My Favorite Space: Mitzi Beach

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BONNIE BING

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BONNIE BING

By Bonnie Bing

A day, or a week for that matter, can get pretty full when you’re an interior designer, author and lifestyle speaker. Not to mention being a wife, her “highest calling,” mother, grandmother and gardener. 
      But it’s not surprising Mitzi Beach has carved out a spot in her beautiful home where she can un-wind and relax. It’s in a portion of her bedroom. 
     “It’s serene. The colors, the fabrics aren’t busy, the furniture is comfortable and I can see my treasures,” Mitzi said leaning back in her chair and putting her feet up on the ottoman. 
      Pictures of her family -three adult children and nine grandchildren - a table of favorite collectibles and shells are some of the treasures. And yes, somehow the area has the feel of a tranquil beach, right here in land-locked Kansas.
      “This is where I love to spend my down time, when it’s time to turn it off. I’ll have a cup of tea or a glass of wine and settle in with a magazine or book, and sometimes Jake, our puppy.  I am someone who needs a lot of alone time. I think as a designer you give a lot of time and of yourself to people, so we need time to shut down,” she said.
      The French doors she faces have the sheers drawn, but sometimes she likes them open letting in as much light as possible. “And I love looking out that window at the birds in that tree, especially my red birds,” she said.
      Mitzi loves to travel, taking note of architecture, colors and design. She enjoys photography and writing. She loves to cook, especially creating new recipes and sharing the preparation and eating with others. She does say, however, she knows the importance of saying “no” before her calendar is overloaded. “Sometimes you have to close out the world and restore,” she said, adding, “that’s the way to be your best self.”
       After five p.m. don’t expect to get a response from an e-mail or phone call from Mitzi. “It can wait until morning. I have no guilt about not working 24/7.” 
       That allows her time to be in her sunny studio doing things she enjoys, like teaching herself to knit, or reclining in her peaceful favorite space.