Power Monday: Is your desk making you unhealthy?

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Happy Power Monday.   I love this chic office Miles Redd  designed for his mother.  Redd moved a  table that was too large from the dining room into the back of the house to an unused library to make the perfect office for his mom.  The office has Emerald-glazed walls and a garden view.  I love the skirted  table covered in  old-fashioned chintz.  Say nothing of the blue and white lamps with green emerald shades.    

If you have to sit and work at your desk, it should be beautiful, right?  Just remember to stand up and move around every few minutes.   I’ve been reading more about the health risk of sitting for a long period of time at a desk.  I  make an effort to stand up every 30 minutes.  There are a few standing desks on the market if you are looking for an alternative to the traditional desk.

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These are different times.  I found inspiration from  Julissa Arce author of  My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive   Watch and listen on YouTube here.  

Stay desk healthy and inspired.   Power On!

Ivy de Leon

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Spring Design Crush

Spring will soon be here, I keep telling myself.  While spring is a few months away, now is the perfect time to take notice of  the design industry’s spring introductions.  My spring design crush list is growing.    Las Vegas Market is just finishing up.   NYNOW arrives in February and High Point Market follows in April. There will be many great finds along the way and new vendors to discover.  The best part, I get to meet old friends and share my finds with you.

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French Market Collection

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French Market Collection – Sherie Brown Side Chair

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AVE Home

Neoclassical-style desk and Camille Demilune  are part of AVE Home’s RAW collection, comes unfinished which allows for custom paint and stain selection for a personal touch to your home.

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Kravet – Jan Showers collection

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Follow me on Instagram @idhomedecor  for  daily inspiration and to see my finds. Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

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When Country Meets Chic

Happy hump day.  Campbell and I started the day with a big pot of coffee. I enjoyed  a cup or two while we watched the fog and drizzle outside the window.  Country life is beautiful.  It is a simple life where things slow down.

I love living in the country, but then the city girl in me wants to go chic.  While I’m organizing and cleaning out my closet, I want to find my inner chic in the country.

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 Gardening and fashion now you have my attention. via

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If I ran through the fields with an umbrella in hand, in a designer gown, my neighbors might think I have gone crazy.  It’s great to escape in the editorial pages.

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Now what should I wear?

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Six Pieces Every Bedroom Needs and Two Things It Doesn’t

If there is one thing we all need more of this year is sleep.   Sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems and is a public safety issue. I personally have never had a problem with sleep.  In fact, I take my sleep seriously and so should you.  Making small changes in the bedroom is a great start.  It has been suggested that the bedroom should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep.  Besides the obvious bed, nightstand, pillows and sheets, there are 6  pieces every bedroom needs to bring calm and balance.


  1.  A comfortable mattress is key.
  2. Layer windows with shades and curtains.  Consider lining your curtains for your lifestyle (blackout liners and thermal liners).bedroom-essentials
  3. Reduce noise and keep floors warm in the bedroom with area rugs.
  4.  Use task lighting and overhead lighting.daughters-bedroom
  5. Select art that is calming.
  6. Create balance and comfort with a upholstered chair in the bedroom.
  7. Leave the TV in the family room in order to quiet the mind before going to bed.
  8. Return laptops and phones to office area.  The bedroom is for sleeping.

Consider using these six pieces every bedroom needs and two things it doesn’t for your next bedroom update. I am sure it will bring calm and balance for a restful sleep.


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Weekend Flowers

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Flowers are good for the soul.  Flowers help me get through the winter months.   A bunch of peonies gives my  living room a pop of color.  How do you get through the winter months?

Ivy de Leon

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5 Ways To Refresh The Home This New Year

The New Year brings new opportunities to resolve problem areas at home.  With some planning and great product sources, we could change the mood at home.   Think quality over quantity when making your selection. Here are 5 quality furniture pieces that will last you for years to come.

Cold floors no more.  Marco Rug  (New color: Navy)


Lowcountry Originals Dome Lantern


 Update the kitchen with classic saddle counter stools.


Club Chair for relaxing after a long day.


A bench has multiple use: the entry hall, extra seating, put a tray on it and it instantly becomes a coffee table or side table, a foot rest to relaxed tired feet.


With these 5 ways to refresh the home this New Year,  you will be on track to a great start.

