My “Beach“ Journey of Shells

Okay, so here we go again with this Beach connection but again, it really is a true blue connection on so many levels. This post being on the levels of my personal journey as one of the oldest of the baby boomers on this journey into “BoomerHood” of life stages through the metaphor of Beach shells.

My last name is spelled Beach like Holden Beach, NC where these shells were found during our last visit. I walk miles and miles on this beautiful beach whenever we are there. Most often, I walk alone deep in thought and tons of prayer so I am always surprised when I realize that my goodness, I’ve walked 2 miles already which means of course, that is 2 miles back to our beach house.

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Our Home “Dressed Up” for Touring

“One more thing” as the late Peter Falk always said in the TV series Columbo, applies to wrapping up our home, called Cypress, being on the Wichita Junior League first annual kitchen tour.

I just couldn’t stand not sharing with you all the lovely job done by the Plaid Giraffe Gift Shop, Wichita Valley Floral, and of course all the hard working Wichita Junior League ladies working so hard for our local agencies in need of volunteer time and financial support.

So my “one more thing” is actually many things in photos to wrap of this very successful event.

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Cooking Vlog: Outtakes from Appearance on KSN-TV’s “Baan Appetit”

Even though the kitchen tour has passed, and even though it was only for our Wichita, Kansas, area, we were so excited and honored to represent the Wichita Junior League first annual kitchen tour for KSN’s TV promo segment with Barbara Baan, we just had to share some behind-the-scenes fun with you all. So forgive us if you are scratching your heads, why for Pete’s sake, we did this one, who knows if this will ever happen again?

Also, first time on TV for our home, which we call Cypress, and absolutely thrilled to do so. And working with such a professional as Barbara Baan, was indeed an eye opener to me how easy she makes it look when it was so not easy for me!

Plus, we also wanted to honor the other kitchen owners who truly love their kitchens and actually cook in them! 🙂

Click here to view the full segment on KSN’s website.

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I know, all these Beach names are so confusing but they are really real, promise!

My name of course is Mitzi Beach. We have a rental on Holden Beach, N.C. and I do Beach cooking there (see our recent vlog here) at the Beach Dream, the name of our Beach House.

Oh my, lots of Beach stuff going on for sure in my life but cooking and eating where ever we are is what we all love and we want to make it fun, tasty, and healthy. And yes, that is not an oxymoron!

So I am sharing my family and friends absolute favorite seafood dish that I cook while at our Beach Dream ocean home. I only buy at Pete’s Seafood Market and normally our seafood is caught the night or morning before…need I say more on how heavenly this is? Many markets however across the country now boast of bringing in fresh/frozen seafood which works also.

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Design Vlog: Beach Dream Furniture Improvements

Today’s vlog once again comes to you from the Beach Dream in North Carolina! Come along as I give you an inside look at some of the furniture in this lovely vacation spot.

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Cooking Vlog: Cooking at the Beach

Bob and I took a lovely trip earlier this month. We hit many destinations, including one of our very favorite places: the “Beach Dream” in North Carolina. This vacation home holds a lot of special memories for us and is always a great place to spend some time unwinding. The cooking opportunities also are great, as you’ll learn in this vlog and the recipes I’ll provide in a soon-to-be-published blog entry.

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How To Downsize: 3 Secrets For A Successful Move From A Larger Home To A Smaller Living Space

Nancy Del SantoToday’s guest post on downsizing comes to us from Nancy Del Santo of

Working with an interior design professional when you’re moving may be the best money you’ll spend. You don’t want to pay to have furniture moved that you won’t be using and it’s hard to know how things will fit and if they’ll look right once you move.

You need someone to think “outside the box” of your old home. If you’ve always had your china buffet in the dining room, you may be blind to new possibilities. Decorators understand scale and proportion and will suggest fresh approaches for your new space.

Through my years as a design professional, I’ve worked with many wonderful clients who have downsized from their larger family home into a townhouse, condo, or smaller house. Usually, the new home has a more open layout and fewer rooms. The question is how to accommodate all the activities of your life and the people in your life in this new, smaller and “all-together” space.

I’ve learned 3 secrets to a successful transition from a larger home to a smaller one. Today, I’d like to share these secrets with you.

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Designing for Special Needs

Today’s wonderful guest post on designing for people with special needs comes to us from Carolyn Von Der Ahe. And how appropriate on Mother’s Day weekend that we are graced with a post from such an awesome woman who thought of all this with her own beloved daughter’s special needs in mind. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and enjoy!

Designing for special needs doesn’t mean that your design has to be strictly ADA (American Disability Act Compliant). Some basic accommodations in the home can mean the difference of staying in your home well into retirement, as well as being prepared for potential disabilities. Decorating for those with special needs, which includes basic aging issues, does not include throwing out dynamite décor…make it beautiful, make it fun! Having a daughter with special needs challenged me to prove that! Here are a few things to take into account…furniture design, fabrics, floor plan, and allowing for mobility and safety.

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Guest Post: High Point Highlights

Today’s guest post comes to us from designer Kelly Kole. You can learn more about Kelly and her business at

We were honored when Mitzi asked us to share some of our favorite finds from High Point Market! In case you aren’t familiar with High Point Market it is a 10 day “furniture show” in High Point, North Carolina where all of the furniture manufacturers showcase their newest products for the upcoming season. In layman’s terms, its 10 solid days of furniture and design eye candy. Yes please!

We (like Mitzi) are always excited to share with our readers the latest and greatest trends, and there is no better place to find what’s hot than High Point. We were lucky enough to be chosen this year as 1 of 9 “style spotters” for the show, which gave us a first class pass to every showroom to make a collection of our favorite trends. After 5 long days of scouring the city we came up with our top twenty finds! Here are 5 of our favorites that we think will be seen in a big way in 2013! Don’t worry, you can check out all 20 on our High Point Style Spotter Pinterest Board.

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Cooking Vlog: Cucumber Soup on KSN’s “Baan Appetit”

I was honored to welcome KSN-TV’s Barbara Baan into my kitchen this past week to prepare Cucumber Soup and to preview Junior League of Wichita’s “A Pinch of Hope & a Dash of Design” event, which takes place tomorrow. If you haven’t already registered, make sure to click the link to sign up and tour my kitchen and many other great ones!

The segment aired Thursday on Barbara’s “Baan Appetit” segment, but you can also watch it online here or embedded below. The full recipe for Cucumber Soup can also be seen by clicking here.

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