Power Monday: Happy First Day of Summer

Happy Power Monday!  Sharing  inspiration and business motivation.

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Crushing on soft pink fashion and interiors to keep things pretty and polish.

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What to read: Women in business share their best career advice  and tips for time management.  I don’t know about you, but I could always use a little reminder.

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Stay cool on this first day of summer!

Ivy de Leon

Image: Tory Burch, Lifehack

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Try This Super Easy Grilled Pineapple Dessert

Simple ingredients make the best meals.  Looking for a quick and easy healthy dessert?  I usually try to use what I have in the fridge before going out to the store.  Bingo! We had pineapples, mint from the garden and gelato in the freezer.  It’s all in how you prepare them.

Follow the steps to this easy dessert.  (I used sliced and ready to use fresh pineapples from the grocery store.)  Lightly grease heavy grilling pan with corn oil, heat on high until hot, place sliced pineapples on grilling pan.  Turn down heat to medium. Continue grilling for 1 minute or until lightly brown.

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Turn pineapple slices gently with spatula, continue grilling until light brown and remove from pan.  Plate pineapples, add one scoop of lemon gelato, garnish with fresh mint leaves. Enjoy! Supper easy, super fast and delicious!  I really like combination of the fresh mint and grilled pineapples.

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Happy Weekend!

Ivy de Leon

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Vintage Style At The Country Living Magazine Fair

Sometimes you just have get up and go!  Vintage, fair, Country Magazine and I’m there. Last weekend, I took a country drive to Rhinebeck, New York for the Country Living Magazine Fair  at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds  for some inspiration and shopping.  This was my first time attending the Country Living Fair and  it was well worth the trip.  I had a great time listening to talks, book signings, demonstrations, shopping, music, food and so much more.


Tamara over at Nest by Tamara shared her entertaining ideas and Root Cellars linens from her fabric line. I also caught up with Matthew Mead author of Backyard Style, a great book with hundreds of fresh ideas for outdoor spaces,  chatted with the Kim and Leslie, 2 Chix And A Barn , and others.


The  fair had a great mix and something for everyone.  Here a few of my favorite.


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Thanks to Country Living Magazine for bringing the fair close to home here in the Hudson Valley. Looking forward to next year!


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Tour Bunny Williams’ Studio At Trade Secrets Garden Tour 2016

Earlier this month I was fortunate to join hundreds of garden and design lovers for Trade Secrets garden tour.  The two day garden tour was a must attend event. Saturday, garden enthusiasts will find rare plant specimens from specialized growers and some of the nation’s best known small nurseries; and furniture, antiques, cloches, wrought iron fencing, garden statuary and so much more from the choicest purveyors of garden antiques.   Sunday’s garden tour included four superb Litchfield Connecticut gardens; the rarely visited home garden of Michael Trapp; Carolyne Roehm’s “Weatherstone”; the extensive plantings, farmland and barns at “Old Farm Nursery”; and Bunny Williams’ and husband John Rosselli’s beloved garden.

Saturday was my son’s college graduation; therefore I was unable to attend the plant sale.  I rented a car and planned my escape early Sunday morning for the two hour drive to Connecticut.  Designer Marina Case met me in Falls Village, CT and we continued the tour together.  This was my second year attending the Trade Secrets Garden Tour.

Founded by Bunny Williams, Trade Secrets is the signature fundraiser for Women Support Services of the Northwest Corner of Connecticut. The mission is to create a community free of domestic violence and abuse through intervention, prevention and education by offering free, confidential, client-centered services focused on safety, support advocacy and community outreach.

I had visited the house, gardens and pool in the previous year’s tour. Filled with excitement to be in Bunny’s and John’s home again I could hardly contain myself.   We headed to the Studio which was a short walk through the orchard and to the right of the pool.  It was a space filled with natural light, with floor to ceiling windows on the second floor of the studio and beautiful views of the orchard and mountains from the terrace.  A mix of modern art and lighting blended together with traditional elements to make the perfect recipe for a beautiful country retreat.  Sit back and enjoy!


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From the concrete polished floors to framed pressed flowers, Bunny and John show us that homes are for living, for sharing, and for making happy memories.  Sadly not all women and children experience peace and tranquility at home. Join me and take action in support of Women’s Support Services   here.   Thanks for stopping by!


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Power Monday Summer Stripes & Peonies

truth quoteflower crush Boden stripey dress Happy Power Monday all!  We had a slow go today.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know we got a new puppy golden retriever over the weekend.  Today. I’m catching up and organizing my desk and my reading. What to read:  Wall Street Journal Equal Pay.  This week I’m enjoying the peonies in the garden.  We have pretty white, pale yellow and pink peonies.  It feels wonderful to have a garden again.  With Memorial Weekend just around the corner, I’m crushing white and blue stripes in easy to wear dresses.   Until tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by. ivy Image:peonies, stripes

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7 Decorating Tips From My One Room Challenge Office Makeover

A week later, I’m loving my new designed home office.  Thank you Linda at Calling It Home for hosting the One Room Challenge.  Today I’m sharing a few decorating tips from my project.


1.  Buy what you love.  The moment I decided to join the One Room Challenge group, I knew my biggest hurdle was budget, not time. My husband reminds me, I have champagne taste on a beer budget.   This only motivates me more to hunt for that special piece at a fraction of the price.  Buying vintage is in.  Vintage pieces and consignment stores are cost-saving resources. Think out of the box.  I turned a gorgeous vintage hand-painted tortoise server into office storage furniture.

