Country At Home: Living Room House Tour

Hard to believe a year has gone by since we moved into our country house.  The interesting thing about this house is that it is the spec house for a 50 and over community development.  It has been an interesting experience.  I thought I would want to downsize, but just the opposite is true.  We have learned that we are not there yet.  We love having large family gatherings and want more room. The house has an open feel and the landlord left window treatments and pastel walls, I managed to design around them.  Here is a little house tour of our living room. changes1 The feeling of the house is light and airy.  Rather than fight the pastel colors, I incorporated blue and white pottery in every room.  The colors work well. DSC00044 A mix of pillows from high and low sources add color. IMG_0012 I took a little trip to Eddie Ross’ estate sale and was lucky to find Lucite candle holders and match holder. changes2 The house has a French country feel.  I incorporated a French chair and pillow I found at HomeGoods.  A vintage garden stool from Lambertville serves as a side table. changes3 Vintage chairs, Lucite table and pillows make for a cozy corner near the window to work.  The pillows are from Madcap Cottage. Our family has enjoyed many celebrations in this space.  Nothing is too precious.  We use our living room and enjoy gathering around the fireplace come autumn.  It was fun decorating this home with vintage finds, HomeGoods and a few of finds from my designer friends. Thanks for stopping by. ivy

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Everyday Essentials

Here we go! The kids are almost back in school.  Getting everyone back to a schedule is what I like about September.  Looking forward to everyday life is more fun with essentials that make me feel good. I love a soft cardigan for cool mornings and the scent of fresh flowers.  Chanel is my signature scent and a little leopard when I can.  Makeup works wonders and a great stylish tote bag to pick up and go round up my everyday essentials this week.   What keeps you going come Monday morning?  Happy Power Monday!


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The Hampton Designer Showhouse 2015


The Hampton Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home opened its door last month.  Over twenty top designers and brands contributed to the showhouse to benefit Southampton Hospital.  I was there to share the excitement as the rooms were revealed at the gala preview cocktail party.

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Jason Oliver Nixon, Ivy de Leon, Marina Case

 Madcap Cottage

hsh5The covered porch received a punch of color with Frontgate. We loved the bay breeze chaise lounge and roaming elephants outdoor lumbar pillows.  The Mapcap Cottage gents have a new fabric line coming this fall.  Catch up with them on their blog Demystifying Design.

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Denise McGaha

Denise McGaha

Photo by Marco Ricca

Denise used a tortoise green wallpaper by Celerie Kemble for Schumacher. The art wall and a shell encrusted chest by Currey & Co. add history and texture. The fabrics on the windows and Taylor-Burke Home chairs were from Kelly Wearstler collection for Lee Jofa. Bravo Denise!

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  Scot Meacham

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Scot Meacham Wood Home collection of textiles. The acidic yellow “Meacham Tartan” and the classic red “Drew Tartan” will be available this fall. Photo by Marco Ricca

Tartan love! The mix is refreshing and colorful.  Scot shows us that it’s okay to use tartan, color and mix patterns in a beach house.


Visit the designer showhouse and help support Southampton Hospital. The showhouse is open daily Sunday, July 26 to Monday, September 7, from 11AM to 5PM.  Admission is $35 and includes a journal. Tickets may be purchased at the door or may be purchased in advance.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Welcome back! Refreshed And Ready To Roll

ivydeleon.comWelcome back! While summer has been relaxing, I am glad to be back blogging. Feeling refreshed, I attended a few events in New York City and visited the opening night party at the Hampton Designer Showhouse presented by Traditional Home (more to come).   As we head to early August, I took the opportunity to pick up new electronics and desk supplies.  In the coming weeks, the blog will be getting a mini-makeover also.   Thanks for visiting and remember to follow us and stay connected on social media.




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Lighten Up The Bedroom For Summer

Summer is all about easy living.  How do you lighten up the bedroom during the warm summer months?   Stylish and simple linens combined with a few must haves keep this bedroom fresh and light.













 Happy Summer!ivy


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Summer Moods

Hello all!  Getting ready to have a little fun in the sun this week. We are in vacation mode.


Happy Monday!


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Good Old Fashion Fun

Not heading to the beach this weekend.  Gather some friends, pour the lemonade and have some good old fashion fun on a lazy weekend afternoon.  Kids and adults will enjoy  these fun  games available at One Kings Lane.   It will be hard to pick just one. oklgames2   oklgames   Official Size Cornhole Game oklpaddles Enjoy your weekend! ivy   Images: 1/2/3/4                   Homegoodsbadge

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Ivy’s Kitchen: Summer Salad

Summer salads are easy to put together and delicious.  These three salads are a few of my favorite to prepare at home.  Hope you enjoy them.

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Spring mix salad, grilled shrimp, candied walnuts, and apples. Marinade for shrimps: olive oil, parsley, crush garlic.  Brush shrimps with marinade and grill shrimps until opaque and firm about 8 minutes. Wash and rise spring salad mix.  Candied walnuts are available in the salad isle at the grocery store. Cut thin slices of granny smith apples.  Assemble salad with other ingredients and serve.   Use your favorite light dressing.

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All the ingredients are easy to identify in this lobster cobb salad with blue cheese.  For easy preparation at home, buy a freshly cooked lobster.  There are a few stores that let you choose your lobster and cook it while you finish shopping.  Create your own delicious version of a cobb salad.

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Grill teriyaki swordfish on a bed of spring mix salad, cherry tomatoes and avocadoes.  Marinade one inch  swordfish steaks for 10 minutes.  Use your favorite teriyaki marinade. Preheat grill to medium-high. Place fish on grill. Grill fish 8 minutes or until cooked to your liking and serve over salad, cherry tomatoes and avocadoes.

Happy Cooking!




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Country Flowers At Home

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Summer is here! Country living in Warwick, NY is beautiful. We are enjoying the summer at home.  Many of the plants around the house are in bloom.  Every now and then I cut a few stems here and there and bring them inside to enjoy.

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Morning walks with Wookie are fun.  The country roads for blooming with wild flowers.  A vintage tea pot is the perfect vase to gather the wonderfully-fragrant phlox and daisies.

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The climbing clematis produced deep pink flowers.   A few stems are paired with a vintage Wedgewood vase.  Take time to smell the flowers at home or on the road.

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Happy Gardening!


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Top 50 Successful Self-Made Women

Happy Power Monday!  Who are the richest self-made women? Guess no more. Forbes recently announced the nation’s top 50 self-made women, measured by their worth.  The exclusive list includes CEOs, designers, authors, entrepreneurs, and entertainers.   Topping the list is Elizabeth Holmes, the world’s youngest female billionaire. Holmes dropped out of Stanford University to start a blood testing firm Theranos in 2003. The list also includes familiar names:  #5 Oprah Winfrey, #31 Diane von Furstenberg , #17 Tory Burch , #49 Judy Sheindlin , better know as Judge Judy.

womenAt #33 Kathy Ireland, is former fashion super model.  Licensing her name to thousands of products, from candles to windows. She sells more product than Martha Stewart.  Listening to her soft voice on the Today Show, I took note.  Here are some of Ireland’s  tips to success.

People give up too quickly. HAVE A PASSION FOR YOUR WORK.  Don’t make the same mistake twice. Set values, conviction, boundaries.  Under promise, over deliver.  Find a great mentor.

ivy                                  Homegoodsbadge

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