Designer Insights

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.

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 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.

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