Is Veganism Going Mainstream?

  The other day I went into Marshalls and saw a whole display with purses.  I thought it was a bit strange, since this particular display was front and center and quite a bit away from the other racks full of purses.  As I looked closer, there was a sign that read Vegan Purses.  Now […]

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Thank You For Being Late Is A Must Read

    I just finished reading Thank You For Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman and think it is a must read for every politician, business leader, employee, employer…basically every one who needs to understand what is going on in the world today.  A timely read, it definitely is not a book to speed read […]

Environmental, Florida Life, Hurricanes, Pinecrest
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Solar Energy Is Great, But So Is Tree Canopy

The City of South Miami is trying to pass an ordinance that would require new homes to install solar panels.  I am all for solar energy and think if a house or business does not have tree cover and can install solar panels they should.  However, I think instead of mandating it, cities would be […]

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University of Miami’s College Of Engineering Contributes To Sustainable Construction

I was lucky to be invited to an evening reception and tour of University of Miami’s College of Engineering labs.  Titled Engineering in the 21st Century:  Innovation and Sustainability, the evening started with a brief overview of the engineering program by Dr. Jean-Pierre Bardet, Dean of the College of Engineering and was followed by tours […]

Commercial Real Estate, Environmental
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Coral Gables Old Spanish Has 2014's Color Trend Throughout

In early January, I posted Interior Design Color Trends For 2014. This adorable bathroom in a 1928 Old Spanish in Coral Gables is purple with white accents. Other accents, such as a chandelier and Cuban tile, also contained the trendy purple color.

Coral Gables, Home Improvement, Luxury Real Estate, Neighborhood News
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Interior Design Color Trends For 2014

The 2014 color choices for interior design, as well as for fashion, appear to be “muted and Deco-inspired: rose quartz, amethyst, topaz, olive, whiskey and raisin,” according to designer Michael Berman. Two exceptions to the muted colors are acid yellow and Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid  

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Going Green In Your New Construction? First Step Should Be Protecting Existing Trees

Well, it finally happened.  My neighbor has sold his home on a beautiful, tree-lined, deep lot in north Pinecrest.  It is not quite an acre, but I am guessing a huge home will be going up on the site.  I hope I am wrong and that our soon-to-be-new-neighbor will appreciate all of the wildlife their […]

Buying, Environmental, Home Improvement, Neighborhood News, Pinecrest
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FPL's A/C Duct System Assessment Can Save You Money

In December, we had FPL come out and conduct a duct test on our air conditioning system.  We found out that our air conditioning was extremely inefficient and that we had some major duct leaks.  We had our a/c replaced and our FPL bill went from over $300 per month to just under $200.  We […]

Environmental, Home Improvement
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FPL’s A/C Duct System Assessment Can Save You Money

In December, we had FPL come out and conduct a duct test on our air conditioning system.  We found out that our air conditioning was extremely inefficient and that we had some major duct leaks.  We had our a/c replaced and our FPL bill went from over $300 per month to just under $200.  We […]

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Riviera Drive Gets A Facelift

I drive Riviera every day on my way to and from work and love all of the renovations that have been going on on that street between Hardee and U.S.1.  Whether on a waterfront lot, like the house below, or a dry lot, over 6 homes have recently had major remodeling done. I love the […]

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