Power Monday: Enjoy the Journey

Hope everyone had a great Easter and Passover celebration.  We had a nice celebration at home, after returning from college visits.  I’ve missed posting on my blog these past few weeks.  It has been a transition period for me.  There have been a few changes both personally and professionally.  I believe that change is goods.  It’s the universe reminding me to learn new things, make new relationships and enjoy the journey.  Spring is in full bloom.  I’m excited and energized to be back on the blog.





WHAT TO WEAR: Ann Taylor Shirt Dress


WHAT TO READ: Ms. Chiquet was headhunted for Chanel in 2002. In January of 2016, Ms. Chiquet was abruptly fired from Chanel.   Chiquet inspires women in her new book Beyond the Label with a
new career plan and a new relationship.


Happy Power Monday!

Ivy de Leon

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Five Tablescapes With March Madness Appeal

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While the guys are crazy for March madness basketball, I’m having fun with these 5 tablescapes that have March madness appeal.  Our dinner schedules at home have gotten crazy.  I’m looking forward to setting the table and getting everyone to sit down for a family meal.   Greenery is the Pantone color of the year.  These green tablescapes are speaking my language.  Kale, moss, baby tears and ferns never look so good.

There have been a few changes at home and my blogging schedule. Sorry for the radio silence.   My boys have moved back home while they find a new apartment in New York City.  The blog has been fun and I hope to take it in a different direction, by the end of the year.   The arrival of spring is just around the corner and with it comes new growth and opportunities.  I hope you continue to come back and visit the blog and follow on Instagram.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon






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Friday Funday – Kate Schelter’s Apartment

Hooray!  We made it to Friday.  Yesterday, we got 11 inches of snow.  I was happy to have the hubby and my older son to help shovel.  It was not an easy task.  They did an amazing job.  Everyone is back to there normal schedule today so I thought I better get back to blogging.   Lately, I have  too much time on Instagram.

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FABRIC (sofa) Les Touches in black, search.brunschwig.com OTTOMAN Du Long et Du Le, custom, johnderian.com RUG ASHBURY abchome.com PAPER FLOWERS assorted, shopthegreenvase.com

Then I found images of  Kate Schelter’s apartment for Domino Magazine

Schelter has worked as a street-style photographer, fashion stylist, brand consultant and designer for David Netto, Bonpoint, House of Lavande, Vogue, and Sleepy Jones. But these days, Schelter is best known for her evocative watercolor paintings, which capture glimpses of a stylish life— think handbags, shoes, vintage cars, and sidewalk cafés.  She had her first solo exhibition, curated by John Derian, and began the first of a series of graphic wall murals for her friend Jeff Klein’s landmark new hotel project, San Vicente Bungalows, in Los Angeles.
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Schelter always paints her watercolors from life.

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FABRIC (canopy and bedding) Ginger Coral, johnrobshaw.com WALL LIGHT Melampo,  ylighting.com

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Schelter painted a mural of geraniums (her favorite flower) along the shared wall of the master bedroom and nursery.

Schelter’s improvisational aesthetic informs every corner of the family’s loft, where she and her husband, Chris Schumacher, are raising their two-year-old daughter, Charlotte. Though there’s a unifying color palette (shades of pink, which Schelter uses like a neutral), the overall atmosphere is one of freewheeling ease.

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Pink you have my heart.  Kate Schelter’s apartment is current, classic and chic.   “We move things around like it’s a sport.” says Schelter.   Design is about having fun.

Happy Friday!

Ivy de Leon

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Power Monday: Is your desk making you unhealthy?

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Happy Power Monday.   I love this chic office Miles Redd  designed for his mother.  Redd moved a  table that was too large from the dining room into the back of the house to an unused library to make the perfect office for his mom.  The office has Emerald-glazed walls and a garden view.  I love the skirted  table covered in  old-fashioned chintz.  Say nothing of the blue and white lamps with green emerald shades.    

If you have to sit and work at your desk, it should be beautiful, right?  Just remember to stand up and move around every few minutes.   I’ve been reading more about the health risk of sitting for a long period of time at a desk.  I  make an effort to stand up every 30 minutes.  There are a few standing desks on the market if you are looking for an alternative to the traditional desk.

