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2012 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

9 Jul

Last month, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House closed on the 14th of June.  The location was different this year, at the Aldyn which is on the West side between 62 and 63rd St on Riverside Bouvelard in New York City. Gorgeous, gorgeous views!

Each year, an Opening Gala cocktail party is held to kick off the event; where the media, interior designers and decorators mingle, awaiting anxiously to see the designs!  I was so excited to be there!

Under a beautiful tent, there was music with the latest hits, cocktails, food and such a great energy in the air!  All in anticipation for the revealing of the 21st and 22nd floors; where two duplex apartments were magically transformed.  So much hard work and effort, all for a wonderful cause.  The designers were tired, however very happy their deadline was met, right down to the very second!   “It is exciting and at the same time the pressure was on.”, Jamie Drake of Drake Design Associates (he designed one of my favorite rooms)http://www.drakedesignassociates.com/

There were many sponsors for the event, remember number painting?  For charity, one of the sponsors – Benjamin Moore Paint allowed guests to select their colors and paint the corresponding color! I took the painting a little too serious though (stay in the lines!!)!    The staff was so wonderful, they even took the time to take a picture, before I headed up to see all the designs.

And oh! Emily and Elizabeth Hazelwood of Urban Vintage Cafe in Brooklyn were there and I didn’t even know it!  I guess we were destined to meet, for I’d meet them three weeks later!  It’s such a small, small, small world!

This event goes back to 1973 when several dedicated women’s committee members of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club launched the Decorator Show House to raise funds for much-needed after school and enrichment programs for New York City children. Over the course of four decades, this project has raised in excess of $17 million and grown into a “must destination” for thousands of design enthusiasts and is recognized for launching interior design trends throughout the world. Today, the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club is one of the most prominent and responsive youth development agencies in New York City and a “flagship” of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

I had a wonderful time, a video is below to show you a few of the rooms!  See the Missoni room, it’s really nice!

Benjamin Moore Painting

Letia Mitchell at Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House Opening Gala

Elizabeth and Emily Hazelwood, Urban Vintage

Letia 🙂

2012 Kips Bay Decorator Show House walk-thru by HL Group and Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® 


New York Design Center at 200 Lex!

5 Apr

Where can you go to find out the latest designs, textiles, paints and even the best coffee?  NYC’s own New York Design Center.   Last week, I’d received an invitation to attend their 4th annual “Check-In to 200 Lex”.  The Design Center is located downtown Manhattan on Lexington Ave.  This is where the NY Design Center opens their door for 5 hours to allow the latest hospitality product designs to be reviewed through the many showrooms!   Sponsored by Interior Design Magazine, their collaboration made my trip; so worth while.

Arriving around 4:30, upon entering the doors out of the cold, I was greeted by a wonderful staff; letting me know the various speakers, Interior Design magazine’s March issue, NY Design Center’s latest ARRAY magazine  and a program detailing all the wonderful things happening that evening.    13th floors and each showroom offered water, wine, various cheeses and quaint hor ‘deurves!   I tried not to get carried away, because I have to drive back home!  LOL!

I was unable to take pictures, however I am able to let you know some of my favorite showrooms viewed and also offer their website for more information.  

Kasthall – The most beautiful woven rugs, you ever want to see!  Each piece has a story and made in Sweden with absolute care!  The quality is impeccable.   http://www.kasthall.com/en-US/


Valdimir Kagan Couture – designs of modern furniture, with no rules.  Yes; you definitely can mix modern furniture with traditional furniture; coming out with a wonderful look.  I simply fell in love with his designs and details in his crafting of wood pieces – meticulously ensuring the wood grains of a UpSilon table matched perfectly. www.vladimirkagancouture.com

Ted Boerner NY – All I can tell you, if you are looking for luxurious leather furniture —you could ever imagine; this is the place! www.tedboerner.com

1st Dibs – Special exhibitions of collections by various designers.  You can’t help checking behind you, to see if anyone is eyeing what you are eyeing!  The collections are so wonderful… the name is so right!  1stdibs.com

Benjamin Moore – The opportunity to see the new designation that BM is going to!  Going Greener!  Making environmentally friendly coatings for their paints is their commitment!  Zero VOCs, no paint smells and great performance  for coverage.  The new brand name is Natura – Interior Waterborne Paint.   More and more people are concerned with the Earth’s environment and how can they do their part! If interested, it’s available at your nearest BM retailer.  www.benjaminmoore.com/natura.

Metropolitan Lighting Fixture Co. – The most wonderful lighting collections; if you are looking for unique lighting – this is the place to go. www.minka.com

Lastly, while in Valdimir Kagan Couture showroom,the manager Jim Callan was explaining this wonderful piece, when I also noticed the many beautiful Lucite pieces there.  I’d met the owner Marc Ross of Spectrum West Collection (VP and Creative Director).  Ironically he is the designer of the Lucite desk featured in my recent post on my visit to Architectural Design’s Home Show, a couple of weeks ago (the one, I was marvelling over)!!!  What a delight!   We discussed how the furniture is created; so interesting.  The process involves a lot of hard work and patience.  The outcome results in some beautiful and unique pieces. www.spectrumwest.net

After running back and forth to feed the parking meter, the time just flew; 6:45 is when I decided to leave.  I had a wonderful time, tired – but I still was able to get a little energy and headed to New York Magazine’s Wedding event on 18th Street; for I had someone holding a goodie bag for me! 🙂

Letia 🙂

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