One Room Challenge Week 4 Office Makeover

Week four of the  One Room Challenge Participants has arrived.  We are moving full speed ahead.  The room is painted in Nancy’s Blushes by Farrow and Ball.  The color looks amazing.  It is a pretty grown up version of pink that makes the hubby look fabulous, too.  (I love when he wears a pink shirt.)


Last week, I had a chair and no desk.  This week I have a desk and a chair I need to return.  For a desk, I went with the  Bungalow5  Jordan desk. The desk looks amazing with the gold hardware.  I was playing it safe with a white office chair because the red velvet chair I wanted to order could not be delivered in time to complete the project.  Last night, I found a red velvet chair and drove to pick it up.


Now that the essential players: paint, desk and chair have been selected, the focus is on lighting, storage, rug and art.  Out and about, this beauty caught my eye, a vintage hand-painted cabinet with shelves, probably 1920s  inspired.  I’m looking forward to bring it home on the weekend.

One Room Challenge Week 4  Office Makeover

That’s all I have for now.  To view more of weeks four amazing projects in progress, please visit the One Room Challenge Wednesday featured designers and Guest Participants who dared to tackle the six week challenge.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

We are counting down the days to Mother’s Day. This year we welcomed  Emily Smith into motherhood and her beautiful baby girl to our family. With Mother’s Day creeping up there a few Mother’s Day gifts that caught my eye and memories to create with the family.


For the tea lover T&Co. is the perfect year round gift. Create occasions for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.  Each month you get a curated selection of tea, a tune card with a link to get in the relaxation mood, a treat bag (chocolate), a candle and instructions for making the best cup of tea.  Did I mention the owner,  Jennifer Odera is a Babson College student who just recently launched her business. Go Jennifer!

Gotta break free? If you need to take the edge off your stressful commute, soothe away the strain of the day or simply take a few minutes out to find your zen,


Fornash Zoe Bracelet at The Zhush 


Tory Burch watch

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Breakfast In Bed  (via )

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A  Day In The Garden (via)


Time with Family – Mother’s Day Brunch At Home (via)

Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon


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Power Monday: Pink, Floral and Stripes




Happy Power Monday!  Sharing a few favorites I enjoy to get me started come Monday morning. Office Crush: loving the Henriot Floral in pink from Quadrille. What to Wear: Stripes and floral a winning combination from Polo Ralph Lauren Spring 2016 ready to wear. Women In Business Reads:  boss-like-a-lady-women with Grace Bonney.

Thanks for stopping by.  Power on!

Ivy de Leon

Image:  Carter and Company , On Sutton Place, Ralph Lauren via Vogue


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One Room Challenge Office Makeover Week 3

Week three of the One Room Challenge has arrived.  On Monday, I went to pick up paint colors to test on the walls. Pink paint is the direction I am currently leaning towards to warm up the room.  A few goodies for the top of my desk arrived.  I  also  picked up  picture frames and a desk chair at HomeGoods.


What’s an office without a desk?  Finding a desk that I love and available for delivery has been a challenge this week.

farm desk ORC


I thought about getting a farm table/desk built, but there is not enough time. Oh, how I love the Brooke and Steve Giannetti’s  Calfornia home.


HomeGoods had a few office desks, but not the right size for my office project.  West Elm’s Parson table is a contender.

west elm parson table ORC


The Bungalow 5 desk/console has a beautiful silhouette.

Jordon desk


That’s it here.  Please visit the One Room Challenge Wednesday featured designers and Guest Participants who dared to tackle the six week challenge.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

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Does It Come In Pink?

Happy Monday!

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pink dress in Paris


enjoy today quote


Monday is here and I’m feeling tickled pink this morning.  Pink is going up on the wall this week for my One Room Challenge.  I’m off to choose a paint color. Hope your day is fabulous!

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One Room Challenge: Week Two Office Makeover

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The One Room Challenge is booming with great designs.  I’m having fun reading new blogs. Week two has arrived sooner than I hoped.  This week I started a few small projects.  If you followed me on Instagram you saw this great vintage frame I had made into a chalkboard for about $68, frame included.

One Room Challenge Ivy de Leon Office Makeover

Many of the picture frames I have are still wrapped from the move.  I was sad to find the rice paper heron glass frame broken.  A quick trip to my  local glass shop  and it was repaired. The new glass was cut and inserted in the frame the same day.

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I fell in love with the pink Lilly Pulitzer fabric Nick Olsen used in the Lee Jofa showroom a few years ago.  I hope to use it in the office.

orcIf I had a bigger budget, I would love to wrap my walls in Gracie Studio wallpaper. The reality is, good design takes time.   My One Room Challenge office project will include a mix of  new furniture, DIY projects, and vintage furniture and accessories.  I want the office to be traditional with touch of glamour and a sprinkle of modern.  One Kings Lane is a great site to find a good mix of styles and vintage items.  I found a few inspiration pieces and put them up on Olioboard.   HomeGoods is also valuable home decorating source for brand names at a fraction of the original price.  Have to run, so much to do. Let’s stay connected on Instagram @idhomedecor.

