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Holy Cholesterol! Steak House Triple Play

I try to be good and eat healthy – most of the time – but once in a while a gal just has to have a nice, thick juicy steak!

Podcast Postponed for Cubs!

In honor of the Cubs’ playing in the World Series I am postponing the broadcast of my interview with interior designer James Swan, host of the popular “Million Dollar Decorating” podcast.

8 Vibrant Entertaining Areas

We love color, so we are over the moon – or is that rainbow? – about being part of a new photo feature called 8 Vibrant Entertaining Areas.

Podcast Power

Tune in for my interview on "Million Dollar Decorating" Sunday, Oct. 30...

Spotlight On...My Condo

A big thank you to Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago for the wonderful feature on my Chicago condo in the October issue.

OCTOBER 2016 | Going After Inspiration

Inspiration is developed through hours and hours of research and hard work, whether you're a poet, a novelist, an artist or an interior designer.

Missed the Accessories Seminar? Watch It Now!

It was truly a pleasure to share a basketful of ideas about home accessorizing recently with such a receptive audience at Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville.

Gray Matters

Unless you’ve been circling Earth on the Space Station for the past few years you know that gray has been THE IT COLOR or THE neutral in fashion and home design.
Principal and Founder Susan Brunstrum and Architectural Associate Jennifer Cioni Tarello with 2016 ASID-Illinois Award. Not pictured, Senior Designer Beth Kweton. Photo Courtesy of Sweet Peas Design

Inspirational Seminar: Accessorizing

Come join me for for my newest seminar, “Inspirational Ideas: Accessorizing,” at 6:30 PM Monday, October10 in the Meeting Room at Cook Memorial Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
Pitch Perfect interior design by Sweet Peas Design

Double Your Welcome!

If you’re updating your guest bedroom, should you choose one large bed or two smaller beds? I say two beds, ALWAYS!
photo courtesy

SEPTEMBER 2016 | Stay Young. Learn!

If learning is the fountain of youth, as Henry Ford says, then I will stand outside in a rain shower - no, make that a thunderstorm - and get drenched!

Light Up Your Life

Light fixtures often are last in line when people are updating their homes, but maybe it’s time to let those dated sconces and ceiling fixtures jump the line!

Rock On!

Hot off the presses – We’re in the design-centric September/October issue of Chicago Woman magazine!

Inside Scoop: Gallery Walk

Check out this month’s issue of Sophisticated Living magazine for some inside scoop on the River North Design District Fall Gallery Walk this Friday, Sept. 9. Editor Elise Hofer Shaw invited me and five other Chicago-area designers to talk about the artists.