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Living Room Style with Arhaus®

24 Jan

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living room: a room in a residence used for the common social activities of the occupants.

 

And we also know it’s so much more when you are decorating the space!  Usually it reflects the owner’s vision of the space where there are so many ideas and choices to set up this very important room in a home.

Recently asked, if I had been given a furniture item, what would be the style, the mood that would accommodate a beautiful living room.  Not just any furniture item, but from Arhaus!  One of my favorite stores; their sophisticated lines are beautiful in all categories for the home and their showrooms are spectacular!

Since 1986, Arhaus®  has been designing home furnishings!  Beautiful, high quality and so unique!  The company takes their customers seriously and ensures the Arhaus® furnishing meets their high quality standards.

What is the furniture choice? A sectional sofa!  Sectional sofas are meant to have seating without the feeling of restraints of designated seating with style.  There is nothing wrong with a beautiful sofa or a love seat; however sectional sofas give added room and allows the circumference of a room to be fully used when required for that extra seating.

When first introduced,  many thought the sectional sofa was for the lower level of a home; where a game room or bar might be!    Well that’s all changed and Arhaus®’s designers have a beautiful line of sectional sofa’s, over forty-two!  I’d reviewed each description and the steel suspension construction is so welcomed; quality at it’s best!  So it was very, very  hard to choose which one, but I think I got it!

My choice is Darrow, a crescent shaped sectional sofa!  I’d choose this style for it gave me ideas in a living room that would be peaceful,  a Feng-Shui scenario with a modern touch.    This sectional has three options; either 119″, 148″ or 152″, so if a living room could not hold the three sections, the 119″of two sections would comfortably fit in standard size living room.

Arhaus® Darrow Sectional with Design Choices by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®

Arhaus® Darrow Sectional Sofa with design styles by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®

Now, let’s dove in my excitement of my choices:

  • Arhaus® provides the Darrow sectional sofa in eight beautiful colors; however I was drawn to their custom colors.  One in particular, it’s name is Taranto Blue.  The fabric has look of a herringbone style pattern; which is quite attractive.
  • The paint, I’ve chosen Benjamin Moore’s Feather Gray to be the accent color in the room.  While the wallpaper choice is a shimmer of gold and a luster of gray by Fabricut.
  • Then there’s this gorgeous hand-knotted contemporary rug name Yiska, also by Arhaus® ; it also plays with the color scheme chosen.  It gives the look of reflected water.
  • Keeping with the curve pattern dimensions from the Darrow sectional sofa, I chose this electic Trocadero Kidney brass cocktail table by designer Jonathan Adler.  The table is covered in a pieced and lacquered inky charcoal goatskin and adorned with three, inset sand-cast brass medallions.
  • Next is a tall floor lamp. Also brass; with clear Lucite accents by Savafieh.  And yes, I would use two floor lamps in the far corners of the room (opposite the main window in the living room that allows sunlight to stream in).
  • For accent pieces, it can be limitless in ideas.  I chose white vases of different heights and shapes – giving some crispness.  As for greenery, little cacti plants to place throughout the room.  To scent the room, fresh flowers like colorful peonies, hydrangea and mulberries.
  • Lastly, a 3 panel painting of an inviting Buddha head that can be placed on the living room wall to also tie in the curveness of the Darrow sectional sofa and the color hues selected.

This was a pleasure to do!! You can get great ideas for your home.  Take a moment to view Arhaus®’s website, there’s something for everyone! Arhaus…your home!

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Reference of choices: Arhaus®, Jonathan Adler, Fabricut , West Elm, and Savafieh.

Jill Heller’s PureThread Pop-Up Shop ……..Leni Penn!

23 Nov

purethreadJill Heller, a Fashion entrepreneur, sustainable stylist and founder of PureThread that works effortlessly and passionately in introducing the best in a healthier way.

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Jill Heller, Pure Thread (m.)

One of the ways, is having a Jill Heller PureThread Pop-Up shop!

