Monday, March 29, 2010

DIY Outdoor Rooms

With summer around the corner it is time to start thinking about planning or renovating your outdoor space. If you know me you already know that spending a lot of money to make a room pretty it's not my style but having practical, efficient low cost ideas that gets you the extra mile is always my way to go. When I did my patio a couple of years ago I'll never imagine that would gave me so many satisfactions and opportunities but what nobody could believe is that it was made for under $2500.00. The low seating area cost me a total of $400 dollars including the mattresses and fabric, the curtains and bamboo roads with their brackets have a total cost of $160, and the coffee table was made out of scrap wood from the beds and a $1 dollar beach mat. The trick was to have a very clear and specific plan, and to do must of the work myself. After receiving so many emails asking me how to do it I draw the plans and instructions and started selling them trough my website and last week I got an email from a client (now a friend) who recreated my patio in her house, BRAVO Gladys!!!! You did an awesome job. It was a great satisfaction to see it done up to the very details, I'm posting her pictures below and the link where you too can get the plans... you are not going to believe it...
Remember that you can make the most out of your room just but changing the paint color and arranging the furniture in a different way. Treat your outdoor room as a continuation of your home, work with the same style you have in the rest of your house. It should have all the elements that an inside room has like rugs and curtains and chandeliers and accessories but suitable for outdoors or weather resistant. Try to recycle stuff you already have around the house, if you like the way an object looks but don't like the color perform very cheap plastic surgery and spray paint it, use empty glass jars like the ones from tomato sauce or empty cans and transform them in candle lanterns, you can even hang them using wire. Arranging empty wine bottles displaying some greenery from your garden  gives you the 'nature touch' without incurring in the cost of flowers or use the empty bottles as candle holders for a romantic tuscan style 'Al fresco' set up, sea shells and rocks in glass containers filled with water and a floating candle is beautiful for dinning time and a piece of rope is a good choice to replace napkin rings. The organic, rustic look always works well in any outdoor space. Don't go crazy... you don't need a lot of stuff or money to make your patio look like out of a magazine... Trust me.
Click here to get the platform bed plans with step by step instructions and a list of materials and tools, and build yours this coming long weekend!

Some easy inexpensive ideas...

Gladys' Room... isn't AWESOME!!??!!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dear Friends...

Hi my friends, first of all I want to say thank you! to all of you for always been so supportive of my work and for the many ways you find to show me your affection trough this blog, private messages, Facebook, RMS, Twitter, Blogloving,etc., without you and your kindness all of this would have never been possible.. THANKS!! from the bottom of my heart...

I want to invite you to listen to a new segment I'll be presenting every Monday starting today at 2.30pm ET in the first hour of the show 'Efectos Secundarios' on Radio Caracol Miami 1260am, about interior styling and decorating ideas on a budget.

you can listen online at:

Thank you!!! Hugs...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

One Day, 250 Dollars and a Makeover....

The Before...

The After...

With just an Ikea bookcase, new pillows and lamps and some accessories from around the house this bedroom has gone from boring to fun in just one day... Great if you are renting since I didn't do any painting and/or nailing into the walls.... This is how I spent part of my was yours??

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The World's Most Beautiful Crowns

Are you feeling Royal??? If you live in the Miami/ Fort Lauderdale Area
from March 4th to 14 th you can visit the exhibition presented by Aventura Mall and Lakeview Home Accessories including more than 30 stunning crowns and headdresses for viewing, the admission is free. The exhibition has previously travelled to Dubai and Moscow and the latest stop represents the first time it has visited the USFor the ones who don't live in the area I'm posting some pics. I hope you enjoy them!! 
(Lower Level-Center Court/ 11 a.m to 8 p.m)

The Crown of St. Wenzel
The Austrian Imperial crown
The Crown of Empresses of the Austria and the Queens of Hungary
British State Crown

The Crown of Cleopatra

St. Edward's Crown

The Crown of the Bavarian Kings.

The Holy Crown of Hungary: Crown of St. Stephen.

Tiara of the Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi

The Last Royal Crown of Prussia

Maltese Crown:Crown of Czar Paul I

Crown of the Dalai Lama

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Hollywood Movie Houses to look at it on this Hollywood Night.

It's Complicated (2009)

The Holiday (2006)

Nights in Rodanthe (2008)

He's just not that into you (2009)

Something's Gotta Give (2003)

Sex and the City (2008)