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It’s Your Wedding! Even a Short Dress Can Make a Statement!

18 Nov

If you heard me once, you’ve heard me many times stating that your wedding is your wedding!  It’s your day and you can make it however you want it! 

Well, for this bride’s wedding she did just that!   For her wedding she did the opposite, fell in love with a dress and said this is what I’m wearing on my wedding day.   Asia said she was quite adamant about it!

Asia’s wedding dress is gorgeous with a snap of fabulous!   There are brides who want traditional weddings and there are brides who say there are no rules to follow!  Whatever you decide, it’s what you decide; period!  

Your wedding is going to be one of the most important moments in your life!  So……be happy and plan how YOU want it! 

Canadian-born bridal designer Romona Keveza designs have such a flair of elegance…..Asia’s beautiful look on her wedding day! 

 

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Photos by Chris Jorrian Photography via Essence ®

Dress by Romona Keveza  www.romonakeveza.com or www.legendsromonakeveza.com

Be well – Letia 😉

15 Things Your House Needs

18 Aug

A Pillow Wardrobe

I had the opportunity of assisting one of my good friends, Michael Daniels in staging a townhouse for a resale.  When staging, the decorating must show the essentials, so the home buyer can perhaps see themself actually living there.  

The same strategy can be used in your home!  Here are 15 things a house needs! 

So if you are redecorating your home …doing the I want to keep some of the old, but let  in some new; this listing can definitely help!  Or it can help with your first apartment..”TOGETHER”

  1. Do you have a pretty place to set a drink or a book? ……side table.
  2. Where do you hold your media stuff (CDs, DVD player, cable box, receiver)?……console or sideboard.
  3. Where’s you favorite work of art?…….favorite print with matted frame.
  4. Do you have a comfortable place to watch and look at the items just mentioned? ……cozy chair.
  5. Not enough seating, but you want people to feel at home?………nice folding chairs.
  6. Party is going on, but I don’t want to use my grandmother’s china, is paper plates ok?……….ceramic dinnerware all one color; perhaps cream (makes the food look good).
  7. Want to set some color to drabby entry way?………..get a nice runner rug with a distinct design.
  8. What else can spiff up the entry way?………….a mirror.
  9. The same guests last year are staying over in a couple of weeks, how do I spruce up the room?……Depending on the shape of the headboard, upholstering can change the look with a dramatic fabric!
  10. Dining room needs some color?………curtain panels in a vivid color, gives depth to the room.
  11. Need a place to put your feet, plus store some items?………………an ottoman which has storage, right under the lid.
  12. Can’t change the sofa, it needs something?…………..get some toss pillows in an array of colors or a compliment of colors, I call it a pillow wardrobe.
  13. Lighting is so important, what can I get?……………..floor lamps can be placed anywhere.
  14. Show your items and books in a display……….. ….a distressed bookcase.
  15. There is no greenery in the home………………..faux plants or flowers, you only need three medium to large ones throughout the home!

 

Hope I have you thinking!  A great source to get some of the items mentioned is at Target® and Ikea®; for unique items Pier 1 Imports and Pottery Barn®!  

But the best deals can be found at your local thrift shop, garage tag sales and the great steal from your Mom’s house!  

Remember someone’s else trash is your treasure!   That’s what paint, polish and a bit of tender care is for! 

Be well,  Letia 🙂 

? lee@lmlifestyleanddesign.com

Smile with Flowers!

7 Apr

Smile with Flowers

  Flowers make us smile and we look for them at weddings, birthdays, at any celebration and comes highly recommended to give for those “I apologize” days.  Flowers just don’t have to be around for these occasions, you can have flowers in your home all year round!  It’s sometimes hard to remember their names, but we all have our favorites!     

We decorate with flowers! Often people usually place flowers in a vase to dress up a table, more often in the dining room or in the living room; but you can put flowers wherever you like.  They can be in a small-scale or very bold.  April is usually the month when Spring flowers start arriving from overseas (Holland), but May is the time for flowers to start blooming in the U.S..        

You don’t even have to wait until someone sends you flowers.  For those who are in NYC, Manhattan’s century-old flower district occupies little more than a block of West 28th Street, between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue is a must!  Although the business is wholesale, many of the shops will take walk-ins, the prices are nicely reduced. 😉   

 Or you can even buy flowers at your local supermarket too (usually shipped from local nurseries and the prices are quite affordable).   Perhaps you or your neighbor have a Lilac tree or a Gardenia bush?  You only need a few clippings, imagine putting them in your favorite spot in the house to relax!  Nice, Hugh?  The fragrance will make you smile!     

Flowers can be found in all sort of vivid colors, from bold to quite soft.  One flower which also comes to mind, is the infamous Gerber Daisy, which has inspired many paint companies to mimic their bold colors (for instance Benjamin Moore Paints).  The behind the scene science to make the many hybrids is simply remarkable and well appreciated.      

The Gerber Daisy

I’ve got you thinking?  Why not try taking a single stem of your favorite flower with a small vase and place in it your bathroom, just to have it there will brighten up your morning.  Or put a couple of stems in your kitchen, just to have a “Look Mommy, flowers!”,  while you get the kids ready for school, it will be a great conversation starter.  How about in the bedroom?      

Maybe, you don’t want a vase, just take a small drinking glass, fill with cool water and place just the flower bud!  Or perhaps, wrap a few flower stems in a few wet paper towels and take them to work for your desk. The fragrance will be with you all day!  If anyone asks you what’s the occasion, just say, “Oh, no occasion”. 😉     

 If you are one that can’t have flowers around you, but love them, go to your greeting card store or the card section at your local supermarket, there are many cards with beautiful flowers; pick one and place on your desk instead.  Or you could get a picture,  a postcard… whatever you prefer, but do experience the joy of having flowers around you!  So, what’s your favorite flower?  Did, I convince you to smile with flowers, I sure hope so!  Enjoy!  🙂    

Be well – Letia    

lee@lmlifestyleanddesign.com

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