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Sweater Chairs, Sheepskin, Lamp Fur Oh My…Time To Stop Fantasizing And Buy!

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Coming in from the cold as a child, meant hot chocolate, cookies and hopefully cartoons. On a day like today, when my iPhone app says 10 degrees Fahrenheit, coming in from the cold, after walking the dog off-leash in Central Park, meant salivating for a strong shot of caffeine, cleaning up the kids breakfast dishes; feeding the dog, turning on the lizards heat lamps (yup) and trying to pretend that I didn’t have one heck of a work load ahead of me-business and family focused combined…of course.

So I procrastinate.  I think about how I have not “been back” writing my design blog…and as I found myself  fantasizing about all the cool indulgent design driven items that I was yearning to have in my apartment all at once (such as a 6 pelt sheepskin!) I figured…why not share?  So here I am, back again….but in from the cold, drenched in sexy, wooly and cozy sweater styled home décor. Enjoy!

The easiest way to make a sofa or chair warm and relaxing is by throwing on a classic fur (faux would be easier to stomach) or sheepskin, which can be found at numerous sites on the internet, including Ikea.

Cowhides of ANY color can visually add warmth to your room-try a classic from IKEA or explore the variety on eCowhides.com

   My favorites…a teal Lamb Fur pillow from MOE’s plus LOVE this “what to do with…” my old boyfriend sweaters

 Adding anything next to your fireplace works too!!!  Stay cozy 😉 Suzy

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Back From Running-Coloring My World Again

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It’s been a year…ok, just a bit over a year that I have been scouring the web for fabulous photos and inspirational design ideas for all of us that love visual beauty for our home.

I didn’t stop because I stopped loving the design world-it was the reverse effect. I became entirely enamored with all of the beauty of design and how it integrates into our everyday lives that I found myself falling into more and more adventures…or rather projects, that kept the hours in my day on a tight and rigid schedule.

On the side-I did run. I trained for nearly a year for the NYC marathon. Sadly Hurricane Sandy hit leaving the New York that I love and its surrounding areas struggling to get back to what was normal. On that Sunday that the marathon was to have taken place, I found myself running into Staten Island to help bring supplies and worked to help organize a shelter that was bursting with amazing people doing the same. I felt I did a dent into what was truly needed. This experience reminded me how important a home is and always will be for each of us.

When I see a homeless “person” (and sadly it can be a man or woman with children…) on the street, I think of how lucky I am to have my home and to be able to provide for my family. My home that I always ponder what it needs…what I should do to “fix it up” with this or that. I trust that this desire for always “wanting” is what keeps us feeling human.

There is a middle aged man who sleeps across the street from my building every now and then, here in Manhattan. He sets up a little center stage for himself to encompass his luggage of personal items, and where he will rest his eyes for the night. He always has on a bright orange hat, which is how I know it’s him. Last week I was walking my dog, and I was passing a stretch of dark, heavy garbage bags, layered one on top of the other, about seven feet high. I could see the garbage bags, left out for pick up in the early morning, went on for about 20 feet. As I approached the center of this stench, there was a five foot black leather sofa stuffed in-between the layers of these stacks. Gingerly sitting on the middle seat cushion was the man with the orange hat. I was taken aback, partly because I was horrified for him to be sitting so relaxed in the midst of this odor of garbage, from all the people that lived luxuriously in the building above him, but mostly because I secretly felt impressed he found comfort in the attractive, worn black leather sofa that he perched himself on for the night. We began to talk. He was suddenly the host of his own party. He began to tell me how the “guys” from the building brought him the sofa, that was considered junk by its former owner,  so that he could be comfortable for his night time rendezvous with our block. He went on to show me how another kind person brought him a warm coat, fleece, shoes and socks…in orange…because they knew it was his favorite color.

Long sigh. Color never leaves our lives no matter where we are in it…dark greys to energizing greens to soul comfort oranges. Color is our home…Home is truly where the heart is.

I now know that inspiration is everywhere-I want to share it once again.

Thanks for listening-

Best

Suzy

Running Home…My Design Inspiration

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I’m a runner. I like saying that actually because it took me a few years to really admit it to myself. My body knew it but my mind kept saying I’m a fake runner. What that essentially means I can’t say. I just don’t know. Maybe it was times like when I was out till 3am for my friends bachelorette party and boozing it up slightly (yes, us “moms” can have a little booze time fun) and still meeting my running partner at 8:30am. (This is after getting up at 6:45am to get my kids off to school). Running a slow nauseas pace for 6 miles should have given me the insight that I was a committed runner…yet I assumed I was a fake because I was almost certainly running with various top shelf alcohol still left in my veins. Not a role model moment. But I am runner (now) and I really, really LOVE it! Long time in the making, I took it seriously the day after the 2010 ING NYC Marathon. For years, I watched the runners of all shapes, sizes and speeds pass me by on the side lines as I cheered them on…saying to myself, one day that will be me. So last year I decided to make it me. I entered my first race December 2010 and now have completed nine, from a 5k to a half marathon. This also means, via NYRR, I qualify (plus one volunteer race) for the 2012 ING NYC Marathon. I had a goal and I worked for it. I am competitive in nature, but mostly with myself, when it comes to this sport. At my, ah-hem, age (well, I’m not 21 yr anymore…) I find myself wanting to move just a speedy as the coveted 25-29 age group. Somehow I understand I will never run a 5 minute mile, so I’m thrilled that I can push an 8 minute miler at best. Ok, it’s really an 8:06 …for those non-runners…that 6 seconds is everything.

