Faith and Energy: The Keys To My Work/Life Balance

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 10.47.29 AMHi, Mitzi’s friends, this is Leslie, sharing a bit with you today about what Mitzi and I have been talking about these last two months: how she balances her busy professional schedule with time for herself, her husband, her family and friends.

Do any of you wonder how she does it? I have to admit, I often do, but she does it with such grace and aplomb and energy that I thought you might be interested in some of her top tips for work/life balance when you’re a baby boomer with multiple family responsibilities and a busy professional life, too.

The lead picture you see above was taken this weekend, as Mitzi and Bob visited with their 3 children and 9 grandchildren – 8 girls and 1 boy! – who were able to all be together, in Denver, on Thanksgiving. So precious!

So, what is her secret for managing her busy, busy life, yet making it all seem effortless?

Mitzi would tell you it’s first because of her strong faith and the fact she starts each day in walking prayer.  This helps her set her intentions for the week ahead, get exercise and stay grounded in the midst of everything that requires her attention during the day.

Secondly, she would tell you it’s due to her life long habit of healthy cooking and eating.

She shared the recipe for this delicious, healthy and hearty winter soup she makes for she and Bob, here.
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Click that download link and you’re on your way to healthy, energy giving holiday deliciousness!

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 Mitzi also tells me her wonderful husband, Bob, who supports her endeavors in every way possible, while still maintaining his own career, too, helps her stay balanced and sane. Bob is affectionately known as *Bob the Builder* because of his love for and skill in building and renovating their beautiful home in Wichita, Kansas they’ve nicknamed CYPRESS.

Who recognizes Tessie?

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It is a living laboratory for all the principles of #BoomerSmarts housing and design that Mitzi speaks about when she’s educating her fellow designers all over the country via her popular #BoomerSmarts CEU series [ also now available for 24/7 on-demand viewing by clicking this link: ]

Mitzi recently received this lovely testimonial from a woman who took her 4 hour CEU online, a real estate agent who was wanting to educate herself.

 “I actually have an appointment tomorrow night with a prospective buyer who is looking either for a home with an in-law suite for her parents (mom has Alzheimers) and that is also relatively accessible for a special needs child, or two homes close together that meet those criteria.  I feel more prepared to ask good questions and help them find the right home(s). “

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Mitzi and Bob have also started making videos together for Mitzi’s video channel on The Design Network.  It takes a lot of respect, kindness and appreciation for each others talents to keep a long time marriage together and make it thrive. Mitzi and Bob continue to work together on re-pointing the bricks in their rock solid foundation.

Click the screenshot below to see Bob explaining how he built the pergola outside their home -it’s a treasure.

I think Mitzi and Bob are the perfect boomer couple for a Home Depot or Loewes ad campaign, don’t you? 

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Mitzi also makes time for her women friends and she tells me that this keeps her sane and balanced, too. Where would be without them?

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And then there’s Mitzi’s charitable work [for her church -not to mention the woman that is living with she and Bob that fell on hard times] and interior design client work, locally, that balances all the travel she does.

Mitzi loves helping others in her hometown of Wichita make their home #BoomerSmarts so they can stay in it as long as they would like. She’s a 30 year professional member of ASID, has her NCIDQ certification, has been CAPS certified for 8 years and also has her Masters In Interior Design.

No wonder her clients appreciate  her!

Mitzi is an expert at showing others how chic, practical and #BoomerSmarts furniture, appliances, kitchen and bath items, etc. will work in a home, without making her clients feel old, and yet gently guiding them to those items that will be able to accomodate their evolving needs. 

In this video below, Mitzi explains how she was so happy to be the designer of this kitchen and home featured on the Junior League of Wichita’s Home Tour last year to benefit abused children. 

Click the picture below to see the You Tube video of the gorgeous #BoomerSmarts kitchen and sunroom Mitzi designed for the Rosell’s – who kindly allowed their home to be part of this tour.

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All of this fuels Mitzi’s ability to be balanced, present and mindful for the work she does across the country, helping both baby boomer consumers, real estate agents, real estate developers and agents and her fellow designers – who serve this population in other parts of the country – understand how to prepare for -and market to – The Silver Tsunami.  

