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For the Love of Orchids! The Orchid Show on Broadway at NY’s Botanical Garden!

4 Mar

What do you get when you put a famous set designer, a famous creative image maker, beautiful orchids and the NY Botanical Gardens?   You get the Orchid Show on Broadway!

Let’s  say I love orchids and on selected Saturday evenings, I will get the opportunity to see an exclusive late “performance” of The Orchid Show: On Broadway.  There’s this great deal to see the show, where you can enjoy cocktails and merriment amid the thousands of spectacular orchids.

Then at the end of the evening have a wonderful dinner at one of the NY Botanical Garden’s partner restaurants featuring special offers exclusively for Orchid Evenings ticket holders (Non-Member $30, Members $10); which includes a cocktail.  Go to their http://www.nybg.org to get all the details.

How nice is that!

Orchid lovers, there will be over 300 types of orchids will be displayed in dramatic scenes!  I don’t want to give too much away….but it is quite extraordinary!

Tony Award winning*, set designer Scott Pask and image maker Drew Hodges, have collaborated with Botanical Gardens curators a wonderful adaptions of legendary Broadway venues!

Great idea for an evening!  If not in NYC, check your city for events at your Botanical Garden.

Letia 🙂

http://www.nybc.org, Pask awarded his first Tony award for the Scenic design of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, which he originally designed for the National Theatre in London.

Glam Up your Desk From Bath Accessories!

10 Feb

Hey, you ever thought about giving a glam effect to your desk! Many desk accessories are OK, but guess what you can also use? Bathroom accessories! Next time you are in the bed and bath area of a store, look at the styles you perhaps might would like also on your desk!

Bathroom ensembles are very decorative and fashionable now.  Why not choose a holder, one does not have the toothbrush holes, but has slots (or  is detachable)?  This can be used for holding pens or pencils on your desk!   The drinking cup can be used also as a holder!

Some tissue holders are usually designed with a slot at the top; nothing on the bottom.  Turn it over and you have a vase to hold silk flowers to put on your desk.  Or better yet, if you want real flowers, put a smaller glass vase inside, fill it with water and place your steams.   If you can’t use it for what I mentioned, still use it as a tissue holder, but place it on your desk!

Soap dish holders can be used to hold paper clips, rubber bands, staples, change etc.  The wastebasket at your desk,  does not have to be drab!  Use the decorative bathroom wastebasket and place it right by your desk!

If you notice, it appears the wastebaskets are getting smaller in diameter, they also can be used as a vase!  Got you thinking???   The soap dispenser, does not have to be in the bathroom.   You can fill it with hand sanitizer; it will be a rather nice way to keep you hands clean for you and those who visit!    These are just some ideas to bring some brightness to your desk, the way you like it!  Let’s call it room recycling!

See what’s on my desk,  see the pencils, that’s a toothbrush holder!  Really!  I love silver and its accented with broken mirror pieces.  A little different; but kind of  nice for my desk!!

I was also using the matching wastebasket as a vase, until one of my girlfriends said, that it would make a wonderful EARLY birthday present!   All I can say to that, is that I don’t have it anymore! 🙂

So the next time you are in a store, take a look!  There are so many styles to choose from!   You don’t have all the accessories at your desk, but choose a couple!    Your space is important and it’s fun to be creative!

Remember; there are no rules!

Letia 🙂

P.s.  Don’t forget to look in the clearance section too!

Pearly Queen, Bathroom ensemble by Blonder Bath, ®

Gardens….In Bloom

20 Jun

It’s important to make your spaces enjoyable, there should be a certain feeling that you want to convey!  The feeling should express, I don’t want to leave – OR – I can’t wait to get home.  In earlier posts, I provided you with quizzes to find your personal style or suggested using a paint color, that you love, but you’ve dare to tell anyone that you’re; let’s say BOLD!   A home should be filled with furniture, flowers, textures..things that make you just happy.  Whatever you decide, you don’t have to always hire a designer,  decorator or landscaper.. there are various magazines, which can give you great ideas.    However,  if you just don’t know how, what to do or where to start, they are available to help you; making the experience and journey enjoyable!

