Weekend Round-Up

Hi All! Happy looooong weekend! I had an amazing few days celebrating my birthday by taking in the local sights with hubby, and gathering with my family for a delish turkey dinner made by my Mom- Thanks Mom! While my parents watched the kiddos on Saturday, hubby and I went to the Beak & Skiff Orchard, where thankfully the weather broke long enough to enjoy lunch (and delicious hard cider) outside.

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And then it was off to Patisserie in Skaneateles for caramelized onion and gorgonzola focaccia bread, among other treats!

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Hubby booked us a relaxing afternoon at Mirbeau Spa, after which we headed to one of our favorite restaurants, Arad Evans Inn, for dinner.  We then had to hit Wegmans and get our shop on (I loathe grocery shopping but somehow doing it with hubby, and at Wegmans makes it easier).

Couldn't resist a pic in the the pumpkin patch @wegmans!
Couldn’t resist a pic in the the pumpkin patch @wegmans!

So in sum, we ate and drank our way through the #315! So.much.fun!

My hat is from Drooz and Company in Skaneateles. Stop in and see the amazing selection of adorable gift ideas!
My hat is from Drooz and Company in Skaneateles. Such an amazing selection of adorable gift ideas!

I also received some fabulous gifts from my family, including the beautiful blazer from Talbots that I wore above (very Chanel inspired), this gorg sweater that comes in several colors (love the scalloped details), along with this adorable dress (love the bows!):

@talbots
@talbots

 

@talbots
@talbots

And while the temperatures are far from Fall-like, here are some sales this weekend that may help to motivate me to swap out my Summer wardrobe for chillier Fall days ahead:

Talbots 25% off regular prices

Banana Republic 40% off (some exclusions) and free shipping over $50

Gap 40% off everything and free shipping Code: ForYou

Ann Taylor 50% off everything Code:FALLFAST

J.Crew 30% off Code: GOSHOP

And if you are hunting for something special for your Fall home decor:

World Market 30% almost everything with Code:FAMFRIENDS

PotteryBarn and the entire family of brands (Kids, West Elm, Williams Sonoma Home etc.) 20% off and other perks for card holders Code:Friends

Ballard Designs 20% off Rugs and Holiday and 25% off Wall

Serena and Lily 20% off with Code: HAPPYDAYS

Happy Shopping All!

Best,

Kelly

P.S. All opinions are my own. There was no paid sponsorship or product review in this post. Just thought you would like reading about some fun things I found;)

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Mud Season

Good Morning All! AAAAK, it’s mud season here and I cannot keep up! I know I know….before you can have a beautiful Spring, you have to literally go through the mud… but with two dogs and young kiddos I am pulling my hair out! SO, in an effort to save my sanity, I took a look back at the reno photos of our mudroom.

Our little mudroom is definitely not big enough to accommodate a crowd all arriving at once, but it is helpful in corralling the mess as close to the back door as possible!  When we renovated there was no option to make it bigger, so we kept the same layout, utilizing the existing storage and bench that was already there. I don’t think we have ever actually sat on the bench in the seven years we have lived here, but it does come in handy to set groceries and backpacks on!

I remember that we began this project in late September and didn’t get it finished until right before Thanksgiving. We use it as the main entrance of the house, so it was tricky to keep walking through a construction zone.  We started by getting all the built-ins painted and worked around the room from there. Like many of my projects I started with gusto, even painting inside the built-in cubbies.  However, I can tell you that the insides of the doors still need a second coat of navy because the enthusiasm  quickly waned as my husband and I stayed up nights while the kids were sleeping to get it all knocked out.

BEFORE- Built-ins
BEFORE- Flagstone Floors
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BEFORE- Built-ins and red gingham wallpaper
BEFORE- Red door peek-a-boo
BEFORE- Red door peek-a-boo

The flagstone floor would allow moisture in and there was little to no insulation before we started.   We added some additional insulation where we could while we have the walls were ripped apart, and then had radiant heating installed under the new floor tile. Best.Investment.Ever.  It helps to keep the small room toasty in the winter and we have not noticed an increase in our heating bills.

DURING- Built-ins
DURING- Built-ins
DURING- Navy paint
DURING- Navy paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bright aqua paint was a color match to a jacket my daughter had. After searching and buying way too many samples, I took the jacket into Lowes for a direct match and love the vibrant result.  The navy paint is Admiralty by Olympic- a perfect match to the wallpaper and it hides the dirt well!

The wallpaper was a tough find at the time, and turned out to be really hard to hang! My mom is an expert wallpaper-er and we were both spouting expletives a few minutes in.  The wallpaper is a large scale trellis pattern from York which can be found here. I would still recommend it because it gave me the look I was hoping for without busting the budget, but just give yourself extra time to get it up.  Or better yet, hire it out!  The paper is very thin and tended to shift and rip easily so go slow and definitely recruit friends to help!

The Aqua Door
The Aqua Door
Starting the wallpaper
Starting the wallpaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the final product.  I still have ceiling trim to add FIVE years after the fact, and am still looking for the PERFECT blind that can stand up to a sunny mudroom window, but these things take time, right?  I love the overall look and it makes me happy coming home everyday, so all in all, mission accomplished!

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Trellis wallpaper
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Mirror from Ballard Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Built-ins
Built-ins

Have a wonderful day all! We are getting closer to Spring!

Best,

Kelly

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