Susan Brunstrum, former owner of a marketing and communications firm, opened Sweet Peas Design after discovering her true calling about a decade ago. For Brunstrum, the fields of business and art weren’t foreign and separate from each other. A Deerfield native and current Libertyville-dweller, she incorporates her advertising skills and passion for interior and architectural design as she did during her college experience. While obtaining her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in advertising at the University of …
I’m as much of a Scrooge as anyone when I see Christmas decorations going up before Halloween. Bah, humbug! But here’s a holiday trend that melts my heart: People are not going as hog-wild about decorating their homes for Christmas as they used to. It seems everyone I talk to is planning to simplify and de-clutter for the holidays (and I thought it was just me). My friends and clients tell me they are going to select fewer pieces with greater meaning for them and their family, and leave the rest of it in the attic or the basement. They want more time for family and friends, and I agree. When … Read more
We’re used to designing gorgeous master baths for our clients, but doggy baths? As a matter of fact, yes! (We’ll even make parrot showers.) Pet washes have been gaining traction in the laundry rooms and basements of luxury homes where owners can corral their pets after a walk or romp (or flight!) outside. They are incredibly convenient, especially for large dogs, and they save the rest of the house from muddy paws. But these spaces come in handy for many other clean-up jobs too, such as hosing off shoes and boots, golf clubs and the kids’ dirty bare feet. They’re big enough to handle car window screens and gardening tools, too. Our most … Read more
It’s the holidays. Who doesn’t love a pumpkin pie with a little bit of Cognac? Make this easy recipe for the holidays and impress everyone with your boozy dessert skills. Pie filling: 1 15oz can pure solid-packed pumpkin 2 large eggs at room temperature 1 large egg yolk at room temperature 1 cup heavy cream, keep cold 1 Tbsp. Cognac or brandy 3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar 1 tsp. orange zest 1 tsp. freshly ground cinnamon stick or 1 1/2 tsp. pre-ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt a pinch Freshly grated nutmeg a pinch of black pepper a pinch of ground cloves Chocolate whipped cream: 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, keep cold 1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa Pie crust: Use store bought deep dish crust Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake crust … Read more
She is fun, fabulous and fierce. She is chic, intelligent and in-the-know. But most of all, the Cheeky chick is the kind of woman who embraces, admires, respects, smiles at and opens her heart to other fabulous chicks. Now THAT'S Cheeky, darling!