Tables For Your Holiday Cocktails

How do you entertain during the holidays?  Most guest like to gather in the kitchen when they visit. Setting a coffee table with appetizers and hor dourves in the living room helps guest relax and enjoy the conversation a little longer.  A large ottoman with serving trays is a good alternative to a coffee table.  Side tables and small accent tables give guest an area to set their cocktail and get comfortable.  Marquesa Cocktail Table in white oak and steel

 coffeetable3 Bernhardt. Salon Cocktail Table, antiqued gold leaf, antiqued mirror  Auberge Round End Table Bernhardt Furniture has a wide selection of styles to incorporate into every room. Casual or formal, exotic or minimalist, let us capture your style.

Ivy de Leon

Images: Bernhardt Furniture
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Home For The Holidays

The holidays are here!  Things have been quite on the blog the last few days while I work things out at home.  For sometime, we have been looking to purchase a house.  After a year of looking, 3 different house inspections including being outbid on another house, I was ready to give up.  I thought maybe things are happening for a reason.  Back in May, I fell in love with a garden, a house and the lovely owner of a cape style house.  We made an offer on the house.  (It was a short-sale). I’m excited to announce, we bought a house.   Funny thing is I couldn’t  remember the details of the house or how many rooms it had after six months, but I do remember how it made me feel. I wish the previous owners “G” and “R” all the best.  Lucky for them, they get to move to warmer weather and closer to family.   For us, it’s a new chapter.  We now have plenty of room for the whole family when they visit.  Wookie and Lauren approve.

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More images to follow.  Stay connected on social media @idhomedecor and don’t forget to check out my latest post on the HomeGoods blog.


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Country French Table Styling

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There are just a few days before Thanksgiving. I’m getting excited. How about you?  Today I’m sharing a little country table inspiration. The first is a French country look with  from the Audun Collection by Villeroy & Boch. The salad plate depicts a historic scene of the hunt in a quaint French village. Pair the salad plate with a white dinner plate and build on your collection. In addition to the simple linens and white roses, place a few white miniature pumpkins as a center piece to complete the look.

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Living the country life is all about ease. The second look is country modern. The swirl dinner plates with their porcelain finish are fun and tough as steel because beneath the porcelain is heavy-grade carbon steel.  French industrial modern chairs are popular and economical at under $250 for a pair.   What’s your style when it comes to French Country?  Traditional or Modern?


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Power Monday: Stay Cozy In Plaid

tartan+maxi+skirtplaid2It’s the holiday season!  Plaid, buffalo checks and tartan are all great for decorating our homes in festive spirit.  Traditional and stately these patterns shouldn’t be limited to decorating.  Have fun with plaid in fashion.  At the office or holiday party these two great looks are winners.  Happy Monday! ivy

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Holiday Event on Facebook with Martha Stewart and The Home Depot

Last week was a mix of high and low.   The terrible attacks in Paris and Belgium had me in tears.  My thoughts and prayers are with the families and the citizens of France and all who have suffered during this difficult time.

Earlier during the day,  I attended a holiday event at Martha Stewart’s studios in New York City for Martha’s Christmas demos using her decorations from The Home Depot.  Kevin Sharkey, Executive Editorial Director of Decorating at Martha Stewart welcomed more than 30-lifestyle and crafts bloggers to join Martha Stewart in the first-ever LIVE Facebook holiday event.

Martha Stewart was warm and funny and full of acknowledge from crafts to the history of the kissing ball.  She answered questions from the audience in the room and those watching online. In case you missed it,  you can watch the entire video here.

Ivy de Leon and Martha Stewart

Ivelisse de Leon and Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart Living and Home Depot

One of Martha Stewart’s favorite projects. A DIY Christmas tree mounted on a frame. Perfect for any room in the house or office.


3 in. North Pole Shatter-Resistant Ornament (75-Pack) (Photo: Home Depot)


Martha Stewart ornaments

Martha Stewart also designs a collection for the Home Depot through Home Decorators .

Martha Stewart

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Ivelisse de Leon and blogger friend Michelle Cannon-Smith of Iron and Twine

Martha Stewart Living Lunch

Lunch was delicious. I particularly enjoyed the kale and quinoa salad on roasted honey nut squash.

