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We Have Our First Winner!

February 2, 2016

Thanks to everyone who responded to our first-ever “Ask Susan” column!

Thanks to everyone who responded to our first-ever “Ask Susan” column! Late last year we invited anyone who had a design problem to submit a request for help to the Sweet Peas Design team and we would periodically select one project for a “virtual” consult.

Today our winner is a wife and mother of “two little red-head daughters” who wants ideas and inspiration for her master bedroom following a major renovation which included the master bathroom. She describes her home as a “cute cottage” in East Lake Bluff. Here’s an excerpt from her email:

“We had the wall paper removed from the master bedroom and I made a quick color choice and am not loving it at all! I do love grey/white/black for colors, and mirrored night stands. I chose Decorator White paint for most of our downstairs and I love it, but I'm open to a different color in the master. I hope you pick me as I'm at a loss and just spent the last eight months remodeling!

Photo Courtesy of Ask Susan winner

Senior designer Beth Kweton handled this one: Let me start by saying how beautiful your master bath project is - very elegant and ‘on point!’ The finishes are quite lovely, and the free-standing tub is something we specify frequently for long, leisurely soaks.

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My first suggestion would be to carry that same feeling into your master bedroom. Consider replacing your ceiling fan with a beautiful pendant or chandelier on a dimmer switch so you can adjust the mood.

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You mentioned mirrored night stands, and I think they would be a perfect choice, adding a nice contrast with your wood floors and a bit of “glam” to the space. I love the reflective quality of mirrored furniture pieces.

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Have you thought of reupholstering the wing chair? My eye went directly to the chair- it appears to have good bones and changing the fabric would give it new life. Adding a floor lamp and small accent table next to the chair gives you an instant reading corner.

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If your little redheads don’t need rocking anymore, I would find a new spot for that rocker. It’s out of sync with the new romantic-glam look I am suggesting for your boudoir! It appears you may have room for a storage bench too at the foot of the bed where you can store additional blankets, pillows and other linens. For luxurious texture, you could toss a furry throw on the bench or bed, too.

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Regarding paint color – I woulddefinitely go neutral, though I can’t be specific because paint selections arealways made on site where we can consider the natural light, your furnishings,artwork and accessories.

I hope we’ve helped you with your master bedroom makeover!

Have a design problem? Contact Ask Susan! Each month I will choose one space for a “virtual” mini-consultation with the Sweet Peas Design team via this blog, featuring your photos, name and address withheld. Email photos to and include a short description of the room, what you want to accomplish and a little about your lifestyle. Do you have young children? Are you empty nesters? Entertain a lot? Looking forward to hearing from you!





Susan Brunstrum
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