Ivy de Leon




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Cheers For The Graduate: Three Simple Ideas to Celebrate


Hello Wednesday!  Hard to believe we have a senior in college.  That means cap and gown season has arrived and with that celebratory gatherings. Just a few weeks to go until the big day.   We are very proud of  Christopher and all that he has accomplished at Babson College.  With a mention in The Huffington Post Christopher is off to a great start.  This is our second son graduating from Babson College.  Cheers to my wonderful husband and everyone that helped along the way.  Before I get all emotional, I better gather some ideas to spread good cheer.  A celebration could be as simple as creating a dessert table.  I shared this one on the HomeGoods blog.

A few special guest and family for dinner in the fresh open air near the garden would be great.

garden table dinner

A cheese and wine party for friends and neighbors to gather and share in the joy of their children’s accomplishments too.

wine and cocktail party

Graduation day will soon be here. I want to create fun memories in our new home. These few simple ideas for graduation season are a good start. Do you have a graduation this season?  How will you celebrate?

Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

Photo: Elle Decoration Honestly Yum



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One Room Challenge Spring 2016 Office Makeover

After years of moving and renting, we bought a house 4 months ago. The house has good bones and we are finally feeling settled. With the arrival of spring, I feel re-energized.


There is so much to do in every room of the house to make it home. Where do I start?  I’ve gone back and forth as to which room should be first.  To keep my home and work in order I decided to make a small room my office.  When I heard Linda at Calling It Home blog was having a Spring 2016 One Room Challenge I jumped at the chance to participate.  What could be more fun than decorating with a list of bloggers and decorators who have inspired me throughout my four years of blogging. There are a few rules: I have six weeks to complete and transform my room.  Every Thursday I will post and update you on my progress.

In case you are not familiar with Linda’s One Room Challenge at Calling It Home, it is a semi-annual event where featured bloggers and participant bloggers link up and transform a room in six weeks.



Here we go!  The room for my office is approximately 9 ft X 11 ft.  Before moving into the house, I had the wall-to-wall carpet removed.  We installed new wood floors. While we had the floor workers in the house we decided to sand all the floors of the house and stain them to be consistent.

One Room Challenge office space

One Room Challenge

Nothing has been bought or ordered.  I am excited to have an office at home.  For my One Room Challenge office space, I have gathered a few inspiration images. via style me pretty


Inspired by fashion and decor… pink, animal print, pretty and masculine details.


I love a good mix of old and new furniture pieces in a room.  A room should have soul and is achieved by incorporating the things we love.

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Art layers a room and gives it interest.  I have no budget for an expensive art collection, but I do have a few little pieces I have purchased at flea markets over the years.

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Come back to see each week’s post.  Follow me @idhomedecor on Instagram and Twitter  #oneroomchallenge where I will be sharing more photos between posts each week.

Thanks for stopping by.Ivy de Leon


Images: Style Me Pretty/ Brian Patrick Flynn /Burberry Fashioning/Blossom and Bliss/Vanessa and Valentine

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Five Spring Must Have For The Home

Spring was here for a few days and then the cold, snow and ice returned. The daffodils and flowering trees I was enjoying and sharing on Instagram were covered in ice and snow.  It was such a wet and cold day, opening day at Yankee Stadium had to postponed to the next day.  Yikes!

While I have been away from the blog, my appointment book has been filled with house spring maintenance appointments.  There were appointments for the plumber, pest control, lawn care, air conditioner maintenance and gutter cleaning. Home ownership comes with a long  to-do-list.  Only one appointment today, hooray!  More time for blogging and shopping.  Are you ready for spring?  Here are five spring must have for my home.

1.  A fabulous day bed for taking spring afternoon naps. Wow! This Daybed from Serena and Lilly is gorgeous.

Serena and Lilly

2. A navy cabana stripe tablecloth is a spring entertaining essential.

veranda stripes

I like the Pehr Designs from Domino $127.99

Domino Magazine

3.  Lighting makes a big difference in a room.  Aerin Lauder delivers with a chic and modern design.  The Charlton wall light available at Circa Lighting

circa lighting

4.  Planters for the front door and stone patio. Large wood planters or terracotta pots  with boxwood to welcome friends this spring.

front door planters

5.  A desk to start my spring projects.  The parson desk from West Elm is stylish and a great price.

Westelm parson table

It was hard to keep the list to 5 spring must have for the home.  I like my list better than my husband’s spring maintenance list.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon


Images: Serena and Lilly/ Carolyne Roehm –  Veranda / Cira Lighting / Home Bunch / The Every Girl




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Color Crush Pink and Red Project

When most people think of pink, they don’t immediately associate it with red for a color combo.  Call me crazy.  I like being a little bold with color.  I wasn’t always this way.  It all started when I moved to Tampa a few years back.   Coral, aqua and pink are easily found throughout Florida. Now that I live in the Northeast again and the design industry has caught up to color, I couldn’t be happier.  Today, there are the most amazing furniture, wallpapers and accessories in beautiful colors. I’m so crushing on a little project using a pink and red color combo.  What do you think?


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Miles Redd pink

Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

Carolyne Roehm/ Vanessa and Valentine/ Miles Redd /


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