So why am I blabbing about running…isn’t this a blog about design? Well, yes and no. Let me pose this next thought…what in our lives doesn’t have to do with design? Life is simply creative. The way we choose to dress ourselves, the work we take, the places we grasp in our minds, the people we converse and entertain with, and how we spend our minutes, all lead us to visual “something’s”. Setting the parameters for the sweet goal of getting into the marathon was no different than setting up a client’s extensive renovation project. Or thoughts about what to do in my own home? What changes can I make? What goals can I achieve in the next year? Renovate the kitchen?  I had a goal to complete and I took all the necessary steps to get there. Were there obstacles? Of course…such is life. I had exhaustion & chronic fatigue at times, dehydration on runs, and an injury 2 weeks before my half marathon. They were small bumps that needed attention and were fixed with patience. Just like a home has decorative defeats and needs a little devotion.

So with the excitement of watching the 2011 ING marathon this past Sunday, I thought about what the next year will bring with my training. I also thought about what I do consistently on my runs. And it hit me calmly. Just as a project for a client whose end sight is identical…it’s all about coming home. I love my home, although there are a million changes I’d love to make there every day, it’s still a warm place, where my kid’s childhood memories are planted. Unfortunately for many, and there are an obvious wide range of reasons, coming home is not so easy for all. So like running, when it comes to finding a place to call home that we can truly enjoy, we need to override the agony and push on. We need to find our inspiration.

What can you find in your life that inspires you to go running to any place you call home? There are so many inspirations that can lead us home. Below are just a few that inspired me after I Google’d “running home”. Random in composition, yet points out the variety of movement in our everyday life.

Enjoy!

fineartamerica.com

danzfamily.com

http://musicvsmisery.tumblr.com

pixcluas.com

jeffersonatwesttown.lincolnapts.com

superstock.com

Guess childhood running and nature are my inspiration today! Would love to hear what inspires you!

Email me at suzy@designeyez.com or post any thoughts to FACEBOOK.

All my  best,

Suzy

Antler Antics…See How They Shine

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Want to throw a quick something out there that a client recently reminded me of…the Antler chandelier! VERY popular a few years back, I began gazing at these seemingly childhood delights aka reminds me of Santa Clause & poor Rudolph, and realized why they are still so striking.

Each appears unique…and most likely will be…and there are a great number of companies that will customize them to your liking. No need for the rustic bone color style either, there is at least one company that will make your Antler glee into any Benjamin Moore color that you desire. Think hot ruby red or even a citrus orange to brighten up any family room, entry or any other space that craves attention.

SO here are a few reminders of why & how these grand lighting fixtures can charm a room and light up your cool, brisk winters. Just please, please remember…overdoing it (or anything) is a buzz kill! Keep it simple. Also keep in mind for those of the faint hearted, you can also purchase faux styles too…they should be able to keep Santa & Rudolph in business.

Below are some inspiring & unique pieces…with some down to earth as well as earth-shattering (ok not really but liked the play on words) locations for these beauties.

damasketdentelle.com

elledecor.com

make mine eclectic

celebrate creation

kryve

decor8.com

The above is my favorite!

If one was being shipped to your home…what color would it be and where would you place it!?

Love to hear what you have to say…

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Best,

Suzy

All You Need Is Now

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All you need is now is actually Duran Duran’s 2011 album title. So I’m not even original. But I loved Duran Duran when I was a young (young) teen so there is that. Right now I would love to scour the web for new & exciting design inspirations but I’m just feeling overwhelmed with the big floating lists in my head. It’s one of those moments. Not sure if my best excuse would be that I have writers block…because I really can’t say that since I downright pen my way through this blog for fun. So next I consider that I’m having a designer moment. What would that mean anyway? That I’m staring at a blank canvas? Well, feel that’s getting closer.

Then there’s the mommy defense…but no one needs to hear me moan (about that)…we’re all doing the same juggling act in the 3 ring circus that everyone else forgot to come and watch. That may fit the bill a little closer (and what exactly does fit the bill mean!?). Here it is-my now. I’m in a moment that I want to do it all but I need too many of me. I want to be home, re-organize my shelves; design a new, cooler, thinner dish rack for when I hand wash my kids “I made it” dishes; I want my hands to stay looking young after I wash those dishes; re-arrange my furniture so I can do it again next week; look up recipes on the internet to make a mommy award meal for my kids tonight; design a new sexy dark rustic brown & snow white bathroom for my Chelsea client; tutor my kids when homework gets hard; look for gorgeous hip hospitality wallpaper for my man’s new restaurant; continue to be the good girl outside of the bedroom; kind of review the paperwork sitting on my desk in my office; shop for stunning fabric for a new project  and most likely and possibly go for a quick 3 mile run before the rain hits central park.

