Susan Brunstrum

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CREATIVE LEADERSHIP

A Perspective Informed by Art and Global Influences

Susan Brunstrum wants every client to feel comfortable and happy in their home. This passion for the client extends to all that she has built with Studio Brunstrum. It has been a joy for Susan to develop her team, to share an intimate connection with her clients, and to know that everyone involved in a project not only delights in the results of their collaboration but the journey as well.

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SUSAN BRUNSTRUM

Studio Brunstrum is the evolution of Susan’s original interior design firm, Sweet Peas Design.  What started as a one-woman, home-based firm, has evolved into a full-service design studio located in Chicago’s Gold Coast.  Along Susan’s path, she has lived the lifestyle of most all her clients. She believes that having been single, married, widowed, divorced, and a mother, having built a large family home, renovated a small historic house from top to bottom, updated a pied-a-terre, gutted a condo and shared a vacation home, gives her insights that few design firms can offer.  She knows, she understands, and she shares her experience generously with her clients and project teams.

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Inspirations

A global viewpoint is endemic to Susan’s design work, whether its interior design, product collaborations or her Elements collection.  Her international adventures to seek art and culture ensure that Susan’s perspective always stays original.  They allow her to incorporate the color, pattern, architectural details, shapes and artists that she discovers into her design aesthetic. When not traveling, exploring and designing, Susan enjoys time with her son and daughter. She plays a competitive game of Boggle and her boxing trainer says she has a mean right hook.

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GIVING BACK

Susan is currently a member and was a board member of the Design Trust Ltd., an exclusive, New York-based think tank of interior designer CEO’s. She is also a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Chicago’s River North Design District, the Career Advisory Committee for Harper College’s Interior Design program, and the Chicago Design Alliance, a grassroots group dedicated to raising awareness and funds for charitable organizations. Susan has participated many times in the Infant Welfare Society’s Lake Forest Showhouse just outside of Chicago.

Recent Appearances

Media appearances provide Susan with the opportunity to share and inspire.  She is a frequent contributor on television, podcasts and in publications, as well as a public speaker on design and trends.  

Media appearances

Television

Start Me Up | Bathroom Trends With Angela Miles
BUSINESS FIRST AM | APRIL 13, 2018

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