10 Lessons Learned With Grace Bonney of Design Sponge

Hello February!   As I set out to accomplish my goals, besides eating well and staying healthy, there is one thing I’ve learned that I can’t do it alone. One way I stay motivated is to seek wisdom from bloggers in the community. One of the design bloggers I follow is Grace Bonney of Design Sponge.


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Grace Bonney and Ivy de Leon – HomeGoods Blogger Day

I love that Grace highlights topics most of us think about, but are not willing to voice. She is a powerhouse in the design and blogging community.  Grace recently completed the 100th Episode, Lessons Learned on After The Jump, radio show. Today, I’m sharing Grace’s 10 lessons learned.

The 100th Episode, Lessons Learned on After The Jump, By Grace Bonney

  1. There is no perfect balance. Life and work is a series of adjustments.
  2. Live in the moment.
  3. Always Keep Learning
  4. Your personal story is meaningful, important and valid.
  5. No job is perfect.
  6. Human interaction is at the core of everything we do.
  7. Design and people that are creative can do such powerful things to make a difference in the world.
  8. Understanding what goes into the things that surround you at home is so crucial important.
  9. It is our community’s responsibility to show and celebrate both the diversity in our community and to try to drive up the inclusiveness that exist.
  10. Don’t be afraid to have an opinion and stand behind it.  We all define ourselves in those moments and those moments is what makes people believe  in us and our brand.

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It is my family, friends, community, and my passion for design that keep me motivated.  I’m grateful to Grace Bonney for the design, stories and lessons shared. Grab a notebook and pen and head over to After the Jump and listen to the 10 lessons in more detail.  There is so much information to takeaway.  I’m sure you’ll want to listen to all 100 episodes.


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Inspired by Men’s Style





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Have you been following  The New York Times coverage of  Paris Men’s Fashion Week ?  I have, much to my delight.  Talk about eye candy, tweeds, color, modern and classic looks, and the shoes.  (It doesn’t hurt that the  models are great looking.)

Men’s fashion could be easily incorporated into home décor.   I love the look of a  beautiful club chair upholstered in tweed, soft leather, velvets, fabulous covered walls, trophies and vintage team photos.  What do you think of building on men’s style for your next decorating project?  Follow here for more eye candy and designs inspired by men’s style.


Images: /Ralph Lauren via Radford Furnishings /Passions Define/ Ralph Lauren/ Barbara Heath and Tim Green via Splendid Sass/Veranda Magazine


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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost




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Give Spring A Boost


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Spring will be here in the next few months. I cannot wait until I see the tulips peeking out of the ground sometime in mid-April. Until then, a stop to the florist is the next best thing. Inspired by the idea of giving Spring a boost at home, these fresh, herbal and floral tabletop designs by Villeroy & Boch,  transform the table into a year-round garden.

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Pine Cone Hill: Fabric, Villeroy & Boch:  Vase, Glassware, Plates

Thanks for stopping by.ivy


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Style Library: Fabric and Wallpaper

Love the look of a gallery wall?  I do, too. When I saw Sanderson’s wallpaper at Style Library, I had to share it. Getting a gallery wall could be as easy as hanging wallpaper. Inspired by nature, it has botanically drawn organic forms of corals shells, birds, and feathers.  Applied in a corridor or small bathroom, paired with a trellis print would make a great pairing.

Rome fabric by Zoffany also caught my eye.  Scenes from famous classic landmarks in Rome are beautifully printed with cityscape and historic details making it sophisticated, yet approachable.  It’s also a bit masculine and a great alternative to a toile print.

romeRome fabric is printed in taupe/indigo, charcoal,  charcoal/linen, olive, red,  and chalk/linen. Wallpaper is also available.   Check out Style Library for more selections.

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Lilly Pulitzer for Target


Last week Target announced the next must-have design partner at the Four Seasons Restaurant Pool Room in New York.  Think resort chic just in time for Spring, Lilly Pulitzer for Target. Lilly Pulitzer’s wonderful color and pattern mix is chic, Palm Beach style. The new collaboration is sure be a big hit.


Starring a modern interpretation of the American resort wear brand’s exuberant prints and patterns, the limited-edition collection features 15 exclusive prints, which are original works of art, created by Lilly Pulitzer artists specifically for this modern collaboration.

“The Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection marks a new chapter for our brand, and we’re excited to give Lilly fans everywhere, including those who have loved the brand for years and those who will get to know it for the first time through this collaboration, a chance to experience this incredibly chic lifestyle collection.”– Jane Schoenborn, vice president, creative communications, Lilly Pulitzer.


Prints are fashioned into napkins, placemats and plates and fun multi-color glass wear.

Available exclusively at all Target stores in the U.S. and Canada and on Target.com beginning April 19, the 250-piece collection includes apparel, accessories and shoes for women and girls, as well as home accents, outdoor entertaining accessories, beach gear, travel essentials and more.


Essentials for a fun day at the pool or beach.



A selection of scarfs with mini pom poms, tassels and fringe.

 Images: Courtesy of Target.com

Your ticket to sunshine will soon be here, mark your calendar. Thanks for stopping by.ivy

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Fashion: Ten Winter Must Have


We adopted a rescue pet, a sweet  Shih-Tzu mix, Wookie, over the Thanksgiving holiday.  We like to take long morning walks.  Lately, I’m finding it harder to walk her with the cold temperature.  It’s time to get serious and get warmer outerwear.  These are some of my winter must have.  Wookie is a furball.  I think she needs some cute outerwear, too.  Have any shop recommendations for Wookie?

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1.UGG Bailey Aviator Women’s Chestnut Hat 2.Madeleine Thompson Cashmere wrap 3.J.Crew Cashmere infinity scarf   4. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit 5. Down Puffer Coat 6. Ray-Ban Folding Aviator 7. Over the Knee Sock  8.Origins Ginger Hand Lotion  9. Cashmere Blend Touch Tech Knit Gloves 10. Hunter Original Tall Rain Boot

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