Sophisticated Interior Design in Santa Rosa & Sonoma County, CA
"Everything from furniture selection to paint to rugs to the decor - she truly delivered beyond our expectations..."
We recently hired Susy to re-design our family room and dining room and to create a "wine lounge" for entertaining. She did an amazing job of creating warm, modern spaces that gave our home a much-needed update. Everything from furniture selection to paint to rugs to the decor - she truly delivered beyond our expectations. Having worked with other designers before I also have to say she is warm, genuine, and really fun to work with. We plan to hire her for another project soon. She is the BEST!
"She creates amazing spaces with her designs..."
Susy is fantastic to work with and I highly recommend her. She creates amazing spaces with her designs and her method of working—ideas, bids, contractors, customer service, follow up—is the absolute best. I consult with Susy any time a new project comes up.
"Susy provides so much value - not just on the design, but on saving us time and not having to worry..."
We purchased a second home in Santa Rosa and pretty much needed to furnish it from scratch -- on a tighter budget than was optimal. Susy listened - we wanted it beautiful but livable and practical for our needs. Susy gave us high quality and found some more cost efficient options to choose from, ensuring the most bang for the buck. She chose things we never would have thought of on our own, and beautifully integrated some key pieces and art we moved down.
Susy provides so much value - not just on the design, but on saving us time and not having to worry. We were not on site and she coordinated subs who were prompt, efficient and did great quality work. From the furniture, to the art on the walls, to the many surprise touches Susy added, we walked in to a home that felt like ours, but so much better than we could ever imagined. Susy listened to us and designed for us, and for the space we always wanted but did not know how to get.
Feel free to contact me if you want more information and Susy gets our highest recommendation -- and I have high standards!
"Our two houses, along with their outdoor spaces, came to life in ways we could not have imagined..."
I highly recommend Susy as a design professional. We asked for her help to update the indoor and outdoor furniture at our family property in the wine country of Northern California. Susy easily grasped the complexities of working with multiple family members with a variety of opinions, and navigated this aspect of the project very well for its duration. Overall, working with Susy was a pleasure. She was very organized, very open to my input, incorporated my design preferences, suggested items at the price point I requested, and was very prompt in communication. As the project unfolded, our two houses, along with their outdoor spaces, came to life in ways we could not have imagined. Without exception, every family member and friend who has visited has raved about how wonderful everything looks and feels. What has been especially fabulous is the way we were able to reclaim existing spaces which had fallen out of use due to inappropriate furniture choices. It's like we got more square footage without doing any building! As a project manager, Susy was detail-oriented, practical, hands-on, and patient. Her accounting was very clear and timely. All in all, I highly recommend Susy and only wish I could more adequately express how much I appreciate the work she did for us.
"Susy took on our project as if it were her own house..."
We were looking to "refresh" our 1960's ranch style semi-custom home. Our tastes tend toward simple quality and not flashy elegance. We found Susy through the internet after viewing websites and seeing her work. Ultimately, we hired Susy and had an outstanding experience. She listened to us carefully and directed our material and furniture selections to obtain the optimum result based on her knowledge and creativity. Additionally, she provided names of vendors and stores to provide services (construction, electrician, floor refinishers, lighting, etc.) that were reliable and experienced. Most importantly, she is a down-to-earth upbeat optimist who offers new ideas and suggestions, but will be flexible to support your final choices and budget limitations. She is also 100% available and reliable at almost anytime and a great communicator as well as listener. During the project she was always "checking in" to keep things on track.
We renovated our den, small office, living room, and several bedrooms and Susy took on our project as if it were her own house--she really cares about her clients. We feel fortunate that Susy was our "go to" person with any questions or needs. For example, she converted part of our built-in bookcase to a new TV & media center, replaced carpeting with hardwood floors, "inverted" the layout of our den (which changed the whole feel of the room), added/replaced recessed LED lighting and fans in multiple rooms, suggested a round dining room table to replace our rectangular farm table (freeing up space), and gave the "nod" to area rugs, furniture and table items we purchased locally or online while keeping/re-positioning many of our existing items.
We are thrilled with our "new home." Susy's talent, personality and conscientiousness made this a fun project for us and we definitely would give her the highest recommendation.
"Susy listens intently. She wants to understand and appreciate what her clients intentions are and then she brings that to life..."
