Celebrate Life’s Moments With Caspari

The kitchen is the heart of our home.  There is always a lot of eating and cooking going on at home.  When the five of us get together, I sometimes get tired of loading the dishwasher and washing dishes.  I love having family moments and sharing meals.  Cleaning up, not so much.

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I found myself using Caspari a little more often last month while we unpacked the kitchen boxes.  I had forgotten just how effortless it is to transform an ordinary meal into a celebration using  Caspari plates, napkins and accessories .  The kids took notice and appreciated the patterns and colors. We enjoyed a little more time together instead of cleaning up.

 

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I honestly could use these for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The plates are durable.  With so many beautiful patterns to choose from, I can’t wait to pick up a few more to celebrate life’s moments in style with a little help from Caspari.

 

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Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

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Winter Layers To Wear For Work

Happy Power Monday!  We had our first winter storm in the Northeast over the weekend. There is plenty of snow on the ground.  Getting out the door looking professional is a little challenging when you have to battle the snow and cold.  Dressing in layers is the way to dress.  I live in turtlenecks throughout the winter months. They are easy to layer with a jacket or sweater.  Then there are all the pieces, hats, gloves, boots, scarfs.  It’s convenient to grab the first thing in the closet.  With a little thought and inspiration winter layers could feel comfortable and look just as good.  I found some great winter looks to wear to the office: Creamy tones, knit skirt suit, beautiful layers in grey for a modern classic look, and a retro fun look to inspire.

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Thanks for stopping by. Power On!

Ivy de Leon

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Botanicals No Green Thumb Necessary

Now that the Christmas decorations and wreaths have been put away, I’m longing for a little green décor to liven things up during the winter months.  Botanicals prints are an alternative, no green thumb necessary.  Fabrics, art,  pillows and decorative plates in beautiful leaf prints add a touch of green happiness when nothings is blooming in winter.  Here are a few favorites designs.

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Photo: Francesco Lagnese

Photo: Francesco Lagnese

Charles Faudree

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Ivy de Leon

Image: Apartment Therapy/ Ballard Design/Madcap Cottage/Tom Scheerer/Charles Faudree

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Powder Room Ideas With Ambella Home

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While at High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour, I was introduced to a few beautiful sinks and chests at the Ambella Home showroom.  The first two have Greek key details and the next has a modern feel with polished stainless steel with an Italian Carrera marble apron vanity, shelves and backsplash.

Now that we are finally home, I hope to start working on the powder room. Currently, the sink bowl and the wood counter is not practical when water splashes.  The bathroom also feels a little dark with dark wood vanity and wood floors.  I’m not sure if I’ll keep the wood floors or use tile.  I also need a mirror, wallpaper, fixtures.  Design takes time. Finding new sources is exciting. It’s been a few months since Design Bloggers Tour, but I still have Ambella Home on my mind.

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Stay connected as I work on the powder room and share my sources.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

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Power Monday In Simply White

Brrrrr! It’s cold outside.  Old man winter has arrived. Simple white winter essentials to help combat the cold and keep cozy have never looked so stylish.  Love these simple white style.  Power on!

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New Year New Home

Happy New Year! On this first day of 2016, I’m counting my blessings.  We moved into our house last week.  The scene was pretty crazy.  We all managed to pull it off.   The Christmas tree was up on Christmas Eve, just in a nick of time.  The kids did a great job decorating the tree and baked cookies for Santa.

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We shared  Christmas just the five of us for the first time in 20 years.  We danced, laughed and enjoyed being in our new home together.  Things were a little quiet for New Year’s Eve.  All the kids had parties to attend, while Mark and I rang in the New Year with his mom by a cozy fire and Dick Clark’s Rock and Eve.

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Later today, everyone will be back home baking and making rum balls with grandma.  We might grill outdoors with the mild forecast. Before things get busy, here a few images of the of the living area.  We sanded the floors and stained them walnut.  The ceilings are high and the room has great natural light.

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From our home to yours, have a Healthy and Happy 2016.

Ivy de Leon

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Do You Have A Favorite Color This Holiday Season?

Happy Friday! I’m rushing to get things ready for the holidays at home. The moving truck will be unpacking over the weekend. With a little help from family, I hope to spread a little holiday cheer around the house. I’m gravitating to red this year to add holiday color.  Red ribbon, red apples, and a pretty red skirt come Christmas would be fun.  Do you have a favorite color this holiday season?  Love to hear what color combinations are catching your attention.

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Ivy de Leon

Images:Carolyne Roehm Chicwish, A Hundred Layer Cakelet
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Join Me Live On The Radio In Warwick, NY

Hi all! Christmas is just a few days away. Time for parties and entertaining.  You know I love a great tabletop, party idea and entertaining tip.  Tomorrow,  Tuesday 12/15, join me live on the Style Show hosted by Marina Case of The Red Shutters  right here in the Hudson Valley.  I’ll be Marina’s guest for her Christmas Show.  This is my first live radio broadcast.  I’m a little nervous.  Nevertheless, I’m going to enjoy myself, send good vibes.

Marina Case is a designer and owner of The Red Shutters.  The shop has the latest designer fabrics, wallpapers and rugs.  You’ll also find a treasure of vintage tabletop, fun vintage jackets for men including vintage women’s clothing, scarfs and jewelry.

In preparation for the show and Christmas,  Marina also invited me to help her set a festive holiday table at the shop.  The shop is located at 28 Railroad Avenue, Warwick, NY.   We both love traditional style. The table was set in blue and white tabletop, tartan and plaid, brass vase and candlesticks with sprigs of rosemary.  We had fun collaborating and styling the colorful traditional table display.  I hope you visit the shop for some festive cheer and gift ideas.

Getting in the festive spirit.

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Beautiful gifts for the hostess.

Listen to the Style Show weekly on Tuesday at 11:30 AM  WTBQ.com and click “listen live”  93.5 FM / 1110 AM.  Thank you for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

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Tables For Your Holiday Cocktails

How do you entertain during the holidays?  Most guest like to gather in the kitchen when they visit. Setting a coffee table with appetizers and hor dourves in the living room helps guest relax and enjoy the conversation a little longer.  A large ottoman with serving trays is a good alternative to a coffee table.  Side tables and small accent tables give guest an area to set their cocktail and get comfortable.  Marquesa Cocktail Table in white oak and steel

 coffeetable3 Bernhardt. Salon Cocktail Table, antiqued gold leaf, antiqued mirror  Auberge Round End Table Bernhardt Furniture has a wide selection of styles to incorporate into every room. Casual or formal, exotic or minimalist, let us capture your style.

Ivy de Leon

Images: Bernhardt Furniture
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Home For The Holidays

The holidays are here!  Things have been quite on the blog the last few days while I work things out at home.  For sometime, we have been looking to purchase a house.  After a year of looking, 3 different house inspections including being outbid on another house, I was ready to give up.  I thought maybe things are happening for a reason.  Back in May, I fell in love with a garden, a house and the lovely owner of a cape style house.  We made an offer on the house.  (It was a short-sale). I’m excited to announce, we bought a house.   Funny thing is I couldn’t  remember the details of the house or how many rooms it had after six months, but I do remember how it made me feel. I wish the previous owners “G” and “R” all the best.  Lucky for them, they get to move to warmer weather and closer to family.   For us, it’s a new chapter.  We now have plenty of room for the whole family when they visit.  Wookie and Lauren approve.

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More images to follow.  Stay connected on social media @idhomedecor and don’t forget to check out my latest post on the HomeGoods blog.

ivy

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