Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Style Files: Susanna Salk

{The Elegant and Talented, Susanna Salk}

Susanna Salk is an accomplished author and television personality who has also spent time working at publications like ELLE DECOR, which she helped launch as interior design manager. In 2003, she went on to work as a Special Projects editor at House and Garden until the magazine closed. She regularly appears on the Today Show, where she discusses style and design. Susanna has penned several lifestyle books including A Privileged Life: Celebrating WASP Style, Weekend Retreats, and most recently Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play, which debuted in April 2010. Susanna is also a Contributing Editor for and iVillage. I admire Susanna because she is a consummate writer and design professional. While she is not an interior designer by trade, she has an immense knowledge of design and vast experience in the industry. As an aspiring writer in the design realm, Susanna is someone whom I look up to and respect. She is such an inspiration!

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Name: Susanna Salk

Occupation: Design writer/ stylist

Hometown: Essex, Massachusetts

Current City: New Preston, CT

salk children  {Susanna’s Latest Book, Room for Children}

LDV: What inspired you to begin your career in design?What do you love most about it?

SS: I love designers. They are such a generous, imaginative,
fun and supportive community

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  {One of Many Beautiful Rooms Featured in Susanna’s New Book}

LDV: Where do you find inspiration?

SS: On blogs, travels, movies and books

{The Ever-Chic Cate Blanchett}

LDV: Who are some of your personal style icons?

SS: Kate Moss, Cate Blanchett, Anh Duong


{A Lovely Vignette in Susanna’s Lake House}

LDV: How would you describe your own style?

SS: Ever evolving

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LDV: What is the trait you most admire in a person?

SS: Honesty

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LDV: What is your principal weakness?

SS: Pronounced sensitivity

salk wasp {Susanna’s First Book, Celebrating WASP Style: A Privileged Life}

LDV: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
SS: Fake it ‘til you make it!

photo[1] {Susanna’s Sons}

LDV: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

SS: My two amazing boys.


{Susanna captured her sons in this sweet moment while on vacation.}

LDV: What is your idea of living “la dolce vita”?

SS: Traveling somewhere fabulous en famille. Taking lots of great pictures, laughing, eating well, and exploring spots tourists eschew.

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{Susanna’s Favorite Bloom}

Bloom: Dahlia
Food: blackened tuna roll
Drink: Talbot Chardonnay and Venti Green Tea Latte with Soy No
Classic from Starbucks

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Thing to Wear: J.Crew and vintage
Destination: Barcelona, Corsica and Nantucket

photo[1] {The Salk Family Having A Ball in the Fall}

Season: Fall
Meal: Japanese
Musician: Moby

{Picasso’s Masterpiece, Guernica}

Artist: Picasso
Film: The Piano
Television Show: 30 Rock

{House & Garden is truly missed.}

Book: Old School by Tobias Wolf
Magazine: House and Garden
Blogs: La Dolce Vita and Habitually Chic

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{Donghia’s Beautiful Suzani Pattern}

Texture: velveteen
Fabric or Pattern: Suzani
Color: brown or black
Scent: Balenciaga Paris
Extravagance: Being able to be with my family and work as much as I
need and want.


Unknown said...

EKKKKKKK- that angel wing chair - WOW!

*kiss kiss*
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

How sweet is that picture of her sons and the rainbow?? I've been hearing a lot about this lady lately, and think I might have to risk developing a hysterical pregnancy and just go out and buy that book on children's rooms!

Andrea said...

What a great introduction. I really enjoyed reading this. I love Style Files!

Unknown said...

Fabulous interview! She's an inspiring lady! Thanks for introducing her to us design-beginners!

Freckles Chick said...

What a fabulous feature! Susanna truly lives a charmed life yet sounds incredibly down-to-earth.

Kumi said...

I am totally with her on the missing "House and Garden magazine" especially the wonderful editor.

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

It's so much fun to read interviews of iconic women. Who knew that Japanese food would be her favorite?? I think I'm going to go for Sushi and think like Suzanna! It's a fun read.

Laura Trevey said...

Definitely Nantucket!! and fabulous advice too ~~

xoxo Laura