Monday, November 17, 2014

Nicole and Matthew's Wedding

In October, my beautiful cousin Nicole, married her love, Matthew. They are so cute together! It's clear to see how happy they are. 

Their reception was at Hayloft on the Arch, a former family-run dairy farm, turned into a beautiful rustic-chic venue for special events. 

Everything was so lovely, especially the decor, which included burlap (one of my favorite materials), mason jar lighting, flickering candles, individual cakes on banquet style tables, glitter coated wine bottles, and many personalized details. The flowers were just gorgeous. 

I love their smiles! 

My Aunt Marion and Uncle Chuck, parents of the bride. I love how much my Aunt Marion reminds me of my Mom - even her voice is similar. They are definitely sisters! 

My other beautiful cousin, Danielle, recently got engaged (yay!). This photo made me realize how much family resemblance we have!

Me with the gorgeous bride. I just wish I got a photo with my other cousin, Marsha, who got married earlier this year. All three of these sisters are stunning, stylish ladies. 

And my handsome date (I just love it when he wears a tie!). We had a fun night celebrating the new Mr. and Mrs. Salvaggio. 

Congratulations Nicole and Matthew! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness. XOXO

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Skaneateles Lake, Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards

Day two of our babymoon, we walked around admiring Skaneateles Lake, taking photos of the beautiful scenery. It was a warm but very windy day!  

So handsome. 

My growing baby belly :) 

That afternoon, we drove to Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards, which was recommended by the staff at Mirbeau. It was a perfect fall day. 

The 1911 Cafe and Tasting Room was also on site. We grabbed a bite to eat at the cafe and I had a freshly made donut and apple cider. Yum. They offer apple picking or you can purchase already picked apples and pumpkins. There's a large gift shop and it's a beautiful place that's fun to walk around. We plan on returning someday.  

It was a wonderful little getaway. Maybe next fall we'll take baby boy there :) 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Mirbeau Inn and Spa, Babymoon

We've had a really beautiful autumn this year. The weather seemed to stay warmer longer and the color of the leaves changing to brilliant reds and golds was gorgeous.

Andrew and I decided to take a spontaneous "babymoon" getaway in mid October (a babymoon is a mini honeymoon type getaway that couples take before a baby's arrival. Isn't that a fun idea?). I've had many recommendations for Mirbeau Inn and Spa, located in Skaneateles, NY (pronounced "skinny-atlas"), and I've been wanting to go there. We took advantage of their fall season weekday special and hit the road for some relaxation. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day, absolutely lovey accommodations and such a picturesque setting.  

We stayed in one of second floor cottages with a view of the gardens and pond. It really does look and feel like Monet's Garden of Giverny painting, right down to the lily pads and iconic bridge. 

The night we arrived, we ate dinner in town at Doug's Fish Fry, a great little place that was also recommended to us. It was probably the best fish fry I've ever had. No exaggeration. The next day, we enjoyed our complimentary breakfast in the dining room, then walked around and took photos, testing out our new camera, admiring the views. The buildings and surrounding landscape are so pretty!

Andrew treated me to a facial at the spa. Heavenly. Absolutely heavenly. I also enjoyed lounging in the quiet room, dipping my feet in the warm foot pool, relaxing by the fire, sipping fruit infused water, and trying not to fall asleep on a lounge chair - and I can't forget the comfy robes! I wish I could escape there every weekend. It was just what I needed.

If you're ever near Skaneateles and you're looking for a beautiful place to get away and recharge, I recommend Mirbeau Inn and Spa. Our room was beautiful (and the bathroom was quite luxurious). They even had chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us upon our arrival in celebration of our babymoon. How sweet is that? You won't be disappointed.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

DIY Window Curtains from Shower Curtains

One DIY project from our master bedroom makeover, was to make new curtains for our oversize window. I guess you could say I'm pretty picky when it comes to curtains. I usually have a hard time selecting ones that I like or I don't want to pay regular price for them. Window treatments can be quite expensive. Plus, this window is an unusual width and height, since the ceiling is lower on that side of the room. 

Here's a look at the window BEFORE. We made a wooden cornice and covered it with batting and fabric, but I was ready for a lighter more airy look. 

I wanted something with a pattern that was modern, yet not too trendy. I usually look for anything large enough that might work for curtains, such as table cloths, duvet covers, by-the-yard fabric, or in this case, shower curtains. I found this ink blue Ikat shower curtain at Target. I got two when they were on sale for $18.99 each. 

There were two modifications I needed to do. 1. Add a lining of blackout fabric and 2. Figure out how to hang them. Either with rings/clips that I already had or add new rings. 

I discovered 1 inch round plastic snap together grommets at Joann Fabrics. They come in a variety of colors, and I used bronze, which matched my curtain rod perfectly. They came in packs of 8 for $10.99. I needed two, so I used two 50% off coupons. ALWAYS use a coupon there. 

I measured and cut the blackout fabric and pinned it to the back of each curtain. I didn't have enough blackout fabric to go the full length, but the bottom 10 inches or so didn't matter because the windows aren't that tall. I sewed both fabrics together, at the top and down both sides, leaving the bottom open. 

I used the circular measuring tool that came with the pack of grommets to space out each ring on the back of the curtains. Then I simply cut a circle of fabric out for each one and snapped a ring in place around it. Easy cheesy. I will note, the plastic rings aren't super heavy, so be careful when snapping them together, so you don't chip an edge. 

They fit perfectly on the curtain rod and created the effect I was looking for. They are easy to open and close and do a good job of blocking out the light. You can turn any fabric into a curtain with rings this way. 

Don't be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to window treatments, before dropping hundreds of dollars on ready-made ones. 

For more ideas, check out the shower curtain I made from a table cloth.