Whether at #HPMKt, as an official StyleSpotter bringing her fellow boomers her top finds for #BoomerSmarts Living, or as seen in this Trend Report

  Mitzi has a passion for helping others know that aging in place can also mean aging with grace~ 

Mitzi practices what she preaches in living the principles of #wellnessindesign, a movement sweeping across the country now for Baby Boomers -one in which she has been instrumental in leading for many years.

She is so passionate that, even amongst her activity, she never feels off balance and loves delivering her CEU’s offline to designers around the country.

Here she is in Houston with Amy Collier of Legrand, who kindly sponsored Mitzi’s CEU at the Houston Design Centers’ Fall Market event. 

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above in Dallas in September

and below in Rochester, New York, two weeks ago.

Out of town travel, speaking, and educating is not work for Mitzi, it is her fuel and her passion and I hope today’s post helps you see how Mitzi’s exterior life is fed by deeper wells of faith, family, caring and connection within her local community first, so that, when she arrives ready to attend a major blogger tour like Modenus’ #BlogTourVegas to #KBIS2015,  speak at a major event like #KBISNeXT in Las Vegas, or speak at the Design Bloggers Conference in February in Atlanta, she’s able to bring her A Game to YOU, full of insights and information that will help YOU propel your lives and/or your own businesses powerfully forward in 2015.

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Leslie Carothers


Mitzi Beach, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS


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My Secret Weapon: Kick-Butt Soup!

I love soup. I make soup. I create new soups.

And I believe soups are one of our most effective weapons for the battles of fighting flu and colds, getting easy nutrition fast, a huge weapon for me on weight control, and can be cooked ahead for MANY meals.

But, the big BUT in my kick butt soups are :

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Design Vlog: To Keep it or Toss it?

Today, we continue our Cypress design series with a conversation about decluttering. Join me as I share how I evaluate which items to keep and which items to toss.

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DIY Backyard Pergola

In continuing on with our DIY theme for #BoomerSmarts Saturdays, today’s vlog is all about how Bob built our backyard pergola at Cypress. He’ll not only explain the steps and materials he’s used to construct it so far, but also how he plans to finish the project. Since I’m a big fan of sanctuary spaces, this area will be so perfect for our home once it’s finished! Check out the video for more.

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Thank You Houston Design Center!

Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 4.20.34 PMHi Mitzi’s readers, this is Leslie writing on behalf of Mitzi to thank everyone who has made her recent CEU course given in Houston such a joy for her and to also share a bit about what Mitzi has coming up if you are a designer reader of Mitzi’s blog and desire to further your education to become a #BoomerSmarts Certified Expert in your local areas. 

For all of you who are not designers, but are Mitzi’s regular readers, I hope you will enjoy seeing how Mitzi is helping American designers around the country understand your unique needs and how best to serve them so you can stay in your own homes as long as you would like. 

First of all, Mitzi and I would like to thank Sheri Roane, pictured above, who arranged for Mitzi to be the featured guest on Day 2 of the Houston Design Center‘s Fall Market.

And thank you to Amy Collier, the Texas representative of Legrand North America’s ADORNE lighting line, who underwrote Mitzi’s CEU on Homes Of The Future so it could be free for Houston designers to attend and Peggy McGowen, the owner of Houston’s premier luxury kitchen and bath showroom, Kitchen and Bath Concepts, who graciously hosted Mitzi’s CEU and the panel discussion afterwards and had her staff prepare a delicious breakfast buffet for everyone who attended.

Amy has, from the beginning, supported Mitzi’s efforts to work with brands who want to reach all of you who trust Mitzi to be your guide for the best in #BoomerSmarts products for your homes. 

Amy Collier on the left in the picture below and Peggy McGowen [and your team]  on the right and Sheri: thank you for helping to plan and execute such a gracious, educational and fun day for #DesignHouston at the Houston Design Center and for including Mitzi as part of it.

