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Image credits: Susan Obercian
1. Please give my readers a brief bio about yourself.
I started my career in fashion when I was in my 20s and living in England. After having children my design interests centered around the home, specifically the kitchen. In 1996 to 2011, I worked for European Country Kitchens, designing kitchens and bathrooms. In 2012 I opened Susan Obercian Design.
2. Would you share your design philosophy please.
I like the kitchen to be a serene background for the chaos that is always part of a busy family kitchen. The colors should be relaxing. The counter tops are a huge statement in any kitchen and one of the most difficult decisions to make. White marble, which is very popular at the moment, and is beautiful but very porous as well as very expensive. It requires a true commitment. I make sure that my clients are educated about all the decisions that i help them make. I don't like anything to be a surprise when it is installed.
3. Do you follow any particular design rules?
I like symmetry whenever possible. If the design of the kitchen and bathrooms are appropriate for the age and style of the house, it will not go out of fashion. Let the bones of the house guide the design.
4. Do you have a favorite go too piece or element when designing a space?
Great island lights are very important. I love Heritage Lighting in Lambertville. I also love Remains Lighting.
Of course, an incredible stone on the island can make a great statement.
5. What are your trend predictions for Kitchens?
Kitchens have continued to have a cleaner look, thank goodness! It's what I have always liked. I think that the counter top material is a challenge. Granite is the hardest surface but it is out of fashion. Marble is porous and takes a commitment to care for it. Concrete can be wonderful but lends itself to a more contemporary design so the search continues.
6.What are your must have classics?
I love a classic bath room with a great marble floor and white subway tile. Maybe black accents. This can be done inexpensively for children's' bathrooms as well. I never get tired of it.
7. Would you give us a little hint about room you will be designing!
We have an incredible custom designed marble and limestone floor! And a great painting by Maureen Chatfield!
Thank you so much Susan for this wonderful Q & A. I know we learned alot, and if you wish to reach Susan for your kitchen, bath or built in needs see here- Susan Obercian