Ok, that’s a normal I’m overwhelmed with it all but I’m ready to just-do-it (that’s Nike…not original there either). SO for my now moment, I’m sharing this amazing hotel that I first visited two years ago…and hopefully will be going there again for an anniversary weekend soon in December (hint to a certain somebody who should be reading this blog!).The Modrian hotel in South Beach, Miami is illuminating in an amiable way. You walk into an air of modern luxury, with over scaled chandeliers and stairways that lead to nowhere particular.  It is extremely stylish and tremendously trendy. It will most likely have to be renovated sporadically over the years. Yet the details are appealing and should actually be looked at individually…not as a whole. And because of that, it is timeless.

As a whole, it can be overwhelming, as most of us feel living a very normal life. Instead, as in our own lives, I like to look at the Mondrian’s details one by one…because the design choices are each very distinct and can stand on their own. So without the need to quickly pass through the pool lounge, the lobby, the hallways & the spacious rooms…I am walking slowly and catching the little details like the Danish sailing tile that appears on the kitchen wall beyond the bright orange four person card table; as an ocean rocks below a bursting sunset. In this regard, it becomes a reminder to smell the roses (or the fresh brew of strong aromatic coffee), and take the side road to look at life’s important details because those niceties are what make us all whole.

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Above is the lobby slash one of the bar areas slash the other side (below) is one of the dining tables of Asia de Cuba…look at those liberty bell shape lights and the glow of gold that peers out from the inside.

And this interesting all white bubble ball tree thing? Well it caught my attention.

  Mondrian, A Morgans Hotel, Miami Beach, United States of America, Dining

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Sailing away with interesting detail on the tile in the kitchenettes that accomodate each room….

Makes you want to have breakfast in bed.

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Mondrian/ Morgan Hotel

SO many details…see how taking it slow sometimes can really make a difference?

Let me know if you have ever stayed at the Mondrian or any other amazing hotel that you would like to share!

Email me at suzy@designeyez.com

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Thanks for taking a peek!

Best

Suzy

My color hue…where does the love begin?

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Splattered over our hands, face & favorite pair of jeans, we just happened to wear that day, the color of paint has arrived in our lives just as a peacock discovers the beauty of its feathers. Regardless if you’ve actually ever painted a room or piece of furniture yourself, you at least have walked into a freshly painted room that was soon to be yours. I hope.

Every color that I’ve gawked at affectionately after a finished project, I seem to fall in love with…but what instigates this love? Stressfully probing the right color for your home has many stages. In the last week I fell in love with the natural colors and real life images in Benjamin Moore’s color stories.  I put my dunce cap back on, firmly, realizing my preoccupation with the creative images via the internet is exactly where this love does originate.

If you are prepared to feel inspired-then simple start to Google your favorite pictures, or find that old photo album from childhood or any good ‘old days you want. If you discover comfort in the images you saved, then you are ready to add color to your life.

I’ve serenely pulled out a few favorite shots and searched for their interior counterpart. The result? Remembering that color and inspiration is precisely where it has always been…smack out in front of our everyday lives.

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 The Nimes, France apartment below has a quiet strength inspired by a tall strip of limestone, combined with the perfected colors and texture of the lotus flower in any garden. It makes you just want to kick back and take in the goodness.

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Yup… the kitchen sink. No need to throw it out when it comes to color-my-home creativeness. Did you think color was only for the rainbow? Look past the stainless and see the splendor of shadows in the multitude of gray tones. The glaring strike of a bright light hitting the metal inspires a balance with warm whites. The coolness of the raised console panels and gray toned walls below, say-“get outta the kitchen & come hang with me”.

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quitinlake.com

Miles flow visually while gazing at an outstretch of land that shines, with the brightness of a sunset, as the canola fields do above. No better place to dare this color of kingdom as a massive, modern bathroom. The incredible smoothness of the materials below show that color shines bright on any surface. I say throw a sheep skin rug on the floor and read a book in the sunshine.

yellow iglass bathroom interior

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andykatzphotography.com

OK-so you love the idea of color-but you just painted your walls last month? Well, turn that energizing photo onto your furniture. Afraid to commit to your indoor treasures? Use the idea on your outdoor furniture first. Try a bold color,  regardless what climate you live in year round. It will brighten up your day no matter how many clouds loom above.The colorful adirondeck chairs below give life to the mute forest green front porch.

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When peering over your grouping of fave photos…remember that you only need one teeny bit of the actual composition to inspire you. As an artist gets carried away from his subject after a euphoric emotion, let the details inspire you alongside the palette you are craving.  The solitude of a deserted orange motor boat drifting in the warm Caribbean colored sea, as above,  can be your beginning. Bring other aspects of nature in and you get a levelheaded & stylish dining space as seen below.

Elle Decor

Show us your inspirational photos!

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Enjoy!

Suzy