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Mitzi has given Legrand North America the right to use her #BoomerSmarts Product seal of approval badge, below, in their own marketing materials for their WAVE lighting switch you see below on the left. For more on the WAVE and why it is so #BoomerSmarts for use in your own homes or the homes of your clients if you’re a designer reader of Mitzi’s blog, please click on this post:


There were many fun moments at the Houston Design Center’s Fall Market and one of the best ones, for me, was listening to their panel. Peggy McGowen is the former National President of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and she and Mitzi and Amy were talking about Designing For Life and how it’s so important for designers to consider that multi-generational housing is becoming ever more the norm and that the needs of all ages must be considered when selecting kitchen and bath appliances, lighting, finishes and furniture.

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Many Houston designers attended, like Mary Tritico Wilson on the left, former President of the ASID Texas Gulf Coast chapter as well as those who support Houston’s luxury market – like Siri Roark on the right below, who works with Houston Design Resources, a gorgeous print publication that informs Houston’s consumers of the best in luxury products for their homes. 

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After both events, the owners of the Bunch and Shoemaker showroom, shown below with Mitzi [who represent Hickory Chair, Henredon, Century Furniture and others in Houston]  hosted a lovely lunch for everyone who attended and Mitzi spoke for a few minutes on some of the trends she saw at High Point Market and what it was like for her to be a High Point Market Style Spotter. She also invited all of the designers present to apply if they were interested in being a Style Spotter for 2015.

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From both Mitzi and I, again, many,many thanks to all of you who helped make this day so special.

For those of you who are regular readers of Mitzi’s blog and/or designers, Mitzi and I invite you over to see her videos about living #BoomerSmarts on her video channel on The Design Network by clicking here. If you’re not certain how to subscribe to her channel, please click the link below for easy 1,2,3 instructions:


For all of Mitzi’s designer friends that have asked: Mitzi’s CEU’s will also be available online on her new Go To Training channel starting next Monday, November 10th. You will be able to sign up for them via her Go To Training site using Pay Pal and schedule them at your convenience.

There will be 2 1 hour IDCEC/NKBA approved CEU’s available online as well as Mitzi’s IDCEC/NKBA approved 4 hour CEU, which will be available to take in 1 hour increments.

Watch for more information on these next week.

In the meantime, thank you again to all who care about Mitzi’s vision for wellness in design and housing and are helping her spread her message about serving America’s 80 million baby boomers – who desire to live in their own homes as long as they would like – surrounded by loving families and trusted communities of friends and with chic products designed to change with their evolving needs.

Leslie Carothers


Mitzi Beach, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS

Masters In Interior Design

Wichita, Kansas


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DIY Trashcan Cover-Up

#BoomerSmarts Saturdays are all about bringing you tips, tricks and projects for your home and every day life, and this week is no different. In today’s vlog my husband, Bob, joins me as a special guest to show you our latest Cypress DIY project: a gated cover-up area to hide our outdoor garbage cans. Check out the video to get a Bob’s step-by-step process on building this area, as well as a look at some of the materials he’s using.

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Houston Design Center’s Fall Market

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I am so grateful to Amy Collier, pictured here, the Texas representative for ADORNE lighting by Legrand North America for underwriting my CEU on #BoomerSmarts Homes of the Future today — making it free for Houston area interior designers to attend.

I’m having a great time here in Houston and everyone at the Houston Design Center has made me feel welcomed, including Sheri Roane and one of the center’s new owners, Fred Baca, pictured below.

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Fred and I had a wonderful conversation yesterday at Charlotte Nail’s beautiful showroom full of fine French antiques, after the converation there between Atlanta designer and author, Nancy Braithwaithe and Christie’s Houston representative, Jessica Phifer.

Charlotte is on the left in the picture below, with Nancy in the middle and Jessica on the right. 

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Here’s Holly Moore , the founder and editor in chief of Houston and Dallas’ well known Paper City magazine, helping me with one of Nancy’s beautiful new books, titled SIMPLICITY. 
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Nancy’s presentation was wonderful and I loved the way she used slides of her own daughter dressed in different fashion combinations to demonstrate the principles of great design she was discussing. 

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Now, today, I will have the opportunity to share with Houston area designers and once again, I want to thank my hosts and my fellow panelists, Peggy McGowen, the owner of Houston’s premier luxury kitchen and bath showroom, Kitchen and Bath Concepts, and Amy Collier of Legrand North America for making this wonderful opportunity available for me to share what it means to live #BoomerSmarts. 

