Here are some testimonials from recent clients:
I have only three words to say: HIRE THIS WOMAN. Okay, so maybe a few more words. Suzan has a grasp not only of color and layout and flow, but her spaces are richly textured and layered. If you want, that is. Suzan also listens and observes, tailoring the furnishings and accessories to the client and how they will be used, at work, at home, at play.
Desk a mess? Closets look like they’ve been hit by a tornado? Suzan’s organizational skills can sort through the detritus and make it all come together to function well for you.
Suzan recently helped me sort through my elderly father’s life; masses of paper and things crammed into a two bedroom apartment. My father is still here, but the increasing dementia of the past 5 years made a total muddle of his place. Suzan sorted through the dross to find the pieces worth saving, and helped spot things that will become a sort of portable representation of my dad’s memories of his life. Her work let me focus on the documents that I needed to focus on, enabling me to get through an avalanche of material in less than a week. She organized his desk so that he could use it, respecting his need to still feel useful, along with understanding the comfort he feels sitting behind his desk in the office where he spent so many years.
Talented, grounded, funny—these are all facets of Suzan. As for your space, Suzan can transform it, or help you make it what you wanted it to be but weren’t sure how to get there.
Chris and I owe you a thank you for the wonderful and creative job you did in helping us in our decision of a new color for the exterior of our house. As you know, we were at a loss as to what we wanted, we just knew we didn’t want white again.
You worked very thoughtfully in guiding us through the decision process, from investigating colors for a “Moroccan” style house, picking a range of colors for us to choose from, and always listening to our opinions and concerns.
We loved that you took charge and had someone paint the samples of our color choices that we had narrowed down on our walls and gave us your thoughts and guidance. Two outstanding ideas that you had, were the decorative details on the archways of our house and not only the color choice for the breezeway ceiling, but using a semi gloss paint that gave it a whole different feel. Also appreciated, was the professional painter you had come out and execute the archway details.
One more thing I wanted to mention was that you made it fun and it was a pleasure to work with you. If you ever need a reference, I would be glad to talk to anyone interested in your services.
Tess and Chris Nelson
–Tess and Chris Nelson
Our experience with Suzan was remarkable. After being out of our home for more than 6 months, she helped us with a huge remodel job that started because of severe water damage. What started as a nightmare became a dream to come home to.
Suzan is very personable, professional and gifted with her talents. She knew all the right steps to take and the knowledge to find us the best contractors for the various jobs of putting our home back together. She was very easy to work with while being very clear and precise on how things were to be done.
After the repairs her real talent came out in decorating our home. Listening to our basic ideas and needs and taking into consideration our already existing taste in art, furniture and decor she came up with beautiful ideas of color, paint, carpets, countertops, hardwood flooring and numerous fixtures to compliment our home in such a lovely way. Even using some of our existing pieces in different areas of our home she brought new life and a whole new look to the rooms.
She kept us very informed along the way and was mindful in keeping within our cost range. She even found us some great deals!
After our ordeal, having a professional come in to expedite and move things along in a timely manner, with her ideas, sample boards and color scheme choices, it made it a pleasure that relieved our minds. We couldn’t have done it without her.
Suzan was an absolute joy. We would and will be using her services again.
Roberta and Gary Benjamin
–Gary and Roberta Benjamin
Suzan left her design mark by the creation of a truly magical room that embraces everyone who enters. She created a space that is truly breathtakingly beautiful from every angle. No matter who comes into my home, I know the exact moment they spot the room across the house … they stop talking, take a deep breath and walk straight towards it. They enter speechless and just stand there. They look from wall to wall, turn in circles taking in every angle and every view as they too experience and feel the embrace of the room.
With the use of her exceptional design vision, keen eye for color, texture and lighting, she combined my existing furnishings with a few additional pieces and created an exceptional space that is a completely sculptural experience. The sculptural experience is achieved by the shapes created by the placement of furnishings, the shapes created by the empty space around the placement of the furnishings, the spectacular shapes created by the lighting and how it accentuates the wall galleries she created, the dynamic colors of the walls and the manner in which it all interacts with each other.
The idea of using an interior designer was very intimidating to me. I had no idea what to expect. The minute I saw Suzan’s gallery on her web page and read of her love and appreciation of historical architecture and the preservation of the style of old homes I knew she was the only person who would appreciate (or maybe more likely tolerate) my situation. With trepidation I called and left her a message. She returned my call.
I met Suzan for the first time when she arrived at my home for our consultation. She walked through my home just looking around. We chatted about everything and a little about interior design. I knew within minutes she brought with her much more than the design skills and professionalism of an interior designer. Who really came the door was a truly artistic, sensitive, intelligent, intuitive, strong and kind human being whose personality, calm demeanor, wit, sense of humor and just plain humanness wrapped around and permeated the atmosphere.
I presented her with many challenges and limitations. I needed a family room put back together after a water leak. My home is 97 years old and I didn’t want any kind of construction work done, I didn’t want anything “new” or “modern” and I wanted to preserve the few Tudor Revival elements in the room. I was reluctant of any kind of change and I had never thought about, nor cared much about, interior decorating, (although I do love beautiful rooms but never had one of my own). Additionally I wanted to use furnishings I already had. The pieces didn’t relate in any way, the fabric on the sofas was only a favorite to me (black and gold), I had no lighting to speak of and my slim collection of decorative art lacked any specific or consistent theme.
Over time she collected items around my home, some of which I didn’t particularly like, and cleaned up pieces I intended to throw away. She showed great respect for my ideas, likes and dislikes, clearly and articulately explained her thoughts and choices and gently reassured me and responded to my questions and concerns with great patience.
This beautiful room is more than the result of Suzan’s meticulous attention to the medium of interior design. She uses these tools with the vision and touch of a sculptor. Now that I live daily with a stunning room of my own, I realize that Suzan’s concept of design and space is to start with, as its first priority, the soul of the person who lives in the space. In her own subtle way she came to know my emotional and sense of identity. Not just the colors I thought I liked or the style I thought I liked but who I was, what contribution my presence in the room would bring and how the final experience of the design would focus on my presence. As I said, when I am in this special place, I’m not just in a simple beautiful room, I am in a three dimensional atmosphere that safely and warmly invites and embraces me into it.