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Master Bedroom Retreats

Master Bedroom Retreats

Master bedroom retreats are in top demand for interior projects!

Nothing says “I love you” like a soft, personal master bedroom where you can get away. Luxe fabrics, soft or deep tones, comfort throws, seating areas, and a place to settle down for some Netflix movie watching make this room of the house a personal retreat and favored spot!

Consider this hotel style upholstered master bed and lush bedding. I took this photo while at the last High Point Show in the Universal Furniture showroom for inspiration and ease in presentation to a client. The dark ceiling adds rich elegance we long for, and a collection of assorted pillows in prints adds interest and comfort. Side tables sit in front of the continuing upholstered headboard. Love! You’ll have the feeling of being at your favorite Four Seasons location in this room!


Another one of our preferred resources, Bernhardt Furniture, includes this inviting four poster bed with a combination of chic reclaimed wood and brushed metal fittings + upholstered head and footboards. Whether a master or guest room, this bedroom is layered with comfort. Pillows, coverlet and duvet all add the elements of lush relaxation. There’s something about a canopy bed that is very inviting and special. There are an abundance of such right now on the market, and our design team will be happy to show you some personal favorites. With a few guidelines from you, you’ll be well on your way to a romantic retreat.


This master bedroom is a project I designed several years ago in Michigan for a busy executive couple who spend some much-needed down time in this beautiful room when possible. Soft blues and grays, modern prints, and Vanguard Furniture‘s Cleo bed complete this room and make another inviting retreat. Beautiful outdoor vistas of the grounds and private lake create a serene scene.

These favorite Bernhardt horn chairs come into play for reading, a night cap and conversation. This is where the outside view is dreamy! The chairs are upholstered in natural hide and you’d be surprised at their comfort! *Sigh*


A former collection from the Black-eyed Susan Urban Loft was set with this #ohsosusan glamorous brushed brass canopy bed. The dark velvet headboard is complimented by the rich walnut side tables and highboy. Brass finishes are abundant in today’s interiors and they bring warmth and charm to any bedroom. I recently did my guest room in these tones and it is one of my favorite rooms of the house.

With or without the charm of historic Bucks County stone, this grouping is a charmer and very nicely priced! Call my design staff for more details. Don’t miss the Masland wool leopard area rug! Oohlala.


My guest room below; a bit brighter than real life! The next photo gets the mood and tone right. One papered wall, deep rich tones of eggplant velvet and bedding, along with rich wood tones and brushed brass tell the story. This is the only room in the house I used brass in and I embraced it with lighting, hardware, accent mirror and accessories. It’s a cozy room for a weekend getaway for guests. I love it! This collection from Universal Furniture is the same one featured in the photos above. See how a few changes in color, bed selection, and accents can make the same collection have an entirely different feel.


This is a better feel for the rich brown and plums of the room. I adore the hand-knotted Jaipur Living rug that grounds everything. Below, see the ample storage provided by the dresser as well as night stands. Note the brass stretchers at the base and the richness this finish adds to the room. Details make all the difference.


Here is a closeup of the hardware finish:


When possible, a small chair for reading, computing, or putting on your socks (!) is a needed and personal touch for a bedroom. This one, from Bernhardt Furniture, is the perfect size. Barely 29×30, it sits in the corner of the room and brings the deep, rich tones again into play. Handwoven shades were custom selected from Hartman and Forbes for privacy and finishing the windows.

I’m all set for guests, so make your reservations!


To finish the room, my Christmas gift this year from my talented and darling son-in-law, Timm, were these posh barn doors! Mirrored on the outside… rich brushed brass hardware and custom handles to die for.  I had them finished in a sleek,deep Sherwin Williams color, SW7082 Stunning Shade. It’s an #ohsosusan gray and eggplant hued tone that takes you right into the room. #purestyle


One more room shot from my market photos with this lovely Bernhardt bedroom below. The combination of deep walls, upholstered channeled headboard with nailhead trim, and hair on hide chests create a warm and inviting bedroom. Contrasting light carpet completes the look for this stylish custom bedroom.


In the example below, the romantic curved headboard hugs the occupant, and again, deep, dark painted walls bring the elegance and warmth to make this a favorite spot! Penshell accent chests give a beautiful contrast to the drama of this room. Here is a good example of added seating into the master bedroom when space allows. This is the perfect formula for a private retreat within the master bedroom.