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Here’s today’s schedule.

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To my friend Joe Ruggiero, Sr. who designs a line using Sunbrella fabrics for Miles Talbott that I stylespotted at #HPMkt, this picture is for you.

 Joe’s line is sold at the Houston Design Center at Charles Ray and Associates. 

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For more of my #HPMkt StyleSpotter pics, please see this post.

I’m looking forward after these events today, to having lunch with Houston area designers, being graciously hosted at Bunch and Shoemaker’s showroom, to share with them about my #HPMkt Style Spotter experience, in case they would like to apply.

And one last picture:

Houston designers, please don’t miss seeing these color full , well made utility bar, manufactured by my friend Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess and carried in Houston by Lighting, Inc.

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If  you can’t be here today for my IDCEC approved CEU, please look for all of them online, starting next week!

Thank you, Houston, for your warm welcome and hospitality.

Mitzi Beach, ASID, CAPS, NCIDQ

Masters in Interior Design



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High Point Market Highlights!

IMG_1909Good morning friends of Mitzi’s! This is Leslie, writing a High Point Market recap of some of Mitzi’s highlights at High Point Market last week and some of her favorite Style Spots.

Mitzi is getting ready to fly to Houston this morning to be part of the Houston Design Center’s Fall Market event, taking place tomorrow and Wednesday and asked me if I would write this post for her since I accompanied her on many of her adventures at High Point Market.

But first, let me answer the question on everyone’s mind:

Where does Mitzi get her stamina and energy? From being an advocate all her life for wellness in design – whether it’s healthy cooking or healthy living.

Having a great husband like Bob doesn’t hurt, either, who supports all she does and makes sure she takes some down time to simply relax…as she is here, in the picture above, on this great outdoor swing – whose seat is a twin mattress – designed by Carol Gregg of Red Egg, shown with Mitzi and Bob on the front porch of Carol’s High Point Market showroom on W. High Street.

As part of #HPMkt ‘s StyleSpotter program, Mitzi spotted items she thought were on trend and would be useful for her audience: America’s 78 million baby boomers who know her trademarked brand name:


Let’s start with a few of Mitzi’s favorite Style Spots.

First, Mitzi loved Dunes and Duchess’ new bathroom bars.  They add a touch of whimsy and bright, fun color to any bathroom that’s #BoomerSmarts. Pictured with Mitzi is 1/2 of the Dunes and Duchess team: interiors stylist, NE Home magazine editor and product designer, Stacy Kunstel.

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Mitzi also loved these hexagonal multi-functional small tables, manufactured by John Strauss Furniture, made out of rift cut oak with matte lacquer tops. The tops are available in any Benjamin Moore color. They are hollow inside and light enough to pick up and move around easily, making them very #BoomerSmarts.

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On Tuesday at market, Mitzi was on a panel with her fellow Style Spotters where they were asked to share a few of their very favorite *spots.* That was hard for them to do as they had each been given 25 Style Spot cards, but a line that Mitzi called out, that was new to her this market, was Elizabeth Bradley Home’s charming, flower filled needlepoint pillows.

Mitzi spoke about how excited the young women in this exhibitor space were to be *StyleSpotted* and Mitzi loved their needlepoint designs,  shown below, which blend in so beautifully with almost any interior and in any room.

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 5.04.23 AMUnbeknownst to Mitzi when she StyleSpotted them, their needlepoint pillows had recently been featured on the top of the *HOME* section in The New York Times!

Later that same day, Mitzi and all the other StyleSpotters were asked to take market attendees to *Off The Beaten Path* showrooms. Mitzi chose to take her group to Carol Gregg’s RED EGG showroom on W. High Street and to the 214 Modern Building, showing vintage antiques from Tandem Antiques and other dealers. 

While at Red Egg, Mitzi [ and her group – a few of whom are shown below ] fell in love with Carol’s beautiful new bar, designed by Carol, shown here, and manufactured locally in High Point.

And, even though it was set up as a bar in Carol’s showroom, Mitzi was quick to notice and point out how it could function in a variety of ways and in a variety of rooms, depending on one’s evolving needs, making it #BoomerSmarts.

