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Tune in Today! Introducing Susan's Video Tips

Welcome to the debut of video tips and inspiration from Sweet Peas Design, hosted by yours truly! 

Missed our Dorm Room 101 Discussion On Fox News? Here It Is!

A big thank you to Sylvia Perez at Fox 32. I had such fun selecting all the dorm necessities for Dorm Room 101! In case you missed our discussion on Saturday morning, watch here.

Go-To Favorite Paint Colors

A big thank you to Chicago Woman for publishing our favorite go to neutral paint colors…. Try one on your walls, ceiling or cabinets, we promise you’ll like it!

Dorm Room 101 With Sylvia Perez On Fox News

Thousands of kids in Chicago will be heading to college this month and many for the first time. The big question… what to bring? Your child’s dorm room is their home away from home.  Functionality is key. A dorm room needs to be well organized, cozy, have a touch of home and be a bit “college proof”.

July 2017 | Safety, Exclusivity, and Contentment

The heart and soul of design is to make our home a safe haven where we can be surrounded by our family and friends and the furnishings that we gathered and edited to help make us feel comfortable and special. Our goal is contentment!

Floor Show

“Floor art” is fun, fills awkward empty spaces, and it’s another way to bring your personality to life in a room.

Irresistibles

I’m back with another installment of Irresistibles – our newest blog feature spotlighting must-have furnishings that my team and I discover during our search for treasures.

Missed the WGN Interview? Here It Is!

Many thanks to Cortney Hall at WGN’s Midday Fix for inviting me and Kendra Chaplin, publisher and founder of Chicago Woman Magazine, to be on her show last week!

Watch WGN Midday News Friday for Fierce 50

First WLS-AM, now WGN Channel 9 - it’s great to be one of the “Fierce 50!”

Tune In to WLS-AM Sunday - Fierce 50 Revolution

What an honor… I was thrilled to be selected for The Fierce 50 Revolution by Chicago Woman Magazine!

KKG-Whiz!

We are thrilled that our makeover of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority house has been featured in the summer newsletter of Kravet Inc., a major, national furnishings company!

June 2017 | BITS + PIECES

More and more I am discovering that I often see the world in bits and pieces rather than as a whole. My eye is attracted to the wrought-iron grillwork above a doorway, an architectural accent on a building, or the pattern of the support grid on a bridge

Winging It

Upholstered, wingback beds are perfect for soaring off into dream land.

Crystal Clear Shelving

Crystal-clear glass shelves with metal framework are surging in popularity again for many reasons. I call them "shelving with a view!"

Unveiling Nude Artwork

There is something very beautiful, organic and truthful about nude artwork, but it's important to establish the right tone.