Shower pan re-do

Hope you had a nice weekend. The weather has been fantastic here.

Fantastic for lounging on patios or

Re-epoxying a shower pan!

I took advantage of the nice weather and worked outside in the Airstream.

First order of business- the bathroom and shower pan.

Yes, usually we take a shower when we want to get clean.

However, the shower pan in our airstream was gross.



So I did my research.

Bought Homax tub and tile spray.

I spent almost 2 hours taping and prepping the surface. I also donned my painter coveralls and $20 respirator mask. Worth every cent.


And then voila!


Brand new shower pan!

Side by side:


Woo hoo!!!

Now we don’t have to clean our feet after we shower!

Still lots more to do, but making progress!


Golden Globes 2015 Fashion Digest

Hi all!

I guess Pantone’s Marsala color of the year sorta rubbed off on this year’s GG fashion because most of the dresses were red- hued.

Like always, there was the good, the bad, and the mediocre- fashion wise.

(all images from Us Magazine and E Online)

Sorry for the wonky sizing!


-The opening monologue of Tina and Amy.


I always love how they rip on people, especially George Clooney.

Speaking of Clooney, we’re gonna get right into the mediocre- Amal Clooney.


I know, how could I? But how could she?  She hit the high notes all year, and tonight, it was just boring.  Don’t get me wrong, she still looks beautiful, but I like when she takes more risks and wears things with more color and pizzazz.

Okay, onto the good…

The good seemed to be mostly white/ neutral hued dresses.

Dakota Johnston


I was shocked, but she looked really pretty. Except her face still looks aged.  I can finally sorta see her as Anastasia Steele.

Kate Beckinsale


I don’t know how old she is, but she looks beautiful, and the lines are all right!

Diane Kruger


Not the most adventurous dress, but the fit is perfect, and she looks like a movie star.

Ellie Kemper

Ellie Kemper

Perfect boho look.

Reese Witherspoon

reese witherspoon

I mean, she looks really fantastic, despite the semi resting bitch face.

Kate Hudson

kate hudson

She looks like a woman who just got divorced and wants to make her ex jealous.  Oh wait.

She looks hot!

J Lo


I mean, she is just such a movie star.  And did you see her in that Booty video? Wowsa.

Anna Farris

anna farris

Beautiful detailing on the dress. She looks ethereal.

Lupita Nyong’o


I  love this dress because it’s fun.  It’s pretty and age appropriate.  I like that she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

And now the reds….

Heidi Klum

heidi klum

She knows how to dress for her figure.  And lucky for her, her figure ain’t shabby.

Helen Mirren


Now red is not really my favorite color, but she looks fantastic, and I can only hope to look this good when I’m her age. Plus, I like how she dresses appropriately to her age.

Jane Fonda


Again, another red red, and she looks fantastic.  She is still in great shape.  I’m not super into the sheer side panel, but I guess it’s a good way to spice up the dress.

But then we saw some beautiful dresses in other hues.

Katie Holmes

katie holmes

So much better sans Tom.  She looks hip and cool again.

Kerri Washington

kerri washington

How cute does she look post- baby??

Julia Tellis

julia tellis

Easily one of my favorites, the color is incredible, and so is the cut.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore

Fantastic, beautiful, fun dress.  Great fit.  Probably my favorite.

Lastly, there were some beautiful citrus hued dresses.

Naomi Watts

naomi watts

Love the dress.  Hate the necklace.  That’s okay.

Leslie Mann

leslie mann

I like the color, not the sheen.  But it’s still good.

Jenna Dewan Tatum

jenna tatum

I like that soft yellow.

And finally this super fun one by Emma Stone.

emma stone

I would look ridiculous in that, she looks adorable.

The mediocre-

Cindy Crawford


I definitely give her points for wearing a color totally different from others’ dresses.  But that dress looks so Macy’s homecoming collection.

Amy Adams


Now I don’t hate this.  The color is pretty, but not on her.  The fit is good. She is pretty, but I feel like she has a tendency to pick colors that do not flatter her skin tone.  She needs to wear green!  Everyone knows that gingers looks the best in green.

