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. 


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. 

Apr 11, 2014

Mirrored door project finished. Passes the inspection.

The best part is--I did not break anything or injure myself. I spent $30 at lumber yard to cut mirrors + $5 for glue + $10 for home depot mirror tiles. The dog? priceless.

Apr 9, 2014


I have not posted in a long time because I am lazy.  I have been working on a few projects and if I don't get injured in the process I will post the after photos soon. 

Gluing mirror tiles on to all the glass panes --- bedroom closet doors...

These two windows (mahogany side light windows from an old front door) will be closet doors for a small linen closet. I found these on Craig's list. 

Jan 29, 2014

Solar panel delivery--on a rainy day in Coconut Grove.

Solar panel installation begins tomorrow thanks to a
$20k grant from FPL.
up and running and our electric bill has been reduced by 75%

Oct 5, 2013

your trash

So whenever we have guests over no one can ever find the garbage can in the kitchen because of course it is hidden behind a cabinet. So I found this peel and stick removable sign. Problem solved.
It is a wee bit bigger than I wanted but will do for now.


Sep 5, 2013

....more Craig's List light fixtures.

I found these on CL---originally from an old 1920s Coral Gables house. I am not totally happy with the 

size/proportion of the pale blue shades. 

$20 for the pair of sconces. Pale blue linen shades from Amazon.com. 
The "Coral" chandelier is from Ballard.com. 

Aug 30, 2013

Craig's List Light Fixture

I found this light fixture on Craig's List--it is from a circa 1925 Coral Gables house. VERY heavy, solid brass. A bit gaudy, but what the heck. 

TADA!  cleaned, rewired and installed. 

Dappled sunlight

I have noticed this roof tile as window detail on several 1920s
Spanish houses, so I thought I'd try it.
Here is how it looks on the inside of the
window in my foyer.

The best part-- the morning sun polka dots.
(mirror--Craig's List/ table: dumpster dive)

This window is in a powder on the other side of the foyer.

The capiz shell ceiling light fixture is also Craig's List.
It softly jingles when the AC is on.
I found these wooden *screens* on Craig's List to hang over the powder room windows for privacy.
They are always slightly crooked because I did a half-assed job as usual.

Who is going to live in that house???

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