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Happy Monday!


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Entertaining: Make It Beautiful

I’m getting excited that the holidays are almost here.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year.  However, I don’t wait for Thanksgiving to come around to enjoy everyday entertaining.  Sharing a meal with family and  friends or eating alone is an opportunity to set the table.   It doesn’t need to be fancy. Just make it yours.


 I had the pleasure of entertaining in the garden.  See the story featured on the HomeGoods Blog

However, special celebrations deserve a little something more.   I have a great source to get you started.  I had the opportunity to meet Michael Devine on Wednesday for Fall Market at the D&D Building.  Michael is a noted tastemaker and designs beautiful hand printed fabrics.  Michael was there for a book signing and a lively conversation about entertaining and his launch of his new dinnerware collection.  I picked up a copy  of his  beautifully photographed book.  Michael shares his joy for gardening and entertaining in his garden.  The sections of the book are divided by seasonal entertaining with delicious recipes.  I recommend buy the book and try Michael’s pumpkin cake roll that he grew up enjoying.  It’s the perfect book to stay inspired throughout the year.


If you can’t wait to get started on planning your Thanksgiving table, take a look at the rustic and fabulous Thanksgiving table décor by Svitlana Flom, Editor-in-Chief of Art De Fete.  Svitlana creates a chic, colorful and rustic Thanksgiving table and shows you how to get the look.  Planning and starting early is key to make it beautiful.



Images 1. Ivy de Leon 2.  Michael Devine 3. Art de Fete 

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Project Design 2014: Healing The Body and Soul


Bedroom: Charles Pavarini III and J. Randall Tarasuk  Charles Pavarini III Design Associates, Inc.

The power of color for healing and technology is carefully and thoughtfully incorporated into this bedroom design.   Shades of blue can be very calming.  At a touch of a button the lights are programmed to deliver a calming blue bathroom where you relax in the tub and enhance the  feeling of calm and well being.  Lavender filled plush toys that warm up to give aromatherapy, children’s books selected with color in mind, and rocks/crystals that deliver a calming energy are just a few of the carefully design elements you’ll find.

As designers, we have the duty to help others heal through their environment.



In the bathroom, imported mosaic tiles were individually placed to create an one- of-a-kind design.  Bravo AKDO tile who did all of the bathroom tile.




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Meditation Room – Kim E. Courtney Interiors

Thoughtfully done, providing a quiet space for families members to disconnect and go within, read a spiritual book, practice yoga and breath.   It’s a spiritual space with books such as Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Daily Calm.

“I hope that this experiential design experience is something that everyone that walks into this room can embrace. It’s not just decorating; it’s not just interior design.” –Kim Hendrickson Radovich

Photo Credit: Ivy de LeonPhoto: Ivy de Leon Photo: Ivy de Leon  Photo Credit: Ivy de Leon


Via Kim E. Courtney Interiors

Fitness Center- Eddie Lee   We know that exercise is good for us. The fitness room will help families exercise which will boost their mood and energy and relieve stress.

The Ronald McDonald House of  Long Island serves as a “home-away-from-home” for approximately 1,0000 families per year.



All images are my own, except where noted.

Please join Kravet Inc. and NYC&G as we celebrate the completion of Project Design 2014, Phase II renovations at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

OPEN HOUSE WEEK: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission: $25.00 Adults / $10.00 Students and Children 12 and under.



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Project Design 2014 Phase II: Ronald McDonald House of Long Island


America’s top interior designers, contractors, vendors,  Kravet IncNYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) magazine and star of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Listing New York, Ryan Serhant will unveil a labor of love and celebrate the newly designed home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

Project Design 2014, Phase II has just been completed and will reveal the dramatic room makeovers tonight at Ronald McDonald House of Long Island with an exclusive viewing including a Gala and silent auction.


Katherine Jessica Interior Design



After completing Phase I last summer, Phase I transformed 18 bedrooms and several common areas, Phase II  continued with the addition of 24 bedrooms, four kitchens, five common areas, laundry rooms and the creation of a brand new fitness center and meditation room.

