weekend filled with good food, good laughs, and good (spring-like) skiing.
  • It's been on our bucket list for a while, but josh and I finally took the plunge this week and signed up for an 8 week wheel-throwing class. Josh is an expert clay thrower and I'm a newbie so I'm a little worried I won't be able to keep up with him on the wheel, but I'm so excited to try it out and am already buzzing with ideas for all the cool mugs and bowls and plates I'm going to (try) to make. See some (ambitious) ideas I might try here
  • We got a bedroom rug! More on that (and photos) to come.
  • I spotted Milan Lucic at Red Lantern on Monday night and it was pretty neat.
  • I picked up my next book, Cutting For Stone, this week after some coworkers suggested it. I know, I know, I should have read it already. But I finally got my hands on it and am excited to start.

And a few fun things from around the web...
  • Loving these looks inspired by the Olympic me(t)dals.
  • I started following Brooklyn-based Ariele Alasko on Instagram and am pretty much obsessed with her work. Hello dream dining table.
  • These 15 people are kicking butt in Boston.
  • I think some mousse may be in order, no occasion necessary.
  • Magical mirror walls. 
  • A couple DIYs to try before spring (1//2).
  • In honor of the Oscars (this Sunday!!), IMDB released their top 250 movies of all time. How many have you seen?
  • 26 of the most thought-provoking photographs. I stared at these for a long time. 
  • Fill in the silence during award conversations. 
  • This Parisian living room takes ombrรจ to a whole new level. 
  • I can't tell you how excited I am about this.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Midweek Obsessions: Winter Whites

There's something about winter that makes me crave white, whether it be in fashion, interiors, or food. There's nothing more peaceful than staring out the window at the falling snow, and I've really loved how often I've been able to do that this winter given that Boston has essentially been one big snow globe. And now that most of the snow has melted away and the official start of spring is only a few weeks away, I've found myself drawn to whites even more in an attempt to hold into winter for just a bit longer. Although I'm ready for the warm weather, I secretly hope we get one more massive snowstorm before the end of the season.

Here's a little winter white inspiration to get you through hump day!
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And to end with a quote that couldn't be more true for us New Englanders: 
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?" - John Steinbeck

Now hollar if your ready for summer nights!

Friday, February 21, 2014

This week on Marlborough 2.21

^a sunny drive home from VT

A few highlights of the week...
  • We skied Sugarbush this past Saturday and the whole day (snow + apres ski bevvies) was pretty epic.
  • Josh and I just finalized our trip to Bermuda in May, which we actually booked while we were in Florida (it takes a little bit of the sting out of ending a vacation when you have another to look forward to, right?). It's josh's first time going there and both of our first Airbnb experience, so needless to say we are pretty excited. If you've been and have any suggestions as to what we should do while we're there, please let us know!
  • I tried tacos from TacoParty, a vegetarian taco food truck, this week for the first time and it was delish. Follow them on Twitter @tacopartytruck for updates on where they'll be in Boston.
  • Josh and I have been reading BJ Novak's new book One More Thing every night and are loving it, judging by the fact that josh has only fallen asleep to me reading ONCE. While each story is really different, they all share the same clever (yet lovely) wit that makes you excited to read the next one.
  • I unfortunately missed Garance Dore's keynote at Alt Summit, but luckily it is now available to watch online, even to those who weren't able to go to Alt (along with the keynote from Ben Silbermann, founder of Pinterest). Watch them both, you'll learn a lot and be glad you did.
  • We made two big batches of our beloved mac & cheese for this weekend's Attitash trip. Get excited, friends.  
^1//2//3//4

And a few fun things from around the web...
  • How NOT to kill some of my favorite plants.
  • I really want to have a beer at this bar in Copenhagan.
  • The floors and walls in this restored Victorian cottage tug at my salvaged wood-loving heartstrings.
  • Definitely will be making this salad soon. And probably adding bacon.
  • I fell in love with all 25 of these.
  • Kicking myself that I didn't have an Olympic party.
  • Cats taking selfies. Enough said.
  • Mac voted for this as our next DIY project.
  • A touch of pink goes a long way.
  • Loving these typographic city prints.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

DIY Reclaimed Wood Console Table

We've been on the hunt for something to fit over the utility door in our living room for a while. It's kind of an eyesore and almost everyone who walks in that has never been to our apartment before asks "what does that lead to?" and I have to explain that it leads to the building's utility pit. Or if josh answers he says in a much creepier way with a lot more hand gestures and mentions of rats & spiders. Anyway, we weren't having much luck with finding a piece of furniture that fit into the door's uniquely sized nook, so we decided that building something was our best option. The design idea was simple - just add a few hairpin legs to a cool piece of reclaimed wood and ta da, instant console table. Easy, right?