It’s the interior details and the quality that set this piece apart. It can be finished in many different matte lacquer colors and each detail, inside to outside, can also be custom finished to your specifications. 

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Here’s Carol explaining to some of Mitzi’s group about the genesis of the idea for this collection.

Another favorite Style Spot of Mitzi’s one she made while visiting with Joe Ruggiero, Sr. in the Miles Talbott showroom.

Mitzi is a major fan, along with most retailers and designers,  of the fabric that Joe uses in his collections: SUNBRELLA – which is durable, washable and appropriate for families with multiple generations living in the same household  – a topic that Mitzi will explore on Wednesday during her CEU at the Houston Design Center, being generously underwritten this time for Houston area designers by the Adorne lighting division of Legrand North America.

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Here’s Mitzi sitting with the owner of Miles Talbott, George Jordan, on one of the sofas that Joe designed, made with Sunbrella fabric.

And here’s Mitzi being filmed StyleSpotting the chair she loved, designed by Joe Ruggiero, Sr. – one she believes is destined to become another American museum classic.

Aren’t these lines beautiful? And, because of the light scale and proportions, they can just as easily be used in a living room, family room or bedroom which made them, for Mitzi, multi-functional and #BoomerSmarts.
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There were several other activities Mitzi was involved in, too, at High Point Market.

Being a guest panelist on the Boomers vs. Millennials panel sponsored by Horchow in the High Point Market Theatre, with two of her fellow StyleSpotters, Shay Geyer and Denise McGaha, and one of our country’s retail legends, the owner of Garden City Furniture in South Carolina and the past Chairman of the National Home Furnishings Association,  Dianne Ray.

Here’s a nice picture of all of them after their discussion was over.

As many of you know, Mitzi is one of The Design Network’s top video channel stars and here she is below with Madison Skakle, the Director of Marketing for The Design Network,  in Surya’s showroom.

Mitzi is also a member of WITHIT, Women In the Home Furnishings Industry Today, and was asked as a StyleSpotter, to speak with her fellow StyleSpotters: Gary Inman, Jeanne Choe Chung and Michelle Jennings -Wiebe at WITHIT’s Competitive Intelligence event, moderated by WITHIT’s Chair of the Board of Governors, Betty Lyn Walters-Eller.

This event in the soaring atrium space at 200 Steele was very well attended by members of WITHIT – as well as by outside market attendees.

Here’s Jeanne speaking about a trend she saw, while Mitzi, Michelle, Gary and Betty Lyn listen and for an excellent trend recap post, see Jeanne’s here, on her blog, Cozy Stylish Chic. 

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Mitzi was also filmed by Ellen Geffen of The Home, on what is was like for her to be part of the StylesSpotter experience at High Point Market.

And she was also filmed by Nicole Bowling, managing editor of Residential Lighting magazine, on her top #BoomerSmarts lighting picks at #HPMkt. Look for this video up on Residential Lighting’s website in just a few weeks at


And after all of this, she took a well deserved mini-break in Kravet’s beautiful new showroom at High Point Market.

and she had a wonderful time attending the Architectural Digest party where she met Libby Langdon {whose bench at Braxton Culler she StyleSpotted -see it below + all else Mitzi Style Spotted on her #HPMKt StyleSpotter board, here.} and other luminaries of the interior design world – like Gloria de Lourdes Blalock, pictured with Mitzi below.

All in all, it was a wonderful time..and a busy time….and full of great energy.

Thank you, on behalf of Mitzi, to everyone she ran across at #HPMkt who made her feel welcomed -especially the team at High Point Marketing Authority, and the Vice President of Communications,  Mona Delia, who did so much for Mitzi and all of her fellow Style Spotters to make the 2014 Style Spotting year such a success for High Point Market’s exhibitors and all involved.

Mona is choosing the 2015 Style Spotters shortly and if you’re interested in being one, please send in your application as soon as possible via this link:

We also invite you to subscribe this week to Mitzi’s The Design Network video channel [ the link is at the end of this post ]  where she is one of the most trusted voices to America’s 78 million baby boomers –  and to visit the Facebook Page of the Houston Design Center here, if you’d like to keep up with what Mitzi will share this week about #BoomerSmarts housing and products with Houston area designers.

