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Story & Space

Do you have a motto?

My business tagline is "It´s your space. Tell your story." We all have a unique story to tell about who we are. It´s important that we tell that story through our spaces, rather than telling someone else´s story.

What inspired you to join the world of design?

As cheesy as this might sound, I felt a spiritual calling. I was working at a technology company selling software updates and it was definitely not my thing. I was bored with my job and bored with my gray cubicle. I already had a degree in Communication but knew that I needed to pursue a more creative career. So, I quit my job, relocated to San Diego from Silicon Valley, and went back to school to study Interior Design. I haven´t looked back!

What is your favorite part of the design process?

Collaborating with clients. I love getting into my clients´ heads and helping them find their own sense of style. The psychology of design is fascinating to me.

What´s your must have when working with a client or on a project?

Paint decks. Blue tape. Tape measure. Graph paper. Notepad. iPad. Focus. An open mind.

What´s your favorite brain food?

I eat a plant-based diet, so fruits and veggies, for sure. Coffee with homemade almond milk gets me started in the mornings. And a glass of wine never hurts when I´m stuck on a design challenge.

What is your favorite room of the house?

The garden. It´s not really a room, but I adore being outdoors.

If I wasn´t a designer I would be...

A singer/songwriter.

If I were to have a super power it would be?

Time travel.

What separates Trend from Timeless?

Following your own personal style. Who cares what´s trendy or timeless? If you love something, don´t worry about it.

Susan Gracki
Story & Space
Kelly Berg
San Francisco Bay Area
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