Making Memories At Home

Hello October!


Fall arrived with a few changes at home.  We sent our youngest off to college.  Thankful for the pups keeping me company.


My sons are spending more time at home and we are enjoying fresh cider and warm donuts ….  the farm is a 20 minute walk from home.

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Next month, it will be three years we closed on the house.  We are enjoying the house  making memories at home and taking on a few projects.   The blog posts have been few as I have not been feeling well, but happy to be back on the mend.

Here is a look back to our family Halloween table.


              Bow Tie Pasta and Shrimp


Are you getting in the Halloween Spirit?

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Ivy de Leon

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Summer Refresh: Do Better

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Happy Monday!

Last week was busy and the weekend was crazy.  A walk in nature is always refreshing for me.  I really need to revamp my fitness routine ….. okay I don’t really have one, do you?

A few miles of hiking …. it felt like a few miles….. but really it was 1,600 steps.   My legs are tired today, but it feels good……Hours outdoor  made my skin feel dirty and dull, too.  A long shower and products from my favorite skin and makeup line Beauty Counter had me refreshed and glowing ……. ready for a new week.


Kicking of the week with a five minute face routine…beauty products that are “clean” and “safe. “



What’s your makeup morning routine?  Is your makeup safe?  Find out more here.

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Summer Stripes: All American Style

Summer is in full swing and the living is easy.  Summer blue and white…. stripes…. are always in style.

Ralph Lauren Home

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Ralph Lauren Home makes the mix look effortless.

A mix of elegance, yet simple and oh so chic.table lamp

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 American style….simple… comfortable.  We all love blue and white, right?

Like the look too? … find more on my store front here.  

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Monday Motivation: You Are Enough

Happy Monday!


Monday motivation…. reminder….you are enough!  All the little parts make us unique.

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34737670_227815534615171_6602775141082464256_n  Get up and do what you do, learn, grow, share and happiness will follow.

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Rise Then Shine: Hello Summer!

Hello Summer!

It has been a while since my last post.  At first it was just that I was feeling uninspired, then family matters took over and then I was sick.  Happy to report that I’m now feeling better and happy to be doing what I love.  Each day I rise and shine is a blessing.

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Staying in touch on Instagram all the while, so I hope you are following.  What is inspiring me today?  The white kitchen I dreamed about is finally my reality.  We gave our kitchen a face-lift: paint, new subway tile backsplash, countertops.  I love it!  I have a few more details to finish so stay tune for more.


Are you excited as I am that is finally summer?  I’m thrilled to be home enjoying the pool and my family.


It feels good to be back on the blog. Missed you.  Hope you are having a fun and safe summer!

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Listen to: Her Money – Podcast with Jean Chatzky

Ep 92: What’s The Worst That Could Happen? We Ask Sharon Epperson

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Ivy de Leon

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Disco Ball Fun In Interior Design


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What am I crazy about this week?  This week I’m crazy for disco balls in interior design.  Honestly, I have been wanting a disco ball for a while.  Disco balls bring an element of fun into a room instantly.  Why be so serious?  It’s more than okay to be you!  I fell in love with the Metcalfe’s  Manor,  the country home of Brooke Metcalfe and Julian Metcalfe.


Architectural Digest Magazine – Photography by Ricardo Labougle and Styled by Carolina Irving

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The Manhattan West Village home of Jos and Annabel White features a disco ball in the bathroom.  I like the tall ceilings in the renovated three-story townhouse and the tone on tone decor.


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Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo via House and Garden Magazine UK


What decor element are you holding back on?   For me, it’s the disco ball.  Finally, I feel I found the right spot for it in my home.   I hope I inspired you to embrace what you love and incorporate it into your design.

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Inspired by the New England Patriots Super Bowl 52

I may be the only one not eating wings and drinking beer during Super Bowl 52 at home. Truth be told, I watch very little football …. even the Super Bowl. Call me crazy, but I find it hard to watch the tackling. Contact sports are hard for me to watch. The Super Bowl inspires me in other ways like sharing spaces inspired by the New England Patriots team who are playing tonight against the Philidelphia Eagles.

Let’s tour a restored New England historic home in Cape Cod.

