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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Monday Quote




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Monday Quote

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



 lighting1 Anemone Flowers 10  gardenstoolagedmirror

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Monday Quote: 7/28/14



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House Dreaming: White Houses

The moving trucks are everywhere this time of year.  On our street we have had 3 families move.  After each move the painters and repair trucks come to get ready for the new homeowners.  With so much going on outside, I got distracted and started house dreaming.

Sears Architects

I’m obsessed with the railings and porches.


The details make up for its small size. Gorgeous!


 Love the black door and the sound of crushed stone.  My house dreaming continues on Pinterest.



Houzz: 1,2,4/Pinterest: 2 


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Inspirational Quote

Happy Monday!


via The Motivated Type

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Close to Home: Five Things For The Weekend

This weekend it’s all about the simple things: watching the sunrise,


enjoying a delicious summer salad,


a run in the woods,


Pear Martini,


and a little weekend entertaining.


Hope your weekend is fabulous!

ivyPhoto credits: Ivy de Leon

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Kitchen Island: Have a Seat

Kitchen islands allow extra space for gathering and keeping the cook in the center of the action. The height of the island and seats make all the difference for function and comfort. Getting it right is as easy as taking a few measurements.


via Lonny


 Designed by Pablo Paniagua, via Nuevo Estilo

Know the difference between counter height and bar height.







What’s your preference?   Stool or Chairs, Counter Height or Bar Height.

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