Susan is a certified kitchen designer and has owned her own design firm, which specializes in bathroom and kitchen design, for more than 20 years. She is an acknowledged expert in the field, and is a top go-to source for the media for insight and information on kitchen design. Susan’s projects have been widely published over many years; she is a kitchen and bath industry brand consultant and a speaker on kitchen design. Both the analytical and creative aspects of each project fascinate her. “I’m very conceptual,” she says. “I begin with shapes and forms and how one moves around the space. The physical design elements—storage, appliances, and so on—come later.”
“Scandinavian design is my personal aesthetic favorite,” admits Susan, who is a first-generation Danish-American and founder of Bornholm Kitchen, a Scandinavian inspired line of cabinetry. “I admire its modern elegance and warmth, and the simplicity of its forms, which are inspired by nature.” Naturally, Susan’s DXV kitchen reflects that heritage, using the Classical movement’s Orchard porcelain farm sink, with its blend of country charm and uptown style, as a focal point.
Susan started her blog, thekitchendesigner, in 2007, “because I wanted to share solutions, tips, advice, and discoveries,” she says. Today, she’s very involved with Google+. “It’s a wonderful platform because it has broadened my network internationally. Also, I’m a Google Helpouts kitchen expert, which is an efficient and affordable way for people to consult with me online.”