From Christmas trees, ornaments, tools and décor,  find it all at the Home Depot and Home Decorators with great style from the Martha Stewart.  Hope you enjoyed the video and try one of the DIY projects.  Thank you Martha and Kevin for a wonderful afternoon of holiday crafting, eating and networking.

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Sneak Peek Holiday House NYC 2015

Yesterday, I took a trip into New York City for media day to get a sneak peek into the Holiday House NYC founded by Iris Danker, a holiday-themed Designer Showhouse in a historic 20,000+ square foot mansion presented by Traditional Home.  Holiday House NYC benefits The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993.  The foundation is a pioneer in dramatically improving diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of breast cancer to help women globally.   I look forward to the Holiday House NYC opening each year.  Feel the love for life, compassion and support, all while enjoying great design for a great cause.

Snow Day – Sitting Room by Bjorn Bjornsson



Crystal logs and a custom metal starburst fireplace screen adorn the fireplace.

Sparking crystal, silver and snowy white elements transform the space into a snow day delight.  The room features custom furniture by Christopher Guy.  Oversized mirrors make the dark wood panel room open and bright.


The ceiling is gorgeous and grand.

All Hallows Eve Lounge and Powder Room - JDK Interiors - Jenny Dina Kirschner

New mirror collection JDK Interiors.  Here Jenny’s shows me that by moving the pieces you change the look.  Very creative! I love the texture on the walls.


 IMG_0092  Make sure to look up!  Bathroom by Waterworks.


The Grand Foyer –  White Webb Interior Design - Loving Day

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The Apollo Statue in Bronze, Sabin Howard

The Holiday marking the anniversary of the 1967 US Supreme Court decision in the case of Loving vs. Virginia, in which interracial marriage was legalized.  “The design scheme riffs on the idea of love being something to be shared equally by everyone.” — White Webb

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Alexander Console in Smoke, Clearly Classic by White Webb. Holiday House marks the debut of the design in a smoke gray acrylic, now available exclusively through Donghia.

Boxing Day – Sitting Room/Library by Robert Passal for Scotland

An ode to Scotland, Robert Passcal chose a to layer the space keeping it clean and serene.  The room features beautiful European mid-century antiques and fabrics from the Scottish mills in warm creams and greys.  Perfection!  Ronda Carman fabrics.


The art is eye catching. -An original Picasso

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The Holiday House is located at 2 East 63rd Street in New York City.  The 2015 Holiday House NYC will be taking place from November 11 – December 2nd. OPEN DAILY:   11am – 5pm,  Thursdays until 8pm  $35 Admission

This year the designs are amazing with talented designers bringing their best designs for a great cause.  I can’t wait to get back for a second look.  Hope to see you there.

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All images are my own.

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CRYPTON Home Fabrics With Randy Rubin

Last month, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Randy Rubin of CRYPTON  in the beautiful Thibaut Showroom while visiting  High Point Market.   We hit it off just like friends.  Randy is a business woman and co-founder of CRYPTON.   Randy shared how she met her husband Craig on a blind date, her friend set them up.  They married in just three months.   It was a match made in heaven.

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Thibaut has the most amazing flower arrangements. A cheerful showroom full of colorful fabrics, wallpapers and furniture.

Although they didn’t know it at the time, it was also the beginning of a business partnership – Craig’s background in commercial fabric sales and Randy’s in branding and marketing.   Several of Craig’s customers were unsatisfied covering their upholstery with fabrics covered in vinyl or protecting their furniture with clear vinyl. Craig got the idea of creating a high performance fabric after walking passed a stack of disposable diapers in a drug store.  If a diaper could add protection from liquid going through, there had to be a way to make fabric do this.   They set out to create a fabric that could withstand the tough use of a hospitality environment from the basement of their Michigan home.

Randy Rubin and Craig Rubin via CRYPTON.COM

The mission to create a fabric that would be a total moisture barrier, highly stain resistant, microbial resistant, plus breathable, would revolutionize the textile industry.   Motivated by passion, the fabric would change the way we live our lives.  Craig and Randy received their first patent in 1995.

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Kids, muddy paws, and soda messes are no match for CRYPTON Home fabrics.

