Meet Susan Howard… C.A.I. Designs Denver, Showroom Manager

Susan showroom 2

Education: BA Ohio University School of Journalism, Public Relations..Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Work history:

  • Display coordinator, Interior Designer for Ethan Allen, Designer for Persnickety
  • Two years interior design study with noted New York designer Suzanne Weiner.
  • Store owner, sales manager, franchise advisor for Expressions Custom Furniture in Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
  • Interior Designer – Home on the Range, Steamboat Springs

Where are you from?  Rocky River, Ohio; Chicago; Redding, CT, Steamboat Springs, CO

What is your most rewarding project?

A 16,000 sq. ft. project home where I worked with the clients, architects, and builder from initial plans to completion. Client had lived in Europe and wanted an elegant, Old World hunting lodge atmosphere adapted for the Rockies. I designed  9 fireplaces and baths, specified all floor, wall and ceiling finishes, selected lighting options, and incorporated furnishings from 3 other homes with new purchases.

What is your design style?

Classic, sophisticated but understated, layered yet balanced, casual elegance.

Where do you get your Inspiration?

Nature- blue & white of winter, yellow green of Spring, purple, reds and green of Summer, Crimson, red and golds of Autumn (at least in CT). Travel-batiks of Malaysia, organic furniture from Bali, English and European gardens and stately homes, Italian architecture, art and textiles.

What do you think is the most important thing to consider when designing?

realistically assessing the way you live- or want to live.

Why CAI?

CAI has shown a commitment to showcasing  luxury furniture, lighting, unique imports and through the Kravet showroom, textiles, to provide designers top notch service and product.

What do you think of Designers as middleman/woman?

In our increasingly more connected and fast paced world, a designer provides the trained eye to help clients filter through all the information to achieve a curated vision. Successful projects emerge when a patient, respectful collaboration between architects, clients, builders, designers and tradesmen allows creativity to flourish.

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