Power Monday Summer Stripes & Peonies

truth quoteflower crush Boden stripey dress Happy Power Monday all!  We had a slow go today.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know we got a new puppy golden retriever over the weekend.  Today. I’m catching up and organizing my desk and my reading. What to read:  Wall Street Journal Equal Pay.  This week I’m enjoying the peonies in the garden.  We have pretty white, pale yellow and pink peonies.  It feels wonderful to have a garden again.  With Memorial Weekend just around the corner, I’m crushing white and blue stripes in easy to wear dresses.   Until tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by. ivy Image:peonies, stripes

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7 Decorating Tips From My One Room Challenge Office Makeover

A week later, I’m loving my new designed home office.  Thank you Linda at Calling It Home for hosting the One Room Challenge.  Today I’m sharing a few decorating tips from my project.


1.  Buy what you love.  The moment I decided to join the One Room Challenge group, I knew my biggest hurdle was budget, not time. My husband reminds me, I have champagne taste on a beer budget.   This only motivates me more to hunt for that special piece at a fraction of the price.  Buying vintage is in.  Vintage pieces and consignment stores are cost-saving resources. Think out of the box.  I turned a gorgeous vintage hand-painted tortoise server into office storage furniture.

2.  Layers of old and new pieces in a room feel most comfortable to me, as well as, mixing high and low.   Shortly after I started my blog, I became a contributing blogger for HomeGoods.  A visit to HomeGoods is a weekly routine.  Don’t let others deter you.  I find the most amazing deals and designer products.   Visit the HomeGoods in the more affluent areas for a wider selection.  White ginger jar,  storage boxes and office supplies are chic office essentials and affordable at HomeGoods.

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3.  Good design takes time; stay flexible.  I mentioned in the One Room Challenge reveal the windows treatments would wait.  It doesn’t benefit me to rush and look at window treatments that give me anxiety.  In the long run, I’ll save time, energy and money.



4.  Are high-end products a luxury worth the price?  The Bunglow5 desk in my office is beautiful!  From the hardware to the inside of the draw, it shows every little detail was carefully crafted.  The desk is center stage to the design.


5.  Vintage and antique rugs are an investment. The process of selecting an area rug for a project is easier when working with high-quality rug dealer, Doris Leslie Blau, offering superb service.  Prospective clients are given the opportunity to sample the area rug in their space prior to purchasing.

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6.  Nothing happens by itself.  Call in help (the electrician, the painter, the movers).  It takes a team to make it happen.

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7.  Go bold.  Paint is your friend.  Nancy’s Blushes paint by Farrow and Ball on the walls gives my small space a punch of happy.   In the evening, the paint and vintage lamp cast a soft glow that makes me want to work longer just so I can enjoy my office space a little longer.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Power Monday Create A Beautiful Week

Happy Power Monday!
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What To Wear: Easy Style With Ann Taylor Dot Pleated Wrap Dress – Use Code MYSTERY40  for 40% off discount today.

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Creative Desk Essentials  High Street Market  A pineapple letter opener, yes please.


What to read: Why you should stop calling yourself a women entrepreneur.  Entrepreneur 

Have a wonderful day!


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Week Six One Room Challenge Reveal Office Makeover

Welcome to my One Room Challenge week six reveal. Take a seat and join me as I show you around my office. The small room is filled with all the things I love.


My inspiration started with a fashion book I purchased at HomeGoods and inspiration from Miles Redd.  I hope you like it.








The back of the door got a quick and easy DIY pin board late last night.


A desk from Bungalow 5 and a gorgeous, contemporary Japanese design hand knotted wool rug from Doris Leslie Blau are the two main pieces in the office.  The red velvet chair with tufted button back is from Pier 1 Imports.  All the vintage pieces are from my market find collection.



 The room is painted in Nancy’s Blushes by Farrow and Ball.  


I love the buffet/bar piece.  I can’t wait to stock a few champagne bottles to celebrate life. White storage boxes and decorating books fill the bottom shelves, as well as a ginger jar from HomeGoods.

There are a few changes  down the road. I would like to complete a window treatment for the small windows.  Although I love my vintage lamp, I also want to add overhead light to the office.

Thank you Linda at Calling It Home,  featured bloggers and participant bloggers for your hard work.  You can find over 200 amazing reveals  here .   Glad you stopped by.





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One Room Challenge Week 5 – In With The Old

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In with the old.  Classic details never go out of style.  Remember the vintage chest, after further examination,  it turns out that it is a small dining room buffet or bar cabinet.  Although the piece is old and the back wood panel paper thin,  the hand painted tortoise finish and details are beautiful. 


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The back needs TLC.  I think fabric or wallpaper on the inside of the shelves would brighten up the back. On the floors,  I’m using a gorgeous, contemporary Japanese design hand knotted wool rug from Doris Leslie Blau.

There is much to do.  The small windows in the room need a valance.  A stool will be painted and covered in Lee Jofa fabric and art hug on the wall.   I also want to add some overhead lighting. I’m a little behind, but plan to be finished next week. To view more week five projects in progress, please visit the One Room Challenge Wednesday featured designers and Guest Participants who tackle the six week challenge.  Thanks for stopping by. Ivy de Leon ivydeleon.com

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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.

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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 ivydeleon.com

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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 


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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.

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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.

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The Bungalow 5 desk/console has a beautiful silhouette.

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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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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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