Power Monday: Inspiration, design and fashion

We are better together.   All of us–you and your team, you and your fellow makers. Not one of you is the same and not one of you could fully replace the other. In my humble experience, we are ten times stronger when we take advantage of each others hard work by coming together for a united effort.   — Amy Howard


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    HVN Collection Launch -Pink gingham.    A great look for ladies that lunch.

WHAT TO READ:  Amy Howard is a designer with a signature paint line.  Her blog is beautifully written and inspirational. /  DESK CRUCH: Desk is based on a vintage Jansen model; the lamp is from Gerald Bland, the chair is from Mecox, and the photograph is by Deborah Turbeville.  Interior decorator Christopher Maya tailors J. Christopher Burch’s getaway in Southampton, New York. via  Architectural Digest  / WHAT TO WEAR: Pink gingham Dress via Harper’s Bazaar

Thanks for stopping by.


Ivy de Leon

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Try This Easy To Serve Summer Sangria

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Summer is in full swing.  Enjoy the flavors of summer with a delicious peach and mango sangria that is easy to make and serve.  Williams-Sonoma Peach and Mango Sangria mix with a touch of tangy citrus makes everyday a sunny, tropical celebration.  The 24 fl. oz makes a traditional or non-alcoholic sangria.

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Just add white wine, then garnish with sliced peaches and limes.  For non-alcoholic coolers, combine the mix with sparkling water.  Served chilled over ice.

Make a beautiful presentation with this generously proportion punch bowl set, from Hayneedle.

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The beautiful glass is entirely handcrafted.    The set includes 1 punch bowl which holds 7 quarts, 6 punch cups and a glass ladle.   I love it because it is dishwasher safe for easy clean up.

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Punch bowls have made a comeback from the 1950’s.

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The punch bowl help guest serve themselves, giving me more time to mingle.

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Cheers to the weekend!

Ivy de Leon


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How To Create A Welcoming Outdoor Entertaining Space

Outdoor spaces are an extension of the home.   Creating an outdoor dining area that is inviting and comfortable is easy if you find the right pieces. Make it functional to lounge, dine, entertain and linger with family and guest.

I tend to keep things simple outdoors with classic blue and white.  Melamine dishes and acrylic glassware are practical.  A few more must haves for entertaining outdoor are tablecloth,  placemats and cloth napkins.


Fresh-cut flowers on the table from the garden or store bought flowers is important.  I’m really enjoying having a garden.


A  whimsical pitcher keeps the table fun.


Ralph Lauren serving pieces are so chic.   Lanterns and candle holders are ready to light up the evening when the sun goes down.


Plenty of pillows for comfort and lingering always.  With some styling,  HomeGoods  helps me make my outdoor entertaining beautiful and affordable.

Ivy de Leon


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Power Monday: Empowering Women In Business

Good vibes


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WHAT TO WEAR: Wild Thing fringed suede sandals


WOMEN IS BUSINESS:  Panel discussion “Empowering Women in Business”   ELLE DECOR Vice President and Group Publisher Kate Kelly Smith, Pollack’s Design Director Rachell Dorris’s, Wellspun’s Managing Director, Dipali Goenka, and SoulCycle’s SVP of PR and Brand Strategy, Gabby Etrog Cohen.  Below are my takeaways.   Link to the discussion in its entirety

  • Do what you love and the path will open
  • Take little seeds of wisdom where you are in your life
  • Mothers, let go of the guilt.  It will always be there.
  • Start the conversation that kindness is great for business
  • Believe /Be Yourself /Have some guts/ Use Technology
  • Encourage others/ Collaborate/ You are only as good as your team member

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Perfect Pairings Of Wine and Design In NYC

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Adam Japko of Esteem Media and Elizabeth Ralls, Editor in Chief of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle magazine.

Recently, I received and invite for an evening of Perfect Pairings with a Southern Flair with Adam Japko and Elizabeth Ralls.  Pairings meaning wine (Adam writes the blog Wine Zag)  and Southern Flair meaning design, add to that mix three fabulous brands  JLCreate (John Lyle Design), Fromental and CL Curated.  I was a little curious, wine and design?  With Adam, there is always an element of surprise to his collaborations.

Adam Japko, legendary for his wine pairings, offered his expertise on a whole new level.

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Selected vignettes and pieces from the Fromental, John Lyle Create and CL Curated collection were “paired” with wines hand-picked by Adam.

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 Flatiron Design Collective Offices – Fromental, John Lyle Create and CL Curated


Wallpaper: Fromental –   Table: John Lyle Create –  Rugs: CL Curated

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Love  the luster of  the rug on the wall by CL Curated

Just as great design brings a feeling of relaxation or energy by its form, color and texture, so does a great wine.  Wine brings calm and excitement by its grape, region, color, taste and smell.   I never thought of it this way.  It sure is a fun way to introduce a design to a client.

Elizabeth Ralls, Editor in Chief of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle magazine was also on hand to share beautiful designs featured in the magazine. Design styles come together to appeal to the homeowner making them feel at home.  Complexity and balance are all part of great design and wine.

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I hope this is the first of many wine and design events introducing great brands and pairing them with delicious wines.  Thanks to Adam, Elizabeth and the Flatiron Design Collective.

Ivy de Leon

Images: Courtesy of Andrew Joseph PR





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Independence Day Outdoor Entry Makeover

Independence Day is just around the corner.  We are also getting ready to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday.  I want to make an inviting entry for family and friends.   I’ve been busy sprucing up the backdoor entry to the house. The floor boards really needed some cleaning and painting.

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A good wash and scrub removed most of the dirt.  After letting the boards dry, I applied Cabot exterior stain in Drift Gray.   As you can see below, the door needed decorating help too.

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Red, White and Blue flags and door banner set a patriotic outdoor entry.

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Since we live in a Cape Cod style house, a touch of nautical decor and lanterns give the backdoor a summer beach feel without going over the top.

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With sourcing at Lowe’s and HomeGoods our outdoor entry is welcoming and guest ready. Happy  Independence Day!

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Ivy de Leon

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Outdoor Fabrics For Summer

Summer is here!  Is your outdoor space ready for family and friends?  You may have last year’s outdoor cushions that need a spruce up, or maybe you bought a great outdoor piece at a garage sale in need of new fabric.  Give outdoor furniture a new look with these outdoor summer fabrics inspired by the ocean.

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Clarence House –  Coral Marine


Clarence House – Coccinelle

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Fabricut – Earth Maze – Kendall Wilkinson Collection


Weitzner – Corsica

There are endless possibilities on the market.  Select a color, texture or pattern  in high performance fabrics that are bleach cleanable, fade, mildew and water resistant.  Outdoor furniture has never looked so good.

Happy decorating!

Ivy de Leon



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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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