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Garden Conservancy – Open Day Program in Westchester County, Chappaqua – Seeds of Design!

10 May

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Garden design is the creation of plans for the layout and planting of gardens and landscapes. Gardens may be designed by garden owners themselves, or by professionals.  So one who loves the joy of gardening, would be so excited when the Garden Conservancy had announced Westchester County NY Open Day for private gardens!

One of the private gardens that are being showcased is by my dear friends, Shoba Vanchiswar and Murali Mani!  Although they are very modest, has won the 2007 Golden Trowel award from Garden Design magazine and not to mention, “The Best of” in Westchester Home Magazine!  These two were so delighted when I told them that I would be attending opening day and I was as well.  I love flowers and was looking forward to seeing their pride and joy!

Driving down the road of their home, parked cars were lined up…this is a very big deal!  I was afraid that there would be nowhere to park!  So when I saw a space; I said to myself out loud happily a “Yes”!  Walking towards the home, there were two ladies who greeted me and provided me with reading material on the Garden Conservancy and a handout giving a summary of the garden highlights I was about to see!

So as I am talking, I suddenly hear Shobha’s delightful voice “Letia, you’re here!”  After a great big hug and kiss, Shobha informs me that her job is to greet the visitors and her husband; Murali is in the rear of the home answering questions and offering help where needed!

So off I went on the tour.  In knowing that the garden was just beginning to bloom; I was surprised the variety of colors so far present!  It was very pleasing!  Walking on the side of the home; it was important for me to take my time – I was afraid that I would miss something.  You definitely could see the detail;  it was very thoughtful and it is expressed quite lovely all the features that a garden should have.   Jade succulents, a damask “Leda” tree,  a fig tree and a tree peony waiting to bloom!  Potted herbs of citrus and rosemary.

Then greeted by a wonderful lionhead fountain and a hidden secret of a wood burning brick oven – with a nice sun ray design.  Then you notice the checkerboard garden of beautiful phlox plants!  Even a beautiful Belgian espalier of apples and pears.  Upon turning, you are taken in by the all the little details that add to the garden’s charm; like the stack of books with Shobha’s name, glass bells aligned catching the sun or the airplane swing made of wood!

Upon looking back, there is a meadow of flowers and a greenhouse.  Then suddenly; you notice a tree house!  Instantly saying to myself, this garden has had a lot of good times and love!

There was a very cool breeze, as I walked through the meadow – I turned back to look at the home and a noticed there were many visitors.  Proving this three year old garden s the talk of Chappaqua indeed!  Shobha and Murali even provided classical music to play in the background!  Not the radio or a CD, but classical violinists who were all so escatic to climb the tree house and play music throughout the day of the opening!

The garden was open from 10 am – 4 pm; where I found myself staying to the end!  The day ended with Shobha and Murali’s beautiful moment…… both dancing lovingly in the meadow.

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Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

Seeds of Design LLC provides innovative garden designs and strategies to clients, so they can become their own gardeners.  continuously work with clients and plan for the long-term, because gardens must continue to evolve. 

Do what’s good for the environment, promote stewardship of land for succeeding generations. Combine form, function, beauty, color and fragrance in ways that personally suit the clientFor more information email, seedsofdesign@verizon.net  Also the website and Facebook page is available to see what’s happening in their gardening world ( Seeds of Design LLC or Facebook page).

The Garden Conservancy saves and shares outstanding American gardens for the education and inspiration of the public.  To learn more about our opportunities and programs; please go to http://www.gardenconservancy.org .

All photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC®

73 Questions, Answered by Anna Wintour!

10 Sep

anna wintourAnna Wintour is the name you should be interested in; during NY Fashion Week!  Are you interested in what she thinks is important?  Here is a candid view of the icon answering questions that are quick and funny – as she is working!  She is so delightful!

Oh, I’m going to wear my shades while I’m in the office tomorrow!!!!

The beautiful Anna Wintour is the daughter of Charles Wintour, former Editor of the Evening Standard. She started her career in 1970, working in the fashion department at Harpers & Queen in London.  Six years later, she joined its sister New York publication Harper’s Bazaar as its Fashion Editor.   After a stint as Senior Editor at New York magazine, controlling the title’s fashion and lifestyle coverage, Wintour was named Creative Director of American Vogue in 1983.  British Vogue hired her back as Editor in Chief for two years. In 1988, she rejoined American Vogue as Editor-in-Chief and in that capacity, has helped raise over $10 million for AIDS charities since 1990.

Enjoy Fashion Week!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia

Youtube video by Vogue®

Tropical Feel Style Decor – Why Not!

2 Jan

Yesterday while speaking to one of the guests at a party I was attending, Karen indicated that she had finally decided to have a mature apartment!  Gone are her college days mentally and now wants to have place which still says her, but more mature!

She said that she went to a store the other day; where she was completely lost; she wants a tropical feel  <loves the style; since taking a trip this past summer> – but not so that it commands the room!

When thinking of tropical, I think of linen, cool color palette, leafy plants and touches of wicker in retrospect.   So I’ve looked at various photos and sent her a couple of photos for some ideas!

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I told her the photos could be used as a guide!   Slipcovers for her sofa if she didn’t want to buy a new sofa, change of her color palette on the walls, plants and some cool accessories for the room, could give her the room she wants.

Her budget is modest, so I’d pointed to my go to website, www.overstock.com by typing the word ‘tropical’ in the search engine, a lot of nice items will be returned!

I received a reply note on this wintery morning, with a lot of THANK YOU’s!  I think now she is on the right track!  Isn’t it wonderful to be thinking tropical in the winter months!  To have this feel all year round is a such a great idea.

You know my motto, Enjoy your space …Enjoy your Life! 🙂

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

Photos courtesy of Houzz! 

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