To blog is to share, connect, inspire
and make people smile.

Susan's Little Black Book of Design Blog

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.

Ready, Set, Go Summer!

Longer days and warmer temperatures are calling my name. It’s time to prep the patio and porch for summer living in the great outdoors!

April 2017 | Mastering a Show House Bedroom

My master bedroom has always been a unique and special place in my home. It is a safe haven from our chaotic, in-the-moment digital world, a place where I can nourish my soul and check in with my life, past, present and future.

The New Luxury – What's That?

What defines luxury? Well, it isn’t always about how much money we spend, it goes much deeper than that.

Show House Headlines!

Check out the latest issue of NS! We are so thrilled that Sweet Peas Design is one of six studios featured in the magazine’s preview story on the Lake Forest Showhouse, which opens Saturday, April 29.

Woodsy & Wonderful

Burlwood is kind of gnarly on the outside, but on the inside it is so beautiful! These rare growths are coveted by furniture makers, artists and interior designers because inside, they have unusual swirling patterns and distinctive textures.