At Floor Coverings International Monmouth County, we love to bring you creative insight and perspectives from some of the Internet’s most influential design bloggers. Our latest interview features talented interior designer Susan Abramson of Toronto Designers. You can follow Susan on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+. LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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What’s one of your favorite design pieces you have in your own home?

I really love the art my husband keeps acquiring (see below for examples). It makes it challenging to have to constantly find space for these new pieces, but he has a great eye for art so I always appreciate each piece.

What are your favorite design trends of 2016?

Oh, there are so many, of course. But here are three for today:

  • I love gold metals anywhere! Gold faucets, kitchen pulls, light fixtures, on furniture… I never thought I could again, but now when I see it, it makes my heart skip a beat!
  • I love the Scandinavian look. Not sure it’s never really a trend, but I find this year it is here in a big way. Lots of clean lines, with black, white and raw white oak as a starting point.
  • Hunter Green – I know, here’s another 80s throwback. But this time I love it with clean lined furniture and very simple accessories around it, not the fuss of back then.

Do you follow any other blogs for inspiration?  If so, which ones?

My friend and old business partner Rachel McGarry moved to London, Ontario, and she is slowly and meticulously renovating her 106 year old yellow brick home in Wortley Village. I love seeing how she is moving along. She has great ideas and design advice and of course I love her style.

I’m a broken record with this one, but I have been so inspired and connected with Apartment Therapy and I never tire of it. I love the ‘realness’ of seeing people’s homes because, as my tag line says, I so believe in ‘real life decorating’. The house tours are always so candid and honest and I love that!

Can you explain a recent project you’ve been working on?

I had a client that was downsizing to a small condo in a great walkable neighbourhood, and we finally found the time to get together for some photos recently. She had a lot of say in the final results, but we truly worked together to ensure the space made practical sense for how she specifically likes to live. The only thing that was a stretch for her at the time was my suggestion of using gold kitchen pulls because, well, gold two years was only on the cusp. Nice to know those gold pulls are still there and she now loves them too!

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