So a few weeks ago, I’d attended one in Bedford NY, Westchester County.

PureThread gives the platforms and the opportunity to find great brands, but actually meet face to face and engage about an owner’s passion in their work!  About 20 different international and local brands were showcased.

I told Jill, this was like I was in on a secret clue; that led me to great treasure finds and landing with such excitement to be there!  This is where I also met two beautiful ladies, Brit and Susie Ankari!  Mother and daughter team, who are the owners of Leni Penn.

Brit Ankari (l.), Susie Ankari (r.)

Brit Ankari (l.), Susie Ankari (r.) ; Leni Penn

 

Leni Penn specializes in making vegan/vegetarian friendly faux leather tote bags, as well as high end vintage pieces that have been recreated and modernized.  American made and more importantly, for every tote bag sold – a backpack is donated for a child in need or a purse for a working mother in need!

Every woman needs a go to bag, which can hold everything that you need and yet be stylish. Everything! There could not be a color, style or design you could not find in Leni Penn’s collection.  So I opted to do something different, not the typical selection of a brown, black or even tan!  I decided to be daring and fell in love with Metallic Silver Python tote bag!  Yes, I know – so different for me but I went for it!

Unfortunately the style was not available at the The PureThread Pop-Up shop – it had to be ordered.  Waiting anxiously; it just arrived a couple of days ago and said now I can show and tell; it’s absolutely beautiful!  Roomy in side and is going to be used definitely for this weekend, then again and again!  I LOVE it!

Metallic Silver Python Leni Penn Tote Bag

Metallic Silver Python Leni Penn Tote Bag

To Jill, this opportunity was the best!  And thanks…….Leni Penn!

For my readers, if you are interested in knowing more about Jill Heller, PureThread’s Brand Directory; which features Leni Penn – info is below!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design   Letia 🙂

Jill Heller’s project The PureThread is a consulting company with expertise in designer and sustainable fashion committed to inspiring posititve change in the fashion industry! www.thepurethread.com    www.lenipenn.com

 

 

 

Photos of Jill Heller and Pure Thread logo belong to Pure Thread®.  Leni Penn photo courtesy of Leni Penn Instagram.  Leni Penn tote bag photo, courtesy of Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®   

 

Bucket List! No…The Other One!

2 Aug

Not talking about that list!

That’s the list you write down all your must-do things!

Well, maybe! I’m talking about another bucket list! My list has to do with a glass bowl!

That’s what most hosts use for the ice!

A quick alternative; because the ice is usually the last thing you get and when it arrives – there is a scurry that happens to hold it before it melts!

However, it really doesn’t have to be that way…at all!

Yes, you still have to scurry, but wouldn’t it be nice NOT to do the glass bowl part!

There are so many  wonderful styles for making a statement of ….where’s the ice!!

So your next party, get together or dinner; why not make the ice the show piece!  Have FUN!

Now for those, that have an ice bucket…..try a new look; if you like!

Here’s my favorites!

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Michael Aram’s Footed Ice bucket with Cold Hand thongs!

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Oh Joy! Melon glazed Ice Bucket with Gold Handle at Target!

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Jonathan Adler’s Sailor Ice Bucket!

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Crate & Barrel’s Orb Aqua Ice Bucket!

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Final Touch Brain Freeze Ice Bucket!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

 Review at the following websites: 

http://www.michaelaram.com, http://www.target.com, http://www.jonathanadler.com, http://www.crateandbarrel.com and http://www.amazon.com.

Lucille Ball, I Love Lucy on a Snowy Day!

3 Feb

lucille tumblerAnyone who knows me, knows that I love Lucille Ball!   She was such an intricate part of my life.   See Lucille and I became acquainted when I was a little girl, where she actually babysitted me!  LOL!!  Really, I was totally fascinated with her! My mother Gilda, would turn on the TV to watch the  reruns of the “I Love Lucy” show; where I was able to be entertained and laugh for 1/2 hr.

