I thoroughly enjoyed working with Susan. I am of simple design taste so often need to be pushed out of my, sometimes boring, comfort zone. Susan did just that. She pushed me but not too far. She listened carefully and appreciated my simple taste. She has an incredible knack of knowing what her customers want even if they don’t! I have had her do several projects and am never disappointed. She is amazing and I know there will be more projects for her in the future!
The goal: April Spas and her husband were focused on collecting art, not displaying it. Turns out, there's an art to it: This is what she learned from watching interior designer Susan Brown work.
By Molly Buthrey, feature article. Photos by Drew Gray and Karen Melvin. St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper, December 2019.
The goal: Marge Brchan needed a kitchen that accommodated her physical limitations — without announcing them. “Cooking is something I love to do,” she said. “But I detest institutional-looking kitchens. I wanted my kitchen to be warm and inviting.”
By Kim Palmer, feature article. Photos by Susan Gilmore. Star Tribune newspaper, May 2015.
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.
Sponsored by RBCU. Bloomington Center for the Arts, Feb 2014.
I suppose I should have learned in elementary school how the color wheel works, but it wasn’t until you worked your magic in our home that I fully appreciated what that really means. Every time I have the opportunity to sit in my office and watch the walls trade colors as the sun and shadows move through the rooms, I marvel again at your genius. I often comment that I don’t deserve to live in a place that is so beautiful. Thank you for working your magic in our home. You are delightful to work with and a designer extraordinaire.
This new interior for a recently constructed home in Hugo, MN is a pleasing example of interpretive design: using the Arts & Crafts philosophy not to recreate the past, but in a contemporary twist on the revival.
By Patricia Poore, feature article. Photos by Karen Melvin. Arts and Crafts Homes magazine, winter 2013.
St. Paul interior designer Susan Brown has recently designed this Twin Cities area residence. The cornerstone of this style is simplicity, with its emphasis on form over function and utilization of natural products and hand-made materials.
By Taylor Wilson. Photos by Karen Melvin. DesignShuffle.com, Fall 2012.
This being Minnesota, there’s one color that stares back at us when we look out our windows much of the year: white. For Char and Al Hatfield, it was also the dominant color of their North Oaks home interior.
By Emily Gurnon, cover and feature article, Photos by Lisa Bond. Twin Cities SPACES magazine, Oct/Nov 2011.
The dream bath is entirely achievable, even if your current loo is less spa and more storage locker. These five Twin Cities families are living proof. You, too, can revitalize your bath without taking a bath (financially speaking).
By Alyssa Ford, feature article. Photos by Lisa M. Bond. Midwest Home magazine, Sept/Oct 2011.
The owners had tired of the interior’s stark whites, creams and black lacquer accents. They were looking for the exact opposite of neutral — intense color and lots of it. So they called on Susan Brown, who has a knack for incorporating vivid hues into her work.
By Nichole Schulze. Photos by Lisa M. Bond. KBB Online, April 2011.
With today's open floor plans, color can tie spaces together and set other areas apart. But how to start, and where to stop? That's where Susan E. Brown's trained eye comes in. With her business, she first prompts clients to think about what colors they like and how colors make them feel.
By Kay Harvey. Pioneer Press newspaper, Nov 2004.