Lisa Mende/Traci Zeller



The mission of The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island is to give comfort and shelter to families experiencing the pain of having a sick child in local hospital facilities. A “home away from home”, the House provides the parents and siblings of these children with a temporary haven in a secure and comfortable environment among other families sharing a similar burden.

Jennifer Cohler Mason




Each room is beautifully designed to serve as a sanctuary, a home away from home,  during a difficult time.




Baltimore Design Group -Keith Baltimore






We loved designers  Young Huh, Danielle Colding and Drew McGukin individual designs last year.  They returned for Project Design, Phase II and joined forces to create a joyous space full of  color, whimsy and lots of fun.  The space is zoned for play and conversation, inspired by Hunt Slonem, painter and sculptor.



A wonderland for children to be children and forget about their pain as they play.



Please join Kravet Inc., and NYC&G as we celebrate the completion of Project Design 2014, Phase II renovations at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

OPEN HOUSE WEEK: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. / Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission: $25.00 Adults / $10.00 Students and Children 12 and under.

Hope to see you there!  All images are my own.  ivy

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Purple In October


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I’ll be covering the Holiday House NYC next month and celebrating all things pink this month.   In the meantime, I wanted to bring attention to another great cause. Did you know that October is also Domestic Violence Awareness month?   Domestic violence hurts everyone. Approximately 8 million men and women experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner every year. When there are children in a household, those children are likely to suffer abuse as well.


To raise awareness, let’s get the word out.  Add a shade of purple to pink in support of two important causes.


 Alex Papachristidis’s NYC Apartment. Gorgeous custom-made sofa is upholstered in a Luigi Bevilacqua cotton.  Alex is looking for Project Manager.   It would be a dream job to work with a master in design.


Life is not a dress rehearsal.   “When will you ever get to be beautiful, happy, healthy, and in your forties with young children again”.–Designer Ruthie Sommers


A blazer and jeans always in style.


Gorgeous Katie Ridder fabric on curtains.


Pink mini glazed doughnuts recipe.

1.  House Beautiful  2.  Elle Décor   3.  Veranda 4. Design Darling 5. Caitlin Moran Interiors  6. Maison Cupcakes

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Monday Quote: Work Wisely


“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong.
The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda via etc

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Ivy’s Style Picks: Treat Yourself


Credit: Angelo Pennetta via Vogue UK



The weekend is here!  Planning a  quick getaway or sleeping in?  Treat yourself to a few finds from One Kings Lane that will have you feeling a little more luxurious away or at home.  (Two-Tone Cashmere Blend Slippers, Drawstring Bag, Solid Cashmere Throw, Body & Massage Oil, Verbena Milk Bath, Oatmeal & Honey, Persian Paisley Blue Robe)

Have a relaxing weekend.  (PS: Sunday, Oct.5th is Applefest in Warwick, NY, within driving distance from NYC.  Come for the day or stay the weekend.)


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Hello October: Study Inspiration

Happy October! This is a busy month starting with fall Market at the D&D, High Point Market, and great showhouses, like the Phase II of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island . See last year’s designs here. The holidays will soon be here, too. I’m hoping I can get some work done in the study, now that the books are on the shelves. Having champagne taste, I look to find inspiration. After, it’s back to reality and getting the room finished on less than a champagne budget.



Décor Design Review/Alexa Hampton at Kips Bay Showhouse via  Quintessence /Architectural Digest 

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Monday Quote: An Affair With A House


“I’ve come to learn that age is beautiful.  That’s why we like old furniture and old houses.  Some people want to ignore the past.  They think only the future is important.  But I think we get to the future by going through the past.”

Bunny Williams – An Affair With A House

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Fashion: Style File

Paris Fashionweek day 6




Finding my style: I love wearing dresses. When winter arrives, pretty pastels coats and floral patterns will  brighten gray days.  – Designer Ulyana Sergeenko, before A Show, Paris, September 2013. – Neutral colors, cable sweater and metallic gold skirt make a fall chic look. – Linda Rodin reminds us to be true to yourself.  “She breaks all boundaries of conventional style conduct, marching to the beat of her own drum, and we couldn’t be more inspired.” -Rue Magazine 

The weekend is here enjoy the fabulous weather in good style.


We’re The Ladies/Venessa Jackman/Sole Society/Rue Magazine 

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