Susy McBride was a pleasure to work with. This is the fourth residence around the country I have worked on with various local designers and this was by far my best experience. Susy listens intently. She wants to understand and appreciate what her clients intentions are and then she brings that to life with great taste, a superb network of vendors, and an ever diligent eye on your budget. She never makes you feel like a cheapskate if there is some item she has found which just doesn't quite fit the financial plan. Her project management skills are excellent, she communicates constantly, and she takes initiative. I am already using her again in another project. Stop looking. This is whom you should hire.
"She turned every room she touched into our new favorite."
Susy was the most amazing thorough and professional designer we have ever seen. We just kept wanting more. She turned every room she touched into our new favorite. Her blend of knowing the best manufactures and retailers added to her extremely creative flair is a perfect combination. She knows her textures and colors, appliances and flooring, wood and paint, sofa and drapery fabric. Everything she suggested was just right.
"Our house had beautiful pieces but looked very fragmented. She pulled the look together..."
Susy is a professional in every regard--she respected my budget, my opinions and my style preferences. Her goal was to create a living space that we loved. Our house had beautiful pieces but looked very fragmented. She pulled the look together with interesting new accessories, restyling old pieces, purchasing a few new, and rearranging the furniture. She is very aware of what is available in stores and online AND has an incredible list of resources within our community.
"...we can count on Susy to bring her positive energy to the table."
Shaun and I have had the pleasure of working with Susy in a variety of capacities over the years, but one thing is always a constant...we can count on Susy to bring her positive energy to the table. Yes, she has design talent but what sets her apart is her no-excuses approach to getting the job done. Susy is always an asset to the team.
Architect, Farrell Faber and Associates, Inc.
"She works to understand a client's taste, functional needs and budget..."
What a pleasure it is to work with Susy McBride. Her creative designs, personalized approach and attention to detail are amazing. She works to understand a client's taste, functional needs and budget and then leverages her knowledge of resources to complete a project. Susy is able to create beautiful, cohesive spaces in any room and turned my house into a warm and comfortable home. I highly recommend Susy for all of your design projects!
"Susy came up with brilliant ideas which made the flow and aesthetics of the home perfect for us and our lifestyle..."
We absolutely adored working with Susy on a whole house remodel in Sonoma County. We purchased a house that was very outdated with several dysfunctional layout features. On top of that, we were remodeling this house from out of state. Susy really listened to our vision and wish lists. She is very open, honest, and has terrific communication skills which helps enormously in dealing with a challenging house. Susy respected our preferences for such things as color schemes, the need for pet-friendly textiles and finishes, and incorporating some of the furniture we would be bringing with us from our Midwest home. Using her vast experience, knowledge, and product resources, Susy came up with brilliant ideas which made the flow and aesthetics of the home perfect for us and our lifestyle. This home now literally "wraps its arms around you when you walk in the door." Susy was a joy to work with and she had a wonderful way of pulling us into the creative process of making our home a warm and comfortable place for us, our family, and our friends. Without any reservations we highly recommend Susy.
"We hired Susy and working with her was effortless..."
Susy provided excellent customer service and picture-perfect design for my weekend home in Santa Rosa - a full 5 star performance! My husband and I wanted to get our second home redone rapidly so we could start to enjoy our time in Sonoma County. We hired Susy and working with her was effortless. Susy is an excellent listener, a very good communicator, excels at providing options to meet your needs and budget, while still maintaining high design standards. I will call Susy again next year to help me with another project!
"I have met very few designers that can move from their style choices to your style choices..."
Susy has created many beautiful and comfortable spaces for me over the years. I invited Susy along for my latest job transfer to the Northwest to find the perfect space. Susy not only found the perfect home, she helped me transform the space to the peaceful home it is today. I get to walk into Modern Zen every day and enjoy my single level retreat with COMFORTABLE and fashionable furniture. Fashion and function is what makes this special.
I have met very few designers that can move from their style choices to your style choices. Her ability to flex and create across an expansive genre of design is what makes her stand out. I have done everything from Modern to Colonial with her help. She cannot be matched in this industry. I will keep her following me whereever job transfers take me in the future.
"After the first phone call to her introducing my project, she was immediately welcoming."
