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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Design Bloggers Share Tips To Create Beautiful Holiday Table

Just in time for the Holiday festivities, this week  I’m collaborating with 6 fabulous design bloggers to bring you designers’ insight that will help you create beautiful table settings.   Follow this 7 days series on Instagram #iCanHelpYouStyle.  Joining are:

@homeandfabulous@oscarbravohome  @splendorstyling  @monicabenavidez, @casawatkinsblog@idknowhowshedoesit and  yours truly, @idhomedecor

Each of us will be sharing a tip each day to help you create beautiful tables for the holidays. Are you ready to up your holiday table setting?  Follow us throughout the day to get  your 7 designer tips.

Tips to design a fabulous holiday table

Ivy de Leon

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About Last Night: Hope Lodge NYC Holiday Bash

Hope Lodge NYC Holiday Bash

The American Cancer Society’s 8th Annual Hope Lodge NYC Holiday Bash was a great success.  Thanks to many wonderful people we enjoyed wine, dining and design to raise funds for an incredible cause, Hope Lodge NYC.   The gala at the historic Harmonie Club in NYC was the perfect setting.   The theme of this year’s event was  “Seasons of Hope,” reflecting on the journey of cancer patients.   I selected Spring for my table design. Spring brings renewal, hope, growth, nature and beautiful flowers.  Thanks to designers, sponsors and vendors for making it a memorable night.

Special Thanks:

Mottahedeh: Tobacco Leaf Plates, Trumpet Vase, Chatsworth Tulipiere, Lexington English Green Plates

 Robert Allen:  Table Linens: Madcap Cottage Lady Mendl Fabric.  Color: Indigo . Trim: Library Brush. Color: Cobalt.   Chair seats:  Beacon Hill: Linseed Solid.  Color: Midnight

Dawn Melanie Designs : Floral

Julian Mejia Design:  Custom  Linen Napkins

Martin Albert Interiors Inc.:  Workroom

Hope Lodge NYC Holiday Bash Designer: Ivelisse de Leon Design

Hope Lodge NYC Holiday Bash Designer: Ivelisse de Leon Design

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Hope Lodge NYC Holiday Bash Designer: Ivelisse de Leon Design

Congratulations to all the designers on their amazing designs. Thank you to Jenny Melendez, Stacy Montero, Guillaume Gentet and David Carpenter for planning the event and on another successful year for Hope Lodge NYC Holiday Bash.

Ivy de Leon

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Hope Lodge NYC 2016 Holiday Bash

Hello December!  A few months ago, I was chosen to design a table for the American Cancer Society’s 8th Annual Hope Lodge NYC Holiday Bash.  The Holiday Bash is an annual event that combines wine, dining and design to raise funds for an incredible cause, Hope Lodge NYC.   The gala will take place December 6, 2016 at the historic Harmonie Club in NYC.   Press preview is scheduled between 5-6pm.  The theme of this year’s event is “Seasons of Hope,” reflecting on the journey of cancer patients.  Designers will create a tablescape with their interpretation of their selected season.  Can you guess which season I selected?  Follow me on Instagram for updates.

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The Holiday Bash raises funds for Hope Lodge NYC, which provides an environment that focuses on healing for those who are battling cancer away from home. Last year, the event raised over $220,000. Every dollar counts and here’s why:

  • $10,000 provides 200 days and nights of lodging at Hope Lodge.
  • $5,000 provides wigs and other supplies for 25 women to participate in the Look Good? Feel Better program offered to guests at Hope Lodge.
  • $2,500 provides cable television service for all guest rooms for nearly one year.
  • $1,000 provides 10 days of music and art therapy for Hope Lodge guests.

I’d like to share this Today Show coverage that showcases just how much Hope Lodge NYC has impacted the lives of those who are battling cancer.

The full roster of participating designers includes:

A-LIST INTERIORS
ASHBOURNE
CALDER DESIGN GROUP
CASA SANTI
ABN DESIGN
DISALVO INTERIORS
ERICA BROBERG SMITH ARCHITECT
Erika Z Interior Design Studio
GARY MCBOURNIE
IVY DE LEON DESIGN
J. STEPHENS INTERIORS
JARRET YOSHIDA
JUDY COOK INTERIORS
KATHLEEN WALSH INTERIORS
KAYNE DESIGNS
KENNETH DAVIS LUX
LESLIE HENDRIX WOOD INTERIORS
LKID
LORI-GIRL CREATIONS
MARLAINA TEICH DESIGNS
MCCORY INTERIORS
MICHELE BITTER DESIGNS
RIGHT MEETS LEFT INTERIOR DESIGN
ROCOCO DESIGN
SHARON MCCORMICK DESIGN
TINA RAMCHANDANI CREATIVE

I am excited and honored to support the American Cancer Society’s 8th Annual Hope Lodge NYC Holiday Bash.   Thank you for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

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20 Tips and Tricks For A Harmonious Thanksgiving

Our friends at Big Chill have just made it easier to get ready for Thanksgiving with a great info-graphic.  Don’t panic, you still have two full days before Thanksgiving arrives. After 20 years of hosting Thanksgiving dinner, I still find it to be my favorite holiday.

Ivy’s 10 Tips for a Harmonious Thanksgiving

  1.  Use catering/prepared items from your favorite gourmet grocery store. Four of my favorite:  Stew Leonards , Fresh Market, Williams-Sonoma, Adams Fairacre Farms
  2. Check to see if your store delivers same day or next day groceries.  Shop online and save yourself a trip or let them shop, then all you do is pick up your bags and pay.  Shop Rite is a great source in our area.
  3. Gather all serving platters, caving essentials and serving ware the day before.antique-white-platter-with-handles-1-c
  4. Set the table the night before.  We love Eddie Ross Thanksgiving table for Lonny.eddie-ross
  5. Use a cooler outdoors to keep drinks cold and saves fridge room.
  6. If someone insist on bringing a dish, let them.  Keep everyone happy.thanksgiving21
  7. Have leftover containers ready for guest to take back home.  I love these leftover Thanksgiving labels from Oh Happy Day.  You can down load them here.
  8. Keep the dishwasher empty and ready to load.
  9. Play your favorite Christmas movie between dinner and dessert.  Our favorite is Elf.
  10. To cut back on washing dishes, serve dessert on disposable chic dinnerware.  Use regular flatware and ceramic mugs.