If you use Twitter, the hashtag for the Houston Design Center’s Fall Market event is #HDCFallMarket.

Mitzi’s IDCEC/NKBA approved #BoomerSmarts CEU’s will also shortly be available online if you’re a designer reader and…

 if you’re a consumer reader of Mitzi’s blog or viewer of her TDN video channel, please be watching for the branded products that will soon carry Mitzi’s #BoomerSmarts seal of approval badge on their websites and marketing materials.

It looks like this and if you see it, you can rest assured that Mitzi has reviewed the product and it meets her criteria for being #BoomerSmarts for your homes, apartments, offices and outdoor living spaces.


And, lastly, one more spot that is #BoomerSmarts: Libby Langdon’s new bench for Braxton Culler, which would look perfect underneath any piece of artwork you might want to hang in your home’s foyer, living room or family room or you could use Libby’s bench in a well appointed closet or at the end of your bed, where you might need to have a place to set a pretty tray or just sit down for a few minutes.

Thank you, Libby, for your warmth and kindness during #HPMkt and Mitzi and we wish you every continuing success with your new collections.

And for everyone else who extended kindness, nourishment and encouragement at High Point Market, Mitzi and I both thank you. You are sincerely appreciated and we both look forward to seeing you at the Spring 2015 High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina – the furniture capital of the world.

Leslie Carothers || @tkpleslie


Mitzi Beach, ASID, NCID, CAPS

Masters In Interior Design

Mitzi Beach Interiors
Wichita, Kansas


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Face of Design: Part 2

In what ways can our homes enhance our overall quality of living? In this week’s #BoomerSmartsSaturday design vlog on my The Design Network video channel, my dear friend Linda joins me to discuss how our home’s guest suite design and layout are helping her live comfortably. Be sure to watch for some helpful tips on how you can make your home friendly for guests of all ages.

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#BoomerSmarts Travel Tips For High Point Market

Hi everyone! This is Leslie, writing for Mitzi, writing today about my travel *must haves” and *want to haves”  as Mitzi  is on her way to Dallas today, then on to her StyleSpotter activities at High Point Market [ #HPMKT + #HPmktSS ] and then on to Houston where she will be one of the featured speakers on Wednesday, Oct. 29th at the Houston Design Center’s Fall Market event [ #HDCfallmarket].

She will once again be delivering a #BoomerSmarts Continuing Education Unit [ CEU ] there, but this time it will be underwritten by the Adorne Lighting division of Legrand North America so that it’s free for all Houston area designers to attend!

I know a lot of you will be travelling soon, too, including myself, so I hope all the travel tips I will share below are helpful for everyone. But, first..a big thank you toScreen Shot 2014-08-15 at 6.16.03 AM
who can now use Mitzi’s#BoomerSmarts seal of approval product button on their own marketing materials, blog or site, if they’d like to.


Mitzi and I hope you’ll find everything shared here today helpful as you plan for your upcoming fall and holiday trips -whether you’re an interior designer as Mitzi is, in a furniture related industry business as I am, or one of Mitzi’s wonderful regular readers picking up helpful tips for yourselves about all things boomer related travel.

Ready? Let me start with…


In the lead picture above is my very favorite rolling trolley bag made by Jack Georges which I wrote about on Hadley Court, here. It fits with the new carry on dimensions and now that I own it myself, I can attest that it’s beautifully constructed. It comes in 5 colors and you can find out more on their site, here.

I just took this rolling trolley with me as I did a little shopping at my local mall last week in prep for market and at the end of the day, I was so much happier: I could put my packages on top of it and I didn’t have sore arms and shoulders.

What a godsend these are for carrying the books and things we buy and the trade mags, press kits, etc. the exhibitors hand out at High Point.  I have to have my rolling trolley!!


Comfortable shoes are a given for me, market or not, and I don’t own these yet, but I will {love!} and this brand comes highly recommended by Veronika Miller, who runs the Blog Tours for interior design bloggers.

Mitzi will be joining about 20 others for Veronika’s Kitchen And Bath Show Blog Tour In January to#KBIS2015 in Las Vegas and I wonder if everyone will be wearing a version of these?  See those rubbers soles? Hello to comfort on concrete floors across acres and acres.

