Archive | March, 2011

Architectural Digest’s Home Show 2011

23 Mar

Architectural Digest’s Home Show was recently held in NYC at Pier 94 on March 17 – 20th; this event attracts over 30,000 people.

I wait for this show anxiously every year, planning and creating my list of the exhibits I would love to see. Why, so anxious; you might say…to ask the many questions; to indulge in  what’s new, up and coming!

Many of the representatives are returning from earlier years, so I’ve gotten to know them pretty well.  So it’s always great to see how they’re doing.

I’d arrived on Friday, so teased with the beautiful weather, for the day was 72 degrees and returned on Saturday; a comfortable 52 degrees!  I and many of the attendees were so pleasantly happy to attend the show;  browse and touch!

Upon entering, there was such a buzz.   All types of people, from designers, artists to mothers with their baby strollers; trying to get ideas and perhaps get a moment of relief to have a moment to finally sit down.

The Home Show has everything that you could want in your home, an entourage of sponsors to choose from.  You name it, it could be found!  Broken into categories, the attendee would find:

  • Art
  • Antiques & Mid-Century Furnishings
  • Building Products
  • Flooring
  • Carpets & Rugs
  • Design Services
  • Electronics
  • Fabric & Trimmings
  • Furniture
  • Accessories
  • Kitchen & Bath
  • Lighting
  • Outdoor Furnishings
  • Stone & Tile

Even down to having the perfect orchid!  There is no way that  I could show you everything, but here are a few of my favorites!   Ok, let’s begin!

If you are looking for a unique style, please stop by The Paris Apartment Boudoir; they specializing in French Lucite & mirrored furniture, very European!

Très chic et beau! Looking afar, the wallpaper looked like silk, it wasn’t; this shows you how a beautiful pattern can be just as fabulous! To see how this beautiful exhibit was transpired from beginning to the result and to also read about the owner’s, Claudia Strasser’s vision; please go to http://parisapartment.wordpress.com.   AND so you know, I will be inquiring about that vintage working phone!<on desk!!>


Drake Design Associates, showed that color if you like it, display it. Yellow, turquoise and black, yes it can be brought into your space. Why? Because you want it. Located on the upper East side, this group of designers gave me a lot of ideas and gave me smiles.  As for the owner, thee Jamie Drake, he can pick out a fabric for me anytime!   http://drakedesignassociates.com/

Foundry, the most intriguing beautiful chandeliers a woman could die for! If you looking for something different, this is the place!  Located in New York and LA. www.foundrylighting.com

Lillian August, one of my favorites for product choice! they have just opened up a Lillian August NYC on West 20th St. A magnificent store, where you can get great ideas and be introduced to the many styles from Art accessories, window treatments to floor coverings.  A must, www.lillianaugust.com

Looking for great china for your wedding registry.  I saw this beautiful set, there were Swarovski crystals on the charger, plate trims and around the cups <or you can pretend their diamonds!>.

I waited quite awhile for the sale representative to come back to get some information, no luck!  However, I did take a photo to give you some ideas!

Then there’s DINING BY DESIGN New York, premier fundraising event for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, always gives the designers and students a treat, requesting them to design based on their own imagination and vision, No restrictions!  I love it when a plan comes together!

Then…… I ended the day by going to City Lights Diner. All I can say it’s everything a diner should be! Not overpowering, not fancy at all…just comforting food made with care!

I had an open-faced reuben sandwich with french fries and a side plate of onion rings! All accompanied with the best orange soda a girl could ever have! Everyone was so nice; an hour just flew by.  I left there happy; happy! They are on Facebook, who isn’t! www.facebook.com/ciddiner.

Architectural Digest’s Home Show was quite extraordinary!  Hope you can get some ideas.  And don’t forget there’s always next year to attend!  Enjoy!

Letia 🙂

http://parisapartment.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/its-showtime-in-the-city/

Any ?;  lee@lmlifestyleanddesign.com

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Beautiful Simple Song – Marry Me by Train

18 Mar

Love this song  Great idea for a proposal!  Hint!

Enjoy!

Lyrics:

 

See video on YouTube®

Letia 🙂

Beautiful Indian Weddings – A Wonderful Experience!

17 Mar

A traditional wedding can have  different meanings in various cultures!  So I’ve decided to look at different traditional weddings and start sharing; you never know… you may get some ideas!  First on my list, are Indian weddings.

Thanks to the great photography of Keith Cephus, he has captured the essence of tradition, each couple’s love and their own take on having a hint of modern!  Take a look: pictures

I’ m so happy to share his work with you!  Weddings are such joyous occassions; no matter what your culture is!

If you ever thought you would n’t be able to experience weddings such as these, guess again!  Enjoy!  Look at Suburbian Video’s captions!

Letia 🙂

KC Productions Inc®, “Indian Weddings” by Keith Cephus Photography.  To see more of Keith Cephus’s portfolio, go to  www.keithcephus.com.  Youtube® Video by Suburbian Video.

All Smiles with a Lukas Pusch Postcard!

17 Mar

This card was sent to me; to make me laugh and put a smile on my face.   Lukas Pusch, is the Austrian artist which has the most intriguing photos.

On the back of this card, it said “Hope you are well and wake up every morning saying  Oh Yeah!”

Enjoy your day; will be returning soon!

Letia 🙂

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Birthday Fun!

12 Mar

Celebrating my birthday for the last few days with family and friends!  I will be back with some more ideas!!!

Life has it’s ups and downs,  but if you can see your way through.. I promise it will give you strength, promise and most of all grace – knowing you are strong!

Having the love from family and friends makes it even better!

Until then…be well!  Letia 🙂

Photo with one of my dearest friends, Nick Oddo. http://nick-oddo.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/

Now What!

9 Mar

Cindy Montclair, NJ:.  “His taste is really bad and I don’t want him to pick out the furniture!  What should I do?  It’s bad Letia, really bad”

You finally decided to buy the furniture!  But what made you decide to pick this?  I hope you did not say that?

Did an argument arise…. and now you guys aren’t talking!  He’s likes things simple!  You like things lively.  So how do you fix this!    Or you just don’t!  You are going to have to; if you don’t want to be miserable and sitting on the floor!

How can you work together to choose for your furniture, so that you are both satisfied with the result?   Are you rolling your eyes in complete disgust? To be honest, the compromise is not always go the right way.  There are better ways to go about it, each get’s their own room to design and be happy.

This way each person’s style is present in the home and everyone is happy!  Let me know, if that’s doable; you can decorate – so all of it works together somehow.   Also, stop and remember that doing things together….does mean TOGETHER!

Letia 🙂

Which Place Would You Choose?

7 Mar

If you had the opportunity, tomorrow to leave the all the crazy weather we’re having behind and have the choice of escaping to either of two places, would you go?

Now remember; if you have to give an answer by the end of the day, which place would you pick?  What is you first initial thought…..the places are: Paris, France or Hollywood, California.  Which one would you choose and why?  Or would you just say No, don’t care for it?

Leave your answer/thoughts in the comment box below!  I will tell you why I’m asking later!!   I don’t want to influence your answer! LOL

Letia 😉

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