Colleague Spotlight: Suzanne Lovell

Today is a special day because we are sharing a feature on my dear, and incredibly talented friend, Suzanne Lovell. Suzanne started Suzanne Lovell Inc. here in Chicago in 1985, and since that time it has grown to be one of the most respected design firms in the city. 

Today the firm specializes in not just architecture and interior design, but also fine art, design furniture editions, ceramics and textiles--Suzanne is also the founder of Twill Textiles, a high-end collection emulating the look and feel of handwoven custom work. 

And, on top of all that, Suzanne found the time to literally write the book on designing around fine art collections. "Artistic Interiors: Designing with Fine Art Collections," came out in 2011 and is available on Amazon, here

Please share a little about your design philosophy.
We create homes that reflect a client’s story. Architectural details are considered carefully, while interior furnishings are selected, placed and coordinated. We are able to facilitate layers of design and accessories and fully believe that fine art is the key to the client’s story. We accomplish all of this with a thoughtful application of budget and time.

Can you share a few photos from a recent favorite project?
Recent projects include another fantastic Mag Mile pied-a-terre in the Park Tower for wonderful clients. We created elegant and rich architectural and material palettes that set the backdrop for the art collection that we created together. What fun!

We also recently completed a Gold Coast full-floor residence in the former Mayfair Regent Hotel for an elegant, art collecting couple with grown children. A highlight of the apartment is the gourmet kitchen with a full wall of La Cornue stoves and two oversized islands – one for prep and one for eating. True chefs, they wanted a fabulous kitchen with adequate food prep and baking surfaces.

What are your favorite of-the-moment trends?

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  • Brass in kitchens and gold on dining tables provide a sophisticated mixture
  • Fashion is leading...dressy and feminine is back in flowered or large patterned fabrics. Multiple patterns work together in the same room – no more matching!

What are you go-to classic design favorites?

We integrate tall black doors whenever we can to accentuate the volume of space. Think about drapery in the same way....install to take advantage of full wall height.

What are you favorite local shops for furniture and decor?
Pagoda Red, Golden Triangle, Jayson Home & Garden, Restoration Hardware, Primitive and of course Holly Hunt.

What is your favorite Chicago neighborhood, and why?

 Image courtesy of tripsavvy.com

Image courtesy of tripsavvy.com

Lincoln Park is wonderful for the gardens and is one of the only free zoos in the United States!

What types of services do you offer?
We offer a full range of services from Architecture, Interior Design, Fine Art Advisory, Turn Key Services are also available in which we provide move-in ready residences for our clients.