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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Colorful Interior Design Inspriations of Artist Susan Seegert



  In a sea of beige/neutral interiors, it's exciting to see bright, Technicolor exceptions. You can always count on the artists of the world to color their own worlds unique and bold.

My mother-in-law, Susan, is one such lady. She's an artist and expert in many different mediums, a lover of all things San Francisco (her hometown) and grandma extraordinaire to my kids. Down to her red hair and fun loving personality, she is anything but boring!

Susan, her husband, Bob and my kids, hanging out at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)


My family had a chance to visit her recently at her townhome in Vancouver, Washington. We hadn't visited for a couple of years and I was eager to see if she had added more colors and details. Sure enough, there were even more bold touches and color.  I think one of the reasons that we have clicked for the 25 years I've been in the family is our unique, "color outside the lines" approach to life.

The living room was a cheerful mix of oranges, reds, greens and yellows.  All kept within relatively the same values with touches of white for visual relief are what make these colors sing for me. The artwork on the back wall were both painted by Susan:








Each day we came back, I noticed new, fun details I had not noticed before.  The curio cabinet had been around for years, but she switched it up by painting it a bold, glossy red.


 Susan has many fascinating collections which she switches out. A somewhat newer one is vintage, metal dollhouses displayed in her family room on glass shelving salvaged from a local Mervyn's after the company went out of business:




Wall of Mirrors-Using stairway walls are a great way to capture often ignored display space:




Desk area with vintage typewriter and Hummel collection:




Downstairs, her art room is brimming with creative supplies and energy.  I was in awe of how organized she is:




I left Vancouver and Susan's townhome with so many different creative ideas for my own home.  Maybe this will be the kick-start to get my home office in better shape? What a treat to see bold color embraced and used so well!

4 comments:

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Even though I don't personally embrace this much color, it's fun and exciting to see others spaces who love it! The artist workroom is amazing!

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

What a fun home! Love all the great colour everywhere. And that is one super-organized art room! Love how the drawers create a sort of rainbow :-)

Everyone should have colour like this in their lives :-)

AB HOME Interiors said...

WOW! What a space! Is that her business card at top? Amazing!

Marie Brady said...

It would be a great business card! No, I just saw this hanging in her art room and snapped a pic.