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All is Merry and Bright

All is Merry and Bright

The Black-eyed Susan team proved successful and ever-creative in another lovely home in Princeton Junction, NJ today! Splitting into 3 teams, we spread merriment throughout the house from a beautiful walk-in closet to the majestic foyer with curving staircase. Each room in this large home was trimmed, draped and decked with holly.

Yours could be next!


White pine garland+icy maple leaves+white tipped sugar cones+white stag horns+Luminara candles = Pure Style!

And that’s what you’ll find happens with the BES team making merriment in your home!


What can I say…this friend was found among the specialty ornament collection. May the force be with you…

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Two more Christmas setups tomorrow! Come see the magic.

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!


This favorite project just got decked with Holiday glam ! The garland was added and then this spectacular shatterproof silver ornament garland was added-in a blink of an eye, fabulous style! Anyone can do it! Get yours in gold or silver. We secured the shimmery wreath to the mirror with a giant command hook…tied a double faced satin bow and stepped back to admire our design! Ohsosusan.


This mixed green garland has white pine, magnolia leaves and tiny green pepper berries…add this stunning white satin ribbon in a simple looped bow with multiple tails and a trio of shatterproof ornaments…Wow! (This will definitely weather the 4 active children who frequent this stairway!)


These shatterproof ornaments on thin tinsel twine (mercury looking, no less!) updated this chandelier and added the drama we needed to complete the foyer. My 8 foot ladder was none too tall for this task…


This lantern was filled with giant sugar cones and snow…add a little “Joy” and you’ve got the perfect eye candy for a darling family!


Christy’s ever favorite dining room was trimmed with glee. I added frosty greens to the succulent trophy vases, a supple, realistic garland to the art and several large sprays to the side board. A pair of silver deer grace the surface., With these practical dining chairs, covered in Sunbrella performance fabric, this room is ready for guests!


At the end of the day, we finished the design and met our fitness goal all together!

Another busy day for the Black-eyed Susan Design Team! Tomorrow, more halls to deck! Stay tuned.

Oh, Deer!

Oh, Deer!

We installed our first client setup today! Yep. November 10. Since my store is all decked out, we’re in the mood and this cute family can’t get enough of the Holiday spirit. I dressed the dining room chandelier with ornaments, packed to the gills. Oh. My. An already glamorous and sparkling chandelier became even more delightful with glittering ornaments, silver…champagne…mercury glass…I love this!


Looking from the dining table…just see what I tied into this light fixture!




I piled my beautiful sugar cones in this unused firebox and added a gaggle of silver balls in a garland (shatterproof!). Then I added one strand of our LED tiny lights with a battery pack! Voila. Pure magic!


A lovely foyer with an open staircase, much in the style of Gone With the Wind, was the perfect stage for the most beautiful greens I’ve seen! I added some favorite boughs cascading at the cap of the newel post and my favorite satin ribbon with multiple tails for drama. Ahhhh!


This stately fireplace mantle was calling for a row of teeny, tiny sisal trees…who says you can’t curate a “collection” all at one time?! This just melts my heart. A vintage map below grounds the whimsy. Ohsosusan.


This collaged wall of favorite framed art was also the recepient of a trio of tiny trees! The perfect Christmas touch.


I took this 50″ tray from my personal stash (!) to complete the dining room centerpiece. The table is dressed with our Kitchen Papers chevron gold and white paper runner. The tray is reflecting the runner! Filled with an oversized silver punch bowl footed container and oversized ornaments, frosted pinecones, silver accents and snow, this is the perfect statement for a fully extenced dining table for 10. Oh, what fun it is!


My 10,000 square foot store is decked out with holiday throughout! Whether it’s a gift for a friend or for your own personal home, it’s all here for the taking. Until it’s gone, that is….

Come see the magic. Susan’s biggest, best Christmas Collection ever! Hope to see you soon.

Connie Creates! Oh, My

Connie Creates! Oh, My

My week ended with an inspiring visit to my darling friend and office manager’s cottage style home. Oh, My. Her home is filled with cherished collections and family memories, including many custom touches created by her husband John’s hands. Over time, small changes have updated this cozy retreat with pure style and charm under Connie’s keen eye and love of Black-eyed Susan style. It was such a thrill to see so many details and endearing rooms with the rustic charm Connie has added.

Her home is a perfect example of fine-tuned style, carefully designed to create big statements in a small space, assembled for the most part with a simple re-design approach. If we could all have a handyman who builds, paints, plumbs, tiles, wires and happens to be your husband, perhaps we could join this creative club as well!

I’ll share with you some of the details that warmed my heart and found their way into my memory for future use. I love knowing that a cherished and dedicated employee is also an inspiring creative force!


Apparently, the architechural fragment featured in the headboard pictured above used to be mine! I didn’t even recognize it! Connie fabricated a padded headboard from a coarse rustic linen and added this fragment for perfect cottage chic. To complete the look of this most inviting guest room, she hung three cream vintage platters. Sheer perfection.


Grommeted sheer linen panels add an updated dressing to the windows, and this darling arm chair (purchased from one of my Black-eyed Susan Paris Flea Market sales) was Connie’s first attempt at upholstery…naturally, supported with some tips from her husband, John! The addition of the Paris tea towel gives it just one more quaint vision of inviting charm. And let me just say how much I love that vintage writing table behind the sofa! Such great design.

New Pendant Lighting go-to

New Pendant Lighting go-to

One of my perfect favorites, the small Bling pendant! I just hung this in the hallway outside my master bedroom and I can’t stop drooling over it! Be warned, every lead crystal must be attached by hand, so be patient or forewarn your electrician!! 

The Bling comes in four sizes and two colors, polished nickel and the newly introduced polished gold! Soooooooo stylish. Just the right amount of ” bling” for sure! Appropriately named. Use it in the master bath, bedroom, dining room, or living room…wait, maybe the powder room? Well, you can we that the locations are unlimited! So, bling away…it’s a home run. Love. This. 



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