Saturday, June 14, 2014


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I am moving my blog COLOR ME LOVELY to my website, WWW.SUSANEBROWN.COM. If you are an email subscriber, please follow the link below and resubscribe at that location. I SOOOO greatly appreciate it!! Using my website will help me to to have everything in one place, use better Wordpress tools which is the same format as my website, have more frequent changes on my website which helps in Google searches, and the list goes on and on.


See you on the other side!!! XOXO Susan Registered & Protected

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Artisan Pieces -- cocktail table

One of my favorite resources is using local artists for bespoke (custom) products in my room environments! They add a strong personal, unique touch like nothing else! Usually the need arises from not finding the particular piece I had in mind for the space, whether that be the exact style, color, size, timeline, or price. Lately, I have been able to do quite a bit and it's a real treat!!

Below is a piece I designed for a recent music room/library. I collaborated with Asa Hoyt of A.W. Hoyt Metal Arts discussing the particulars of my design combined with his expert opinion in metal working so we could create a stable and interesting piece. I knew I wanted the piece to have an aged gold, retro, yet clean feel. Since the client has grandkids who roam the house at will, I wanted to make sure the top was resistant to scratches, stains, etc. but still giving us that clean Carrara marble look. Hello Cambria! And Voila'! Asa's fabulous metal table base with a Cambria Torquay top!

On to the golding: I had the table delivered to Candice Simpson of Textural Hues. Candice has worked on oodles of my projects, whether it is a decorative paint finish on a wall, accessory, or piece of furniture. We selected the color of gold (there are many!) for the legs, one part being base and the other a metallic paint finish, percentage of metallic to base and location of distressing. When all was completed, it was delivered!!

I think it's perfect!!

Art~~It's a good thing!! Later, Susan Registered & Protected

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Art in the Home Exhibition

Come check out our Diverse Dining Room at

Art in the Home!

At Bloomington Theatre and Art Center, the Inez Greenberg Gallery will be divided into five living spaces designed by guest interior designers/design teams. Each "room" will feature handcrafted furniture and home accessories by local and regional artisans.

What kind of room am I doing? Read on!
Where does family gather? Where do guests gather when they come over? Where do you sit to read the paper? Where do the kids gather to study, draw, practice their musical instrument? That's right...the kitchen eating area! My room is based on the diversity of the family eating area whether an eat-in space within your kitchen or a separate dining room near the kitchen. Nowadays, that is where all of the hubbub occurs. With the help of my assistant, Kelsey Jacobucci, I have designed a room where family and friends can gather at the table, lounge in the rocker to read, practice an instrument or give a one person musical performance. There is storage in the cabinet for the family art supplies as well as linens and accessories for the table. Having an eclectic style only makes the space feel more personable and inviting so family photos and art can easily be displayed. I selected artists whose style, technique, and pieces would comfortably integrate with the feel I wanted to convey in this room. Enjoy!

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 20, 2014 6-8p 

If you can't make the opening, the displays are viewable for 6 weeks until April 4, so come at your leisure!

Support the arts! Susan Registered & Protected