Cool In Chambray


Happy Monday! With the hot days of summer arriving early (I’m not complaining after a cold winter), one of my favorite fabrics to wear is chambray. Cool cotton and a relaxed look keep me wanting more than just a few of these pieces this summer.

Hard to believe half the year is over.  It feels like the perfect time to take inventory, review goals and make adjustments.



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Kitchen and Bath: Matte is the New Black

Merging Italian design with Swiss engineering, MGS of Milano is proud to unveil Black Steel, new and refined, industrial finish option in solid stainless steel that is clean, modern and strikingly edgy. Select products in the MGS MB Bath Collections are now available in Black Steel, a matte black finish.

MB282 widespread faucet The MB282 widespread three-hole faucet in Black Steel features a commanding arc spout and round handles with high precision knurling for ease of use, even with wet hands. Multiple versions of this design are also available.

MB439 thermostatic shower system   MB278 wall mounted faucetMB289 single hole faucet

Black Steel adds sophistication and depth to the bath, providing a beautiful alternative to polished or brushed stainless steel. PVD is more environmentally friendly than traditional coating processes with no hazardous by-products, resulting in a durable, anti-corrosive finish.

With the North American corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida, all MGS products are available through a network of dealers located throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more about MGS, go to

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Turn A Rainy Day Into A Sunny Day

On rainy Tuesday, a cup of tea and pretty images on Pinterest make it a more enjoyable.  How do you turn a rainy day into a sunny day at home?




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Power Monday: Dare to Bare Your Toes

Power Monday is about celebrating new opportunities, ideas and yourself. The idea came from my sons, two business entrepreneurs at Babson College.  I found they were always excited about Monday mornings.  They call  it “money making Mondays,” a fresh start to polish, reinvest and create new possibilities, and so Power Monday was a way to pass on the idea to my teen daughter and other women. My hope is to have some fun with business fashion and build on the Power Monday post to include ideas and share lessons from talented women and men in business.

In business you have to look the part. Lucky for us, as women, we have many fashion options.


Warm days are here.  No more boots and closed shoes. Time to  bare your toes.  There are many shoe styles to choose from to complete your look come Monday morning.    I found a few slingback pump styles and open toe shoes.  But don’t stop here. Polished toes are necessary in the summer.   Check out butter London Nail Polish. It’s color without compromise because it does not add formaldehyde, toluene or DBP to any of its nail formulas. I like the coral/pink shades available at Nordstrom.



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Treasure Hunting With Eddie Ross At Pine Hill Farm

Driving nearly two hours for an estate sale may seem too far for most people.  However, this was no regular estate sale.  It was Eddie Ross’ estate sale.  Yes, that Eddie Ross, Senior Style Editor of Martha Stewart Living and Associate Editor for House Beautiful.

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Eddie began his career working in television, first as a food editor on Martha Stewart Living and later as Associate Design Director for all in-house production at Food Network.


Eddie had been my inspiration for starting my blog.   He has great taste and loves treasure hunting.  I was  thrilled to meet Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar, his partner.   The Pine Hill Farm house was packed with beautiful tabletop pieces (iron stone, Wedgewood , silverware, serving ware, barware)  brass lamps, bamboo chairs, furniture and accessories.  I grabbed what I could fit in my car.  Eddie was very generous with his prices and even gave me a few things.

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Tip: Arrive prepared with paper and bags to protect and pack your finds.

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Greek key heaven!

I dusted a few items and immediately went to work.  The coffee table got a fresh update with Lucite candle sticks, brass cricket box, and a vintage match holder.  Thank you, Eddie and Jaithan.   I had a great day at Pine Hill Farms.

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Overtime, I’ll be incorporating my purchases into our current home.  Vintage pieces give character and history to a home.  I will treasure these for many years to come.  Happy Hunting!ivy

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Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! Thanks to all our military and their families for their service.
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Celebrating 40 Years Of Fabulous by Steven Stolman

John Rosselli and Bunny Williams hosted a cocktail party in celebration of Steven Stolman’s new book 40 Years Of Fabulous, released on May 1st by Gibbs Smith.  The book chronicles more than four decades of interior design at the Kips Bay Decorator Show Houses.

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The standards are set high as you turn the pages of exquisite rooms by top decorators and new comers.  Read more here.

I was so super excited to visit John Rosselli Antiques.

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Spectacular display of  blue and white vases and plates.

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That’s me getting my copy signed with Steven Stolman.

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Congratulations John, Bunny and Steven.  I looking forward to attending the Kips Bay Show House next week.


Please visit the show house in support of  the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club.

2015 Decorator Show House
The Arthur Sachs Mansion
58 East 66th St. (between Park & Madison)
May 14 – June 11, 2015








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Luxe Children Spaces

We couldn’t be happier with the addition of a new member to our extended family. No, not me. I will be aunt Ivy to a sweet little girl. I’m super excited. So much so, I’ve been pinning images of children spaces on Pinterest. tentviasandraespinet

I love the Greek Key detail in this tented room with a punch of red. 35-Ella

Pink and red love!


Not too girly, but sweet just the same. Join me here for more.ivy 1.Via Sandra Espinet  2. Melissa Miles Rufty 3. Monogram Of Madison  Homegoodsbadge

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Celebrate Life Outdoors With Selamat

Yes, I’m still talking about High Point Market in May. There are so many awesome offerings to make your home yours. I love the fresh Spring color at Selamat. Natural rattan or watery blues and sunshine yellows will make any porch or patio bright and fresh.


Colorful garden stools are a good alternative to a large coffee table.

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Cast a glow and extend your outdoor experience into the night with pendant lighting in jute with sturdy wire frames.

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Pillows and accent tables are economical ways to spruce up your space.  We love rattan indoors, too.  How will you use it?

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“Life doesn’t wait.  Today is the day to start living in rooms that not only fit your life but make you enormously happy, too.”  — Newell Turner, Editor In Chief

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Power Monday: Spring Into Summer

The days are getting hotter. As we go from spring into summer, I think these pieces are stylish to stay cool while looking professional.

I’ve been out and about working and taking care of family business. My son was home from college for a few days. We all celebrated Mother’s Day together. I also enjoyed a mothers/daughters weekend with good friends in Cape May.

One of the things that energizes me is coming together with other women and learning about life and business. Sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone to keep growing.   No need to reinvent the wheel. There are strong women that have paved the way for us to learn and share. Here are a few tips on how to avoid common missteps that may be slowing down your career advancement from Jo Miller at Be Leaderly. 

Happy Monday!


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