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The votes are in!

By popular vote – that means all of you! – my colleagues on the “Five for Design” team and I took first place in the Arlington Design Center’s holiday room vignette competition

Merry, Merry Winner

Arlington Design Center

Choo choo!! All aboard for the Wonderland Express

If you haven’t had time to visit the Chicago Botanic Garden’s “Wonderland Express” be sure to make plans for this weekend. It’s a wonder-filled experience that’s perfect for the whole family.


Look for our trendy and fun newsletter feature, “What’s In, What’s Out” on the Trends magazine’s website

Susan Is “Trending” Nationally

TRENDS - Volume 28, No. 11

SWEET PEAS DESIGN is "Trending" nationally

More than 200,000 copies of Kitchen Trends magazine are hitting the newsstands now with a five-page spread called “Designer’s Own” featuring my New Millennium kitchen in her 1927 Libertyville home.


‘Tis the season for awards, at least in the design world! We have an opportunity to be chosen as one of the Top 10 designers in the Midwest by

Shopping Extravaganza

I love Nordstrom's for shopping.... and boy, did I ever accomplish a lot in 3 hours Sunday morning during one of their private shopping days! Champagne, nibbles and plenty of friendly staff to assist with your every need.

Looking for inspiration for holiday decorating? Sweet Peas Design “brings it” to Arlington Design Center event

We are one of more than a dozen designers creating imaginative holiday room vignettes for the Arlington Design Center’s “Holiday Inspirations” event through Friday, December 14, 2012.

Showhouse Invite “Rocks” Our Studio

Infant Welfare Society

Congrats to us!

Imagine our delight and excitement when Susan opened one of the coveted invitations to participate in the 2013 Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens.

Extra, Extra! Susan's House is Hot Hot Hot!

Check your local magazine stands now or click on the link below for the 8-page, full-color spread on Susan’s vintage bungalow in Small Room Decorating...

Holiday spirit? You bet!

We pulled out our party clothes and loaded up on good cheer and holiday spirit(s) at Arlington Design Center’s “Holiday Inspirations” gala last week. It was opening night for a month-long display of holiday vignettes created by yours truly at Sweet Peas Design and our designer colleagues at ADC.

Home Stretch

Small Room Decorating, Spring 2013

Hip! Hip! Hippo-ray!

What suburban living room touts a hippo residing under a faux croc cocktail table, authentic tribal pots nestled in a corner,