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Susan's Little Black Book of Design Blog

What’s in a Name?

I've always been fascinated by the names given to fabrics, furniture pieces, rugs, cars, pets and of course, babies! Whose job is it to name a fabric, a bowl, or wallpaper?!

Today’s Chicago Woman

Check us out... we were once again featured in Today's Chicago Woman! We discussed tips for designing a professional office that is as stylish, individual, creative and as wonderful as you are.

La Tea Da

In support of my friends Victor Manuell and Couture 360 Salon, I attended a fashion show a few weekends ago...mid day on Sunday with high tea being served. How fun!

OOOOLALA Fireworks!

I adore fireworks especially the ones that are different and unusual. My favorites include colors such purple, orange, green (gee, do the colors sound familiar?) and of course the ones that explode in multiples, one after another and on top of one another with each being a bit unique.

Yikes! Stripes!

They're everywhere – rugs, walls, accessories, furniture. If you want to make a statement, choose a bold stripe! Whether you add two striped pillows, a striped floor covering or paint your walls in a stripe, be prepared for a BIG impact!

AHHH New York!

Four days in Soho at the fabulous, trendy, quirky and elegant Crosby Street Hotel- what fun and very inspirational!

Hints About Prints

Small prints in design schemes are often overlooked as star performers, but many times take the prize for "best supporting role".

The Man Chair

Father's Day takes me back to childhood memories of my dad and "HIS CHAIR"! When I think of him, my visual is always that he is planted in his chair watching sports or the 5:00 news, reading Time or National Geographic, and having a gin & tonic.

White on!

White is back – big time! Get on the white bandwagon – refresh an entire room with a coat of white paint or add an accessory or a piece of furniture that is white. You will be "on trend".

Need Art? Don’t Miss The Guerilla Trunk Show

The Guerilla Trunk Show features many up and coming fabulous artists... If you have a wall or corner or even a table that is in need of art or sculpture plan on attending!

Mad or glad for plaid?

Watching all the hoopla for the Queen's Jubilee in the UK, I couldn't help but notice all the plaid! I was reminded of the plaid fabrics, wallcoverings, and accessories that have been popping up in the home magazines and design catalogs of late.

Upstaged by Michael Jordan?

We were as surprised as everyone else – including the producers! – when our "Designer Living" segment on NBC's Open House was pre-empted by a golf tournament on Sunday morning.

How To Hire The RIGHT Interior Designer

Check us out! I was featured in today's Design Shuffle blog "How to Hire the Right Designer". For answers to questions such as these from a variety of designers, click on "Answers" below.

Designer Living: Get The "Rough Luxe" Look

NBC's Open House LX-TV Designer Living

In The Spotlights Again- This Time It’s NBC LX-TV

Cameras were rolling again last week at my home in Libertyville. A two-man crew from Emmy-award-winning LXTV filmed my whole house for a see-all, tell-all segment of "Open House” called “Designer Living."