2.  Layers of old and new pieces in a room feel most comfortable to me, as well as, mixing high and low.   Shortly after I started my blog, I became a contributing blogger for HomeGoods.  A visit to HomeGoods is a weekly routine.  Don’t let others deter you.  I find the most amazing deals and designer products.   Visit the HomeGoods in the more affluent areas for a wider selection.  White ginger jar,  storage boxes and office supplies are chic office essentials and affordable at HomeGoods.

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3.  Good design takes time; stay flexible.  I mentioned in the One Room Challenge reveal the windows treatments would wait.  It doesn’t benefit me to rush and look at window treatments that give me anxiety.  In the long run, I’ll save time, energy and money.



4.  Are high-end products a luxury worth the price?  The Bunglow5 desk in my office is beautiful!  From the hardware to the inside of the draw, it shows every little detail was carefully crafted.  The desk is center stage to the design.


5.  Vintage and antique rugs are an investment. The process of selecting an area rug for a project is easier when working with high-quality rug dealer, Doris Leslie Blau, offering superb service.  Prospective clients are given the opportunity to sample the area rug in their space prior to purchasing.

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6.  Nothing happens by itself.  Call in help (the electrician, the painter, the movers).  It takes a team to make it happen.

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7.  Go bold.  Paint is your friend.  Nancy’s Blushes paint by Farrow and Ball on the walls gives my small space a punch of happy.   In the evening, the paint and vintage lamp cast a soft glow that makes me want to work longer just so I can enjoy my office space a little longer.

Thanks for stopping by.


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Power Monday Create A Beautiful Week

Happy Power Monday!
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What To Wear: Easy Style With Ann Taylor Dot Pleated Wrap Dress – Use Code MYSTERY40  for 40% off discount today.

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Creative Desk Essentials  High Street Market  A pineapple letter opener, yes please.


What to read: Why you should stop calling yourself a women entrepreneur.  Entrepreneur 

Have a wonderful day!


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Week Six One Room Challenge Reveal Office Makeover

Welcome to my One Room Challenge week six reveal. Take a seat and join me as I show you around my office. The small room is filled with all the things I love.


My inspiration started with a fashion book I purchased at HomeGoods and inspiration from Miles Redd.  I hope you like it.








The back of the door got a quick and easy DIY pin board late last night.


A desk from Bungalow 5 and a gorgeous, contemporary Japanese design hand knotted wool rug from Doris Leslie Blau are the two main pieces in the office.  The red velvet chair with tufted button back is from Pier 1 Imports.  All the vintage pieces are from my market find collection.



 The room is painted in Nancy’s Blushes by Farrow and Ball.  


I love the buffet/bar piece.  I can’t wait to stock a few champagne bottles to celebrate life. White storage boxes and decorating books fill the bottom shelves, as well as a ginger jar from HomeGoods.

There are a few changes  down the road. I would like to complete a window treatment for the small windows.  Although I love my vintage lamp, I also want to add overhead light to the office.

Thank you Linda at Calling It Home,  featured bloggers and participant bloggers for your hard work.  You can find over 200 amazing reveals  here .   Glad you stopped by.





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One Room Challenge Week 5 – In With The Old

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In with the old.  Classic details never go out of style.  Remember the vintage chest, after further examination,  it turns out that it is a small dining room buffet or bar cabinet.  Although the piece is old and the back wood panel paper thin,  the hand painted tortoise finish and details are beautiful. 


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The back needs TLC.  I think fabric or wallpaper on the inside of the shelves would brighten up the back. On the floors,  I’m using a gorgeous, contemporary Japanese design hand knotted wool rug from Doris Leslie Blau.

There is much to do.  The small windows in the room need a valance.  A stool will be painted and covered in Lee Jofa fabric and art hug on the wall.   I also want to add some overhead lighting. I’m a little behind, but plan to be finished next week. To view more week five projects in progress, please visit the One Room Challenge Wednesday featured designers and Guest Participants who tackle the six week challenge.  Thanks for stopping by. Ivy de Leon ivydeleon.com

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One Room Challenge Week 4 Office Makeover

Week four of the  One Room Challenge Participants has arrived.  We are moving full speed ahead.  The room is painted in Nancy’s Blushes by Farrow and Ball.  The color looks amazing.  It is a pretty grown up version of pink that makes the hubby look fabulous, too.  (I love when he wears a pink shirt.)


Last week, I had a chair and no desk.  This week I have a desk and a chair I need to return.  For a desk, I went with the  Bungalow5  Jordan desk. The desk looks amazing with the gold hardware.  I was playing it safe with a white office chair because the red velvet chair I wanted to order could not be delivered in time to complete the project.  Last night, I found a red velvet chair and drove to pick it up.


Now that the essential players: paint, desk and chair have been selected, the focus is on lighting, storage, rug and art.  Out and about, this beauty caught my eye, a vintage hand-painted cabinet with shelves, probably 1920s  inspired.  I’m looking forward to bring it home on the weekend.

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That’s all I have for now.  To view more of weeks four amazing projects in progress, please visit the One Room Challenge Wednesday featured designers and Guest Participants who dared to tackle the six week challenge.  Thanks for stopping by.

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