I’ll review more lush and luxurious interiors in the next few days, so stay tuned for more of my favorite design inspirations as we approach Valentine’s Day!

The Power of Pink!

The Power of Pink!

Surely the color of February, when our hearts turn to love and Valentines Day, is pink!  Over the next few days, the focus of the design team and staff for the Black-eyed Susan blog posts will be the stylish objects and feelings that bring luxury to living and PURESTYLE. 

Today, I’ve pulled together a variety of photos that inspire me, yes….all pink-themed! In general, they make me happy. Whimsical…stylish…cheerful…all girl…purestyle…ohsosusan…PINK!

i love the way these pink parasols were staged in what looks like the canal in Bucks County, Pa, where my retail store and design studio is located. The magic of the reflective power of the water, combined with the most divine color, you guessed it-pink! What’s not to love? I’m loving the perfect placement and layout of this image and the happiness evoked. 


PINK candied apples. Yes! The perfect valentine card image. It’s just plain colorcrushing color and style.

Pink candied apples speak the language of pure style!

Below, an example of soft pink sets the scene for interior style. Pink tones from pastel petal pink to vibrant hot pink are showing up everywhere on the interior scene! Years ago, my room at the Bucks County Designer House was a high gloss hot pink dining room! It was a memorable and favorite room for many, certainly for me! Ohsosusan- purestyle.

This room boasts mid-century vibes with soft pink, white, gray, medium wood tones and brushed brass. A nice combination with soft, embracing color. PINK…..Ahhhhhh. *sigh*


Pink lisianthus. This well known and often used hearty flower mimics the garden rose. Affordable, long lasting, romantic, airy and easily procured from the local florist. You’ll find blush colored “real-touch” fakes right now at Black-eyed Susan…Oh. My.


Picture yourself strolling down this path, arched in delightful cherry blossoms as lush and delightful as your dreams can create. This is just pure joy! PINK. STYLE. ORGANIC. ROMANIC. LOVE.

I’m not sure where this pink train is heading, but I want to be on it! (I’m thinking it’s heading down the highway to heaven for sure…) 

Review all the images of pink.. breath it in, drink it up. This color of love has the power to steal your heart!

I’m in. How about you?!

Sugarfina luxury candies | Atlanta Market Stylewatch Day 4

Sugarfina luxury candies | Atlanta Market Stylewatch Day 4

Our favorite new vendor of the day pick was hands down, Sugarfina, a luxury candy boutique! When asked to describe our business and retail brand, I explained the beautiful area we live in, the loyal clients we love to serve, and our tag line, “We sell style and all the details”! When I tell you Sugarfina fits our branding designed around selling style, I’m all smiles (and a little gaga over the deliciousness and creative marketing as well!).


Sugarfina is sold in every luxury department store throughout the world. Unique branding with nationally recognized wines and champagnes make flavors quickly desirable, and our taste testing did not disappoint!

Take a look at some of the stylishly delicious flavors and colors!


See below for both displays of Chocolate Sparkle Pops, Champagne Gummy Bears, Peach Bellini, and Vodka Cordials.


This is one of several gift boxes available for gift giving, The Candy Bento Box. So. Stylish. So. Delish.


These white chocolate confections only look like olives for a mixed drink! Our stamp of approval for these!


It didn’t take much encouragement to indulge in these specialties! Pop one in your mouth and let the party begin! (They make sparkly happiness in your mouth!)

We’re in the line up for approval to be a local retailer. These delights are meant to for perfect gift giving or for treating yourself. Made from the finest artisan candy makers and sweet ingredients, every candy is packed with love. These sweet gourmet treats are as delicious to look at as they are to eat.

Look for these stylish candies to appear at Black-eyed Susan and be the the star when giving these as your next hostess gift, thank you, or secret admirer. Perfect for baby showers, wedding favors, or your Valentine. Perfect. Sugarfina Luxury Candies are #purestyle!

Falalalafabulous Christmas preorders | Atlanta Market Stylewatch Day 3

Falalalafabulous Christmas preorders | Atlanta Market Stylewatch Day 3

After a third day of Christmas resourcing, we completed our 2018 design stories. Three trees are planned and one novelty tree with something sooooo darling! We generally reveal these during our October setup, but I will give you a little sneak peak of one of the color stories we have planned.