Wrong. It turns out reclaimed wood is hard to find in in extremely high demand. After easily thrifting some hairpin legs (you can also get them at hairpinlegs.com), josh and I had to pretty much scour all of the northeast to find a piece of reclaimed wood. We stopped at a bunch of salvaged wood places (Longleaf lumber, Vermont Salvage and ReSource to name a few) with no luck. Even though these places did sell it, it gets snatched up almost immediately when they get some in. Rookie mistake. Everyone told us that our best bet was to go to an old, abandoned barn in Vermont and literally rip a piece of the house off. Seriously? I just want a piece of wood.

So we did what we always do when we need to find wood gems - took to beaches of Lake Champlain. And after bundling up and putting on our most heavy-duty boots in preparation for a long, hardcore search, we walked down onto the beach and there, probably 5 steps from josh's parents house, sitting in a bonfire pile, was an absolutely perfect piece of wood . It was soaking wet, a little beat up and smelled like dead fish, but it was perfect. Part of me was overjoyed when josh pulled it out of the snow but another part of me was like duh - why would I spend so much time trying to buy a piece of salvaged wood instead of salvaging it myself? But after about two seconds of kicking myself I went back to jumping for joy that we had found "the piece" and we could spend the rest of our walk relaxing and scouting for other unique treasures for upcoming projects.
So although the supply search was lengthy, this really is the easiest console table ever to make. I love it's modern yet rustic look, and how perfectly it fits in that little utility door space. Here's how we built it!

Step 1: Measure your space. Draw lines on your piece of wood with a pencil to mark where you will cut.
Step 2: Cut the piece of wood to your desired size. We kept large corners on our piece of wood due to the wall's shape, but we could easily cut those off down the road if we wanted the console table to be more rectangular.
Step 3: Sand. Make sure to sand the entire piece of wood thoroughly before staining.
Step 4: Stain. We just used clear polyurethane to seal the wood and bring out it's grooves, but you could stain or paint the wood whatever color you like. When it comes to polyurethane, the more coats the better! (we did 4)
Step 5: Screw. Attach the legs by screwing screws into the hairpin leg holes with a power drill.
Step 6: Style!
^white votives, Crate & Barrell// bunny & antler, antique store in Salt Lake City// vases, this DIY & this DIY project// mirror & porcelain bull head, Home Goods// pouf ottoman, Wayfair//flowers via my Valentine :)//

I love how this table came out! It was a labor of love, but we've successfully built our second console table (check out our first here if you missed it) and added another old piece of Vermont wood to our home. I'm so happy we could save this piece of wood from it's otherwise gloomy fate of being burned at a beach bonfire (and that we didn't have to spend a penny on it, either).

And can we just talk about this room for a second? Here's a look back at just 5 months ago when I moved in. It's come so far, and I am so happy with the cozy, welcoming space it's become. I feel like the console table really completes it.
What do you think of this style console table? Would you try it? Here are a couple of other designs I was considering! (one, two)

Friday, February 14, 2014

This week on Marlborough 2.14

A few highlights of the week...
  • I finally went to the new Shake Shack in Harvard Square and it was everything I had dreamed about and more.
  • I followed Lord Aires on Instagram. You should too.
  • The DIY pennant banner that I made for our mantle for Valentine's Day makes me smile.
  • Josh and I both got haircuts this past Sunday for the first time in Boston. It just needed to be done on both of our ends and we couldn't wait until we could visit our normal hairdressers on the Northshore or in VT. Anyway, mine went well and josh's went...not so well. My mouth actually dropped when we met up after - I couldn't believe he had paid money for that let alone walked out of the salon without saying something. Typical guy for you. To his defense, he was going contact-less for the day so he had blindness on his side, but when we got home and he got a good look at it (think buzz cut on the bottom and faux hawk/bowl cut on the top) we both agreed he couldn't walk into work on Monday looking like that and the only rational course of action would be for me to try and fix it. So I executed my first male haircut. And you can be the judge when you see him next, but it actually looks pretty good if I do say so myself, especially given the fact that I was working with regular craft scissors...
  • Josh and I just finished (and became obsessed) with the first season of House of Cards just in time for the second season to air. TONIGHT.
  • All the snow in Boston. It's just.so.pretty. (and makes Mac so happy)
  • This photo of my little brother, Dad, and my grandpa Bach, whom we loved dearly and has had all of my heart this week.