10 More Tips and Tricks for a Harmonious Thanksgiving in Collaboration with Big Chill

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Most importantly, Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks, a day for sharing a meal with family and friends and strangers.  Do as much as you can, or as little as you want to. We hope our 20 Tips and Tricks for a Harmonious Thanksgiving makes it easier. Happy Hosting!

Ivy de Leon

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5 Thanksgivings Dinner Settings To Love

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 Country Estate Main House Dinner Plates

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Plymouth Turkey Dinnerware Collection

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Wythe Collection – Ralph Lauren

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Different styles, but all gorgeous table settings for a Thanksgiving table setting to love. Start a collection or mix and match.  It’s all in the details.  Do you have a favorite?

Ivy de Leon

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Getting Ready For A New Year

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Happy Monday!   A new year has started with the arrival of my birthday over the weekend.

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 I am feeling excited and optimistic.   There are many reasons to be thankful.  Here is to another year and  sharing it with you.

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Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

Ivy de Leon

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Get Cozy In Grey With Scalamandre Fabrics

Grey schemes this fall season are chic, sophisticated and inviting, perfect for warming up the crisp and cool days of autumn. Layer it with  plush cut velvets, wool paisley, embroideries, soft textures and linen damasks to create your own cozy vibe.  As the industry’s standard-bearer of excellence, Scalamandre’s name has become synonymous with the manufacture of the finest quality fabrics, trims, wallcovering and furnishings in America.

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I’m loving the tone on tone look right now… Are you?

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100% Linen

Browse these collection to find your favorites.

Ivy de Leon

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Cooking Is Caring: Halloween Recipe and Kitchen Decor

Are you ready for Halloween?   I bought bags of candy for the kids and put out a few outdoor Halloween decorations.   In the kitchen,  I finished a few simple and delicious recipes for our Halloween dinner. Since I spend so much time in the kitchen,  I decorated the open shelves above the kitchen desk with spiders and black crows all in Halloween fun.

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Here are a few creepy decorations ideas for Halloween kitchen decor.

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The recipes for our Halloween dinner are simple. Stonewall Kitchen’s spiced rum butterscotch sauce was generously poured on the store bought apple cider cake mix.  (Tip: cut candy butter scotch into small pieces to garnish the top of the cupcake.)  This sauce is delicious!

Spiced Rum Butterscotch Sauce

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Cooking from scratch is great, but when you have a helping hand with good and flavorful ingredients why not save time and money.  Stonewall Kitchen’s New England Corn Chowder mix cooks in one hour 30 minutes start to finish.   Follow the instructions on the back of the package. Just add potatoes, chicken broth and heavy cream.

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Garnish with bacon and oyster crackers.

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Black and White Bow Tie Pasta With Spinach and Shrimp

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Black and white bow tie pasta cooks in 7 minutes.  Pasta: Follow package instructions. Tip:  Drain bow tie pasta, carefully place on a large platter. It helps keep pasta from breaking when serving.   Thinly slice three cloves of garlic, rinse two cups of baby spinach.  Warm a separate frying pan, drizzle olive oil (about two table spoons).  Place garlic in warm pan and cook until translucent but not burned.  Quickly mix spinach and toss.  Remove garlic and spinach and pour over pasta.  With the same pan toss in peeled, washed shrimp (about 12 pieces) drizzle 1 table spoon of olive oil and cook until tender. Add two to three table spoons of chicken stock, if needed (left over from chowder recipe).  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Quickly, transfer shrimp and juices onto the platter.  Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese as desired.  Optional: drizzle with truffle oil.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Halloween.

Ivy de Leon

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Pumpkin Chic: DIY Faux Pineapple Finials

Pineapples are a symbol of hospitality.  I often see carved-wood finials of pineapples on fence posts throughout New England.  They are so charming.   We live in a Cape-Cod style house so I wanted to duplicate a similar look for the autumn season.  What better way to welcome guest with faux pineapple finials using pumpkins.  Don’t have a gate; put them in urns by the front door. Faux pineapple finials look great indoors, as well, on the kitchen table or fireplace mantel.

DIY Pumpkin pineapple finials

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This D-I-Y project is easy and inexpensive.  Materials:  2 oval-shaped pumpkins/boxwood branches/twine or floral wire/2 battery tea lights/pencil

  1.  Cut a small hole in the bottom of the pumpkin.
  2. Scoop out the seeds and the pulp.
  3. Mark a diamond design on the front and sides of each pumpkin.
  4. Cut pattern into the flesh of the pumpkin, but not all the way through.
  5. In the middle of each diamond, carve a small downward pointing triangle. Cut deep, but not all the way through.
  6. Gather boxwood clippings and tie together with twine or floral wire. Cut a hole on the top of each pumpkin to hold the boxwood bundles.
  7. Put the battery operated tea light into each pumpkin.
  8. Place the gathered boxwood bundles on the top of the pumpkin through the hole. Scrape more flesh, if  needed, to allow the light to show through the pumpkin.

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PS: Pardon the gate paint.  I am looking forward to lighting up my D-I-Y faux pineapple finials tonight.   Thanks for stopping by.

Adopted from Country Living Pumpkin Chic.

Ivy de Leon

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