A Conversation with Interior Designer Susanna Salk

A Conversation with Interior Designer Susanna Salk

Interior design expert, home stager, author and stylist Susanna Salk stepped away from her busy life of touring homes, both nationally and internationally, for her Quintessence video series to answer some of my questions about design. Join us for a conversation on inspiration, the process of transforming a home, and how Susanna would design her dream getaway cabin. Gary Komarin: What got you interested in design? Was it always in your blood? Susanna Salk: I dreamed of growing up and becoming a powerful woman who created sexy advertising campaigns in glossy magazines. My first job out of college happened to be at Condé Nast International helping head up the New York satellite office for all their international shelter magazines. From their Elle Decor and then House and Garden and onto my own design work so it was more like a transfusion. Gary Komarin: If you had a perfect client, how would you describe that client? Susanna Salk: Someone who can inspire me as equally as they can stay open to being inspired. Someone who can be fearless, honest and funny. Gary Komarin: As you do design projects on television, as well as books, how would you compare the two experiences? Does one feed or ‘speak’ to the other, or is it an apples and grapes comparison? Susanna Salk: If you love what you do and are open to anything, then all mediums – not to mention the people you meet along the way – start cross pollinate each other continually. Gary Komarin: What do you do with a client who likes your idea initially, but shows resistance overtime? Do...
On Being on the Cover of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine

On Being on the Cover of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine

In November of last year I was invited to be on the cover of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine for The Art Issue. They were doing a special issue on Artists in Connecticut and one fall morning I got a call from the Editor in Chief. They asked me if they could come to do a photo shoot at my studio in Roxbury. I replied: Delighted! When the ‘crew’ arrived they began to snap photo after photo seconds after getting out of their vehicles. As an Artist who is often in motion – I move around the Painting quite a bit while working (as the canvas typically begins on the floor of the studio, laying flat so I can freely swing the brush, liberated from ideas about up and down, left and right) – it was appropriate that the photographer took pictures while i was walking the property and moving around the studio. The final shots selected showed me lifting a large red painting from the floor and a second shot, which became the cover shot, was intriguing as well. The cover shot showed me using a special long handled brush, pushing paint across the surface of large dirty white painting. Some thought it was a broom I was using to sweep up, but in fact it was a long handled brush designed to have greater reach across the surface of a larger painting. Plus, its length allows for the kind of playful and unexpected ‘accidents’ that occur when liquid paint (mixed to the consistency of melted Ice Cream) swishes and sloshes on the new weave of fresh cotton duck canvas. When the cover appeared,...