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Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2014 – Mansion on Madison

25 May

photo 3 (8)It’s less than one week left to see this year’s pick for the Kips Bay Decorator House 2014, and I made it!   I’d chose a Thursday evening to attend, it was rainy and quite humid – but the anticipation was well worth it!  I attend every year, to get ideas and see the designer’s amazing work!  All for a beautiful cause, the Kips Bay children!   Here are some pictures of the rooms.  For a full listing of all the designers, please click: DESIGNERS.  If you in NYC, there’s still time – it closes on May 29th.

The place this year is the Villard Mansion on 51st Madison Ave!

The Villard Mansion was constructed in 1884, designed by the architecture firm McKim, Mead & White three years after they started their company. The houses were commissioned by Henry Villard, then president of the Northern Pacific Railway, shortly before his railroad empire began to crumble. Ownership of the building changed through many hands throughout the century.

In 1968, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the complex a historical landmark. Restoration and construction for a new hotel complex was proposed by real estate developer Harry B. Helmsley who constructed the 51-story New York Palace Hotel tower directly behind the original building. The project was designed by architects Emery Roth & Sons and Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer in 1977 and completed in 1980.

The original building was restored in 2003 and office space was furnished for city preservation group The Municipal Art Society, as part of an agreement to save the building from demolition.


Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

More information, please go to http://www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org.

Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and technology.

This all began in 1973 when several dedicated supporters of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club launched the Kips Bay Decorator Show House to raise critical funds for much needed after school and enrichment programs for New York City children. Over the course of four decades, this project has grown into a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts and is renowned for sparking interior design trends throughout the world.

CityBlis be Unique! Celebrating all Things That Inspire!

28 Jun

Fashion, Designs, Textiles, oh MY!   I am so happy to announce my new-found alliance with CityBlis!

There are so many talented designers that you and I have never met!  This is where City Blis comes in!  They have given me the wonderful opportunity to be in on their vision and dedication to a designer’s work; to share with YOU!

CityBlis has invited me to report on these designers and the CityBlis project itself.  CityBlis knows that I am always looking for new designers, new products and new stories to talk about!!!  It’s a wonderful platform to be part of; which helps the designer both locally and internationally.  It helps the consumer too, to also be introduced and become acquainted with a designer based on their own livelihood and bizazzle!

“At Cityblis we celebrate all of these things and bring to life all the people that share their stories with you so that you may be inspired every day.”

So from time to time, I will be able to provide you with finds that I think are absolutely great! Say for instance, designers like Loredana Novotnin,  a young Romanian fashion designer – where the detail in her work is so remarkable; as well beautiful.

Loredana Novotni

Or another designer who takes T – Shirts to another level of extraordinary, that would be Lady Derringer!  New unique designs are added each season!  So if you have a teenager in your home, their right!  T- Shirts are important and Lady Derringer would agree!

Lady Derringer

Then there’s the staple wardrobe piece for men, the hat!  Hat Lovers would love, love  Le Tom!  Very debonaire indeed!

So… be excited, because I am too! All the interactive tools are there!  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest…….and so on! All there for you to interact and “blis” it to share – plus an inside mall if you would like to buy an item or two!

Le Tom

CityBlis is an interactive, multi-platform social eCommerce website that allows consumers to shop and interact with friends, store owners and other consumers. The site is a combination of personalized webstores and an online mall.  Launched in April 2012, the international platform was developed for small businesses to reach out to new markets around the world through a community based infrastructure.  The current headquarters are in New York with satellite offices in Sweden and Australia.

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

All photos provided by CityBlis © 2013 Cityblis Inc. All rights reserved

Architectural Digest Celebrates AD <3 New York Design Center!

27 Jun

This year at the New York Design Center was quite special! Architectural Digest and their Editor in Chief Margaret Russell gave a warm, warm welcome to all interested in design!

To celebrate at the NYDC with what they believe are great finds! I will follow the beautiful Ms. Russell anywhere, for her signature is so clear!

Margaret Russell, Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest Magazine

Margaret Russell, Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest Magazine

Since being with Architectural Digest; I definitely see a difference in the style and content of the magazine! You can just tell, more celebrities are opened to featuring their homes and the creativity is shown on its pages, with ideas that regular people are truly interested in!

So when arriving at the New York Design Center on Lexington Ave last Thursday, there was such a buzz in the air; I could n’t wait to explore the four floors of showroom bliss!

The showrooms were full of people, all scoring a spot near a bar to receive the signature drink of the night and talk about all the one of a kind of pieces; unique textiles, tapestries and how home furnishings keep on envolving. Beautiful pieces! I placed a few pics below of my favorites!

Even Twitter was involved, where the guests were asked to tweet their favorite #ADLOVESNYDC pick and tweet it right there! Although I made the mistake and tweeted (is that a word) a slipper chair I’d fell in love with, not one of AD’s picks!

It didn’t even matter, because the excitement of the feedback was amazing! Some people were tweeting for the first time in their life, which was actually quite funny…”Is it on my phone? Oh, I have to download the app!” The showroom staffers sure did not reckon on that they would be giving Twitter tutorials on how to be a certified tweeter!!!!!!!

The showrooms featured:

Baker Knapp & Tubbs



Julian Chichester

Desiron by Frank Carfaro

Woodwrights Wide Plank Flooring

Dennis Miller Associates


The night was quite enjoyable and I’d got the feedback that others also had a good time too! All rejuvenated with great ideas and finds!

