Power Monday: Create Your Own Luck

Luck is being prepared and seizing the moment.  Happy St Patrick’s Day!



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Spring Break With Espadrilles

Happy Friday! Sorry for the radio silence this week.  I was feeling under the weather. I did manage to take on some spring cleaning and  closet organizing.  I’m ready to head outside and enjoy a little sunshine, but not in boots and a coat. With spring break around the corner, these espadrilles are the perfect shoes for walking.  Not only are espadrilles comfortable to wear, espadrilles are stylish and the look of the season.



Love the pink espadrilles for my teen… so cute and on point. Visit Nordstrom for a great selection of espadrilles and spring break essentials.ivy

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HomeGoods At Home

The snow and ice have me spending more time at home.  The last few weeks I’ve been sharing my recipes and decorating ideas on the HomeGoods blog.  In case you missed it, here’s what I’ve been doing at home.

10 Guilty Pleasures to Enjoy at Home

Guilty pleasures at home

6 Fitness Tips for a Healthy Home

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4 Soup Bowls to Warm the Heart


How to Bring the Party Outdoors This Winter


Finding a bargain on designer items, the food market and home accessories keeps me happy.  How are you spending your days indoors?

Thanks for stopping by.ivy

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The Fundamentals: Dress For Success

I’m a fan of being comfortable at work.  Starting a new job, editing your wardrobe, or reinventing yourself, these basic fundamental pieces are sure to make a professional statement at work.


Pencil skirt,  Button down blouse, Pumps, Statement bag, Accessories. At the moment I’m loving that you can buy new or have a little fun with girl friends while thrifting for some of these beautiful pieces.  If you are near Princeton, NJ visit Greene Street Consignment located at 162 Nassau Street and update your fundaments to dress for success. You’ll find designer labels at a fraction of the original cost.



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Design Musing Guest Bedroom


The kids are all grown up and their bedrooms need a little updating.  They don’t come home as often.  However, every now and then friends and family members come to visit and I offer they stay overnight.  Does this sound familiar?  That’s exactly my situation.  In a few weeks, guest will be arriving to celebrate Easter and Passover.  Hoping to update at least one of the bedrooms before summer, I’m doing a little design musing.

Color: Light blue/rust/white sheets


Color: Grey and Yellow


Pattern mixing: I do like a balance of feminine and masculine in a guest bedroom. Barclay Butera and Ralph Lauren are two favorite brands for achieving a balance of feminine and masculine décor.



My preference is a few less pillows.  The headboard is a little too modern, maybe without the wood trim.  Call me crazy, but I have a thing about fabric tufted headboards, when I see them all I think about is dust mites.  A leather tufted headboard  would be the option for me.  (I know they are trending and every headboard I see is upholstered in fabric, it seems). Design is personal. What do you think about feminine and masculine décor in a guest bedroom?


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Power Monday: Dressing for the Dream Job

Why are you going to choose failure when success is an option?  -Jillian Michaels


Today’s quote and tips are all about the powerful women.  Dress for your dream job.  The dress code varies depending on your industry.   When it comes to business-casual dressing,  there are two things I stay away from wearing to work, regardless of the industry, shorts and jeans. One way to transition to business-casual is to add color to your already professional wardrobe. Contrary to what is popular, business-casual does not mean coming to work in jeans and a polo shirt.  I hope my teen daughter is taking notes for the future.


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Easy At Home Ocar Soiree

Two days until Oscar Sunday with host Neil Patrick Harris.  I’m getting excited to see the glamorous red carpet fashion.  I have not seen all the Academy Awards nominations for best picture, but the buzz is, it’s a tight run between Birdman and Boyhood.myoscar

With snow and low temperatures forecasted this weekend, the best place to be is home celebrating the Oscars.  What will I wear to the big event?  Something gold, something black and comfortable.


Looking for popcorn recipes for the weekend, Lonny Magazine shares Brooklyn Nitehawk Cinema’s witty (and wildly delicious) popcorn recipes inspired by this year’s Oscar nominees.  Love to hear which one you try.


Ol’ Ball Game: “One of the key scenes in Boyhood is when Ethan Hawke takes the kids to the baseball game.


Birdseed: Birdman, the movie’s title, is used as inspiration.

Even if I don’t have an invitation to  Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party  we could enjoy small bites recipes from Chef Elias and create a soiree at home.  For the recipes visit here.


Good luck to all the Academy Awards nominees.  Soiree on and stay warm.


Images: Polyvore, Lonny Magazine, People Magazine

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Transition From Winter to Spring

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It’s Ash Wednesday today.  Easter and spring will soon arrive.  How do I transition from winter to spring?  I add more color.  These week I like coral.  It comes in many shades. Coral is a color I find soothing and mixes well with just about every color.  It’s not overpowering.

