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Regency Shop! Have Fun with Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen Chairs & More!

16 Sep

-ergonomic-sitting-areaLooking for that item that just tells everyone how fun you are?  With color, a POP, some PIZZAZZ!!!!

You want something different and looking for great ideas!  Well the old is coming back or should I say…old style never dies!  The old is new again!   You get what I’m saying!

I’ve found a wonderful website called Regency Shop!  It may be just what you’ve looking for modern Furniture with style and affordable prices.

I got it….old design made to be modern again! 🙂

Have you heard of Arne Jacobsen?


Arne Emil Jacobsen (11 February 1902 – 24 March 1971) was a Danish architect and designer. He is remembered for his contribution to architectural Functionalism as well as for the worldwide success he enjoyed with simple but effective chair designs.  It’s reproduction can be seen all over, in movies, TV set designs and now moving into homes.  One of the most influential furniture designers of the last century – has designed the lounge Egg Chair in 1956.

Besides the Egg chair is just so sexy!  No matter what color, it’s an attention grabber and who wouldn’t want to be noticed?

Egg Chair


How about Eero Saarinen?  He’s a Finnish American architect and industrial designer of the 20th century famous for varying his style according to the demands of the project: simple, sweeping, arching structural curves or machine-like rationalism.  Noted for his 1946 Womb chair.  This is also a very stylish chair too!


How about that James Bond movie?  Can you guess what movie, this Saarinen chair was seen in?

Hanging Bubble Chair



Regency Shop is offering 10% off on any non-clearance item and 5% off on any clearance items.   Please click any of the RegencyShop pictures and you will be directed right to their site.   Here are the coupon codes below.  They can be entered right at the time of checkout:

Clearance item coupon code: 5DISCOUNT
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Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignHave FUN!

Letia 🙂

Between the two of us photo by Chloe Warner.  View from top photo by Axis Mundi.  Patio photo by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects.  Website photos by Regency Shop.

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

Does It Go Great Together?

18 Jan

Planning, you must plan everything!  But when it comes to decorating, you don’t know where to start!

You’ll find yourself talking out loud “Does this go together or am I completely off?”

You really like what you’ve picked, but how does it fit with your home, the furniture that you have now?

Or you just want to throw everything OUT, you need something new!

So, why is it such a puzzle?

I’ve taken all the questions my readers have sent, categorizing them all.  So, beginning in a few weeks; there will be a 4 part series called Does It Go Great Together? on the most asked questions.

This will be a great way to get familiar with the basics, setting the incentive to be open to some changes in your home and most of all put you at ease.

So stay tuned.

Letia 🙂


Antique? Are You Sure? Maybe!

8 Jan

I have looked for chair to replace (for my desk) and have not seem to find anything I liked.  Until, someone told me to check out this thrift store near in town!  Well, I found an art deco “like  tufted chair, which I’d loved and this sales person tells me it’s selling for $450.00!!!!!!  I said, let me go outside; for I must not be in the right store!   Yep!  It said thrift shop!  Could you please tell me, why did this sweet lady think I must pay $450.00 for this chair, which is used, which is in a not so flattering teal color; and has a problem in the springs? Why?  Why?

She says it has its original wood and frame, for they don’t make these type of chairs anymore.   Ok?  I said to myself  <How do you know that, did it say this when delivered to the store?>”  She then said, that is it so heavy that it has to be an ORIGINAL!

Well, by no means was I going to stand there and debate with her that the price she was quoting was way too much money and she needed to sell the item for $200.00, because that was all I was willing to pay, but it in actuality if I was at Home Goods or Marshalls,  the average shopper would be looking for a price around $150.00 <maybe less>!   So then she said to me,$400.00!  I looked to my left, then my right…Oh she’s talking to me!  LOL

She said the price as I would think it was great, but I would consider  no more than $200.00; for I was thinking about the upholstery costs, if I was going to buy it.

In pure disappointment,  I said perhaps I can talk to your manager!  After summoning the manager, he was not going to budge in the price at all; after I told him that this chair was not an antique! LOL  The reason the chair was so heavy, is because of the MDF board used to make it, called particulars of wood and resin… was used to construct the chair (I flipped it over and it didn’t say Versace!).    “Where am I”, I said to myself, no chair today…maybe next time.

