Monday, August 31, 2009
Condo sales tell a far different story. The overbuilding of condominium towers by greedy developers over the past several years, has taken its toll on thousands of Miami residents. In July of 2008 the median sales price of a condo in Miami was $348,000, and one year later, in July 2009, the median price dropped to $230,000, reducing the price of a condo to only 66% of its value just 12 months earlier. Sales have also dropped substantially in the Miami condo market. In July of 2009, only 1,524 condo units sold in Dade County, as compared to 2,441 sold apartments in July 2008, a drop of more than 40% in number of sales from the same month, a year earlier.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
A few years back we built this rose arbor using doors.Then we added this trellis and door that leads into our vegetable garden.Recently we used scrap wood, found next to a dumpster, to build two seven foot tall obelisks. Once we figured out how to cut those pointed tops (thank you internet), they were a fairly easy build.
Son #3 painted them with a mis-tint exterior paint.We placed them in our vegetable garden. They serve as tall, fancy tomato cages. There's only one problem---I want at least three more of these beauties!
Joy @ JOYSOFHOME
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
My niece, Ella, and my little Sophie (camping as toddlers). Aren't they adorable?
This "portrait" has become a new summer family tradition because it best represents the dry wit of my boys, actually of all of us. It was taken on our summer camping trip to Maine in July, and shows Sophie, mouth slack with sleep, and her brothers mocking her, just like last year. This photo was unplanned, but you can be sure I will be primed and ready to take a similar photo next year. I figure, as long as she still falls asleep in the car, this tradition will remain!!
Last year's version:
I pulled together a collection of white soap dishes, added in some wonderfully smelling decorative soaps, fake pearls, faucet knobs and a delightfully fragrent candle. Then I placed them a top an old china platter, layered on a tarnished silver tray.
give yourself another opportunity to
smile about your home.
Monday, August 24, 2009
- After a long but worthy wait (and a whole lot of work on her and her hubby's part), Jennifer at The Old Painted Cottage finally unveiled her new home, Cottage 8, renovated from dated and dirty (her words, not mine!) to shabby chic elegance par extraordinaire! I am not kidding. Go see for yourself...!!
- A reader sent me this link quite a while ago, and I stumbled upon it recently and decided to share it. For those of you who are Twilight fans, you will enjoy the fun party this blogger created to celebrate her love of the books. No detail was too small, and the party is a great example of how the little things in life should be celebrated and enjoyed. And really, what's better than a great book?
- It's that time again: Back to School! If your little ones aren't all that excited, introduce some fun to the planning with these adorable (and free!) printables from Amy @ Living Locurto. While you're there, have a good look around. Amy's site is full of fun stuff like that!!
- Now, this is an oldie, but a goodie: this resourceful blogger gave new life to a tired sun lounger using a couple of vinyl tablecloths! Check out the transformation. It involves a little sewing, so I probably won't do it, but you might be able to handle it!!
- Do you have a tired, dated chandelier that could use a make-over? Well, check out this great project, designed to add a drum shade to a chandelier for a look that normally pushes the budget. A little patience and skill, and a beautiful light can be yours!!
- Now, I love miniatures. There is something so incredibly appealing about them, but so far my penchant for smalls has only translated into some fairy doors and my soon-to-be miniature garden. Not so for this creative lady and her blogging pals! Saucy belongs to a club of fellow miniature collectors and particiapted in a swap early this year where she received some AMAZING surprises. I really can't explain it...you'll just have to go see for yourself!! Amy, from Inspire Co. , is the brainchild behind this fun club!
The 6,244 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms house is situated on a 20,000 square feet lot (just short of 1/2 acre), with 100 linear feet on the intercoastal canal, separating Sunset Islands 1 and 2. The contemporary, spacious, open, luxury home was listed for an asking price of $8,250,000 and remained on the market for 310 days, before closing last week.
The exclusive Islands off Miami Beach's western shoreline, in Biscayne Bay are the Sunset Islands. They can be reached from North Bay Road at 20th and 29th streets. The Sunset Islands real estate community is made up predominantly of single family homes. While there are a few more moderate inland homes, the emphasis is on luxurious bayfront homes with unobstructed views. No matter how large your yacht, there is a home to accommodate it. The close proximity and ease of access to both downtown Miami and Miami Beach, combine to make a property on these Miami Beach islands, a dream home for those who love luxury living.
Wakefield Estates is located in Wake Forest NC and boasts some of the most gorgeous estate homes in the area! Estate homes are situated among gently rolling hills and most have generous 2acre + lot sizes! There are a variety of architectural styles available from Old World to French Provincial.
There are curently 10 estate homes ACTIVE on the market with a price range of $899,998 - $3,650,000. Each estate offers unique appointments! Some of the refinements that are offered are Outdoor Kitchens, In-Law Suites, Wine Cellars and Outdoor Fountains just to name a few! Eash estate home has it's own flair!
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Life in Wake Forest NC is breath-taking!
Here are some of my finds from last week:
Two framed botanicals for two dollars each. The frames need a little care but I love how large and beautiful they are.A four dollar, perfectly primed and ready to paint, plant stand. Isn't it gorgeous? Can't you just see it topped with a luscious fern, or for fall, a large pumpkin with autumn leaves draping down.And last the best of all the game, this Honey-I'm-not-sure-where-we'll-put-it-but-how-could-I-pass-up-this-gorgeous-Ralph-Lauren-twenty-five-dollar-sofa.Actually I'm thinking of cleaning out an area of our unfinished basement for a "reading room". Being the only female in a house with a hubby who likes talk tv and three sons who love guitar hero, I need
Well....here it is in all it's glory..... and isn't it a coincidence that it's happens to be a photograph of a flower and it was Lori from Wildflowers who tagged me ?
A photograph that I took of my Oak leafed Hydrangea.......' hydrangea quereifola 'flemygea' SNOWQUEEN !!!!!! How about that then......even the Latin name, although there are probably some experts out there that will tell me I'm wrong but, I think that's it's name !!!!! Apologies if it's wrong, but I know that the oak leafed part is right.
We put this in our garden about 10years ago. We found this wonderful Hosta Nursery (long gone now, unfortunately) when we were taking our son to his University. We stopped on the way back and bought loads of Hostas, which are still prolific and MASSIVE in our garden. We did buy so many, that I gave my friends some, and they are all thriving and look magnificent. What a shame that Nursery isn't there anymore, as I certainly think that they knew a lot about Hostas (and Hydrangeas). Looking around, I came across this little Hydrangea and bought it. Well, I think that it is my favourite plant in the garden. It is covered in these beautiful white flowers that (at this moment) turn to palest pink and then green. Every year, I think that I will cut some and dry them off, but I can't bring myself to do it , so magnificent are they, in the garden. Also, my son got married last October and my daughter-in-law had hydrangeas in her bouquet so this hydrangea always reminds me of that special day.
Right, well my next job is to pass the baton onto 4 other blogs so here goes:
1. Green and Pretty
2. Life with Lia
3. Being Ruby
4. Dumbwit tellher
O.K......my job is done, mission accomplished. Thanks to Lori, for tagging me and because of which, brought back a few old memories.