I had a house I was getting ready to move into that needed a complete remodel, updating and furnishings. Clearly a job for a professional decorator as I have no such skill set. I had the fortune of meeting Susy via the Houzz website and after looking at some of her projects on her website I felt that she had the decorative eye and customer service that I would want. After the first phone call to her introducing my project, she was immediately welcoming. So much about home decorations require a large element of learning an individuals personal taste and I found that Susy was able to learn from our general conversations of taste, colors and styles. From this she was able to develop a very personal touch to make my house into a home. I could not be happier with her selections, coordination and the effort she put into helping me turn my house into a home that I can be very comfortable in. Five star rating for Susy McBride!
"Her ideas were great and the finished design and furnishing are beautiful."
We loved working with Susy. We had her help us with furnishings after a large remodel. We did the dining room, family room, master bedroom, entry way and some decor and seating in the kitchen. Her ideas were great and the finished design and furnishing are beautiful. She stayed within our budget and we plan on using her services again.
"Susy has a great ability for understanding the style and characteristics of the client..."
This is the second time I've worked with Susy. The first time she staged my townhouse for sale. She turned my house into a warm, inviting, stylish home and it sold quickly. Recently, she decorated my new home. Susy has a great ability for understanding the style and characteristics of the client and incorporating them into an elegant design that compliments the client’s tastes and general good taste. She is a perfectionist who will go beyond expectation to create the perfect result for each client. I highly recommend her!
"Her modern ideas that seemed out of my comfort zone were exactly what I was looking for..."
Susy McBride's website drew me in with her gallery of before and after redecorated rooms. She promptly returned my call and we immediately got started with my project. We had a completion date set and met our deadline a month early. My house looks amazing. Her modern ideas that seemed out of my comfort zone were exactly what I was looking for. My husband and I are so happy with the beautiful changes she made in phase one of my redecorating project. I can't wait to work with her again in the near future. I highly recommend Susy for her professionalism and her great taste and style!
"We call it 'home sweet home' because Susy made it work."
Susy takes time to fully understand what her client wants, and she delivers exactly that. She can take your or your loved ones' furniture and furnishings and add her touch of updated design and class, and make it gorgeous, homey and personal, all at once.
My 92 year-old mother was being moved out here from her home in Ohio she lived in for 35 years. But her friends and family back east were disappearing. She wanted to stay in her Ohio home forever, but doctor ordered assisted living near family. Her remaining family lives in California.
So, we selected her favorite furniture, wall pieces and art from her Ohio home and Susy measured and placed them on paper and then we shipped it out here. Meanwhile, Susy added crown molding, fresh paint that matched the furniture, found the perfect drapes and rods that were reasonably priced but pulled the bedroom and living room all together. It was a gorgeous miracle.
It has been one month now since mom came to California and as of two days ago she calls her new place "home." We call it "home sweet home" because Susy made it work.
"Everything functions beautifully and we achieved the style we were hoping for."
Our whole house came together with expert guidance of Susy McBride Design.
We had ideas about how we wanted our remodel and interior design to look. Susy listened carefully to understand our style and offered her ideas to help us bring it all together. She consulted with us to develop our furniture layout and design direction and to select the perfect wall colors, lighting fixtures, counter top surfaces, tile, rugs and new furniture pieces. She knew how to direct us to certain finish selections that would complement our existing furnishings and that would blend well with the new furniture pieces. Everything functions beautifully and we achieved the style we were hoping for. Susy is professional, upbeat, fun and a real joy to work with.
Jean Moore and Randy Tavner
"She consulted me to assure that my own personality and preferences shine through and yet helped introduce a newness to the attitude of the decor!"
I made a radical decision to move to Charleston, SC after 58 years of living in northern CA. I had observed several projects completed by Susy McBride and was struck by the 'realness' and comfort of her design. She traveled with me to my new home and worked with great efficiency and consideration. A plan was put in place, and with her ideas and creativity, I found a change not only in location, but in my interior surroundings. She consulted me to assure that my own personality and preferences shine through and yet helped introduce a newness to the attitude of the decor! I love my new home. I highly recommend Susie McBride. She is committed to listening and enlightening. She stayed within my budget and succeeded bringing it all together within a short time-frame!
"...created the perfect design my husband and I wanted for our new construction home..."
Susy is a patient, attentive, highly qualified professional who is an expert in her field, and also really fun to work with. She is an excellent listener, remembers small details, and created the perfect design my husband and I wanted for our new construction home. This included window and floor coverings, furniture, artwork, bedding, decor and more. We could not be happier with the result or her services, and give her the highest recommendation. We would hire her again in a heartbeat! Thank you, Susy!
