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About susan

Susan Tollefsen:  Quirky, Fun, Stylish…with a Twist Raleigh, NC-based Susan Tollefsen (Susan Tollefsen Interiors) has been an interior designer for 12 years but she’s been working at design in one form or another most of her life – from crafting Barbie’s Dream Drapes as a child to styling dorm rooms in college. Design has been a lifelong passion and she always brings freshness and a new way of looking at things to every project. Flip through her portfolio and you’ll find a sense of style that is fun yet thought-provoking…ever-stylish but with a twist!
I think this is so fresh..Also Designers Guild

Grisaille is a term for painting executed entirely in monochrome, usually in shades of gray or brown, particularly used in decoration to represent objects in relief. I have been searching for sources of grisaille in wallpaper. I think the whole … Continue reading


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Faux Bois..Why (K)not?

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faux woody

I am pretty certain my obsession for faux bois aka “false wood” came from this Ford station wagon. It’s pretty crazy that something so obviously fake would have such an impact on my design taste. But I adore all things … Continue reading


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Chevron is Chic

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Geometric patterns are timeless. Most of my clients agree that floral patterns can become dated…but a bold geometric like the chevron pattern will stand the test of time. This happens to be one of my favorite patterns. If you are … Continue reading


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How creative is this...I might have to make!!

The holidays really bring out the creative side in most of us….Here are a few things I have stirred up my creative juices. I am crazy about snow and obsessed with snowmen….so here are a few pictures to get you … Continue reading


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For the LOVE of …Lucite!

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You have seen it in design magazines for several years. It’s just is one of those “got to have” pieces. I would recommend, at the very least, using a cool Lucite lamp. There are some companies producing really affordable cocktail … Continue reading


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Design Books that Inspire!

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Interior design magazines and books are something I can’t resist. With winter approaching…I think it is a great time to give you some incite on a few good reads. A friend of mine (he is a designer also) lent me … Continue reading


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black&spiro-summer blue and white window-oct 2011b

My love for anything blue is undying. Cobalt seems to drift in and out of vogue… But it has always been a classic for me. Here are some wonderful cobalt blue ideas for your home and wardrobe. I think everyone … Continue reading


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vampire pumpkin

  Can I say genius! I think I am going to put several of these in my windows for Halloween…Would be really cool in apothecary bottles or wine bottles! Just take unused glow sticks cut them open pour in a … Continue reading


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Just posting some pictures of fall foliage and spicy orange…Anticipating cool weather and spicy colors for you and your home. Oh…hurry up fall…I need you now!


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I have been crazy about pink and brown for years…to the point where I have literally begged clients to use these two things shown below….low and behold….House Beautiful featured both of these pink  items and they are surrounded by rich … Continue reading


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