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.

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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.

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Below are some favorite sources to help you get started.

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


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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.


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Photo: Ivy de Leon

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

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

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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.

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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.

Quotes about Happiness : Affiches / Affiches de citations

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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