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


my fridge needs to be updated to iOS7

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 18, 2013

Ottoman empire

I finally covered "Aunt Edith's Ottoman". I used a vintage chenille bedspread that my mother-in-law found at a tag sale 18 years ago shortly after I inherited the ottoman from Aunt Edith (she lived to be 101!)
The entire project only took me 15 minutes and 18 years. Of course I did it half-assed. No measuring, no sewing. Just a pair of scissors and a staple gun. 

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???
A few new monkeys for the neighborhood