WOMEN IN BUSINESS: LIFE HAPPENS

THERE ARE ONLY TWO OPTIONS: MAKE PROGRESS OR MAKE  EXCUSES
HAPPY MONDAY!

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Listen to: Her Money – Podcast with Jean Chatzky

Ep 92: What’s The Worst That Could Happen? We Ask Sharon Epperson

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Disco Ball Fun In Interior Design

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What am I crazy about this week?  This week I’m crazy for disco balls in interior design.  Honestly, I have been wanting a disco ball for a while.  Disco balls bring an element of fun into a room instantly.  Why be so serious?  It’s more than okay to be you!  I fell in love with the Metcalfe’s  Manor,  the country home of Brooke Metcalfe and Julian Metcalfe.

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The Manhattan West Village home of Jos and Annabel White features a disco ball in the bathroom.  I like the tall ceilings in the renovated three-story townhouse and the tone on tone decor.

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Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo via House and Garden Magazine UK

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What decor element are you holding back on?   For me, it’s the disco ball.  Finally, I feel I found the right spot for it in my home.   I hope I inspired you to embrace what you love and incorporate it into your design.

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Inspired by the New England Patriots Super Bowl 52

I may be the only one not eating wings and drinking beer during Super Bowl 52 at home. Truth be told, I watch very little football …. even the Super Bowl. Call me crazy, but I find it hard to watch the tackling. Contact sports are hard for me to watch. The Super Bowl inspires me in other ways like sharing spaces inspired by the New England Patriots team who are playing tonight against the Philidelphia Eagles.

Let’s tour a restored New England historic home in Cape Cod.

The Amos Otis House, a center-chimney cape, has stood alongside Route 6A—Cape Cod’s Old King’s Highway—in Barnstable since 1745.  By the time Robert Bagshaw and David Lancaster discovered it for sale, however, the old place had seen far better days. Wildlife had moved in, and nature was taking over the property. “It was so overgrown you couldn’t see it from the street,” Bagshaw says.

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“The best part of the main area is the reclaimed timber frame,” says Hostetter. “It really makes a dramatic impression and gives some character to the newer part of the house so it ties into the older portion out front.”

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with old beams.  They are beautiful.  I hope to add a  few somewhere in our Cape Cod home if the hubby agrees.

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Windsor chairs, yes, please!

Beams from an eighteenth-century New Hampshire barn frame the view from the living room to the backyard.

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With a look back at the project’s ramshackle beginnings as well as another salute to their porcine neighbors, the couple dubbed the house Sow’s Ear. “It was a bigger project than anticipated, and it took on a life of its own,” Bagshaw says, “But we just jumped in with both feet and moved forward.”

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The kids’ room is decorated in red, white, and blue and featuring a pair of rope-hung beds. Vintage pieces add warmth and history.

I appreciate the homeowners who are able to emotionally and financially save historic homes.  See more of this beautiful historic home at New England Home.   The half-time show is almost here.  Enjoy your night!

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Women In Business: Monday Motivation

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Hello, again!

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!  I had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.  This time of year, when everything seems to move faster, I’m making a conscious effort to slow down, taking time to reach out to friends and making phone calls to family members I don’t always speak to because life gets busy.  Of course,  I’m thankful for you, too.  Let’s stay connected and give thanks every day for all the little things.

After a great turkey dinner, this week I’m looking forward to getting back into a fitness routine.  I’m in need of some Monday motivation.  Staying healthy is important for us women in business and at home…. family business.   Maybe an upgrade to my work-out gear will give me some Monday motivation.  I think hitting the treadmill would be more fun in these hi-vis leggings from Tory Sport.  The leggings are also great for outdoors.  They have a white reflective tape detailing designed for low-light visibility (now that it gets dark earlier).   The Merino hat and tech gloves are stylish and are a must-have to keep warm after a workout.

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Tory Sport:  Leggings, Merino hat, Merino tech gloves

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How are you staying motivated today?

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One Room Challenge Guest Participant Week 7 – Powder Room Reveal

IMG_2223This is it!  The moment has arrived for the One Room Challenge Guest Participant reveal.  I’m so excited to share with you my DIY powder room makeover.  Before you continue, let’s remember where I started.

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Last month I was horrified by my powder room.   Fast forward 7 weeks …now I’m as happy as a clam.The powder room is a cozy surprise upon entering.  It is painted in Farrow and Ball Drawing Room Blue.   The paint is silky and rich.   After painting one wall, I hesitated to paint all four walls in a dark color.  I’m so happy I did!   (It took me three days to paint a small powder room.  At 5ft tall, it wasn’t easy.  The powder room ceiling height is 12ft.  I managed to stay on the ladder and finish the job.)

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The large Ming vessel sink I found fit perfectly in the powder room cabinet.   I also used marble contact paper to cover the top of the cabinet to keep it from being damaged.  In the spring, I hope to replace it with marble stone.

Getting everything centered around the Grohe wall mount faucet was a challenge,  not to mention the installation of the faucet was not easy.  (This  is when you call the plumbing professionals.)

