Welcome March Madness with these garden inspired tablescape essentials

March arrived like a lion.  While the snow melts, I’m seeing green and feeling lucky.

hello march

March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter have me excited to bring on the green tablescapes.

OB-spring table

French Garden orange dinner plateBoston wine goblet villeroy & Boch


Dutch tulips and boxwood topiary are favorites all year through.  They are readily available and are economical.

tulip style round dining table

I’ve had a crush on the  Saarinen inspired tulip style dining table , a mix of modern and classic.


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These are some of my favorite every day pieces for a garden inspired tablescape.

March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are looking good.

Bordallo Pinheiro  Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Cheese Plate, Price: $135.00 in New York, NY from Vista AlegreJuliska natural bamboo 5 piece place setting


A classic mix of  tabletop style with a casual laid-back feel.

What’s inspiring you this March?

Shop my style:   table / cabbage dinnerware / glassware /  Natural bamboo  flatware


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No Monday Blues Here

Happy Monday!

powderroom  qoute


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Men Style: Tune Up Your Home

Have it together at work, but at home you just need a few more hands to organize your lifestyle.   That’s all right! New Year, New you! Right!

Men style

New Year

be happy

Design a life you love.

natural bathroom

Each day is a fresh start!

black and gray bathroom

do it now

Make it comfortable, elevate your morning and dinner routine.



kitchen bench

Natural rugs and indoor/outdoor rugs are easy to clean and update any room.

natural rugs

Sleep is important.  Admit that your home needs help.  Get in the game and do something about it.

tone on tone bedroom

You’ll feel much better coming home.

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Ivy de Leon


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Three New Year Wants That Cost No Money

Happy New Year!



The celebration continues at home as we enjoy a few more days with family.  Yes, I ate a few too many gingerbread cookies, but I have also been on a some gym workout dates with my husband, which keep things interesting.


Today, I am sharing delicious mocktails  recipes to enjoy,  because alcohol-free should not mean boring.  Stay healthy, work hard, be kind …. these are my New Year wants.


My New Year wants cost no money.  Health is the New Rich.


Happy Friday!  Cheers to a pinch of sparkle, great health and lots of new projects  in 2019.

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How to Make Your Home Smell Amazing for the Holidays

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Fresh and dried spices are plentiful in my mom’s kitchen.  In my home, I carry on the tradition with the fresh natural scents of the holidays.  Are you looking to fill your home with the sweet fragrance of the holiday season without the candles? The smell of cloves and oranges smells heavenly.  It seems the cloves help preserve the orange as it dries and acts as an anti-microbial.

Pomanders make a lovely holiday decoration and can last up to a year if they dry out without getting moldy.


To make a pomander you will need a toothpick, orange, lemon or other firm citrus, stemmed cloves.  Decide on an pattern.  Poke a hole with the tooth pick and insert stemmed clove.  For quick even drying, add orrisroot in reasealable plastic bag,  shake until orange is coated.


A blue and white porcelain bowl is classic and colorful.   The kitchen smells amazing.  I also made pomanders for the front door hall to greet holiday guest.

pomander kitchen

I hope you try this easy DIY on how to make your home smell amazing for the holidays.

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Three Renter Friendly Removable Wallpaper Paper Projects

Removable Peel & Stick Wallpaper is now more beautiful.  These three projects are sure to get you inspired.


Framed sections of wallpaper are a great idea that is cost saving and movable when it’s time to find another apartment.


Because some times you want just a little wallpaper, decorate a small section of a closet to give it some wow factor.  Diana Elizabeth’s  tiny closet reveal is efficient and stylish.

wallpaper spoon flower


Below are some favorite sources to help you get started.

Tempaper Designs   / Walls Need Love / Chasing Paper /  Target / Spoon Flower


Thanks for stopping. Ivy de Leon


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The Romance of the Country

Happy Monday.

The Hudson Valley is beautiful! I love the romance of living in the country. Crisp air, apples orchards, pumpkin fields and corn maze are everywhere.


Enjoying walks on the Appalachian trail with my husband… hand in hand.


Photo: Ivy de Leon

I’m loving the chunky sweaters, plaids and layers ……… flower prints, lace and tweed…so romantic   …. The extra long coat, yes please.


 Photo by Tomás de la Fuente, the model poses outdoors in the fall collections

Now, more than ever,  take good care of myself.

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It could be as simple as a cup of tea …. getting a manicure instead of gardening more.


Rodney Smith Photography


Photo: Ivy de Leon

country romance

Or just stopping to look at the birds and listen to the wind.

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

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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.

fall outdoors apple cider

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?

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Baroque wall mirror https://amzn.to/2MG7kNS

Ralph Lauren Home makes the mix look effortless.

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

ralph lauren stripes


 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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