Suzanne Fitzgerald Knowlton pulls from her classical training at The New York School of Interior Design and her business acumen from owning and operating restaurants to inspire her select clientele. Each project, commercial or residential, is given individual focus. She shapes her design around the clients comforts' and needs using good design logic. She then adds layers of interest to create warm spaces for daily living.
Her garden focus is based in the classics. She designs calm inner rooms that complement the use of the land and views. Each part of the site is given careful thought to the use of space. Micro climates are respected and the 'right plant for the right space' is adhered to.
Suzanne currently lives in Sonoma County, California. She farms chardonnay grapes, flowers and vegetables along with her husband, Phillip.
Her office hours are daily, Monday-Friday. Please call to discuss your project or set-up a visit to her studio.
SERVICES: Design services may include the following:
SITE PLANNING: Site planning is crucial and should start early. A site plan includes the way the sun travels
across the property, the entrance, to the views from windows and privacy issues.
SPACE PLANNING: How you move through a space will result in how you flourish in it. Rules apply!
You can keep your shins from hitting the edge of open drawers, and plan the circulation of a restaurant
to eliminate accidents. You can think about your 'art walls' before too many windows take their place.
CONSTRUCTION OVERSITE: Every part of construction needs to be monitored. There are thousands of
decisions to make, so why not make them right the first time and save valuable costs
EARLY BUDGETS: It is a fact that all construction goes over budget. Keep it within a reasonable amount.
Do the math before the work
FURNITURE AND FIXTURE SELECTION: You can get lost in the maze of companies, their styles and prices.
Selecting early with the right company is crucial to getting a job done in the time allowed.
Allow plenty of design time for drawings, boards, and ideas to formulate before construction begins.
GARDEN DESIGN: The outside is as important as the inside. Plan for it in the beginning and give it
the budget dollars it deserves. Start the garden early. Plants take time to mature.