Behind the Design Scenes
The Many Parts Of A Cultivated Whole
Designer Insights offer enthusiasts or the merely curious a peek behind the curtain to reveal the who, what and whys of good design. From event highlights to home tours and interviews, you’ll find new ideas for your consideration.
Build Your Interior Design Brand: Stand Out and Stay Balanced
Susan and fellow Design Trust members Scott Ageloff, Sarah Eilers, Jennifer Leonard and Lorna Gross discuss how to brand your interior design business as part of the Merchandise Mart Business of Design Lecture Series.
Home Sweet Home
Susan and fellow designers and WAC members Jessica Lagrange, Joan Craig and Kim Scodro participate in the Design Center at the Merchandise Mart's Business of Design Lecture Series what our "new normal" will look like at home in the wake of Covid-19.
Stay Focused, Stay Inspired
Susan and fellow panelists Lakesha Rose and Kurt Jacob Miller participate in the Design Center at the Merchandise Mart's Business of Design Lecture Series to discuss the challenges and opportunities of running a creative business during times of continued uncertainty.
Lessons, Legacy & Life
Susan and Kelsey discuss how to run and manage a small family business and how to prepare for the next chapter.
16 Lessons Learned in 16 Years of Business
Susan and Kelsey give a presentation on behalf of the IFDA to other interior designers about the more important lessons they've learned in sixteen years of business.
A DREAM HOUSE FOR A SINGLE MAN
We take you behind the scenes of a stunning, three-story home designed for the specific needs of a sports-loving bachelor. The client requested a warm, contemporary look and Studio Brunstrum delivered, with a suspended fireplace, floating glass staircase and so much more.
BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS
The client, the contractor, and Studio Brunstrum are the primary partners when a new home is constructed, a room is renovated, or down-sizing is needed. Susan and one of her most trusted contractors, Garry Hattam of Carpentry Services of Illinois, explain why working as a coordinated team is a simple solution that can save time and money, and yield the best results.
COLLABORATING WITH AN INTERIOR DESIGNER
The right interior designer can not only help you create a beautiful home but can save you from making costly mistakes. Susan explains why it’s important to interview more than one designer for a project, and how a visit to a design center like the Merchandise Mart in Chicago can help in the planning process.
CREATING POSITIVE ENERGY IN YOUR HOME
Leading intuitive Jillian Maas Backman talks with Susan about how to bring good energy and happiness to your home. She explains how our experiences throughout the day can impact our home environment. Awareness and intuition can positively guide us towards creating a home that is truly a haven.
SUSAN BRUNSTRUM HOME TOUR
Susan Brunstrum opens her city condominium to demonstrate the importance of incorporating your personality into your home. Functionality should be the priority in designing a home, followed by creating a space that reflects your individuality.
HOW DO YOU FEEL IN YOUR HOME?
Your home should make you happy and inspire forward movement in your life, and you won’t feel that if you are not comfortable where you live. Susan suggests taking a step back and looking at your home with fresh eyes.
THE ‘OH MAN!’ COCKTAIL EVENT WITH CONLON REAL ESTATE
Single men are the sole decision-makers for their home’s design, but few are familiar with the elements that can give their environment personality and style. Susan offers suggestions on what single men should consider, including how to make their space welcoming and date-ready.