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Remember the awful lighting the powder had before?   Now I have two beautiful vintage sconces with custom-made Brunschwig & Fils lamp shades in Les Touches fabric.

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A few months ago I found a great Drexel Heritage mirror.   It now has a permanent place.   It is the perfect fit for the wall above the sink.

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A few items did not arrive in time for the reveal so I did the next best thing…. shop the house.  One of my favorite pieces:  The White Egret print by Mary Maguire art.

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I love my powder room makeover.  It was fun participating with all the talented bloggers and designers.  Thank you, Linda, At Calling It Home and Media Partner House Beautiful.  Now grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy the other fabulous reveals here.

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One Room Challenge Fall 2017 – Week Six Power Room Update

Hello again!  Week six of the One Room Challenge Guest Participant has arrived and brought our first frost this morning.   I am reminded that there are only 7 days remaining to complete my powder room update.

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There were a few challenges on this project.  I had to work with the current vanity since the wall molding was cut around the piece when it was installed before the house was bought.  The wood floor will not be painted this time around.  Instead, I ordered a vinyl floor cloth from Spicher and Company in the Williamsburg Brand Octagons Washington Squares.  The vinyl floor cloth will give the floor much needed color and pattern.  With the lead time on the floor cloth 6 days, I know I’m cutting it close, but I think it will be worth the wait.  A few art pieces have been ordered also from Spicher and Company.  In just a few more days the powder room will be functional just in time for the holidays.

I still need to finish painting, order guest towels, install the sink, install the fixtures, find a wastebasket worthy of the powder room update, change the electrical plates, hang art, and patch the hole from the previous light fixture.

Please take a moment to relax and visit Linda at Calling it Home and media sponsor House Beautiful and take a peek at the other projects in the Guest Participants One Room Challenge.

Until next week.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

 

 

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One Room Challenge Fall 2017 – Week Five Power Room Update

This is week 5 of the One Room Challenge and I’m feeling under the weather.  I’m thankful for the extra week.    This week I was able to get two sconces up, however, I had to use a different pair then the Visual Comfort sconces I had originally intended.    You know I love to thrift and collect a few treasures from my weekend hunt and so I will be using a pair of sconces I already have.

Today I started a DIY project for the top of the countertop and tomorrow I will be painting the walls in  Farrow and Ball Drawing Room Blue, No. 253.

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Until next week.  For now, please take a moment to relax and visit Linda at Calling it Home  and media sponsor House Beautiful and take a peek into the other projects in the Guest Participants One Room Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.

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One Room Challenge Fall 2017 – Week Four Power Room Update

Week four has arrived with some good news … we get an extra week.  Yes, that’s right.  For the first time ever, the One Room Challenge has been extended a week due to natural weather disasters and shipping delays.  I think we were all surprised and thankful for the extension.

With week four, the decision was made to paint, not wallpaper the powder room.  Truth be told, I was not sure delivery and project completion could be achieved.

Walls:  Farrow and Ball Drawing Room Blue, No. 253  is the winner.  The color is rich and traditional.

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Lighting:  Visual Comfort  – Alexa Hampton 1 Light Bing Single Arm Sconce in Polished Nickel.  The finishes add a jewelry like glamour.  Natural Paper Shade

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Moving forward into week 5, I will be sourcing paint for the powder room ceiling, art, towel hangers,  hand towels, candles, flowers, accessories.

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Until next week.  For now, please take a moment to relax and visit Linda at Calling it Home  and media sponsor House Beautiful and take a peek into the other projects in the One Room Challenge.

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One Room Challenge Fall 2017 Week Three – Powder Room Makeover

We are at the halfway point with the One Room Challenge at hosted by Linda at  Calling it Home.   The powder room is coming along.  Decorating is a process…  It’s not easy to let someone else take control of your home.  That’s why you hear good decorators build relationships first and then clients.

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Here is the ugly of our powder room project.

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We found the most amazing sheetrock worker.  (Sorry for the dark photos.)   Don’t you just love the old builder special lighting?

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Visual Comfort has the most amazing lighting.  I seriously hope to use two sconces, but depending on the electrical work I  might need to go with a one piece over the mirror solution.

So that’s it friends.  This week I’m keeping it real.  Check back to see something pretty next week.

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One Room Challenge Fall 2017 Week Two Powder Room Makeover

Hello friends, welcome back to Calling It Home week two of the  One Room Challenge Guest Participant.  I’m tackling a powder room in much need of repair.   I found another image of a beautiful Imperial vessel sink.   Simple and elegant against blue walls and a marble countertop.

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Below is the blue and white vessel sink I hope to use in the powder room project.  I was up early washing off the silicone rubber attached to the outside of the sink.   Warm water and some gentle scrapping did the trick.

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We made some progress with the walls.  The sheetrock was finally repaired this week.  There is electrical work involved and plumbing that needs to get started.   Scheduling everyone up to get the task complete is time-consuming but so rewarding in the end.   Selections for wallpaper, paint colors and lighting fixtures are being narrowed down by next week.

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