I wished that I could enjoy pumpkins long past Halloween. In Florida’s fall weather, a carved pumpkin quickly becomes a melted pumpkin. When I found an article to paint pumpkins I was excited and started looking for patterns and color pallets that inspired me. Check out all the images that inspired me on Pinterest here.
We headed over to our local church’s pumpkin patch to pick out some perfect and not so perfect pumpkins. After a good cleaning I wiped them with a glass cleaner to remove any oils on the surface and applied painters tape in a modern pattern. The soft pastel colors are so trendy this season and the pearl pink champagne and soft matte gray are perfect colors.
My hope is to enjoy these painted pumpkins past Halloween and into thanksgiving when I turn them into succulent garden centerpieces for our thanksgiving table. Stay tuned!
You are more likely to find a “Florida room” before you find a fireplace in any South Florida home, but they are more common than you think. Especially in older neighborhoods that were built in the 20’s and 30’s when heating was considered a luxury. Today a fireplace design feature adds character to an interior space, even romance, or a sense of warmth that is nice to have during the few cold winter days that Floridians experience.
During the renovations on our new home in Miami we decided to use extra wood and drywall to create a fireplace design feature in our living room. My intent was to create a focal point and add height to the room’s shallow ceiling that is just shy of nine feet. It is wonderful how it anchors the whole room and dramatically enriched the mood of the space.
We started the process by first selecting a fireplace and found the Lugo wall mounted ethanol fireplace by ModaFlame to be the right fit for both size and burn time. With dimensions figured out, we framed out the silhouette, added drywall, then sanded and smoothed the seams. This creates a LOT of dust, be warned, and your smoke detectors are sensitive to construction dust. Although I opted to paint the fireplace design feature the same color as the walls in the space, I did consider other options like a marble stone slab or a textured wall covering that would create a dramatic effect.
Deciding what projects to start when you have a house full of renovations to begin can seem overwhelming. “Research” says that it is important to light the property and secure fences. These projects were actually among our top choices and I had my sights set on a modern horizontal slat fence.
HORIZONTAL SLAT FENCE
I saw a residence in Austin, Texas years ago with slat fence and fell in love with this fence style. Almost any style home can be complimented by a modern horizontal slat fence. Once I started looking for a horizontal slat fence I learned that many fence companies were hesitant to quote this job, it was the “standard” fences that the city always passes with a green light for permits. When I found a local carpenter who was already working on the same style fence on a another house in the neighborhood and had actually sounded positive about taking on another one I was ecstatic. Miami residents take note: Phillips Decking was such a pleasure to work with. Holes were dug, posts were placed, and each horizontal slat was carefully leveled. I understand the artistry in this. Each board needs to be straight and the spacing perfectly done because as the fence ages, weathers, expands, and contracts it should always look as good as did on the first day.
A few notes, I recommend keeping the stain color natural hued not to dark or painted. Also digging up the holes for the posts makes a mess of the yard so save the pretty landscaping for later down the road so your hard work green thumbing doesn’t get trampled on.
We are finally done! Well… “done” is never a word homeowners truly get to say. Before I begin sharing our experience over the past year let me warn those of you who enjoy your weekends pool side with a cocktail and hate visiting Home Depot more than once a week, renovating a home is not for you.
However, if you are a glutton for punishment and able to roll with whatever the walls reveal behind them then start your demolition! When I look back on the transformation of our classic 1940’s Miami Shores home it is amazing. Exactly 14 months ago today we bought a house and gave ourselves 2 months for the priority heavy duty construction renovation projects. HA HA HA HA ! Two months later with projects still in progress, me, man, and dog became roommates with dust and the parade of subcontractors.
To be honest the home was perfectly sweet, it had nice arches, good bones, freshly updated to be put on the market. The previous home owners did lay down major ground work and I came in and INTERIOR DESIGNERED it. What interior designer wouldn’t look at a simple home and say…”lets knock down the walls, redo the lighting, and put Carrara marble everywhere!” I am excited to share all the interior changes in the posts to follow. Here is a small collection of the before and afters of our Miami home.
There is a baby on the way in our family! My twin sister, Lauren and her husband are expecting a girl! We celebrated in cocktail party style. The theme was a vibrant Cuban inspired party. This non-traditional baby shower gathered friends, couples, kids, and family members to enjoy Cuban foods and dancing to celebrate the soon to be new addition to the family.
The inspiration was all that of the mom-to-be, starting first with the nursery. She wanted it to be fun and girly without pastel pinks and an overdose of baby, baby, baby. Our team (Mom, sister, and me) took from Lauren’s inspirational photos and got a little creative and resourceful. Thibaut Tanzia wallcovering was the inspiration for the nursery decor. The polka dot print inspired the crib skirt and curtains that were custom made and loving hand stitched by our mom. The only obvious dose of pink came from the changing table/ storage dresser that is a sentimental piece to the couple. It was given new life and purpose in the nursery with a coat of Benjamin Moores Perky Peach paint. See how painted the old dresser in the previous DIY post: Fresh Coats of Paint Part Two
In keeping with the nursery theme the baby shower pulled the bold coral pink peach accents with black and white patterns that were accented in the cocktail napkins and table runners throughout the home. We draped vibrant green banana leaf patterns over the bar to play up our Cuban inspired menu. Balloons were kicked up a notch with a fun creative boost of oversize confetti filled into 24″ round balloons.
Peach Bellini cocktails greeted guests at the door.
There were so many creative DIY party decorations, including the balloons clusters with long paper cut garlands that streamed down to the balloon weight wrapped in gold patterned tissue paper. Craft paper twists were the backdrop to the cocktail bar. The cuban baby cocktail party was so much fun even without the melted candy bar game and ribbons measuring the mom-to-be belly. It was an intimate time with family and friends with good food and fun.
Lilac is such a hot color right now, and its endless combinations of complimenting color palettes. The color can be as neutral and as understated as a good gray paint. With the right pairing with similar purple hues or complimenting caramels and earthy browns lilac is a rich color that House Beautiful says is the color to watch this year. My favorite lilac decor is paired with a touch of copper or rich woods.
Part Two of the Fresh Coats of Paint blog series, I share with you how an old dresser got quite chummy with a paint sprayer loaded with perky peach paint from Benjamin Moore While transforming an old spare room into a nursery not everything needs to be sent to the curb. An old dresser that has seen no love for a few years gets a dramatic coat of bright colorful paint.Read More »