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sneak peek: sulu design

last week kelly at hoping for happy accidents emailed me about a gorgeous home belonging to sulu design artist, susan lutjen. i immediately checked her website and was blown away by her bautiful portland, oregon home. not to mention the fact that they only moved in one month ago- wow (it's taken us two years to move in fully). susan was kind enough to share some additional photos of her home with us to create a full-sized sneak peek. as always, you can click here for (several) additional photos and full-sized versions of these images. thanks so much for susan for sharing her beautiful home with us, and to kelly for the great tip!

["My husband Barry and I moved to Portland just over a month ago. Barry is an avid photographer as well as a collector of found photos. Luckily, we share a very similar design sense. With our common eye and my obsessive nature, we had our apartment in Portland, Oregon unpacked and settled right away. We both are very drawn to the clean lines of midcentury design, but also love heavy, worn, industrial pieces and found objects with great patina. We are constantly looking at resale shops, antique malls, thrift stores, and in garbage piles to find pieces that will work in our home. We have pulled a lot of our belongings from the fabulous garbage piles in New York City, where we lived for the past thirteen years. We also have picked up many pieces in our travels - every summer for the past several years, we've gone on lengthy road trips all over America. We find such amazing pieces (and people) in small towns that aren't on the map. We do have a few shops on which we have relied heavily, too."]

["When we lived in Astoria Queens, the Astoria Furniture Market was a spot that we'd check out regularly. We found our sofa and rocking chair there. And the Chelsea Flea Market (several years back, before the lots it sat on were bought up and developed) was a weekly pilgrimage. We picked up our Bertoia chairs and Jonathan Adler pillows there."]

["We owe thanks for many of our pieces to our parents, too, who each have great design sense of their own. Barry's parents live in Richmond, Virginia, and they're always finding fabulous pieces like our dining table, the large blue vase in our bedroom, and the huge print above our record shelf. And my parents gave us our Case Study Bed as a wedding gift years ago. It is one of only a few things in our home that was not pre-owned. My brother, sister, and their spouses, too, are extremely design-minded and are sources of inspiration for us. As I express through the Original Intent project on my blog, inspiration is limitless. It's everywhere."]

["Iron Fish Trading Company in Beacon, NY has been our source for several weighty metal pieces as well as a beautiful midcentury bar cart. Both Beacon and Cold Spring in the Hudson River Valley have great antique shops."]

["Boom Modern in Cleveland, Ohio, my hometown, always has the most wonderful mix of midcentury finds (like the print in our dining area) and clunky metal pieces, like stools that we use all over the apartment. We picked up one of our Ironrite dining chairs there, found another at Suite Lorain, and got the other two on Lorain Avenue in Cleveland, which is lined with antique shops. The big mixer attachment is from a used restaurant supply store in Astoria."]

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Blogger cameitak said...

I adore Susan, and am not one bit surprised to see her home is STUNNING!! No wonder her items are one of the best sellers @ my store. Congrats!! (though we do miss you back here in Astoria!)

-Mackenzi from SITE

12:08 PM  
Blogger Anna @ D16 said...

What a beautiful home! I especially love the dining chairs and the record shelving.

Also, I second the recommendation for Iron Fish in Beacon!

12:56 PM  
Blogger beckie said...

I love it especially that dresser and the cool whisk-ish sculpture. great post!zzatzeb

1:44 PM  
Blogger Joslyn said...

I think this is my favorite sneak peek yet...i sort of covet the size of their vinyl collection...the photo of the un-made bed is really lovely.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Oh how wonderful! She has a beautiful home, and she is just about the nicest person I know via blogland.

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm totally in love with this space!

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome! i read susan's blog all the time. i didn't realize she had such a gorgeous home.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this! I love that the bed is somewhat unmade & rumpled. It makes it look so homey! (And it makes me feel better about my own unmade bed @ home!)

4:06 PM  
Blogger Erin Lang Norris said...

wow, their home is to die for. one month?! they are definitely on top of things! that case study bed is amazing...mmmm :)

it would be so neat to have a family like hers! all those design minded people would be such a treat to have around.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Alexander Santillanes said...

Wow, that is a great home. I love the combination of the fairly spare furnishings and the controlled clutter of photos, books, and curiosities. -X

7:06 PM  
Blogger Denise Kiggan said...

The Mixer attachment really caught my eye! What a great find!

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really really love the record shelf - where is it from? beautiful cool apartment.

6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you found some nice things at the flea markets in Chelsea. Many of those vendors still sell at Hell's Kitchen Flea Market every weekend: W 39th St at 9th Ave, though tastes are changing a lot, and most New Yorkers searching for decorative items and furniture are drawn to 1950's - 1970's items.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Every thing looks fantastic! Am so excited, sent this to everyone! Love, Mom

8:17 AM  
Blogger beki said...

Susan's place is simply fabulous!!

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love how you mix up the midcentury modern pieces...really helps keep those amazing items stay fresh, despite the media over-saturation of recent years. I also really love the aesthetic commitment to pre-owned! And how is life in Portland? I will have to check out your blog. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

welcome to portland!! i hope you love it here as much as i do. you might have fun looking around fairly honest bills a block or so north of Burnside and MLK.

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay for Susan! I loved the few pics she shared on her blog and am so pleased to see them recognized by such a rad site.

2:37 PM  
Blogger maritza said...

Susan is amazing - she has such a wonderful sense of design and a great eye for color. Her home is just gorgeous!

11:41 PM  
Blogger ablulu said...

I would like to know where the record/turntable shelving unit is from? It's pretty much perfect for the purpose.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where is your bed frame from?
I love your home! So amazing!

2:48 PM  
Blogger sulu-design said...

Thanks for all of the lovely comments. You guys sure know how to make a girl and her husband feel good. To answer the two questions above, the shelving unit is from Modern Woodworks, who reproduce Eames units beautifully. We customized one of their shelving units by lowering the center shelf so that records could fit above and below. And the bed is the Case Study Bed from Design Within Reach. Besides the Ikea bookcases and lamp that hangs over our dining table, that's it for the new furnishings in out home. The rest have all been pre-loved. Thanks again. It's been a wonderful week with all of your kind notes.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How gorgeous! You could tell of course by her work but wow... everything she touches is beautiful!

8:17 PM  

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