And a few fun things from around the web...
  • This amazing (but fake) Audi ad is just too perfect.
  • This Valentine's Day stunt by the Flower Council of Holland. We should always be prepared for love emergencies.
  • I just started following this blog and instantly fell in love with the beautiful photography, recipes, and peek into life in the French countryside.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Life Lately: Weddings & Travels

Life is really flying by these days. Between everything at work, holidays, a wedding, and lots of travel, December & January were some of the busiest, but also most fun, months I've had in a while. When I started my blog back in July (before josh moved), I promised myself that it was going to be a place that I could not only write and share ideas, but a place to reflect and force myself to slowwwww down. In those first blogging months, I took time to write about life events like bridal showers and birthdays and appreciate memories as they happened. But now that josh (and Mac!) are here, I find myself spending that time planning things like cool new activities around the city, weekend trips, or just our next puzzle. He's the greatest partner in crime, but also the greatest distraction. :) And now with another Spring approaching (and my calendar booked through June), I find myself asking where winter has gone and I think a deep breathe and a reflection post are in order.

1. To start, I'm finally sharing some of my favorite photos from Emily & John's wedding in December, better known as #jemwed. Thanks to the huge pockets sewn into my bridesmaids dress (I had it on silent during the ceremony, I promise Em), I was able to capture some great behind the scenes photos throughout the day that I've been hoarding on my phone and scrolling back to almost every day wishing we could do it all over again. It really was such a special weekend, filled with lots of tears but many more laughs. After getting all of my tears out during my Bachelorette speech (picture literal blubbering, tears streaming), I was able to keep myself together through the whole ceremony, a huge feat considering Liza was literally whimpering beside me on stage to the tune of the processional. The wedding day for me was more about controlling my grin - I was just so happy that one of my best friends had found her perfect match and that we were all there witnessing it. The whole ceremony and everything that ensued after, from the dinner to the sword detail to the first dance, could only be described as perfect. And these two deserved it.

The only thing that's been hard about this marriage is that after the wedding and honeymoon were over, John & Emily didn't come back to us. They moved to Florida to start their new life and I couldn't be happier for them, but it left most of us #jemwed fans with a big, empty sorta feeling. That's why I am so glad Emily has started her lovely new blog, the Gallivant. Check it out for a glimpse into the beginnings of married life in Pensacola - I'm so so excited to keep up with her there!



2. Then, towards the end of January, I traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah for the first time to attend Alt Summit, a blogger conference that Wayfair sponsored. Alt was founded by one of my favorite bloggers, Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom, as a place for hundreds of bloggers to gather to connect, collaborate, learn and leave as better bloggers. I flew into SLC as a corporate sponsor not knowing what to expect, but left feeling blown away by the creativity that existed within the small confines of the conference and feeling inspired by some of the amazing speakers to be a better blogger myself. You can get a feel for how creative these ladies are just by looking at their business cards and for how creative all the brand sponsors are by looking through the Flickr photostream from Alt this year.

That being said, the bar was set extremely high when it came to creating a space that these design & DIY experts would feel inspired by. Our dream team of 4 had one night to build out a 1,700 sq. foot room that we had never seen before with all the Wayfair products we'd shipped. We had taken the room's measurements into consideration when designing the room and ordering all the furniture, but we hadn't accounted for the 20 foot ceilings, the extravagant chandelier, the textured wallpaper or any of the other ornate details that the hotel and all its rooms possessed. Luckily at midnight when all the furniture had been assembled, all the rugs had been spread, and the balloons and candy jars had been filled, it actually kind of worked....perfectly. The crazy colorful chandelier almost suddenly felt like it was a planned part of our "Home Is Where The Heart Is" theme, which was centered around Valentine's Day. It was amazing to see all of our hard work culminate into such a cute space after months of planning, and even better seeing the blogger's eyes light up (and camera's come out) when I met them at the door the next day.





3. And then came the really fun part, vacation! Less than 12 hours after I arrived home from Salt Lake City, I packed a new (and very different) suitcase and Josh and I headed back to Logan to fly to Orlando. The 9 relaxing days that followed were much needed. After one of the coldest and snowiest Boston winters we've had in years, I was so easily excited about the little things like flip flops, the smell of sunscreen, those cute Florida lizards and the humid night air. I spent 6 days at josh's parents' house in Kissimmee (3 sunny, 3 rainy) before I drove south to meet up with the girls, who flew into Palm Beach for the weekend. Palm Beach was the chicest little microcosm, filled with huge houses and even huger boats, perfect palm tree lined streets, and amazing hedged driveways. It was basically heaven. We saw Palm Beach's waterfront the first day by bike and then saw the inland area the second day by convertible (baller!). After lots of sun time, I made it back to Kissimmee just in time for the SuperBowl halftime show and to hesitantly fly back to Boston the next morning.

^ Cirque du Soleil!
^Live music at downtown Disney
 ^The view from josh's lanai


So ya, the start to 2014 has been pretty awesome. I think it's going to be a good year.