Week Four – One Room Challenge Guest Participant – Mudroom Makeover


Week four of the One Room Challenge Guest Participants is here…that was fast.  I am working on the mudroom.  Little progress here.  The big decision for me this week is to add color or keep things neutral.


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Loving the Payne Hollyhock by Schumacher.  I have used the fabric in the kitchen already.

schumacher wallpaper

Brighton Pavilion  mural


No sink decision this week, but I am looking forward to the plumber removing  current  slop sink.   Meanwhile, I am shopping for lighting and paint this week.   In the meantime, do stop by and visit the other participants.    here

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Week Three – One Room Challenge Guest Participant – Mudroom Makeover

Hope you are all well.   Things are moving slowly here during week three of the One Room Challenge Guest Participant  Mudroom Makeover.  Week three has been mostly cleaning and organizing a messy, catch all room.

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(I promised you pictures, but I didn’t say they would be pretty.  The bunny is a dog toy.)

The freestanding utility sink is uncomfortable and not very pretty.   I do think utility sinks  come in handy,  maybe in the basement.

mudroom entry makeover

Service calls to the electrician and plumber were made last week.  Yesterday, I met the electrician to discuss adding electrical for two walls and moving the ceiling light to center them better in the doorway.

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I am super excited to get things moving now that the room has been cleaned up.  Tomorrow, I will be looking at crown molding samples.  The mudroom  has tall ceilings and needs  balance and a finishing touch to coordinate with the generous 11″  floor base molding.

Things will get messy here again, but in a good way….. progress.

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Week Two – One Room Challenge Guest Participant – Mudroom Makeover

We moved into our home five years ago.  Each year we tackle a new space.   We brightened up our kitchen and improved our front yard landscaping.

This year I planned to tackle the mudroom. orc1


After a mix of emotions had me questioning the start of my  project, I am feeling hopeful and excited for Week Two of the  One Room Challenge Guest Participants  back hall mudroom project.

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There are many functions  happening in a small space.
1. Laundry room 2. mudroom 3. A full closet


I’m having a  leopard bench crush.

This week I explored paint colors, wallpaper and sink options for the project…..white, green, and blue are catching my attention.   More decisions this weekend and more pictures coming.

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One Room Challenge Laundry Room – Week One


Taking a break from the news is a good thing.  I am joining the One Room Challenge Guest Participants.  Creating a functional laundry room/mudroom/back entry.

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Tonight, I have many decisions to make.    The One Room Challenge begins today, and will run for 8 weeks.  Each week, I’ll be sharing our progress by featuring one project along the way, and the full reveal will occur the last week of June.

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The New Normal with Covid-19 Restrictions

Overwhelmed does not begin to express the feelings many have during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Each day brings a new discovery and adjustment to our daily living.


Now that the toilet paper, paper towels and bottled water shortage has improved, I am living at a new normal with Covid-19.  Luckly, home is approximately 60 miles North of NYC.

Everyday I count my blessings twice.  Thankful for all essential workers bagging our groceries, mailing our packages, especially the medical workers and First Responders.

blue bathroom project

Finding joy in the middle of trying times is hard.


I’ve missed sharing my daily post (more like every 4 months post, I know).

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The blog brings me joy and I hope you will stick around.


Grab a cold glass of water and let’s catch up.

Stay safe and stay home while we all adjust to the new normal with Covid-19.

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March into Spring

Welcome back!   March brings spring renewal.   After taking a winter break from the blog,  March has me excited for Spring.    I’m starting to see snowdrops, daffodils and iris peeking in the flower beds, all signs of a new season of life.

What is exciting you for spring?


Let’s March into Spring together.   Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday Inspiration: The Week Ahead

Happy Monday!



Autumn days have us  craving cozy areas at home .. .

 layers of  animal prints in leopard and zebra patterns.

Madallion Black Single Bench


Love the look?   Get 10% OFF with code COZY now through Nov.30th

on bench & animal print rugs.

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 Ivy de Leon

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Welcome Autumn

Happy Autumn,

Hello friends, sorry for the radio silence.  Hope you had a great summer.

The leaves are changing at home.  Fall harvest is in full swing.


Finding inspiration is easy … beautiful blue sky… hay barrels …

Autumn Hudson Valley

rolling hills and sunflower fields.

Sunflower fields

The arrival of autumn brings friends and family home for apple picking.   Time to feather our nest and plan for the holidays.   I’ll be sharing more about my summer in the next blog post.   In the meantime,  catch up with me on Instagram @idhomedecor

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About Last Night : The Warwick, NY Historical Society

Rain could not dampen the festive mood at the  Ketchum House, last night.  Michael Bertolini’s home was all a buzz with members of the Warwick, NY Historical Society and Friends of the Hathorn House –Warwick’s Militia Commander Gen. John Hathorn

The small intimate gathering was history in the making.

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General John Hathorn and Elizabeth Welling, his wife, had a daughter, Catherine Cornelius.  Catherine was given French china as a wedding present in 1807.   The Hathorn  dishes were kept in the family from generation to generation.  Members of  the family migrated West.

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The Hathorn dishes were driven from Illinois back to Warwick, NY this week by a relative of Michael Bertolini.  Michael Bertolini is the curator for the Warwick Historical Society.

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The Warwick Historical Society presented the Hathorn dishes — on loan — to Sue Gardner, head of Friends of the Hathorn House, and The Stone House Inn.

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The Hathorn dishes will be stored and later put on display at The Stone House Inn, General John Hathorn’s house.  General John Hathorn’s  stone house is located on Hathorn Road in the town of Warwick, NY, just off Route 94.  It was built by Hathorn in 1773.   The stone house is currently under renovation.  The Stone House Inn is scheduled to open next year, we hope.  The first level will have a restaurant.  The second level will be occupied by Friends of the Hathorn House.

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June and summer are popular for wedding season.  I think it is romantic and appropriate to celebrate love and love of history.

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Ivy de Leon

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You’ll Love These Monday Blues


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Happy Monday!

We had a few rainy days, so I’m thinking of some favorite blues while blue skies roll in.  Paint, upholstery, garden stools and custom window shades are all available.

Thanks for stopping by.

Ivy de Leon

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