ROH vs ROI: Why Your Return on Happiness is Just as Important as the Investment
Susie Novak Interiors Blog
by SNI
3w ago
  When I speak with potential clients, they usually focus on the significant financial implications that come with hiring an interior designer, both the initial investment and their return on investment. While incredibly important, ROI is not the only acronym you should focus on when you’re weighing the decision to hire an interior designer. As we enter 2024, I encourage you to think about another incredibly important factor of redesigning your home - how happy it will make you.  Your Home’s Return on Investment (ROI) It’s true, investing in home ownership is a huge financial decisi ..read more
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5 Tips for Irresistible (& Low Maintenance) Outdoor Living Spaces
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by Susie Novak
1y ago
  Does thinking about your outdoor space make you smile? Or... does it make you sigh wistfully as you imagine all the unmet potential for greatness? Or, maybe you’re like me and there are kids’ toys scattered everywhere despite your best intentions? Lol. If you’ve been following me for a while, you might know that we decided to renovate our garage back in February last year. It was totally falling apart, so it prompted us to make something amazing out of something broken. Boy, did we achieve that!  Now, it is truly our oasis, and even though the girls’ toys are scattered everywhere m ..read more
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What Is It Really Like to Work with an Interior Designer?
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by Susie Novak
1y ago
  Does this sound familiar? You’ve seen stunning, professionally designed interiors when flipping through Architectural Digest, browsing House Beautiful, or scrolling the ‘Gram. You and the huz are planning to renovate, and you know you’d love a designer’s touch to make it perfect.  But what about all that stuff in the middle? Do you know what it takes to get from the space you have now to the one you want? And how does a designer guide you on this journey to “Best Home on the Block?” If you’re nodding your head and saying, “I have no idea, Susie. What does a designer actually do dur ..read more
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A Life-Changing Design Refresh Off Sacramento Street
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by Susie Novak
1y ago
  Happy New Year, everyone! To start us off on a positive note (we need it, right?), I am beyond excited to share this design project with you. It took us a few months to complete, and the final look was — is — so pretty. So stick with me as I walk you through our room-by-room process of prettying up this San Francisco home. When I say this design was life-changing, I mean it… be sure to read to the end to find out why! P.S. This project was featured in Architectural Digest Spain!  Come meet the clients… Jenna and John are a lovely couple who were looking to furnish their new Sa ..read more
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How to Design a Child’s Bedroom to Grow with Them
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by Susie Novak
1y ago
  We’ve all heard it…kids grow up in the blink of an eye. As a parent of two rapidly growing girls, I have to agree. One moment they’re adorably twirling around in their new ballerina outfits, and the next, they’re trying on makeup and basically leaving for college. Cue the tears. It’s true – kids change like the wind, but their rooms shouldn’t have to. They can grow with your child. So before you go to town creating that Peppa Pig bedroom for your toddler, here are a few things to keep in mind… Tip 1. Select High-Quality and Durable Furnishings When your kids are tiny, it can be tempt ..read more
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What Is the Modern Design Aesthetic? (and What Isn't It?)
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by Susie Novak
1y ago
  If I had a nickel every time a client described their style as “modern,” I would be one wealthy interior designer. I would buy my own island in the Caribbean, move the huz and the kids, and spend the rest of our lives enjoying the island life. Okay… maybe not (we love the Bay Area), but you get my point — the word “modern” is used a LOT, and not always in the right way.  What most people don’t realize is that the term “modern” indicates a specific period of design from the mid-1900s. (Ever heard of mid-century modern? That’s the one!) However, the term “modern” has since ..read more
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How to Develop a Meaningful & Inspiring Art Collection
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by Susie Novak
1y ago
  Coming from a background in the art world, I am always thrilled when asked to help curate meaningful artwork for a client’s home. Whether it’s an enthralling window to the past, a happy reminder of a memory, or a textural piece that invites cozy vibes, art has a transformative effect on the mind...as well as your home. But the secret? Knowing how to curate a collection. If you don’t know your Monets from your Manets…don’t worry. Today, I’ll be your guide to all things art. Plus, I’ll share some fun deets about our brand-new art consulting service. (Yasss!!) But first, let’s take a minu ..read more
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Top 3 Interior Design Trends of 2022
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by Susie Novak
1y ago
  Interior design trends and hanging out with friends over wine and furniture? It doesn’t get much better than that! The next best part? Getting to share my discoveries with you. Yep, I’m talking about High Point Market. In case you aren’t familiar with it, High Point Market (HPM) is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world. Every 6 months, more than 75,000 people travel to High Point, North Carolina to discover the latest home design trends, meet top-notch artisans and vendors, and have fun (obvi!). It’s THE place to be if you’re a designer! What Do We Do at High Point ..read more
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Best Materials for a Home that Gets Sexier Over Time
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by Susie Novak
1y ago
  Photo by R. Bradley Knipstein from our San Jose project If you’re investing in a renovation or in new furnishings for your home, you probably want the peace of mind that your design is going to last. Better yet, what if the materials you choose get even sexier as years pass?? Now, we’re talking! Like a fine wine (a good one), there are several home materials that really do get better with age… if you know where to look. Today we're sharing 5 of our fave materials for creating a relaxed yet sophisticated vibe that will withstand the test of time. Can you guess them all? 1. Keeping It C ..read more
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5 Reasons to Love Marble (& Where to Use It)
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by Susie Novak
1y ago
  Think about standing in front of the breathtaking Taj Mahal in India, tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome, or feeling small beside massive colonnades at the Parthenon in Athens. What do all 3 of these landmarks have in common? Marble.  Constructed centuries (even millennia) ago, these places still maintain gorgeous and luxurious character. Isn’t that remarkable?! In my opinion, marble (and some TLC, of course) is to thank. Even better? Your home doesn’t need to be ancient to experience the ageless sophistication and luxury of marble, too. Today, I’m sharing all the reas ..read more
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