"You can expect efficient, no excuses execution with attention to every detail..."
My wife and I have done numerous remodels and new home construction projects. We have worked with many design professionals over the years and Susy is one of the best! She was able to assess our needs and taste to a tee. You can expect efficient, no excuses execution with attention to every detail. She is a true professional focused on providing the highest level of service to her clients.
"...she really listened to what we wanted and turned our home into a fabulous new home that we love."
We hired Susy for the redecoration of our home in Sonoma. She listened and was able to provide us with some suggestions that captured our style. She redecorated all rooms of a large 3 bedroom 3.5 bath home. She never tried to talk us into anything, never tried to tell us what the new trends were; rather she really listened to what we wanted and turned our home into a fabulous new home that we love.
Her pricing was more than fair and she was great to stay in budget or advise us when something was outside of the budget. There were no surprises or hidden fees. Her timeline was followed and the home was finished as scheduled. We would give her 10 stars if we could and we will use her again.
"She is extremely talented and works with the utmost professionalism."
Susy planned and decorated our home to perfection! She was able to incorporate our existing furniture with some new pieces. She is extremely talented and works with the utmost professionalism. We love all the changes she made to our home and plan on working with her on future projects!
"She was able to make all of our pieces look purposeful while creating really beautiful, livable spaces..."
We had a fabulous experience working with Susy. We gave her a difficult task – she needed to incorporate antique carpets and pieces of different styles and periods into spaces in which we wanted a modern feel.
Susy worked quickly and efficiently and brought us layouts, designs and fabrics that we immediately loved. She was able to make all of our pieces look purposeful while creating really beautiful, livable spaces that flow from room to room. We could not be happier with the transformation and with the ease of the process. We highly recommend Susy.
"...Susy has given me excellent, livable ideas..."
Over the past three years, I have been extremely pleased with the design service of Susy McBride. Recently, without much notice, she was able to stop in to help repair a painting project. I was relieved by her quick color consultation, all while my painter was still on hand to implement the changes. Additionally, Susy has given me excellent, livable ideas for the arrangement of my current furniture and suggestions for specific updated pieces such as lamp shades, cabinet hardware, and accent tables.
She has used her talent and experience throughout my home. By eliminating a rug which made a room seem small, moving an armoire which was blocking light from a window, and reinventing a focal point, Susy was able to enhance many spaces.
It is truly amazing how small improvements can bring big style. I would highly recommend Susy McBride for your next interior design consultation.
"Susy was instrumental in making a difference for our clients..."
I had the pleasure of representing “dream clients” with the sale of their property. Prior to interviewing agents, they had already worked with Susy McBride of Susy McBride Design and their property was picture perfect – literally! Susy had coached them regarding paring down their personal items and she tastefully staged the entire home adding furniture and accessories to compliment my clients’ furnishings. The result was a property that appealed to many people, was ready to photograph and market immediately resulting in a quick cash sale and speedy close of escrow. My clients had multiple buyers for their property netting them the best price on their street since 2008!
Staging makes a tremendous difference in how a property is presented and a key element in securing the best possible price. Susy was instrumental in making a difference for our clients through presentation which increased the desirability of their property. Susy is a skilled interior designer and I look forward to working with her again.
"...creative, decisive, and at the same time open-minded to her clients’ needs..."
I am writing to recommend Susy McBride Design for expert and widely arrayed design services. Having known Susy for more than 10 years, and after having the pleasure of her redesign of nearly all of my personal residence, I can happily recommend her!
Susy is a wonderful mix of talent, experience and practical know-how. Not only is she up on current design trends and market value, she has the vision to create a new look, both in total and in its component parts, and the resourcefulness to get it done. She follows through on the leg work needed to illustrate a concept to her clients and to find products and vendors to fulfill it. She is well-connected to industry vendors and adept at coordinating their installations. And if there is a problem with any of the work performed, she does not shrink or pass the buck on seeing that it is corrected.
Susy is a pleasure to work with from start to finish because she has the enthusiasm for a job whether it is large or small, she is creative, decisive, and at the same time open-minded to her clients’ needs, and she sees the project through to the end. I am thrilled with my redesign, and I will hire her again for any of my future design needs.
I recommend Susy for any design work and am happy to answer any questions about her talent and my experience working with her.
Deanna Shirley Williams
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