They are made by a company called and you can see more of their comfortable shoes on this link at Amazon. Veronika calls them the *official shoe of Blog Tour* and the online reviews are uniformly enthusiastic about this brand.

The one above is a new model for them and also comes in all black and a brown and they’re available at Nordstrom’s. Notice that stretchy fabric, too? How can these not be the best shoes ever for walking all day? THANK YOU, Veronika, for the tip to these great shoes with great style for a GREAT price.

Would you believe these are….$59.00? That is #BoomerSmarts!


If you’re walking long distances, compression socks or leggings or knee wear -whichever suits your needs best- are a lifesaver. I’ve worn the trouser socks for years at market events and after walking 12-14 hours a day, my legs aren’t sore and I don’t need Advil.

They are matte and look great under pants and, if you prefer long tops + leggings like Mitzi does, they also come as leggings. NYC interior designer Kati Greene Curtis said these leggings from Tommie Cooper are her secret weapon for staying comfortable through long days of walking at market.

Be sure to check out their compression socks. You will be AMAZED at the difference wearing these will make in your comfort if you’re walking around all day -whether at a museum, hiking, on a travel tour or at a tradeshow. It’s like having your legs massaged, gently, all day. Yes, please!


If you’re never been to High Point Market before, you’ll need a lightweight raincoat to walk between or take a bus to each of the 180 buildings housing the world’s largest wholesale international furniture tradeshow so that you don’t get soaked in between each building or even waiting for a bus.

You can take an umbrella { and I’ll show my fav in a minute } but having a lightweight packable raincoat, too, like the one below also helps you keep warm in case of sudden temperature changes which can easily occur.

Being prepared not to catch a chill is #BoomerSmarts.

Have you heard of Travel Smith? They make great looking and affordable travel wear and best of all, they offer it in both regular, petite and plus sizes AND offer overnight shipping.

This 3/4 length reversible coat with a water repellant finish on both sides is right up my alley and folds tightly for travel into it’s own little pouch {which fits nicely inside that rolling trolley above]  and unrolls without wrinkles.  I love the loose shawl collar on this and the deep pockets on both sides for our cell phones, business cards and a few other essentials.


How many times have you been to New York City and everyone is trying not to poke each other’s eyes out with their umbrellas? This umbrella on the left, made by Fulton Umbrella, is my favorite, and the one I own. It solves the problem and keeps your hair, neck and shoulders completely dry, and you can see through it to get where you’re going, even in pouring rain.

At a place like High Point Market, where you’re walking between many buildings, it’s not only polite, but important not to stick your fellow market goers in the eye or make them trip on a sidewalk because they didn’t see your umbrella coming. It’s happened to me before..has it to you?

Fulton Umbrella is the official umbrellas supplier to the British Royal Family.
Here’s the link to buy it from Ella Umbrella for 35.00


At market, I also use a cross body purse so I have at least one hand free to touch, feel, shake hands, take pictures or flag down a Go Anywhere bus – which is a wonderful, wonderful free service that the High Point Marketing Authority makes available for the over 75,000 attendees. [  More about that at the end of this post. ]

There are so many great cross body purses out there, but this one is a favorite from Coach. 

It’s a big splurge, but a splurge that will work with anything you own for the next 15 or 20 years and never go out of style, and, to me, that is #BoomerSmarts.

I like it due to the texture and the smaller size. It fits an IPad mini perfectly and the detachable adjustable strap is a nice feature, too, as are the tiny gold feet so that the leather on the bottom of the purse doesn’t get scratched and ruined over time and the small lock on the side.

I don’t have this one, but I sure would love to..because



At High Point Market, the Go Anywhere buses run continuously, as you can see, from Saturday, October 18th, the first day of market, through Thursday, the final day of market. The Go Anywhere bus drivers will take you anywhere you want to go within about a 10 minute radius of High Point Market. You can catch one, all the time, in front of the IHFC building’s Transportation Terminal, shown below, by standing in line for one.

Or, you can also flag one down, just like you do a taxi, if you see one in the street. If the driver, can take you, he or she will say, “Hop In”, and those are, trust me, welcome words after a 10 hour day!

