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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Power Dress Monday: Pretty In Pink

Happy Monday!  I’m changing things up today instead of a quote.  The start of the week can have many of us feeling blue.  But I have just the cure for that.  A power dress to get motivated and look fabulous.  Because when we look good, we feel good.  Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, why not get a jump start with a little pink.  Don’t blend in with the crowd, stay true to yourself.

Queen Letizia of Spain



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My Week In Design

Time is moving fast this week.  I’ve been out and about antiquing, sourcing furniture and picking up fabric samples.  Connecting with vendors and building relationships with brands is important.  Design is very personal.  To  be invited to a client’s home and supporting them to make their spaces comfortable, functional and personal to their life style is one of the most rewarding things about being a decorator.  More important, however, are the relationships I build.  It starts way before we talk about design.  It is  with mutual respect and appreciation that we begin the design process.

What caught my eye this week in design?



Simple neutrals and greens fabrics have me counting down the days until the arrival of Spring.


Until then, these cold temperatures have me craving warm soup.


I found a few delicious and simple soup recipes in the gourmet isle at HomeGoods.


There you have it. Hope to do a little more blogging next week.  In the meantime, don’t forget to stop by the HomeGoods blog and read my other post. LOGOhg


Let’s stay connected:  Twitter and Instagram @idhomedecor


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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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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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This Week’s Quote

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This Week’s Quote


Happy Monday! ivy

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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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This Week’s Quote

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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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