And now the bad.

Maggie Gyllenhaal


I really don’t like the color, nor the sheen of the dress. The darts don’t hit the right place for me.  Ugh.

Lana Del Rey


WTF.  This is absolutely awful.  Like an 80’s mermaid.

Okay, that’s my take.  What say you?

Have  a great week!



New Years Resolutions for 2015

I have been a bad bad blogger for the last few months.

Maybe I’ll add that to the list…. blog more.

But I’ve been busy! Look at this fluffball of love we adopted.



She and her half-brother Archie are already best friends.  It’s so cute.

Now’s the time to make that list of resolutions for the New Year. As if writing them in this blog post, and making me accountable to the blogosphere will make them more likely to come to fruition.  Stranger things have happened.

I really make the same ones every year, but let’s see if I can do a better job of sticking to them this year.

1.  Get fit.  Not just skinnier, but healthier. I huff and puff just climbing a hill in my neighborhood and that’s embarrassing.


2.  Spend less time on the phone and computer and be more present in everyday life with my husband and doggies.

(This one will be the hardest).

3.  Learn to play the ukelele.  I have already signed up for my first class. And then I’ll be on my way to being a ukelele superstar.


4.  Baby

(This one has been on the list for the last 3 years, but I think we are serious about it this year).

Like no more getting puppies instead.  he he.

5.  Be neater. I have a tendency to be very messy, so this one is important.

6.  Blog more!  At least once every 1-2 weeks. But might be tough if I accomplish #4.

Well, that’s about it for 2014.  We have dinner plans tonight with dear friends and ’round midnight, I’ll give my lad a kiss- a- roo.  I love you goo goo!

In 2015, if I can accomplish these 6 goals, or even half of them, I’ll be very impressed with myself.

Do you have any resolutions?

Happy New Year and thanks for reading!



Week 6- The Big Reveal of the Aquahaus Rooftop Deck Lounges

Hi GooGoo Trons!

The day is here! It’s bittersweet that the One Room Challenge is over. Thanks Linda for creating such a wonderful, fun, and unifying experience for so many.

And a huge thank you to all those who followed along on the blog and on IG. Your encouraging, sweet, and funny comments kept me in the game.

Thanks to all the participants for doing this crazy thing so as to give me something to look forward to on Wed and Thurs. Your creativity and talent is astounding, overshadowed only by the kindness and love I’ve seen in this. It’s awesome that we can establish such camaraderie and support each other so!

Did you see the amazing reveals yesterday?

Well, I am suffering from a serious inferiority complex, and I am feeling kinda shy to show my decks. But alas, here we are.

Well, my goal has been to make over my rooftop decks. We have two here at aquahaus, and they had long been neglected, and were just barren wastelands of concrete and rust.

My goal was to create a fun, hip space to entertain and relax in. Maybe drink coffee… drink a drinkie…read a book…take a nap.

Did I succeed?

I don’t know. You tell me.

2 important questions I’ve answered for myself:

1. From how many angles can you take a picture of the same thing?


2. Can I write an entire blog post with hashtags?



Get ready for some hashtags.

Here is a reminder of Deck A:

deck A before

Boo cakes.


While I had initially planned to use a sun shade, geometric pattern, planters…I essentially did none of that.

(So I’m glad I didn’t invest time in making a fancy mood board).

Nope, I design by the seat of my pants.

Enter boxwood, kilim, a mid century bar, lighted hashtag sign, and gold spray paint…

and 6 weeks later, you have this:


I call this #palmsspringsmeetsmarfa

There is the classic boxwood and black/white stripe of Palms Springs, and the boho acapulco chairs and kilim of Marfa.


The boxwood did wonders to make the space more organic, and warm up that cold concrete. And I can’t kill it! Woo hoo!



Here is my darling little mid century bar I got off of Craigslist. It’s a delightful place to hold court and mix drinks.



green deck

Oh I love you little hashtag sign. #hashtaglove

One day, will I look at this pic and date it to 2014? Maybe.


p.s.- see the aqua eaves?



