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Episode 016: Susanna Salk

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Susanna Salk is a design expert, stylist, stagger as well as the author of many best-selling design books.

Her first was the unexpected hit, “A Privileged Life, Celebrating WASP Style” (Assouline) which stemmed from her upbringing on Boston’s North Shore. Her next books celebrated design, from the personal weekend spaces of style makers in “Weekend Retreats” to “Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play,” which was the first book of its kind to explore design for the junior set. “Be Your Own Decorator: Taking Cues and Confidence from Today’s Leading Designers” (Rizzoli) followed, inspiring people to take design into their own hands. Her 2013 debut of “C.Z. Guest: American Style Icon,” (Rizzoli) was the first pictorial book on the iconic style of C.Z. Guest. “Decorate Fearlessly! Using Whimsy, Confidence and a Dash of Surprise to Create Personal Spaces,” (Rizzoli 2013) explores the power and panache rooms can have when decorated with confidence instead of rules. Her eighth book, “It’s the Little Things: Creating Big Moments In Your Home Through the Stylish Small Stuff” will debut from Rizzoli Spring 2016.

Salk also hosts the monthly “At Home With” video series on the Quintessence design blog, which captures her visiting the homes of top designers and style makers around the globe.

She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two boys.

Explore Susanna’s website here

Select one or all of Susanna’s books here 

Enjoy this colorful corner in Susanna’s Connecticut home, as featured in House Beautiful (photo by William Abranowicz)

Susanna Salk Living Room on Million Dollar Decorating

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