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These are different times.  I found inspiration from  Julissa Arce author of  My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive   Watch and listen on YouTube here.  

Stay desk healthy and inspired.   Power On!

Ivy de Leon

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Spring Design Crush

Spring will soon be here, I keep telling myself.  While spring is a few months away, now is the perfect time to take notice of  the design industry’s spring introductions.  My spring design crush list is growing.    Las Vegas Market is just finishing up.   NYNOW arrives in February and High Point Market follows in April. There will be many great finds along the way and new vendors to discover.  The best part, I get to meet old friends and share my finds with you.

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French Market Collection

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French Market Collection – Sherie Brown Side Chair

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AVE Home

Neoclassical-style desk and Camille Demilune  are part of AVE Home’s RAW collection, comes unfinished which allows for custom paint and stain selection for a personal touch to your home.

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Kravet – Jan Showers collection

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Follow me on Instagram @idhomedecor  for  daily inspiration and to see my finds. Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

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When Country Meets Chic

Happy hump day.  Campbell and I started the day with a big pot of coffee. I enjoyed  a cup or two while we watched the fog and drizzle outside the window.  Country life is beautiful.  It is a simple life where things slow down.

I love living in the country, but then the city girl in me wants to go chic.  While I’m organizing and cleaning out my closet, I want to find my inner chic in the country.

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 Gardening and fashion now you have my attention. via

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If I ran through the fields with an umbrella in hand, in a designer gown, my neighbors might think I have gone crazy.  It’s great to escape in the editorial pages.

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Now what should I wear?

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Six Pieces Every Bedroom Needs and Two Things It Doesn’t

If there is one thing we all need more of this year is sleep.   Sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems and is a public safety issue. I personally have never had a problem with sleep.  In fact, I take my sleep seriously and so should you.  Making small changes in the bedroom is a great start.  It has been suggested that the bedroom should be between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep.  Besides the obvious bed, nightstand, pillows and sheets, there are 6  pieces every bedroom needs to bring calm and balance.


  1.  A comfortable mattress is key.
  2. Layer windows with shades and curtains.  Consider lining your curtains for your lifestyle (blackout liners and thermal liners).bedroom-essentials
  3. Reduce noise and keep floors warm in the bedroom with area rugs.
  4.  Use task lighting and overhead lighting.daughters-bedroom
  5. Select art that is calming.
  6. Create balance and comfort with a upholstered chair in the bedroom.
  7. Leave the TV in the family room in order to quiet the mind before going to bed.
  8. Return laptops and phones to office area.  The bedroom is for sleeping.

Consider using these six pieces every bedroom needs and two things it doesn’t for your next bedroom update. I am sure it will bring calm and balance for a restful sleep.


Image Credit:  Ivelisse de Leon, Kathy Kincade /House Beautiful

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Weekend Flowers

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Flowers are good for the soul.  Flowers help me get through the winter months.   A bunch of peonies gives my  living room a pop of color.  How do you get through the winter months?

Ivy de Leon

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5 Ways To Refresh The Home This New Year

The New Year brings new opportunities to resolve problem areas at home.  With some planning and great product sources, we could change the mood at home.   Think quality over quantity when making your selection. Here are 5 quality furniture pieces that will last you for years to come.

Cold floors no more.  Marco Rug  (New color: Navy)


Lowcountry Originals Dome Lantern


 Update the kitchen with classic saddle counter stools.


Club Chair for relaxing after a long day.


A bench has multiple use: the entry hall, extra seating, put a tray on it and it instantly becomes a coffee table or side table, a foot rest to relaxed tired feet.


With these 5 ways to refresh the home this New Year,  you will be on track to a great start.

Bunny Williams/Low Country/Rejuvenation/Bungalow5 – Club chair and Scalamandre Maison Medallion Gold Bench
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Getting Back On Point: Women In Business

Happy Power Monday! After struggling with the flu for 10 days, I am happy to be back on the blog. The Power Monday: Women In Business post is back.  It is a post to share Monday motivation, fashion picks, and articles/media I find help me during my work week.  I hope you find them helpful.


What To Wear

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What To Read: The Art of Following Up

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Ivy de Leon

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