Of course the cast was adults, but the things that would get themselves into was absolutely crazy. Pure comedy and tear jerking fun!  Did you know, that “I Love Lucy” aired from 1951-57, and featured Ball and Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo; the couple were married for 20 years and owned a production company, Desilu Productions, together. The series currently shows in reruns on TV Land and brings in 20 million dollars annually to CBS Studios. SYNDICATION at it’s best!

Since I grew up with her, it didn’t stop there, in the 70’s she would have her own shows “Here’s Lucy” and “The Lucy Show” and do cameo appearances in movies.  Until this day, I simply love her in the musical movie called Mame; where she starred effortlessly!  I still sing the chorus line from time to time!

Lucille Ball was a beautiful woman and very smart.  I was always memorized by her fashion sense and looking back today on her style; well it was extraordinary.

There are many books on her life, contributions and accomplishments.

So, I was thinking, I’m here on a snowy day….why don’t I watch some of the I Love Lucy shows and one my favorites plays!

I’d played it 4 x already (clip below)!  Not thinking about snow anymore! 🙂

I love you Lucille Esmeralda McGillicuddy!!!!!  Now next episode!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

Donna Karan…..My Pick for the Day!

16 Nov

Ready for a classy look, that makes a statement? Well this is my pick from Donna Karan! A black cool wool jersey cape with leather border and black leather trim wrap skirt!

A meeting or lunch date on a brisk winter day, these ensembles will give you beautiful style, comfort and turn of heads! I just love it!

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Sheer Looks! Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu & Me!

1 May

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I am loving the ensembles! Who would think a sheer black chiffon blouse, my gorgeous black Panache bra – with a nice pencil skirt!  A great evening look! What inspired me to say, “BE A Fashionista and work it”!  These damn gorgeous photos…… it would take some glasses, which are absolutely SICK! They’re Miu Miu! A Marc Jacobs skirt! Classy!  Then a LV bag at that! Wow!

If you are thinking, how much will all this cost?  Ladies, go shopping right in your closet, I’m pretty sure you can do the same looks… I did!  But, I will admit…..I am loving  these Miu Miu glasses!!!! <sighing>!

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Trivia?  Did you know in February of this year, Marc Jacobs was named the new creative director for Diet Coke!   In honor of the brand’s 30th anniversary, Jacobs will spend one year where he is slated to give the brand a “stylish and light-hearted” makeover!  Now you know!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 😉

Pictures from Marie Claire ‘s April 2013 issue. Miu Miu is a high fashion brand of women’s clothing and accessories from the Prada fashion house. Miu Miu opened in 1993 and is headed by Miuccia Prada. The name of the collection is taken from her nickname.

Alexander McQueen’s Mink Clutch!

27 Apr

loveit2This a Style and By the way moment!  I swear if I could, I would…I can dream right!    OK! Don’t wake me up!   It’s GORGEOUS!

Having already re-imagined the classic chain-strap box clutch with a signature, crystal-set skull clasp, Alexander McQueen adds one more twist of the unexpected with luxurious purple dyed mink.

  • Dyed mink (Denmark).
  • Brass hardware.
  • Metal skull inlaid with amber crystals forms slide-lock hinged clasp.
  • Chain and leather shoulder strap tucks inside, 22″.
  • Hard-shell design with rounded edges.
  • Leather lining.
  • 5″H x 7″W x 2 1/2″D.
  • Weighs 1lb. 5oz.
  • Made in Italy!

Now the Fall collection is wonderful and is available in high-end stores now….but this clutch is my by far FAVORITE!  Continuing my dream!

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Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia 🙂

   

Sarah Burton

The late Alexander McQueen was brilliant!  After company owner Gucci confirmed that the brand would continue, McQueen’s long-term assistant Sarah Burton was named as the new creative director of Alexander McQueen in May 2010. In September 2010, Burton presented her first womenswear collection in Paris.  Photo courtesy of Berdorf Goodman NYC.

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