The Amos Otis House, a center-chimney cape, has stood alongside Route 6A—Cape Cod’s Old King’s Highway—in Barnstable since 1745.  By the time Robert Bagshaw and David Lancaster discovered it for sale, however, the old place had seen far better days. Wildlife had moved in, and nature was taking over the property. “It was so overgrown you couldn’t see it from the street,” Bagshaw says.


“The best part of the main area is the reclaimed timber frame,” says Hostetter. “It really makes a dramatic impression and gives some character to the newer part of the house so it ties into the older portion out front.”

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with old beams.  They are beautiful.  I hope to add a  few somewhere in our Cape Cod home if the hubby agrees.

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Windsor chairs, yes, please!

Beams from an eighteenth-century New Hampshire barn frame the view from the living room to the backyard.


Builder Adam Hostetter, Hostetter Home/ Photos: Nat Rea

With a look back at the project’s ramshackle beginnings as well as another salute to their porcine neighbors, the couple dubbed the house Sow’s Ear. “It was a bigger project than anticipated, and it took on a life of its own,” Bagshaw says, “But we just jumped in with both feet and moved forward.”

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The kids’ room is decorated in red, white, and blue and featuring a pair of rope-hung beds. Vintage pieces add warmth and history.

I appreciate the homeowners who are able to emotionally and financially save historic homes.  See more of this beautiful historic home at New England Home.   The half-time show is almost here.  Enjoy your night!

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Women In Business: Monday Motivation

Monday Motivation



Hello, again!

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!  I had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends.  This time of year, when everything seems to move faster, I’m making a conscious effort to slow down, taking time to reach out to friends and making phone calls to family members I don’t always speak to because life gets busy.  Of course,  I’m thankful for you, too.  Let’s stay connected and give thanks every day for all the little things.

After a great turkey dinner, this week I’m looking forward to getting back into a fitness routine.  I’m in need of some Monday motivation.  Staying healthy is important for us women in business and at home…. family business.   Maybe an upgrade to my work-out gear will give me some Monday motivation.  I think hitting the treadmill would be more fun in these hi-vis leggings from Tory Sport.  The leggings are also great for outdoors.  They have a white reflective tape detailing designed for low-light visibility (now that it gets dark earlier).   The Merino hat and tech gloves are stylish and are a must-have to keep warm after a workout.


Tory Sport:  Leggings, Merino hat, Merino tech gloves

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How are you staying motivated today?

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One Room Challenge Guest Participant Week 7 – Powder Room Reveal

IMG_2223This is it!  The moment has arrived for the One Room Challenge Guest Participant reveal.  I’m so excited to share with you my DIY powder room makeover.  Before you continue, let’s remember where I started.


Last month I was horrified by my powder room.   Fast forward 7 weeks …now I’m as happy as a clam.The powder room is a cozy surprise upon entering.  It is painted in Farrow and Ball Drawing Room Blue.   The paint is silky and rich.   After painting one wall, I hesitated to paint all four walls in a dark color.  I’m so happy I did!   (It took me three days to paint a small powder room.  At 5ft tall, it wasn’t easy.  The powder room ceiling height is 12ft.  I managed to stay on the ladder and finish the job.)



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The large Ming vessel sink I found fit perfectly in the powder room cabinet.   I also used marble contact paper to cover the top of the cabinet to keep it from being damaged.  In the spring, I hope to replace it with marble stone.

Getting everything centered around the Grohe wall mount faucet was a challenge,  not to mention the installation of the faucet was not easy.  (This  is when you call the plumbing professionals.)


Remember the awful lighting the powder had before?   Now I have two beautiful vintage sconces with custom-made Brunschwig & Fils lamp shades in Les Touches fabric.


A few months ago I found a great Drexel Heritage mirror.   It now has a permanent place.   It is the perfect fit for the wall above the sink.

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A few items did not arrive in time for the reveal so I did the next best thing…. shop the house.  One of my favorite pieces:  The White Egret print by Mary Maguire art.


I love my powder room makeover.  It was fun participating with all the talented bloggers and designers.  Thank you, Linda, At Calling It Home and Media Partner House Beautiful.  Now grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy the other fabulous reveals here.

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