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.

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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.

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

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I like the Pehr Designs from Domino $127.99

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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.

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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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Four Inspirational Quotes to Kick Off Week

Happy Monday! A little getaway is always a good idea. I had a lovely time in Miami, Florida. We all got back just in time to celebrate Easter in our new home. Today, everyone is back to their daily routine. And just because I need a little motivation come Monday morning to kick off the new week,  I have gathered a few Monday inspirational quotes. Hope you enjoy them too.


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Inspirational Quotes Gazette/ohh crazy love/happinessisthenewish

Ivy de Leon

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Spring Break in Miami

This week I’m spending time with the family on a little spring break.  Stay connected on Instagram as we visit the beautiful gardens at Vizcaya in Miami, our quick visit Circa Who, and admire the amazing ceilings at The Biltmore Hotel.   There is plenty of automobile traffic  here which made me just want to stay near the beach and pool. Spring Break is for relaxing so I’m grabbing my book and enjoying the sunshine.  Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy Deleon spring break

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Recipes

Over the past week, I’ve been nursing a sprained ankle and a cough. Feeling a little sad, I’m not able to attend the Architectural Digest Show because of my injury.  For now, I’m resting my foot.  With a little luck, I’ll make a full recovery in time for spring High Point Market.   In the meantime, St. Patrick’s Day is a time for celebration.  Here are some easy last minute recipes to enjoy at home.

Beef and Guinness Pot Pie   Yum!  Need I say more.

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I love making a simple semi-homemade meal.  Creamy mashed potatoes with kale and butter.  Pick up cooked traditional corned beef and cabbage from your favorite grocer to complete a St. Patrick’s Day meal. via  Cook the Story


Delicious green and buttery mint chocolate chip cookies  are the perfect small dessert for a last minute St. Patrick’s Day celebration at home.

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The Food Charlatan 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Ivy de Leon

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Spring Forward Motivational Quotes

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Monday Motivation


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Happy Monday!  A bigger cup of coffee on my desk this morning with one less hour of sleep caused me to do less with more focus.  As we spring forward the clocks, I’m excited to have a few more hours of daylight to tackle my to-do-list.  A few motivational quotes come Monday morning give me a push to get started and stay on track.  Happy Spring!

Ivy de Leon

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Designer Bloggers Conference 2016

Participating in seminars and learning about the latest product is all part of the job that I love.  Things were a little quite on the blog this week while I was in Atlanta attending the Design Bloggers Conference.  I hope you followed me on Twitter and Instagram, @idhomedecor,  as I shared photos and tips from the conference.  It is a must attend event if you are a blogger.  This was my third year attending the conference founded by Adam Japko, CEO and Founder/Owner of Esteem Media, Inc, Design Bloggers Conference and the Home Digital Design Marketing Summit. The conference brings together bloggers, designers, brands, and keynote speakers for a special event.  This year’s speakers included Fashion Designer, Cynthia Rowley.  Cynthia also launched her first home furniture collection at High Point Market with Hooker Furniture, a range that includes 140 pieces.

Cynthia Rowley and Hooker Furniture Design Bloggers Conference

India Hicks, author, model, entrepreneur, TV personality and daughter of famed designer David Hicks.  India is a tastemaker and influencer.  She is beautiful, funny and smart.

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Justina Blakeney is a designer, blogger and author of the New York Times best-selling book The New Bohemians.  Her passion was contagious when she took command of the stage.


Julianne Taylor, owner of Taylor Burke Home  and Photographer, Stylist, Blogger and friend Courtney of French Country Cottage gave us some insight on how to  collaborate with brands.  Designers Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner shared their designs and story on how they got started in the design business.

Nathan Turner Designer Turkish Dinner Tablescape

These are just a few of this year’s Design Bloggers Conference dynamite line up, and of course, all the great technical ins and outs of running a blog, social media participation, and how to build your brand. What keeps me coming back to Designer Bloggers Conference is the opportunity to reconnect with bloggers, brands, and being in the know of the lasted social media industry news.  That is just part of it. There is so much more.

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Design Bloggers Conference India Hicks and Ivy de Leon of Ivy de Leon blog

I am so excited to share the winners for Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame.

Best Overall Blog: Nora Murphy, Connecticut Country HouseBest Writing: Laurel Bern, Laurel Home/Laurel Bern InteriorsBest Design and Photography: Courtney, French Country CottageBest New Blog: Nina Magon, Live Stylish Daily

Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

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