The Ultimate DIY House in Santa Monica

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This is freelance writer Mary Beth Klatt, filling in for Steve Delahoyde, as he gets ready for his nuptials. We found pictures of this tiled house in Santa Monica, California by way of the Craftzine blog. You’ll see the entire residence is covered with broken crockery. That’s a whole lot of broken dishes or picassiette, a type of mosaic that incorporates shards of broken dishes, cups, and tiles. It was a nickname too, given to Raymond Isadore, who famously created La Maison Picassiette in Chartres, France. Now as much as we favor recycling and reuse, we’re not sure how this type of exterior decoration would stand up in cold-weather climates in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. But in Arizona, California, and Florida, have at it.