After retiring from a senior management position at a Fortune 500 corporation,
Susan Lynn Sutton decided to follow her life-long passion and entered the field of interior design and remodeling consultation. With a BA in English literature from UCLA, Sutton returned to education – – this time studying design. Her design and remodeling consultation business was launched in 2010.
Sutton's own home doubles as a design laboratory, and her 2007 kitchen remodel was featured in a six-page spread in Remodel Magazine (September 2010). Comfortable working with all periods and styles, timelessness and a practical elegance distinguish her practice. When asked why these two elements are so important to her approach, she responds that classic pieces are sure to last beyond trends, and this eliminates the worry about living in a home that looks outdated in a few years. With so many options available today – – from textiles, to design and color
– – there's no reason to compromise beautiful and elegant style for comfort.
Her personal style is defined by using a quiet and restrained back drop, first grounding the space with clean, casual shapes of modernist and transitional design, then adding European and Asian antiques to add warmth and a sense of history – – essential to creating a well-curated look. While her choices in furniture and accessories are sophisticated, she creates an environment that is functional, and she encourages clients to surround themselves with items with which they personally connect, from family heirlooms to a special piece collected while traveling. Her own home includes items picked up during travels from Turkey to Thailand. All of this adds up to a space that is comfortable and livable – – the antithesis of a staged or overdecorated home.
Sutton resides in Marin county with her husband, author Jay Stuller, and their three Maltese dogs.