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. 

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

projects!

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.

So

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. 

Who is going to live in that house???

Who is going to live in that house???
A few new monkeys for the neighborhood