Sue is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York City and has been designing interiors and real estate investing for over 15 years. She left her government job in Washington, DC, to pursue her dream of designing and enhancing interiors. Her main focus has been on residential projects, but is open to doing projects in the hospitality field as well. She also has an MBA from The American University in Washington, DC with a concentration in Real Estate and Urban Development. Sue loves color and mixing traditional and modern pieces in a home and is inspired by the work of modern day designers Jamie Drake, Victoria Hagan, Bunny Williams and Mario Buatta.
We know you love designing, but what about it do you love most?
I love searching for that perfect fabric, great piece of artwork or beautiful chandelier that really brings an interior all together. When I find it and the client loves it, too, it is really like a “Eureka Moment” for me --- very gratifying!
Describe your ideal project:
My ideal project is when there is complete cooperation between the client, designer, vendors, and contractors. Achieving something aesthetically pleasing as well as functional takes time and patience. Unexpected things can happen. When everyone works together to resolve the unexpected, it is one step closer to a great space.
From where do you draw most of your inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes from the spaces other designers create. Over ten years ago, I started a magazine clipping file of my favorite interiors. I still have that file and add clippings to it from time to time. Now online websites like Houzz, Pinterest and of course Decorilla are great inspirational resources, too. I encourage clients to get inspired by doing the same. While each space is unique, a picture is worth a thousand words and helps me create a captivating space for the client.