Pad Peek : Susie & Scott Brown
We first came to meet The Browns when we were scouting homes for The New Bohemians Handbook (which will be out this Fall), but with all of our shoots being in LA this time around, we weren’t able to make it to their lovely Cleveland home. So we are excited to be able to share their warm and inviting home with you here.
Scott is the director of operations for a local film production company a couple of miles away and Susie splits her time between her full-time job as a software consultant, training as a spinning instructor, running Salt + Honey Baking Company (that she co-founded), and hosting weekly creative and spiritual meetings.
Despite having a seriously jammed packed calendar, their priority is making time for friends and family. Everything in their home, be it how it’s designed, or the pieces that they have styled with – all comes down to making sure their guests are comfortable and happy, including their foster pups.
They arrange their furniture to accommodate a constant flow of guests for dinners, parties and meetings with friends and family, often with kiddos in tow. Despite initially wanting to tear out the wall to wall carpeting, they decided to keep it so that it would be more comfortable for all of the little ones that are always running around.
It doesn’t stop there. Most of their pieces, be it a macrame, a print or custom woodwork in the bathroom has been made by a friend or family member. Filling their space with these well-loved pieces makes their house a home and serves as regular reminders of the moments and stories they have shared with each other.
Sharing a space with anyone, be it a couple of months or 15 years, (like the Browns have) comes with compromises. However, the unique challenges that arise tend to lead to unique and creative solutions like “Jerry Brown the Giraffe” (pictured below). Susie made him to lighten up the room after Scott said that he was not interested in painting over the wood paneling she disliked (but has since grown to love).
The mural in the bathroom was hand-painted by lestudiorad.com. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Their home is also shared with lots of plant babies.
Susie’s favorite room is the sunroom where she has her home office. From there she can see into the kitchen or gaze outside at the backyard (often visited by deer) while on conference calls. The couch makes for an easy transition from work to lounge mode when Scott gets home or on the weekend when she hosts weekly creative and spiritual meet-ups.
Looks like she isn’t the only one that enjoys this sunny plantastic room!