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Back From Running-Coloring My World Again



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-




Running Home…My Design Inspiration



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.








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,


Sex sells…shouldn’t it be in our home & on our walls too?


Long dark hallways & sexy bedrooms are not just for Hollywood homes.  Nor is the deep, rich color black subjected to Halloween costumes & spider shaped cookies.  Shouldn’t we be seduced every time we walk into our humble abode without using the idea of sweet flower patterns & heart shaped accessories?  Dark, lavish colors can often be used to balance an intimate, contemporary interior by instilling a sensual warmth.  Think of a seductive, attractive boutique hotel or a warm, candle lit champagne bubble bath (never had a champagne bath myself but I’m just imagining…& figuring I’d have a glass or 2 of vino to go with it…. and my man). Ok-my point- is sexy hotness that can easily be translated into a paint color (yup) so that you can dream of seduction every time you walk into your home. Nothing wrong with that I suppose! Here are some interiors that could fake the fact that you love living with color. It’s all about how deep you can go…with color. What’s interesting is that the secret to a heartfelt, intimate space, is not only the depth of a shadow from an ebony wall or suggestive piece of furniture, but from the use of a stark contrast that generates from a sun-bleached floor to worthy, happy lighting.

I’m prepared to stay home and feel seduced by my own vintage wine colored walls. Maybe  I’ll even try, at last, that sparkling candle lit champagne bath (try Prosecco if you are going for it-just as good and MUCH more cost effective!) with a new can of high gloss universal black by my side.


Dining rooms are one of the best spaces in your home to bring in some dark magic to spell out that you not only have amazing taste, but that your style is fun and flirty with sex appeal. You have to own it when you’ve got it. Notice that this is where a white ceiling does work to allocate a sharp contrast from the modern black damask wallpaper. The burst of sunlight & silver accents add to the flow. The dining spaces below are just as appealing with their own unique play on how opposites attract.


apartment therapy

A strong coat of color makes any wall solid with sophistication.


freshdesign/ 123rf.com



studioilse.com/     interiordesignpro.org


Luxurious homes have surrendered for years the use of a sleek ebony brown/black to spice up life in the bedroom. Even on a simple level, you can declare your inner tiger (or your safari manic zebra) in the bedroom.


Yes…and we all know the rest of the house can count too…but bedrooms & bathrooms & even dining rooms seem more fun because they are more sensual.

…however, I LOVE this very masculine, yet feline inviting library  and the office space below.

Elle Decor


Are you willing to bring sexy into your home somewhere?

If you have a great color to share -post a photo to our FACEBOOK  page

….or email me directly suzy@designeyez.com

I’d love to see your designs!







Can My Home Office Be PINK?…And Other Colors. Design Ideas To Set Up In Your Abode


Home office organization gone colorful.


Working from home can be everyone’s dream…and everyone’s nightmare. I still debate the concept with myself today. After I had my kid’s over 10 years ago, I began to work again, from home. With two kids under 3 years old it wasn’t the break I was looking for when I thought of “going back to work”. I decided while building my business, it would be great to work for another designer, in a really cool office space, that got me out of the house,  doing what I considered important. Then my own business started to grow. I would come home from the cool office, to be with my kids, put them to bed, and work into the wee hours of the night. I was exhausted. I decided to work from home again full time. After this yo-yo diet of job considerations, I finally moved my own business out of the house. I was relieved to separate my home and work life. Now that my kids are out of the house and in school, I set up my “home office” for when I want to work from home and not go into my office. Dreary alone, I realized color and organized color is the way to perk up the spirits when you’re dabbling in tons of paperwork and sitting at a computer all day. A single hot pink wall did the trick in my tiny corner. I’m there now, writing this from home…still in my PJ’s. Guess there’s a pleasant dream of having a home office. I can take a nap when I’m done.

See these other dreamy, colorful home office and desk designs that you can use to feel that sliver of “isn’t this cool” moment when you grasp the fact; working from home isn’t such a bad idea. Enjoy!


Whether fuchsia pink, robin’s egg blue or sunset yellow…any one color on a dominant wall can help set the stage for a home office. This tranquil wall above, with the framed art taking over, creates a defined space that makes you feel important. Take the moment. Your kid is waking up from their nap soon.


Suzy León                                                         HGTV

Sometimes we’re stuck and have no choice in our space but to either set up a desk in our bedrooms (caution to the wind…this only works if you have no paper trail and only use a laptop) or right nearby in what we used to consider a closet. These necessary evils can work if you can really keep it neat in the bedroom (which should always be a peaceful place) or if you can truly give up an entire coat closet. Typical in urban apartments, a “closet office” works very well since you can shut the door to your mess when you are done for the day. Just still keep it fun and pull up a colorful chair when working as above.


Yes, that’s a changing table right next to that very well organized home office. One of you will have to move from that space eventually so I like how it is functional now for both you & baby, yet if you get booted, the shelves & desk space will be perfect for your brilliant kid to do homework.

PinkOffice First Post

chicgeek designs

For those a bit nervous to just go for the color…you can still do it in small waves. This elegant set up does have that friendly whisper of a pink painted in the back wall of the bookshelves. Love the center inspiration board area for photos and reminders, plus the simplicity of the sleek, mod glass desk.

Just love the fact that this home office is built right in to its own little corner. Probably a whole other topic the built-in, but here we can still add hints of color with file organizers and storage boxes. Maybe there is a brilliant purple chandelier hanging nearby…that would be cool.

Have you done any recent home office projects? Would love to see them! We’re thinking of adding a page for DesignEyez friends to share their projects-so let us know if you like that idea!

You can always email me with questions or post now on our facebook page. Thanks for hanging out…hope you enjoyed the read!

Best, Suzy