“We believe beauty begins with a dream. Dare to believe.”
Susan Brunstrum, principal and founder of Sweet Peas Design, believes that the best interior design reflects her clients’ vision and personality. She is known for her Livableluxe™ style, a blend of comfort and refinement that she considers “the little black dress of interior design”™ – perfect no matter what the occasion. Top executives and entrepreneurs in the North Shore, Chicago and beyond entrust her with projects large and small, in their primary residences and second or third homes across the country. Susan oversees a full-service studio with the expertise, resources and imagination to handle new construction or revive existing spaces. Custom details, problem solving and communication are Sweet Peas Design trademarks, and so are impeccable results.
“We listen closely to our clients so their personalities and lifestyle are reflected in their homes," says Susan. "We have a talent for helping clients stretch their comfort zone just far enough to give them something fresh and exciting.”
Susan’s work has been featured on NBC’s “George to the Rescue,” LXTV’s “Open House” and CLTV’s “Bring It Home”. She has been published in Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago, Kitchen + Bath Makeovers, Trends Kitchens, Trends Bathrooms, Color Made Easy, Small Room Decorating, Crain’s Chicago Business.
Susan and her team earned an ASID Illinois “Design of Excellence Award” in 2016 and 2015, a “Best Living Space 2014” award from Interiors Chicago magazine and a regional Chrysalis “Award for Remodeling Excellence” in 2016 an 2015.
She is a board member for The Design Trust Ltd., an exclusive, New Your-based think tank of interior designers nationwide. She is allied with ASID, is a member of Chicago’s River North Design District and volunteers as a member of the Career Advisory Committee for Harper College’s Interior design program.
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- Charcoal gray and white – it's crisp and sophisticated.
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- Crosby Hotel in New York City
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- My iPhone- can’t live without it!
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- Vanity Fair magazine and definitely Paris. I am amazed at what I see and find in the shops and boutiques!
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- Art Smith’s Table 52 in Chicago. I love that he has no big sign out front. You have to be in the know to get there, and of course, the Southern-style food is fabulous.
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- L’Orangerie, Paris. Monet’s Water Lily paintings are mesmerizing.
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- Most of the time I am driving downtown to my Chicago pied-a-terre.
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- Coco Chanel and interior designer Frances Adler Elkins, David Adler’s sister.
- How do you keep it all together?
- Having worked in the corporate world I fine-tuned my organizational skills and developed a procedure-based operation. I need to be organized to be creative.
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
- Both! I love an English cottage garden look, but it has to be impeccable. Lots of free-spirited wildflowers and grasses, but no weeds.