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Susan's Video Tip #5 - Blueprint for Success

Beautiful homes start with a good plan and a great team. In this video tip I team up with one of my most trusted contractors, Garry Hattam of Carpentry Services of Illinois, to explain why working hand-in-glove with a contractor yields the best results.

Please Vote for Team SPD

We would love to have your vote of confidence! Sweet Peas Design is again competing in the annual ASID Illinois (American Society of Interior Designers) Design Excellence Awards, and this year for the first time the organization has added a People’s Choice Award.

September 2017 | Rebelling Against Open Floor Plans

Feeling the need for a little privacy? You’re not alone! While open floor plans have ruled the roost in home design for many years, homeowners are beginning to feel the strain of too much family togetherness.

Susan's Video Tip #4 - Collaborating with a Designer to Love Your Home

Ready to fall in love with your home? In this segment I talk about avoiding costly design mistakes and I stop by the Mart to check out samples at the Edelman Leather showroom, managed by Jane Evans, and to visit Jerome Fitzgerald, showroom manager at Kravet.

Susan's Video Tip #3 - Creating Positive Energy

Time to get charged up! In this segment of Video Tips, I chat with my good friend and leading intuitive Jillian Maas Backman, who says the energy in your home doesn’t come solely from electrical currents.

RNDD Gallery Walk & Art Talk

Need an art fix? Mark your calendars – the 3rd Annual River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk returns on Friday, September 8, from 4 to 9 PM, and we are thrilled to be participating again!

Susan's Video Tip #2 - My Home

In this second segment of video tips I will take you inside my Chicago condo to reveal what my home says about me.

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.


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!