Designer at Home
Susan Marinello with her husband, Dan.
Even as a youngster Susan had the interior design bug. "My favorite thing to do as a child was make furniture for my Barbies. I didn’t really play with Barbies, but I made rooms for them."
Susan pursued a Barbie-like career, however, working as a fashion model in New York City and Europe with the Eileen Ford Modeling Agency. Longing to be more involved in the creative side of design, she enrolled in the New York School of Interior Design, graduating in 1995. She and Dan moved to Seattle in 1996 and established Susan Marinello Interiors. An allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers, Susan now heads a firm of 10 design professionals. In 2007, she won first place in the annual Northwest Design Awards competition in the "Whole House over $200,000" category for her home’s renovation.
Susan’s firm designs for condominium and hospitality developments as well as residential clients. "I believe in light, celebrating views outside, and creating strong but quiet spaces that contribute to a sense of order and well-being," Susan says.