Yes! Your space should be exactly how you want it to BE!  One of my dearest friends, Mark Kramer, Executive Chef, Creative Director & Proprietor of Susan Lawrence in Chappaqua NY for years has often talked about changing the gardens surrounding his Patterson, NY home to show how he feels.   Mark has such a great appreciation of life and has had this internal vision for maintaining a certain balance for quite some time, often speaking to him constantly….that he decided  “I better do this; it’s very important to me.” http://www.susanlawrence.com/home/biography.aspx

I had the great opportunity of seeing his vision from start to fruition!  Mark was so very passionate about this project, taking careful consideration on selecting the right people to help him.  Now and then, he would in passing speak with Michael Spitzer; renown landscape architect and partner of New York City landscape architecture firm Landgarden®.  He decided to call him; which began a wonderful collaboration of creativity; as well as a wonderful friendship for them both. http://www.landgarden.com/

Michael Spitzer’s work is quite remarkable; however the careful detail plan he developed on Mark’s vision was beyond superb!  I am so used to looking at floor plans; that I’d remember that day when Mark received the plans drawn up by Michael Spitzer.  Mark spreaded them across his dining room table;  I was simply floored and Mark was so excited; he was actually blushing in joy.  Every foot of  the proposed land was considered;  the intended flower beds, tree types, pathways, inclinations, daylight direction and water irrigations! Every foot (giggle)!

Now this is the time, the grounds would depict their true blooming period; the end of May, the  middle of June.  So Mark called me up and invited me over to see (he was so excited).  Well the experience for me was kind of surreal, because when you arrive to Mark’s home, you first walk up a driveway, a normal driveway to a very inviting tall white gate, with this very intriguing black door handle to enter.  

Upon going through the gate, you’re simply blown away!  It’s like partaking in story you’ve read about, where you’ve moved from reality to enchantment!   You are greeted with the sound of various birds just chirping away, a beautiful assortment of flower beds, in so many varieties and such an array of colors.  There’s this alliance of holly trees, lilac trees (my favorite) and these poignant evergreens standing tall.  As I walked closer, the luring fragrance of jasmine just captured my attention as I approached the first sitting area!  Then, when I turn slightly to my far left, I then saw an alluring white trellis protecting this beautiful herb garden!  

In my amazement, it got even better!  In between my footsteps, I then heard this trickling of water; very calm I must say.  As we both walked together a little further, I found slate steps descending down to a miniature patio!  As I stepped down, I found to my surprise I was right in front of a koi pond with this simple, yet quite lovely waterfall.   The koi pond filled with ten of the most happiest exotic, rather large koi fish you ever did want to see.  I kid you not, as I sat there for a while at the foot of the pond I noticed all sorts of nature friends around; from the littlest frog to these two chipmunks popping in out of the cat mint shrubs.  Even the bumble bees were quite friendly! 

If asked what’s my favorite thing,  I can’t decide whether it’s the scrumptious peonies or even the secret path to wisp you beyond the grounds; which literally gives anyone the invitation to have another magical moment.  The type of enjoyment which reminds you of your childhood hide and seek days!   Pssst, take a sneak peek of Mark Kramer’s gardens!

While sitting drinking my Elderflower martini, Mark expressed how he now wanted to concentrate on the home’s interior.   A few rooms have been changed (which he is so pleased with), however understands the same approach as he did for his gardens, should be done for the home’s interior.   To help him with this task, Mark indicated that he recently met with Marsha Russell of Satinwood, Ltd Interior Design to share his ideas and is so excited that they are going to be working together! 