The drivers don’t expect tips, but if they go out of their way to help you, I know from experience they appreciate them. I hope you will pin this graphic below, to help other people find this info.

And, should you need an acccessible shuttle, because you’re on crutches or in a wheelchair, etc., just park at one of #HPMkt’s PARK AND RIDE locations, and call the number in the red circle below, and they will send one to you.

Isn’t that nice? It’s also #BoomerSmarts.  

Speaking of which…

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Have you signed up yet for Mitzi’s IDCEC approved 4 hour #BoomerSmarts CEU at the Bienenstock Furniture Library at 1009 N. Main [you can take a Go Anywhere bus to get there, it’s 5 minutes straight up N. Main from the Transportation Terminal ]  on Monday, 2 pm – 6 pm ET?

When you finish it, you will be able, if you’d like to, use her new badge button shown below on your own website or blog to attract new potential 50+ homeowner clients who want to know that you have their best interests in mind and are continuing your education with respect to their needs.

Here’s the sign up link and the cost is $250., just for this market, since it’s new! up

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And please don’t worry if you aren’t going to be at High Point Market, this CEU will soon also be available online, in [ 4 ] 1 hour increments, for any design related professional who would like to take it.


Look for Mitzi at her other market events, too:


Sunday, 12 -1 pm at the #HPMKT Theatre for the hotly anticipated DESIGNER VIEWPOINTS SERIES Boomers vs. Millennials panel, where StyleSpotter emeritus and Tampa, FL interior designer, Michelle Jennings-Wiebe will lead a panel where Mitzi will be joined by Dianne Ray, the President of Garden City Furniture and the former Chairwoman of the Board of the National Retail Home Furnishings Association – only the 2nd woman in history to ever hold that powerful position…and, representing the Millennial side, Mitzi’s fellow StyleSpotters and interior designers: Denise McGaha and Shay Geyer.

This is free and jointly offered by ASID + #HPMkt to all market goers, and if you’re an interior designer attending it, you will also receive a .1 credit hour CEU from ASID.

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Mitzi will also be part of WITHIT’s Competitive Intelligence event being held at the Moore Councill showroom at 200 Steele on Monday night between 6-8 pm. This is always a well attended WITHIT event where StyleSpotters share their favorite finds from market and discuss give WITHIT members competitive intelligence on what they’ve seen. However, it is also open for all market attendees to attend and there is no charge.

WITHIT is the only non-profit organization in the furniture industry whose mission is the leadership development of women in the home industries – home building, architecture, interior design, manufacturing, retailing, etc. for more.

At last market, Mitzi StyleSpotted the wonderful CARRIE wardrobe, designed for Moore Councill by her fellow StyleSpotter, Gary Inman. Who remembers this? I’m looking forward to seeing Moore Councill’s new product intros this time while attending this event there on Monday a, 6-8 pm.  Gary seems to have his finger on the pulse of what is #BoomerSmarts in product design.

My purse, scarf and jewelry collections would be so at home here…all organized neatly and not taking up valuable closet space.

We both hope you have a wonderful market , if you’re also attending, but, if not, Mitzi will show you all the latest from market as an official #HPMkt StyleSpotter.

Please follow her on

to see what products she StyleSpots for your homes as…



And, lastly, if you’ll be at market and would like to ask her about anything video related, please don’t miss her appearance at The Design Network’s #Video101 booth inside the Surya Showroom at Showplace 4100 on Saturday at 2 pm…where The Design Network will announce your chance to win TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!

Mitzi is 1 of TDN’s top video stars with her popular channel on the only video network for all things home.

Click here for easy 1, 2, 3 instructions on how to subscribe to Mitzi’s channel today and if you’d like to receive your own free #Video101 lessons at #HPMkt

email Madison at: to set up your appointment!

We both look forward to seeing you there, if you’re attending, and if not, we hope this post has helped you in being #BoomerSmarts for your own travel plans this fall and holiday and that you will enjoy following along with Mitzi as she brings you the best from High Point Market for your own homes.

Leslie Carothers


Mitzi Beach, ASID, NCIDQ, CAPS

Masters In Interior Design

Mitzi Beach Interiors
Wichita, Kansas 

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