Sep 26, 2018

home made valance

Plywood base + cotton batting + fabric from Etsy (Ariel Spa by Magnolia Home) + pom pom fringe. Hung on picture hooks.

Aug 24, 2018

May 26, 2018

Craigslist project

Six chairs from Craigslist,  4 yards of fabric from Etsy,  6 cans of spray paint and one annoying assistant.

Mar 8, 2018

New oven! Mint Green.

My cobalt blue Viking Range that I scored on Craigslist for a couple hundred bucks died.It lasted 5 years. I sold it on Craigslist to someone who wanted it for parts and purchased a brand new mint green oven. After months of living with a gas oven that would just turn on by itself! this is such a nice change.
36" BlueStar Range in Pastel Green (RAL 6019) - RAL 6019

Apr 30, 2017

Before & after Craig's List sconces

 Five years of searching on Craig's List for outdoor bracket lanterns finally paid off. These sconces are $40 demolition discards from a 1926 Coral Gables home. I had them sandblasted, primed and rewired. 

Jul 7, 2016

Mango season 2016

 I made the *mistake* of feeding my two mango trees last fall and now I have about 800 mangoes. No joke. 






Jan 31, 2016

Marry a thrifty, handy Scottish guy and you are set for life. (The stove needs a new thermostat) 

Jan 29, 2016

Don Loper’s iconic “Martinique” wallpaper.

I spotted this in a store in South Miami.
I asked, of course, and they confirmed that is is  Don Loper’s “Martinique” wallpaper.

I am trying to create a live version in my back yard. 


Oct 31, 2015

Daisy wearing a wig for Halloween. 

Lonchocarpus violaceus trees








My backyard "lonchocarpus violaceus" trees are blooming . The beautiful blue Venini "Monofiori Balloton~1970" vase was a gift from our exchange student from Venice, Italy who is staying with us for the school year. I planted the trees in my backyard last year and this is the first season of blooms. The flowers are attracting bees and hummingbirds and they have a lovely scent. 

Dec 10, 2014

Statue of Liberty patina in minutes.

So rather than wait decades for my copper flashing to achieve a beautiful patina I decided to force the issue by applying Miracle Gro. All I did was rub a strong concentration of Miracle Gro on the copper and it immediately started turning "Statue of Liberty Green". Less than 10 minutes. 
BEFORE


AFTER

Nov 29, 2014

Coconut Grove neighbors band together to save 1920 Mediterranean villa on St. Gaudens Road.



The 1920's Villa on St. Gaudens Road built by Albert William Frantz of the Sunshine Fruit Company. "The two-story L-shaped house, with a picturesque wooden balcony overlooking the front yard, was designed by Richard Kiehnel of Kiehnel and Elliott. The firm introduced the so-called Mediterranean Revival style to Miami with its design of the El Jardin estate, today home to the Carrolton School, in 1917." (Miami Herald)photo by Andrew Bosch



Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/coconut-grove/article4191476.html#storylink=cpy

Oct 29, 2014

Pink & Green forever.

ooh..looks like I need to take a drive up to Palm Beach to check out the newly remodeled Colony Hotel.


Carleton Varney's "Brazilliance " wallpaper. 
An adaptation of the Beverly Hill Hotel's iconic "Banana Leaf" .


Carleton Varney, President of Dorothy Draper & Company, was the interior designer for the $9mm renovation of The Colony Palm Beach. 

Who is going to live in that house???

Who is going to live in that house???
scouting locations