Designer Spotlight: Sweet Peas Design


 “The best design captures the spirit of the client and the heart of the space.”

~Susan Brunstrum



For more than 11 years Susan Brunstrum and her team at Sweet Peas Design  have been creating distinctive interiors for a distinguished and discerning clientele. She is known for her impeccable taste and her signature “LivableLuxe” style, a blend of relaxed comfort and refinement that she considers the little black dress of design.

The studio has established a reputation for quality and creativity in design, ingenious space planning, exceptional attention to detail and outstanding client communication. With more than 40 years combined experience in design and architecture Sweet Peas Design is noted for the depth and breadth of its expertise. The Libertyville-based studio and Chicago branch office welcome design projects of all sizes, from a condo foyer to a whole house make-over, from new construction to a second home.

Susan is a University of Illinois graduate in advertising and received her master’s degree in advertising from Northwestern University. Before pursuing her long-standing interest in interior design she founded and ran a successful marketing/communications firm for seven years. She is ASID-allied, a member of the New York-based Design Trust and Chicago’s River North Design District, and a board member for Lake County Cares. In 2013 she was invited to design a room for the prestigious Lake Forest Showhouse.

Sweet Peas Design interiors have been featured on LXTV’s “Designer Living,” WGN and WGN/CLTV’s “Bring It Home.” They have been published in Interiors Midwest design book, Better Homes & Garden’s Storage magazine, Kitchen + Bath Makeovers, Trends Kitchens, Trends Bathrooms, Color Made Easy, Small Room Decorating, NS, Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Herald.

Susan is the mother of two grown children and lives in Chicago’s Gold Coast. She likes high fashion and high heels as much as cowboy boots and country music, exploring new restaurants and gathering design inspiration during her travels.

Please enjoy these photos from some of our favorite projects. We also invite you to browse through our website at or contact us for an initial consultation at 847-816-1296.

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