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Getting Back On Point: Women In Business

Happy Power Monday! After struggling with the flu for 10 days, I am happy to be back on the blog. The Power Monday: Women In Business post is back.  It is a post to share Monday motivation, fashion picks, and articles/media I find help me during my work week.  I hope you find them helpful.


What To Wear

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What To Read: The Art of Following Up

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Happy New Year’s Eve 2016

Happy New Year’s eve!  Are you getting ready for the countdown?  If  you are looking for some last minute New Year’s eve celebration ideas,  find it here.  Call a friend of two and celebrate.


For me it will be a quiet night, as I’m nursing a winter cold.   Just in case you are looking for some champagne, Stacey at Quintessential is sharing her Guide to Champagne 2016 edition.   Looking forward to the New Year and having a toast to new beginnings, friends, good health and peace around the world.

Have a safe and Happy New Year!


Ivy de Leon


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A Home For The Holidays

Merry Christmas! “Home for the holidays” is a phrase we hear often. This year it has more significance. We are now living in our home a year. Throughout the year we worked hard to bring warmth to our home and although we do not have every room decorated, that is okay with me.  With a little more time, our home will be warm and inviting, collected overtime, not decorated.

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Blue and white ginger jars and ornaments collected through the years are displayed in the dining room and living room.

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small space decorating, ivydeleon.comThis year we added a small skinny tree to the dining room from the Martha Stewart for Home Depot collection.  It adds a perfect spark to the room and fits almost anywhere.

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Keeping with tradition, we cut our Christmas tree at the tree farm just down the road.  In our living room, we hung ornaments from our tallest tree yet.  Campbell celebrated her first Christmas and indulged by eating a few of the lower branches.

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We love our Lee Industries sofa covered in Crypton fabric.


The kids worked on a gingerbread house which brings warmth and color to the kitchen.

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We have a kitchen fireplace which is a nice treat.  I had some fun with the color pink and Chinoiserie style.


It sure is nice to be home for the holidays.  From our family to yours, have  a Merry Christmas!

Ivy de Leon

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5 Tips To Style Your Holiday Table

Happy Friday!   Have you been following our design tips to style your holiday table?  Little details are not usually planned in advance, but with a little guidance let’s make this year a bit different.  It’s not too late to use these tips to style your holiday table. In collaboration with 6 design bloggers, we are bringing you designers’ insight that will help you create beautiful table settings.

Tip #1:  It all starts with a concept.  Gather inspiration, collect what you have before shopping.  This is fun so enjoy yourself.  Go ahead and give yourself permission to think out of the box.

It all started with a little Fa-la-la, Christmas crackers I found at one of my favorite shops.

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Gathering vintage pieces from around the house the concept (vintage dog figures and porcelain baskets) was  complete before shopping.  A playful table with vintage pieces.

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Tip #2:  Bring your centerpiece vessel to the florist for a one-of-a-kind centerpiece.  I love working with flowers.  I bought 3 dozen roses to get a full look for my centerpiece.  Free Tip:  Designers have access to wholesale flower market bringing you a wider selection of  flowers not available at your local flower shop or grocery store.

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Tip #3:  To style your table add a little drama and the unexpected.  Instead of a tablecloth, give your table some SWAG.  Drape the center of your table with eucalyptus.  At just $8-$12 a bundle, it is economical and chic.  Free Tip:  Keep the eucalyptus in a vase with water until the day of your dinner or event for a fresh look.

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Tip #4:  Layer your room with lighting.  Put your overhead lights and lamps on dimmers.  Create sparkle with candle light, wax or battery operated.  Everyone look fabulous with a glow.

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Tip #5: Open a bottle of champagne and serve in beautiful glasses.  Toast to your guest for joining you in your home.   Glasses under $6.00 each.  Free Tip:  Rent drinking glasses for larger parties.  At the end of the night, there is no washing.  Just put them back in the crate for your scheduled pickup.

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Stay tune for more tips and follow me on Instagram #iCanHelpYouStyle.   Joining are: @homeandfabulous, @oscarbravohome @splendorstyling @monicabenavidez, @casawatkinsblog, @idknowhowshedoesit and yours truly, @idhomedecor    Each of us have been sharing a tip each day to help you create beautiful tables for the holidays.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon


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