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Susan's Little Black Book of Design Blog

Headlines for Single Guys

A huge thank you to Crain’s Chicago Business and freelance writer Anne Moore for featuring us in a fantastic article about interior design for single men.

Does Art Trend?

Are there trends in art? I think so… but I believe they are motivated by the artists’ desire to make a statement about what’s happening in the world around us.

Extravaganza of 3-D Art

Want to tour the huge, SOFA art fair in Chicago and learn about collecting and displaying art? Please stop by as I join a panel of interior design experts at 3 PM Friday, Nov. 3...

Dishing on Chicago Development

What are the trends in home amenities, technology and sustainability, and the next hot areas for residential development? That and much more was on the agenda during Modern Luxury's Developing Chicago event.

October 2017 | Trust Your Intuition

Do you listen to your intuition or as I like to call it, your “gut instinct”? I do, well almost all of the time, and so did Albert Einstein. When you do, you just sense that you are making the right decision, even though you can’t prove it.

Oh, Man!

Calling all single guys – please join me for a men’s event Tuesday, October 24, featuring my presentation on the latest in men’s interior design trends, a spirits tasting by Breakthru Beverage and fashion trends by Knot Standard.

Boomer Lifestyle Biz With Angela Miles

Baby boomers are keeping interior designers busy with lifestyle updates these days! Why?

Feeling Honored

We are all feeling so very honored! At the annual Design Excellence Awards event at the Merchandise Mart last week, we received another award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, for Best Bath by a Small Firm 2017.
Bedroom for River North Design District Gallery Walk designed by Sweet Peas Design

Dreaming of Art

We were thrilled to team up with artist Casey Matthews and Chicago Luxury Beds for the 3rd Annual River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk. All 17 showrooms may still be viewed through October 13.

Prehistoric Passion

I confess, I have a passion for petrified wood furnishings, and I’m not alone.

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.