Happy Monday! Taking a few days off to enjoy a little sunshine. See you soon.
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).
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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.
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
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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.
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
This weekend it’s all about the simple things: watching the sunrise,
enjoying a delicious summer salad,
a run in the woods,
and a little weekend entertaining.
Hope your weekend is fabulous!
Photo credits: Ivy de Leon
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.
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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The 2nd Annual Holiday House Hamptons presented by HC&C (Hamptons Cottages & Garden) is open at Watchcase, Sag Harbor from June 29 – September 1, 2014. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Holiday House Hamptons visitors will have a first-look into Watchcase properties prior to the development completion. Eighteen top interior and landscape designers transform a unique space including a two-bedroom penthouse loft, a six-bedroom townhouse, and a one-bedroom bungalow. Exciting events will take place during the six weeks the showhouse is open to the public.
Iris Dankner, founder of Holiday House, is a 17-year breast cancer survivor who created the event to join her passion for interior design and her determination to raise awareness and funds to help fight the disease.
For the first time she is both Co-Chair and a designer for Holiday House Hamptons. Iris looks gorgeous in wing chair by Interieurs.
Iris’ design incorporates many shades of white, textures and some whimsy, which made it fresh and comfortable. Selecting art with a positive affirmation invites good energy. There is a beautiful kitchen also. Bravo, Iris!
Come celebrate life and the best in interior design while supporting the fight against breast cancer. Visit the Holiday House Hamptons in beautiful Sag Harbor, NY through September 1 from 11 am to 5 pm. Office: 212.472.3313 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thank you to the vendors and suppliers who made this design possible.FJ Hakimian Inc -www.fjhakimian.com Windows and Walls, Unlimited – www.wwunlimited.com Dorfman Projects - www.dorfmanprojects.com Lorin Marsh – lorinmarsh.com Intérieurs – www.interieurs.com Edward Ferrel Lewis Mittman -www.ef-lm.com Allan Knight – Available at Nancy Corzine – www.nancycorzine.com Biasi Catani -www.biasicatani.com McLaughlin Collection – www.mclaughlincollection.com Paul Ferrante -The Decoration and Design Building (212) 355-7285 White Glove – www.whiteglovemoving.us Willy WP Trucking – (347) – 203 – 0798 Chase Edwards Contemporary Art www.chaseedwardsgallery.com Christopher Hyland Inc. www.christopherhyland.com Donna Parker Habitat www.habitatltd.com Jed Antiques (631) 725-6411 Laurel Landscaping www.thelaurelgroup.net Mark Humphrey Gallery www.markhumphreygallery.com McLaughlin Collection www.mclaughlincollection.com Mecox Gardens www.mecox.com Serena & Lily www.serenaandlily.com VW Home by Vicente Wolf www.vicentewolf.com/home Windows and Walls, Unlimited www.wwunlimited.com
All images are my own. Please credit ivydeleon.com
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