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Susan's Little Black Book of Design Blog

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!


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.

"Irresistibles" Debuts

That’s irresistible! At Sweet Peas Design I hear that expression…

May 2017 | Change is Beautiful

Ben Franklin’s wise words are really connecting with me as big changes continue to happen at Sweet Peas Design! At the end of this month, after 14 years in Libertyville, we will have centralized and consolidated all of our operations in the new studio in Old Town.


Back up a second and think about your chairs. The rear view is as important as the front.

Turn Up the Volume!

Soaring ceilings are a beautiful challenge for designers – we love their lofty grandeur, but they do require special handling!

Our New Website Debuts!

I am so excited to announce the launch of our new website at!

Oh, What a Night!

The 2017 Lake Forest Showhouse kicked off in glittering style on Friday night with a preview party that featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music and a house full of beautiful rooms to explore. What’s not to like?

Back to the Nest

No one knows for sure who invented the first nesting tables, but I’d like to thank whoever it was! These mobile and versatile tables are endlessly functional, they come in varying numbers, sizes and all types of materials.

Show House Opens Saturday!

Ta-da! After weeks of preparation, the curtain will rise Saturday, April 29, on the 2017 Lake Forest Showhouse. Be sure to mark your calendars for this must-see event.