This selection will be the basis for one of our large trees. Clear, soft gray, charcoal, shimmer and glitter. Now that’s a winning combination!


Here’s another closeup of our inspiration tree from a favorite showroom, Winward, featuring a long time friend Jim Marvin, who designs the White House Christmas every year. Look for his special ornaments for this tree!


Here is a perfectly dramatic oversized wreath designed with the same collection. Because it is difficult to see the scale of this beauty, the next photo has a full sized 9 1/2′ tree next to it. This wreath is extra large, stunning, and expensive! That’s a Christmas formula to be anticipated!


This will help you see the size!

Our third day ended with tired feet, sensory overload, and our heads spinning with how many bristle tabletop trees, sugar pinecones in assorted finishes, Santas, sprays, garlands, mache houses have we ordered … the list is endless. Now to edit and make sure our budgets are spot on. It’s really not all play! This buying gig is an intense and taxing seven-day job…but it is always entertaining and fun with my market buddy and CFO, Linda, along!

Day 4, here we come!

New store brands! | Atlanta Market Stylewatch Day 2

New store brands! | Atlanta Market Stylewatch Day 2

We search for #purestyle every winter market in Atlanta, especially from new vendors. Today, we found Green Apple Home Style, a fabulous firm showing for the first time in Atlanta. Green Apple Home Style is based in Portugal and we were instantly drawn into the booth by soft, soothing colors, fur accents and bejeweled details. New looks are always exciting, and just imagine 25 years of retail sourcing and buying … you get a bit tired of the same old, same old.

The offerings were beautiful, unique and chic. I’m afraid my photos don’t do justice, but I’m sure before long, you’ll see some of these gorgeous pieces in my store.

This velvet pillow with fur-trimmed ends and a rhinestone heart. The unique, elongated shape of this lumbar beauty drew us right to it! What’s not to love?


Although we were a bit stumped on what the exact use would be for such a tray, we were totally intrigued by the fur detailed one below! Fur is totally trending, whether in jewelry, home decor, or couture fashion. It’s all about fur! Love.


The beauty of this oval metal vessel is enhanced by the interesting addition of a tiny band of rhinestones around the inside rim. (The reflection of the apples and bananas is evident in the next closeup). The extra long and narrow shape is supported by the slender pedestal and would make any room a stylish and posh one.


This handsome chair boasts a gold leaf frame with a burn-out fabric in a graphic neutral velvet. The inside back contrasts with the interest of a tufted outside back.


This breathtaking mint colored pottery collection stole my heart. Tiny bands of gold accent the lids perfectly and I can see using these in several upcoming room designs I am working on.

Hats off to this new vendor discovery, Green Apple Home Style! Fresh color, fur accents, jeweled details…it’s a win-win.

Tomorrow, we dive into order writing for my 2018 curated Christmas collection. Three trees of exceptional color palettes (to be revealed!). I’ll keep you posted on the progress and give you some hints of what to anticipate!!





Christmas ornaments in #allthecolors | Atlanta Market Stylewatch Day 1

Christmas ornaments in #allthecolors | Atlanta Market Stylewatch Day 1

Another long day of Christmas 2018 designing and selecting has ended! We placed our order today for the 2018 stories…to be revealed in October 2018. Email me your wish list and we can meet to discuss what rocks your style.

I sent an email out last night regarding your special orders for your own Christmas delights, offering to preorder these darlings (talked about on my personal house tour in my December blog) from sooooooo many color options! These babies are some of my favorite little magic tricks, with that #ohsosusan style touch, so versatile and so full of #purestyle.

There’s not just one blue to choose from, but 13 or 15! Same with pinks, reds, whites, oranges, greens,….well, you get the picture! It’s like being a kid in a candy store!

delightful colors from The Whitehurst Company


In the Whitehurst showroom, I snapped this quick photo of inspiration, showing size options and multiple color choices. Oh. My. Love.

The Whitehurst Company’s showroom … soooo inspiring!

And this is only a few of the selections! I’ll have my sample box in the next few weeks and you can call to make an appointment to stop by and pick out your color favorites.

Day three is fast approaching, so stay tuned for more Style Watch!

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