Four Inspirational Quotes to Kick Off Week

Happy Monday! A little getaway is always a good idea. I had a lovely time in Miami, Florida. We all got back just in time to celebrate Easter in our new home. Today, everyone is back to their daily routine. And just because I need a little motivation come Monday morning to kick off the new week,  I have gathered a few Monday inspirational quotes. Hope you enjoy them too.

 

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Ivy de Leon

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Spring Break in Miami

This week I’m spending time with the family on a little spring break.  Stay connected on Instagram as we visit the beautiful gardens at Vizcaya in Miami, our quick visit Circa Who, and admire the amazing ceilings at The Biltmore Hotel.   There is plenty of automobile traffic  here which made me just want to stay near the beach and pool. Spring Break is for relaxing so I’m grabbing my book and enjoying the sunshine.  Thanks for stopping by.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Recipes

Over the past week, I’ve been nursing a sprained ankle and a cough. Feeling a little sad, I’m not able to attend the Architectural Digest Show because of my injury.  For now, I’m resting my foot.  With a little luck, I’ll make a full recovery in time for spring High Point Market.   In the meantime, St. Patrick’s Day is a time for celebration.  Here are some easy last minute recipes to enjoy at home.

Beef and Guinness Pot Pie   Yum!  Need I say more.

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I love making a simple semi-homemade meal.  Creamy mashed potatoes with kale and butter.  Pick up cooked traditional corned beef and cabbage from your favorite grocer to complete a St. Patrick’s Day meal. via  Cook the Story

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Delicious green and buttery mint chocolate chip cookies  are the perfect small dessert for a last minute St. Patrick’s Day celebration at home.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Ivy de Leon

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Spring Forward Motivational Quotes

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Happy Monday!  A bigger cup of coffee on my desk this morning with one less hour of sleep caused me to do less with more focus.  As we spring forward the clocks, I’m excited to have a few more hours of daylight to tackle my to-do-list.  A few motivational quotes come Monday morning give me a push to get started and stay on track.  Happy Spring!

Ivy de Leon

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Designer Bloggers Conference 2016

Participating in seminars and learning about the latest product is all part of the job that I love.  Things were a little quite on the blog this week while I was in Atlanta attending the Design Bloggers Conference.  I hope you followed me on Twitter and Instagram, @idhomedecor,  as I shared photos and tips from the conference.  It is a must attend event if you are a blogger.  This was my third year attending the conference founded by Adam Japko, CEO and Founder/Owner of Esteem Media, Inc, Design Bloggers Conference and the Home Digital Design Marketing Summit. The conference brings together bloggers, designers, brands, and keynote speakers for a special event.  This year’s speakers included Fashion Designer, Cynthia Rowley.  Cynthia also launched her first home furniture collection at High Point Market with Hooker Furniture, a range that includes 140 pieces.

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India Hicks, author, model, entrepreneur, TV personality and daughter of famed designer David Hicks.  India is a tastemaker and influencer.  She is beautiful, funny and smart.

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Justina Blakeney is a designer, blogger and author of the New York Times best-selling book The New Bohemians.  Her passion was contagious when she took command of the stage.

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Julianne Taylor, owner of Taylor Burke Home  and Photographer, Stylist, Blogger and friend Courtney of French Country Cottage gave us some insight on how to  collaborate with brands.  Designers Mary McDonald and Nathan Turner shared their designs and story on how they got started in the design business.

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These are just a few of this year’s Design Bloggers Conference dynamite line up, and of course, all the great technical ins and outs of running a blog, social media participation, and how to build your brand. What keeps me coming back to Designer Bloggers Conference is the opportunity to reconnect with bloggers, brands, and being in the know of the lasted social media industry news.  That is just part of it. There is so much more.

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I am so excited to share the winners for Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame.

Best Overall Blog: Nora Murphy, Connecticut Country HouseBest Writing: Laurel Bern, Laurel Home/Laurel Bern InteriorsBest Design and Photography: Courtney, French Country CottageBest New Blog: Nina Magon, Live Stylish Daily

Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

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Falling In Love With Green Again

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Nate Berkus emerald wallpaper powder room

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Green, I have strayed away for a while. Now, I’m back rediscovering green grass cloth, emerald-glazed walls and old-fashioned chintz fabric. Falling in love with green again is easy.  Simply White is the color of the year, but green has my attention (at least right now).

 
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Thanks for stopping by.
Ivy de Leon
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How to give a small living space function

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Using a corner of  a room for extra seating in a large room is a great use of space.  Designed by Andrew Brown Interiors this corner works wonders in a large or small space.  Getting the floor plan correct in a small space can be a challenge.   Big is not always better when purchasing seating.  If custom corner seating is not in the budget, opt for a love seat with  a low arm rest. Pull up two chairs for a comfortable conversation/living space.  Mirrors reflect light.  A playful gallery of round mirrors and a chic barrel back nailhead chair, as well as, circular lighting give the corner movement. Opt for a coffee table with thin legs or a glass top to keep the space feeling light. Do try this at home.

Thanks of stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

 

 

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Five easy ways to perk up your room with yellow

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For a little mood boost in a room I turn to yellow.  It could be as simple as a large bunch of daffodils from the grocery store.  The color yellow makes me happy.

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Create a sunny entry.  Paint a door and wallpaper an accent wall.

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Yellow piping detail gives pillows a custom finish.

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A sunny yellow mirror in the bathroom is sure to elevate the morning routine.

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Ivy de Leon

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Power Monday: Sunny Days Ahead

Happy Power Monday!  The sun is out.  I’m seeing signs of spring in the garden, which has me thinking about the growing season and tapping into ideas we may have stored away and keep waiting for someday. Today is the day to let those ideas come to seed.  Just like the garden needs sun and water, with some nurturing those ideas will bloom.

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What to Wear: Color crush yellow

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 What to read:  5 Things Women Leaders Should Stop Doing. TODAY.

Ivy de Leon

 

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NY NOW 2016

NY NOW®, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, offers a unique shopping experience to thousands of buyers, designers.  The event is held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City twice a year.  For new products lines and latest trends NY Now is a must attend event.  Here is a little glimpse of my day with some favorite vendors and some new vendors at NY Now earlier this month.

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Alamwar textiles are fine fabrics that are hand-block printed and screen-printed in South India with all natural botanical dyes.

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Sarah Richardson Design – We all love Sarah’s masterful pattern mixing in fresh spring colors, perfect any time of year to keep your home light and fresh.

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Plaid heaven at Anta.  Throws, luggage, pillows, carpets and more.  All made in Scotland.

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 Matahari Home carries a collection of handmade home decor products.  I particularly fell in love with the baskets.  Ordering a few items  is on my to-do list.

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Cheerful colors and a little humor August Morgan by Kate Hersch linen cocktail napkins will be the talk of your party.

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Campo De’ Fiori garden essentials are classic and whimsical.  Rustic planters, terra cotta pots, urns and  country terra cotta animals will add character to the home and garden.

Enjoy some local news coverage of NY NOW via   CBS .

Thanks for stopping by. Ivy de Leon

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