When shopping at thrift stores, it ‘s a known place where used furniture  items are sold.   There are items which should be priced low and items which should be priced based on their value, if the seller happens to knows its real worth; yes …there will be some high-priced items.   There are some items which may come from an estate and believe me, before anything that goes on the floor to sell, there is some investigative work going on!  The bigger the item, the higher the price.  The item can be tagged with a  certain price and the seller is hoping that the consumer considers the item as an antique or treasured item.  Don’t get me wrong, there definitely are items which are antique and they are such great, great finds!

Before buying, please do your own homework.  Highly priced items don’t move as quickly, so you can leave and come back perhaps the following day, if your research shows the items is worth the price quoted.  Your research can be done right in the store, if you have a cell phone with internet, search right there and get your answers; but also keep in mind some preparation steps:

  1. Before entering the store, place the amount you are willing to spend (cash) in an envelope.  Pull this envelope out and refer to it for your spending and only show the envelope when purchasing, avoid your wallet.  If no cash, set the limit in your mind of how much you are going to spend on your credit card.
  2. If the item is furniture, stand back and take an overall look at it.  Turn it over too!
  3. Has the furniture worn where you might expect, like on the arms of a chair? If the wear is in places that normally wouldn’t be harshly used over time, you may want to ask questions.
  4. Originals are not perfect.  If you find a chair or item where the detail is precise, it may be a copy.
  5. Utilize the internet to get information on the design, period and most of all how many were produced.
  6. Tap on wood, if it has a hollow sound, you have a faux piece.
  7. Pay as little as you possibly can!’  Never, never, never  take the first price. Be ready to haggle; then haggle again.  The more effort you put in, the more rewarding it gets.  You know what you are willing to spend.
  8. You don’t have to buy at the first visit, you come back periodically to see if the price is reduced (sometimes).
  9. Bring someone with you, a person who you trust their judgement…basically will give their honest opinion before a buy.
  10. Make sure you plan on visiting several shops, because at this juncture you are merely becoming acquainted with certain shops and dealers as well as their offerings. The first thing you must learn to do is use your observation ability. You should always walk into the shop with a cynical mindset. This means you must always question, in your thoughts, the authenticity of a piece.
  11. Until your eye tells you otherwise, you must continue to doubt the genuineness of the article in question. After you have walked the length of the shop, turn around and review your findings.  If you have not found anything interesting enough to buy, there is no more to do but exit the store.

I just don’t want any of you going to a thrift and be told the item is an antique and in actuality it’s just a nice chair; a highly priced nice chair!   Now there will be some great things, if you see an item and  you really, really like it.. .then buy it.  If it’s an antique, just be sure that it is!  Be a smart shopper!  An antique seller could be a mall owner, shop owner, mall booth dealer or another kind of dealer in the industry, so they should be able to give you their credentials.

Say it’s not a thrift shop, but you entering an antique shop. The owner should be able to tell you an item’s origin and why it is an antique.  While sometimes in thrift stores, there may be a chance the item may well indeed be an antique, because you know it and they (thrift shop) have no clue.  Or even if they have an antique reproduction:

  • Take for example, if there is a chair which was originally made in the 18 century and there were only 150 made.   If a craftsman decides to make a reproduction of the chair, same wood, same design and style, then it is an antique reproduction.  Often times if the original item is available the asking price is very high.  Where the antique reproduction price may be lower, but it depends on the time period in which the reproduction was built and how many were made.  In an antique shop, the owner is very aware of their collections.
  • Were you aware, when a Hollywood movie is being filmed in a specific time period; often set designs call for the furniture to correspond to the era.  Authenticity is keyed to most movie directors and antiques are often featured as part of a storyline.   In some instances, original pieces are sort out by consignment or an antique reproduction is requested; leaving antique owner very proud of their collections at hand and the exposure.
I hope this information is helpful!  Remember your journey should be fun and rewarding!  More curious?  For beginners there are many books on antiquing and thrift shopping; check  local book store or on-line at a book site like www.amazon.com.  And, oh by the way, I’m still looking for a chair!

Letia 🙂

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