Marsha Russell recently provided her expertise to one of America’s favorite actresses, Meg Ryan!   You can see Meg Ryan’s beach home in the June issue of ELLE DECOR titled “relax”!  A five-year project, where Meg Ryan’s Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts’ home also scripted a wonderful collaboration between them both, reflecting Meg’s personal style.   While talking with Mark, I’d looked through the pages more intently, Meg Ryan’s home is simply divine!  My favorite is the dining area, it’s informal, yet very inviting and the multitude of  beautiful indoor windows reflects the sunlight spectacularly; incredible!  I will say this…without a doubt, Mark will definitely be in great hands with Marsha Russell!  If you get a chance review the issue to see Meg Ryan’s home; it’s full of great ideas!



Well, it’s time for me to leave (I didn’t want to go)! Leaving through the same gate I entered only 2 hours ago, I am feeling like I’m placing a bookmark in a magical book I’m reading, pausing the story and now here I’m at my car searching for my keys in my pocketbook!   Back to driving and the traffic lights; but oh what a good feeling I will have while driving home!  I am truly happy for my friend, truly!!!   

Be well – Letia 😉

 lee@lmlifestyleanddesign.com  Photos by ELLE DECOR Magazine 

Great Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

14 Apr

Happy Mothers Day

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 9th!  You have about three weeks  or so to plan, shop, prepare what you are going to do to express how much you care for your Mom, wife, or the Special Mom in your life!   The following websites I have used throughout the years for myself, my friends and clients!  Take a look, perhaps you can consider some other ideas for a gift, besides thinking on just having dinner, some ice cream cake or that beautiful vacuum cleaner you were thinking on buying her! 😳  

www.groupon.com    Groupon features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in a variety of cities across the United States. Sign up and check out what’s going on in your city on or before Mother’s Day to see if you can take her somewhere nice. Then check periodically to find out other deals for the summer as well!  

www.giftprose.com    Entirely new concept in gift giving where the gift, the gift message, the sentiment behind the gift, and the prose are all intertwined into one beautiful package. Plus, each GiftProse gift comes personalized with the name of the gift recipient along with a personal greeting from the sender.  

www.perfumania.com    I’ve bought from this site for over 8 years, I’ve never paid full price for fragrances.   The discounts are wonderful!   Search it’s index to see if the fragrance Mom really likes is available and then check out the Clearance section for great buys for future gifts or  for yourself!  

www.proflowers.com    Always has a Mother’s Day special and there’s definitely a price to fit your budget.  

www.opi.com    Thinking about getting Mom a laptop! It no longer has to be boring! Go to the site, pick out her favorite OPI nail polish color at My OPI and get the exact color for her new Dell® laptop!   She will love it!   I just assisted one of my friends on buying one (the color, Cozu-melted in the Sun)!  Also there’s a special nail color named BREATH LIFE which assists in helping the Lung Cancer Foundation of America, buy a bottle, wear it to show your support!  

www.harryanddavid.com     Gourmet gift baskets, they have a nice choices.  

www.hallmark.com   Send free e-cards to all your friends and family who are Moms.  

Finally Carol’s Daughter® is running a promotion to send a note to your Mom or Special Mom in your life, the butterfly notes will be checked and prizes are given daily, plus there are great gift ideas on the site (Almond Cookie Shea Souffle – my favorite!),  as well as the 30% off all Purchases are Donated to Mary J. Blige’s Charity FFAWN!*:  


Or just make it simple.   The kids can all get together with their crayons, construction paper and scissors to make some beautiful cards.  Even the old cake mix with some store-bought icing would be great!   Breakfast in bed?  How about giving 3 DVDs of her favorite movies to watch all day, while you wait on her (hand and foot)!   Finally updating her Ipod with all her favorite songs or programming the DVR to record her favorite shows.   Whatever you decide to do, remember it’s the thought of your kindness that will make them happy and feel appreciated!  OK countdown, start preparing; don’t let it sneak up on you Enjoy shopping for someone you love! 🙂    

Be well – Letia  


* 4/14 only

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    


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