One of my most fave pieces…an Acapulco chair that rocks AND has a cupholder. #geniusfestival


Detail shot of my zinc top coffee table and pretty kilim.



You may have noticed the lack of styled vignettes. Porque you say?

Porque it’s an outdoor space, and I’m trying to keep it real! Vignettes don’t matter so much outdoors. Only a seat and boozie!





This is some kind of metal art and the circles swing when the wind blows hard enough. It was an ugly rust color. Gold spray paint fixes everything, just like Windex.

gold- metal art-boxwood

Party time. (Shout out to my SIL and my awesome neighbor)


Let’s ignore the fact that I’m mixing drinks for a dog and a baby. We don’t card chez Aquahaus.

But a plaid dress code is very much recommended.

I think I get bonus points for Archie’s t-shirt matching the black/white striped pillows. He is so a propos.

Okay…onto Deck B.

Here is the dreaded before:

deck b before


And while I had grandiose plans of creating a vegetable garden, I know myself too well. Those poor guys would’ve died in 2 weeks.

So I had to stay true to myself and stick to what works for me: napping and low-maintenance cacti.

I just wanna feel like a boho princess in my gauzy, romantic castle.

I made the canopy system. It is airline cable rigged together with carabiners onto the roof line and metal poles. Not only does it take up very little visual space, it is portable; easy to take on/off.


(How many times can I use the term “visual space” in this post? #drinkinggame!)


The military cots are legitimately comfortable and true to theme- also so easy to assemble/ disassemble. I have really grown to love the fact that they don’t match.


And look at those sexy wooden legs.

cot legs

The shibori rug! I tried shibori for the first time last weekend and it worked. This was my last minute DIY since Serena and Lily very rudely oversold my rug. But this alternative worked pretty well.

It is a dyed canvas dropcloth from Home Depot. Who knew you could so easily dye these?

This is a huge drop cloth that cost $19. I am already planning to do this again and use the canvas for upholstery fabric. #eco$chic




Can you really have too many pillows or too many colors? Not in Princess Boho’s land. (see how I just gave myself a title?)

parallel cots

The small acrylic tree trunk patterned side tables are from Nest Modern in Austin. I like how they don’t take up visual space. (Drink now)



Peeking through the curtains to my cactus garden….

These are like walls, delineating the room, but the sheerness of them….you guessed it!

Very little visual space. (Drink now)





My cactus garden. I am really hoping they will survive my black thumb. I like the mixture of black/ white pots and one solo aqua pot. #represent

I also built that hairpin bench for them to rest on. My cactus garden pots don’t rest on the ground! No way!

It is a solid slab of Padauk with 4 black powder-coated hairpin legs. I like those legs rather than big chunky legs because….

less visual space!

(Drink now)




Well, those are the rooftop decks! Austin friends, please come over and hang while the weather is delightful. We can play other drinking games.

I’m sure these decks will continue to evolve, and you should watch the fun over on my Instagram! I’m @aquahaus.


Source List:

-Faux Boxwood from Amazon

-Mid century bar from Craigslist

-Acapulco chairs from Great Outdoors

-Kilim rug (vintage)

-Coffee table from Pottery Barn

-Hashtag sign from Marshall’s

-Mosquito net curtains from Ikea

-Military cots (vintage)

-Acrylic side tables from Nest Modern

-Pillows (who knows)

-Shibori rug (DIY with canvas dropcloth from Home Depot)

-Hairpin bench (DIY)

-Succulents and cacti from East Austin Succulents

celine & archie

Now, I have to run because I have drinks to mix for canines.


Me: “What’s that Archie?”

Archie: “Woof Woof”

Me: “Oh, okay. I’ll make it a double.”


Now, that’s some funny stuff.

Clearly, I’ve reached the end of this post, so toodles and see you in May!

But don’t forget to check out the other awesome projects being revealed today!  Serious talent.