The New York Design Center’s is a 16-story, 500000 square foot building with design items for the trade. Showroom search, floor plans, admission policy, news and events, staff, designer and more! Located at 200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 428 New York, NY 10016 Ph: 212.679.9500 Fax: 212.447.1669 @nydc @archdigest


Decorating A Christmas Tree – Your Way!

2 Dec


Same old tree but different style. Often we don’t think we can have a different way of decorating our trees this Holiday season! But we can! Each year Kimberly changes the ornaments, making it fun and more creative!

Just a basic white tree, she turned into a fashion statement! People love all sorts of things, motorcycles, hearts, bears to Disney characters! I love putting fruit (I’m going to share – I’m still decorating). Whether you have a real tree or an artificial one – it’s your tree and your style!

Kim, it’s beautiful! Be different and remember your ornament hooks! Have fun! 🙂


One Kings Lane! More Than a Treasure Hunt Every Day!!!!

29 Jul

Are you looking for something electic?  Or something you ‘ve always wanted….but wanted to wait for a reduction in price. 

Well, One Kings Lane has something for everyone! 

The founders, Susan Feldman and Alison Pincus are two woman, I say two visionaries who definitely know how to have you dream! 

Both more than familiar with the worlds of Fashion and business, started this company in 2009!   The focus was to offer beautiful items right up front, which are sometimes not readily available.  

This concept has definitely worked.  One Kings Lane now has almost two million subscribers!!!  Sales grew 500% in 2010 and still going!  So much so, that the Wall Street Journal had to take notice in their Digits, Technology & Insight blog! 

Whether it was ever a problem for anyone to shop.  It’s no problem for them and their team, because if you cant’ get to that destination, One Kings Lane will bring it to YOU!!!! 

Morocco, India,  Italy…you name it.  Beautiful home decor items and trinkets that will uplift your lifestyle with the things that you simply love…making you wonder how could you be ever without it!

We’ve got a glimpse of Susan and Alison on Bravo’s Million Dollar Designers!  With the assistance of  Martyn Lawrence, Designer of the Year, they all selected some very cool and inspiring  items for One Kings Lane in London, United Kingdom.   Check Bravo’s TV listing for a rerun of the episode.  It was quite a fun and exciting adventure to watch.

How does One Kings Lane  work? <I know you’re asking!>

There are the Daily Sales where top brand items go on sale for 3 days!  There is an array of items from rugs, accessories, bath items, stationery and even items for your lovable pet! 

There is so much more, but the items are simply beautiful!  If you are looking for a gift, this should one of your top searches!!

If you still find yourself searching, how about the Tastemaker Tag Sales. You have to become a member (it’s free) to be in on selected designers to give a special look into their collections and offer to YOU!  There also are movie set sales, props from a film set and some surprise items, leaving you to say double WOW!

Lastly it’s the DOWNSTAIRS items, to be in on clearance items and deals!  This is a come back often and see; it’s like being on the look out for that item and glad that you discovered it.

When you get a chance, join and browse around!  I guarantee that you will be excited about the things found at your fingertips!  My latest find,  two Sweet Orange and Grapefruit perfume candles by Saint Parfum!  It arrived yesterday, a treat for me……that is simply divine! 

The video below has more information about One Kings Lane’s and you can just click their logo  to be brought directly to the site!  Remember, becoming a member is free.   Enjoy!

Letia 🙂


One Kings Lane™ and Tastemaker Tag Sales™ are all trademarks of One Kings Lane.  YouTube video “New Way of Shopping” provided by VatorTV.

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 🙂


Any ?;  lee@lmlifestyleanddesign.com

Curtain Panel – How to Measure Right!

10 Jan

This question is from Lillian, from Bloomington, MN:

“My curtain panel is 84′”, it is always too short for my window, I can see the wall  What am I doing wrong?  Where can get some great prices?”

Measuring is key.  For a window, the curtain rod should only be 3-4 inches above the window frame (molding).  Take some masking tape and mark that spot.   Using a measuring tape, measure from that point, all the way ’til you meet the floor*.  What is the measurement, once at the floor?   If the number is less than 84″, then a 84″ panel will work.  If the number is more than 84”, this panel will not work, it will be too short!  The next size standard size available would be a 96″ panel.

Do the same process, if the 96″ is a bit long, about 1″in, you can always put a hem.  However; if is more than an inch, you might have to go custom!  Or cut the excess, you have to decide what’s best for you.

Now when measuring, please take in consideration, whether it’s a drape panel, a rod pocket or rings.  For rod pocket, it’s the length you are concerned about from the pocket.  For rings, the length from the ring clips, minus one inch.

You did not mention the width of the window, sometimes you have to double up on the panels if the window is very wide.  The width is usually 55″, OPEN!  So you will have to measure across and divide by 55 and the total will let you know how many panels you will probably need.   It all depends all on the style type and if you want a drape effect.  If you are looking to use curtain tiebacks, there are various styles in which you can drape to get the look you prefer!

Here are the standard panel sizes for your reference (non-custom).

55” width x 84” height

55″ width x 96″ height

55″ width x 108″ height

You also asked, what is a good website for curtain looking?  Try looking at www.beso.com and www.overstock.com.  Before even looking at styles, the size is the first important task!   I also recommend getting a measuring tape detailing each line description labeled.  For example 1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4; etc.  Check your hardware store, I have a couple…it saves a lot of time in measuring.

I hope this information helps.  If you still having trouble, just e-mail me your ceiling height, how far the window frame is from the ceiling and width of your window; we should be able to figure it out together!  You originally sent this question through my business website as a  project request <smile>, please send to lee@lmlifestyleanddesign.com.  Good luck!   Oh! The comment box can be used also; if you prefer! 😉

Letia 🙂

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