In 2013, CRYPTON Home was introduced for the residential market.  The product meets all the same durability, stain and microbial standards in the CRYPTON brand.  Now made more beautiful for the residential market. The fabrics stand up to life’s messes and feel good to the touch.  I got a first look of the CRYPTON Home fabrics at the Thibaut Showroom.

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Relax on a beautiful chair with Thibaut and CRYPTON Home. Now you can have exceptional protection from stains, odors, and mildew.


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Thibaut introduces Kaleidoscope : A collection of CRYPTON Home Fabrics for residential interiors that combines performance attributes with sumptuous color and a soft feel.

 Watch CRYPTON Home Fabric in action:HERE

Amazing! CRYPTON Home fabrics are easy to clean.  Most liquids will simply blot off the surface with a dry towel.  For more difficult stains, use soap — such as Tide or Dawn– and water.  Rise well, as soap residue attracts dirt.  If you are a mom, have a dog, and love hosting at home, CRYPTON Home fabrics are heaven sent.  We have high performance fabrics for our athletic clothing.  Now our homes can also benefit from high performance home fabrics in style.

Thank you Randy and Thibaut for your generous time during High Point Market.  It was wonderful to meet you all.  I look forward to incorporating CRYPTON Home fabrics in my projects and sharing my excitement.

ivy deleon designs



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Make It A Fun and Safe Halloween

Halloween drinks

haloween treats, macarons


Masquerade Halloween

Oh, what a fun idea! A Halloween party that is glamorous and mysterious. No party here, just a nice dinner with my better half.    Have yourself a howling good time.  Happy Halloween!


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Quality Furniture For Your Home

I live between two worlds of design, high and low.   I love luxury, quality goods and appreciate a great DIY project.  I realize that not all are born with a silver spoon.  I came from modest beginnings, but my parents always  appreciated quality furniture, family life and great food.  Perhaps it all comes from  working with their hands making furniture in the Dominican Republic.  Crafting hand-made furniture is an art. The price on a piece of furniture reflects so much more then just the furniture itself.   It reflects the talent, time and material it takes to manufacture the piece. To my friends, I say gather your dollars, wait  to buy that piece of furniture you love, that you will share with your family and friends, that you will snuggle up with your kids and pets and make memories for many years.   I am thrilled to be part of the Design Bloggers Tour at High Point Market, the furniture capital of the world, to bring you a peek into showrooms that may not be in your neighborhood but have access to purchase items through a designer.  Join me on the blog and social media as I continue to share beautiful, well-made  furniture and the excitement of High Point Market.

I love the curves of this piece.



Tables to place behind your sofa, hallway or entry.  They make great serving pieces for gatherings, too.


Fine Furniture




Ambella Home Collection



Ambella Home Collection

Don’t you just love the robin blue inside the secretary desk.


If you are looking for more storage… great linen closet. Magnolia Homes  - The Fixer Upper on HGTV (more to come)


Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines

Select one or more to build a wall.


Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture

A desk, storage and display… I love multi-purpose furniture.



Ambella Home Collection


Like what you see?  Inquire about any of these pieces at  Thanks for stopping by.


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High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour

Hello all, I’m back from High Point Market with Design Bloggers Tour Fall Market.  There is so much to share with you.  The tour started by meeting Adam Japko of Esteem Media and the bloggers on the tour.  We hit the ground running at the Hooker Furniture Showroom with fashion designer Cynthia Rowley.


Cynthia Rowley is an iconic fashion designer and she brings her passion and attention to detail to her first furniture collection with Hooker Furniture.


Cynthia is a game changer in the furniture industry. Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture is presented in three personas that encourages you to “decorate your home with spirit and personality”, she said. The personas are “Curious,” “Sporty,” and “Pretty.”

Hooker Furniture

I’m was delighted to discovered new showrooms at High Point Market with a group of talented top bloggers.  Loloi Rugs brought an exciting collection of rugs, pillows, throws and home accessories.

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Century Furniture is eye-candy heaven. Century is one of my favorite showrooms to visit when I travel to High Point Market.  The Grand Tour console table is a statement piece with the lion head and scroll details.


My eyes took a turn straight to the Lucite Halo Arm chairs. These are amazing!  It was hard to say goodbye to these beauty.


Come back tomorrow for more highlights from High Point Market Design Bloggers Tour.  A big thank you to all the sponsors, Adam and Luba for the opportunity to work with you.


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