Entertaining: Harvest Time

The pumpkins are plentiful, the air is cool, and the leaves are changing colors.  This time of year is perfect for entertaining.  Celebrate harvest and set the table with an affordable centerpiece made from nature’s bounty.




Elegant or rustic these simple centerpieces will have your guest talking.

Via: Style Me Pretty   Wedding Chicks    Brit+Co


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“A house in the country is the work of a lifetime.  You see the evolution of your own life, in a way.”  Oscar de la Renta

This is exactly how I’m feeling these days.  Moving shakes things up.  For me, it is a celebration of old and new things.  We continue to discover pictures that have been stored, and unwrapping them to find images that hold memories of our lives (some forgotten), connecting with friends we have missed, and rediscovering old and new favorite places to eat.  Autumn is a beautiful time to live in the country.

Photo Credit: Vogue



Oscar de la Renta’s home is gorgeous.  See more photos via  My Luscious Life here.


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At Home in the Country: The Study

We are home and working hard to open all the moving boxes.  Currently, I’m busy sorting books for the study.    It’s nice to have built-ins for all my designer books.  I think they’ll be very happy in this space.   For now,  the first thing on the shelf is a small TV for the guys.


What’s on your to do list this week?ivy



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Bunny Williams Launches Collection With Ballard Designs

The iconic designer Bunny Williams has launched a collection with Ballard Designs.  Read more here.  The collection includes a selection of tabletop, entertaining and holiday pieces, which is perfect for everyday entertaining.  She selected favorite pieces from her own collection to create classic dinnerware that you can mix and match and layer with different pieces.  If you are crazy for tabletop or looking to start a collection, hurry!  Take advantage of Ballard’s  exclusive pre-sale.  My order is in, is yours?  Now that we are living in a bigger space, I’m looking forward to entertaining.

ballard design

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Summer Break

Hello, again.  I’m back from my summer break. It has been a busy two weeks.  I took a trip to Connecticut and visited Southbury.  We stayed at the Heritage Hotel and Conference Center where we stayed many times when the kids were young.  It’s close to shopping and antiquing.   I love that it has an indoor and outdoor pool, a great indoor racket ball, a ping pong table to enjoy, which makes it perfect for  winter family time, too.    We also visited Freeport, Maine for some back to school shopping.  If you visit  Freeport stop by Harraseeket for lunch.  It’s 10 minutes from the outlets down local roads.  You’ll love the beautiful historic homes with pretty gardens on the way to the Freeport pier.


Our stay was short and we headed home to pack up my son’s things for his junior year at Babson College.  Between packing I  took my daughter and her friends to the One Direction Concert in Philly.  It was a blast, literally.  There were fireworks, lasers, confetti and lots of girls screaming.  I enjoyed every minute of it, to my surprise (except the screaming).  Then we were off the next day to drop-off my son at college.  Except we made a stop in Warwick, NY to look at a house my husband liked.

Guess, what?  We are moving to  Warwick, NY.  Yes, it happened very quickly.  I love Warwick, NY.  Although the timing is a little off, I’m going to embrace it and go with the flow.  It will be country living at the best time of the year, Autumn: apple picking,  country landscape, cider donuts,  farm animals.


Don’t worry, I will be spending time in Princeton, NJ, too.  It is important to me to continue nurturing my friendships  and servicing my design clients.   While I get things ready for our move, let’s stay in touch on Instagram & Twitter: @idhomedecor and FaceBook: Ivy de Leon Designs



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Happy Monday! Taking a few days off to enjoy a little sunshine. See you soon.

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What To Wear: Five Summer Favorites

Hard to believe today is August 1st. This week I noticed day light ended at approximately 8:30 pm, the tomatoes and avocados are plentiful, and beautiful zinnia flowers  are easily accessible, all indicating summer is in full swing.   Here are five weekend summer time favorites.

JCrew: Endless  Shirt, Tory Burch: McKenzie Espadrille , PopSugar: Mint/cucumber water (beauty from the inside out), Beautiful Dreams: Panama Hat,  Weekend glam in red lips and nail polish (via Pinterest).


mint panamaha red lips

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Mark D. Sikes’ California Home

Designer and Lifestyle Blogger, Mark D. Sikes beautiful California  home was first featured in House Beautiful Magazine.  He  launched his Lifestyle Blog in 2011 showing us his sense of style. Sikes has captured our attention ever since. Two decades of working as a visual merchandiser and store designer for fashion retailers prepared him well. Sikes’ interior design firm opened in 2012.

In just a few years, Sikes has been able to do what most designers dream.  He has landed the cover of two major magazines.  Sikes’ new redesigned home is featured in the July/August 2014 issue of Veranda Magazine.


Sikes prefers to entertain guest in the living.  Windows and French doors are opened to take advantage of the fresh  California air and sun.  Every room opens to the garden, designed by Sikes.  In the garden, boxwoods are planted in terracotta pots that line up the steps of the various levels of the garden.  I love boxwoods in the garden.  I consider them the gatekeepers of the garden.




Sikes enjoys reading in the dining room.  He has placed neat piles of his books on the table.  Sikes and his partner Michael Griffin  are also avid collectors.


I admire Sikes’ design style and his easy and elegant approach to living.   He is on my “A List” of favorite designers.  Follow Sikes on his blog and Instagram.  Pick up the latest issue of Veranda Magazine for the full story.

GET THE LOOK: Mark D. Sike’s Dining Room

Art: Thom Filicia , fresh flowers: anemones, flea market finds chandelier: Ebay, designer fabric: Brunschwig & Fils , chairs upholstered in  leather for a masculine touch, bamboo shades for texture and organic feel, blue and white garden stool : Furbish , Leopard rug: Stark (Everyone should have a little leopard at home.)  Mirror wall option:  Antique-finished, mirrored glass: Ethan Allen



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