Multi-Function Rooms

In October I was contacted by a potential client with a unique design request.  She is an accomplished artist; a painter of wild life, nature and domestic animals. She worked out of a room in her home that while large in dimension, was cluttered, dark and unorganized.  Not so unique you might say.  Here are the other details that earn it the UNIQUE title:

In addition to serving as an art studio, the room was used as:

  •  a home office
  •  a guest room
  • a place to do yoga
  • a place to watch TV
  • a place for her 5 cats to climb their unique indoor trees, socialize, relax and use the litter box

Here are some BEFORE pictures

Over sized roll top desk took up a lot of space

Unique cat tree climbers covered in tattered pastel carpet

Another desk surface and book case with cat boxes under neath

The design plan:
The client wanted to bring a tropical feel to the Arizona desert and create a visually clean and uncluttered space.  She loves natural, woven design elements.  The space needed to look and feel bright, open and airy while serving all of the functional needs and be cat friendly and easy to take care of.

  1. New easy to care for flooring to replace the worn Berber carpeting-18″ tile in reddish brown was laid
  2. Re-upholster the cat trees in a super durable and attractive fabric – Crypton fabric was used
  3. Provide comfortable seating and guest sleeping option in an easy to care for , pet friendly fabric-A custom air mattress sleeper sofa was designed using two fabrics; the cushions have an indoor/outdoor tropical fabric and the main sofa is covered in a commercial grade vinyl that has a rattan pattern embossed on it
  4. Storage and display for art supplies, books, magazines-a space plan was developed and all was purchased through IKEA or custom constructed.
  5. Working surfaces to create artwork-a main desk with a light box is placed by the french doors to take advantage of natural light, and a secondary surface was constructed to spec to stand at and as a dual benefit house and hide the litter boxes
  6. Area rugs to soften and define the zones-two sisal rugs (cats love sisal) were placed in the room
  7. New window coverings to filter but not block the light-natural woven shades were installed


The Cat's Can Climb and look out the window

Litter Box Storage & Cat Trees

The client is thrilled with the results.  We both believe that the redesigned space will result in even more beautiful paintings being created and serve as a wonderful room to relax in with and without her 4-legged family members.


S Interior Design “Pawprint Design Services (TM)”

Today S Interior Design had a great opportunity to be the special guest on the weekly blog radio show-FURvently Speaking

Great discussion about how we can have a fabulous looking, feeling and ‘smelling’ home even when we have one or more furry family members.

Take a listen and hopefully it will give you some things to think about when ‘designing with pets in mind’

FURvently Speaking





Win A Free Room Makeover!

Submit a picture of the room in your house most in need of a design make-over and S Interior Design will pick one lucky winner out of the submissions  to receive a personal design consultation.  We will help you get started in the right direction and avoid costly design mistakes with our 1-1/2 hour in-depth design consultation (a $295 value!).
If you win, you will get:

Personal analysis of responses to the questions on the in-depth Client Profile designed to help us get to know you

In-person consultation to help us get to know your space – We’ll discuss your design goals, and how we can help you to create a space that defines your personal sense of style

Client Action List/Meeting Notes, so you’ll know exactly what needs to be done to begin your dramatic changes

Custom Paint Specification, including overall color as well as accent color(s)

At the end you decide; either take the ‘design tools’ provided and run with it to make it happen on your own, or use S Interior Design to implement some of, or all of the design plan.

Send your photos to
by November 15, 2009.  Include a short description of why you think you should win.
Make sure to include your contact information so you can be notified if you win.

Limited to 1 submission per household.Family Rm 4 After


Lost Our Home Pet Foundation EVENT

As followers of S Interior Design’s blog know,  the owner of S Interior Design, Suzanne is a very involved volunteer with Lost Our Home Pet Foundation

The LOHPF mission  is to be a source for real estate professionals and others when they encounter a pet in need.  To rescue, rehome, and advocate for pets that have been abandoned or left behind due to foreclosure or eviction.  To provide options for families to keep their pets if hard economic times are making it difficult to keep or care for their pet, and to promote spay and neutering.

Suzanne has been working with Baker/McGuire furniture in Scottsdale to put together an amazing fund raising event. The event will take place at Baker/McGuire Furniture on Saturday October 17th form 10-2. The address is : 15551 N. Greenway-Hayden Loop, Suite 145, Scottsdale, AZ. The phone number is 480-922-8889. Bring your dog for a pawdicure or gourmet dog treat. Discounted micro chipping, silent auction items, dog training advice and more!
Lost Our Home Pet Foundation
PLEASE tell your friends and family and get this on your calendar!


Lost Our Home Pet Foundation

Today I got to help out an amazing group-Lost Our Home Pet Foundation.  This group is composed of realtors who were dismayed by the number of pets being abandoned in homes that were foreclosed on  Dogs, cats, puppies etc.   The event is in Paradise Valley, AZ at the Francescian Renewal Center.   The center hosts a blessing service for animals every year and allows groups to come and set up for adoptions.

As an interior designer who offers Pawprint Design Services ™, I am thrilled to be able to assist in the Lost Our Home Pet Foundation mission to rescue and find homes for these forgotten pets. is the blog/web site to check for additional information about this great group.