A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being in my cousin's wedding at Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, Maine. I have to admit I wasn't sure what to expect when she said she was renting a farm dating to the 1750's for the weekend and that we would be staying on it. Having spent two nights there, I can tell you that the setting is nothing less than beautiful. The farmhouse we stayed in made my white chippy paint lovin' heart flutter and the grounds were just lovely. I got up early one morning and took some pictures of the grounds. I wanted to share them in case any of my readers are from New England and looking for venues for a wedding, family reunion, or other function. Or heck, just for some good ol' farmhouse inspiration!
Why isn't there such a thing as a marble fridge? There should be! Or maybe there is and I just don't know about it yet. Have you ever seen an RV fridge? All I can say is why? WHY? They are usually some kind of oaky yellowish brownish wood. Yuck. I have seen lots of people paint them with much success. My friend Sarah actually painted hers with Chalkboard Paint which is a super cute idea. I had this marble fridge idea in my head and I just wanted to try something different. So this happened. It cost me $7 (including the paint). While this is an RV fridge, you could use this same technique on a dorm fridge, an old built in panel fridge, or really anything that you cant to cover! It's fun and affordable and the possibilities are endless.
When people ask me what my favorite cocktail is (notice I didn't say drink because...wine....) I always want to say something cool like, "sidecar" or "negroni" or "whiskey sour." You know, something that would make me a "cool girl." As far as drinks go I don't like them sweet. I prefer dry wines, I don't like electric pink cocktails, and even my coffee is better without sugar. But I have a guilty pleasure, and it's Pina Coladas. I'm a huge coconut fan so I'm sure that has something to do with it, but I think it's just that when I sip them, it's instant summer. The other day I went to Yoga and then had a Pina Colada (not on the cape but certainly next to a New England ocean). I also love champagne. What I'm getting at is that clearly I am the chick from the song "Escape" I would have totally answered that ad. At any rate, I love Pina Coladas, but my midsection doesn't. I knew if I was going to be sipping them throughout the warmer months, I was going to have to make some compromises. What follows is my low calorie hack, but just for fun I'll also include my favorite mix if you're going that route, and also how to make them fresh if you're being "extra" (Did I use that right? Is that how the kids say it these days?) Anyway, grab a beverage and meet me at the tiki bar...er I mean the kitchen....
In my sticks and bricks home I used peel and stick tiles for our kitchen because I thought tiling sounded difficult and out of my skill yet. I also thought peel and stick would be cheaper (more on that later). If I'm being honest, I don't love the tile in my kitchen, but at the time peel and stick options were limited. I planned on using it again in the RV and even found some that I thought would do the trick. Then, on one fated trip to Lowes, I happened across the tile that now resides in The Little Beach House...and I fell...hard. Like middle school first crush hard. I had to have this tile, it was perfect. So I did some research and gave it ago. It wasn't as hard as I expected but there's definitely some things that I wish someone had told me...so I'm telling you.