In small amounts, the color coral is refreshing in fashion and home decorating. A little accent color to a men’s blazer can make all the difference.  For entertaining, an aqua and coral palette is a winning combination in this lovely tablescape by Ken Gemes for the porch of the 2013 Hampton Designer Showhouse. Ashley Whittaker designs have traditional elements with a punch of colorful. I adore everything she does.  Sometimes older homes with low ceilings feel dark.  That certainly is not the case here with a coral living room that opens to a yellow room.  The back wall of  bookshelves get a welcoming update with paint.  After a long winter,  I think many of us in the northeast will be looking to add color to our homes.


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The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Dinner

Happy Friday!  You don’t have to wait for the weekend to have a little fun.  On Tuesday, February 10th, guests gathered at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for the New York Botanical Garden Annual Orchid Dinner, an elegant event benefiting the New York Botanical Garden’s orchid research collection, sponsored by Veranda.   Frank de Biasi and Ally Coulter were among the talented designers to curate tablescapes for the event.  Although, I wasn’t in attendance this year, I wanted to share some photos of the beautiful designs.


Frank’s  table was set with purple and green elements, the classic orchid color scheme: hand-painted Italian ceramic charger plates, basket‐weave detail by Este Ceramiche Porcellane and amethyst goblets by William Yeoward Crystal. He also incorporated beautiful French flatware by Alain Saint Joanis.  I like that he added a touch of green to the chairs with an inviting wreath.


“The New York Botanical Garden reminds me of the hope and promise of the first blossoms of spring.  My idea was to capture the sense of leaving the white snow of winter and entering into the sun showers and promise of spring.”                                                    — Ally Coulter

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Ally Coulter created fresh, glimmering ambiance for her guests.  Clean, modern lines of the Ally Coulter Designs custom Vincent Table set a sophisticated stage for Baccarat’s elegant crystal tableware. Christofle silverware and Dedar linens complement the pristine crystal setting surrounded by Winston Flowers’ beautiful white orchids.

Veranda contributing editor Danielle Rollins designed a colorful table with whimsy and lush orchids.  I love the Mottahedeh Lace service plate and Merian dinner plate.  When I saw the feed on Instagram of her table, I wanted to jet in and join her.  The creamware monkey bookends also from Mottahedeh are a must have.


Congratulations to all the designers and Veranda.  For more on this spectacular event, hop over to Danielle Rollins and Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence.  Hope you have been inspired to entertain in style on this Valentine’s Day weekend.  ivyImages: 1-3 Courtesy of Head and Hand PR,  Image 4 Courtesy of Danielle Rollins

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Better Homes and Gardens Reveals Color Palette of the Year

Better Homes and Gardens  revealed its second annual Better Homes and Gardens® Color Palette of the Year in tandem with the magazine’s March Color Issue, hitting newsstands on February 17th. The collection of six colors highlights the most current trends in home and fashion, in hues that complement each other through multiple combinations.


“This year, we’ve built on the success of our first Color Palette of the Year to offer readers new possibilities for freshening up their homes and everyday lives,” says Gayle Butler, Editor-in-Chief, Better Homes and Gardens. “For 2015, our approach is all about optimism and a fresh outlook – adding vibrant pops of color in places where you might least expect them.”

Below is the 2015 Better Homes and Gardens® Color Palette of the Year, illustrated through paint hues from a variety of brands.

  • RAINFOREST GREEN: A show-stopping jewel tone that looks and feels alive.   PARADISE 6720 (SHERWIN-WILLIAMS)
  • WARM BLUSH: Romantic in the home and flattering on every skin type.   NAÏVE PEACH 6631 (SHERWIN-WILLIAMS)
  • SHAPE-SHIFTING CORAL: Like a chameleon – sassy, yet soft.  SALMON ROSE 2003-3C (VALSPAR)
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  • OCEANIC BLUE: Deep and dreamy with a refreshing intensity.    ESSENTIAL TEAL T15-3 (BEHR)
  • FRESH BERRY: The perfect kick of color, bursting with life.    PANAMA ROSE 1181-7 (PPG)
  • SOPHISICATED GRAY: Dripping with drama. Rich, sexy and serene.   STONE’S THROW 28-18 (PRATT & LAMBERT)

An easy way to add more color to your home is to mix the fabric on chairs.  Art can  also be a wonderful inspiration to pull colors.  Are you excited!  It’s always great to see color used in new combinations.  Can’t wait to get the March Issue of Better Homes and Gardens.


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