This Home Tour Is A Feast For The Eyes

Artist Susie Kwiatkowski‘s home tour captures her curated aesthetic perfectly. The home tour is a blend of antiques with a touch of Palm Beach Chic, all tied together with Susie’s colorful, floral oil paintings. It’s no surprise that Susie has an eye for interiors with her resume, including work at an interior design firm and Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International. After an afternoon chatting with Susie and touring her home, I gained a new design & art enthusiast friend and fresh addition to the Interiors by Jacquin Home Tour Series!

The beautiful and eclectic home tour of Susie Kwiatkowski's Palm Beach Chic-inspired house.

Jacquin: How would you describe your painting style? Who would love your artwork?

Susie: My style depends on the medium and whether it is bespoke for a client or my own musings. A common thread in my work is a bright and cheerful point of view. My goal is to capture beautiful moments, enhance what draws me to them, and hang on for dear life!

People who like my art are confident and know what they love.  Big thank you to my clients for keeping me busy with their fabulous requests and encouragement!

A painting of hydrangea light by Susie Kwiatkowski. The background is several different shades of blue and purple swirled together to complement the color of hydrangea.

Hydrangea Light IX – by Susie Kwiatkowski

Jacquin: How did your passion develop for painting flowers?

Susie: Like many creatives before me, there is something so special and unattainable, and I MUST RECREATE THEM.  They are a fleeting occurrence depending on the season (and the gardener).  They improve any surroundings.  Let’s bottle that!

Susie Kwiatkowski's home tour captures her curated aesthetic perfectly. The kitchen is a blend of antiques with Susie's colorful, floral oil paintings.
Susie Kwiatkowski's dining area with a blend of antiques and floral oil paintings.
Susie Kwiatkowski's home tour captures her curated aesthetic perfectly. Susie's table topped with floral table setting.

Jacquin: You mentioned that you decided to change majors in college to focus on art. What made you decide to change your career focus to becoming an artist?

Susie: I was bouncing between majors/minors.  I loved history but had no direction.  I was doing well in psych and other behavioral studies… it takes one to know one!  But did not feel passionate or challenged.  I did not consider art school until my parents made the suggestion.  They have always said, “Do what you love and make money doing it!”

Susie Kwiatkowski's home tour captures her curated aesthetic perfectly.
Susie Kwiatkowski's home tour captures her curated aesthetic perfectly.

Jacquin: What is your favorite painting you’ve created so far?

Susie: To date, it has to be Hydrangea Light VII (shown below). However, there is a persistent feeling that my favorite piece has yet to be created.  There are so many ideas and visions dancing in my head that I have yet to express… “Artists…”

A painting of hydrangea light by Susie Kwiatkowski. The background is several different shades of pink  swirled together to complement the color of hydrangea.

Hydrangea Light VII – Available for purchase at Mecox

Jacquin: How has your experience been working as a professional artist? What advice would you give to others pursuing a career as an artist or creative professional?

Susie: It has been truly incredible!  The highs are high, and the lows are a blessing in disguise!

Balance is important.  I used to keep aside gigs for additional income, social interaction, and a proper schedule.  However, a lot of my work is commission-based, and I am a “Yes!” person who loves a deadline!  It wasn’t easy to keep everything running smoothly.  I took my art full time in 2019, but I miss having a strict schedule and social banter with my former work peeps!  We have a bébé en route this January that is sure to fill the void.

More advice: Say “Yes!”. Know your worth. And something I have yet to master, market yourself!  I wouldn’t say I like talking about my own work.  I’m often promoting others.  Be your own cheerleader.

Susie Kwiatkowski's home tour captures her curated aesthetic perfectly.
Susie Kwiatkowski's home tour captures her curated aesthetic perfectly.
Susie Kwiatkowski's home tour captures her curated aesthetic perfectly. It is a blend of antiques with Susie's colorful, floral oil paintings.

Jacquin: What would be your dream project to work on?

I would love to try a mural.  The scale terrifies me in the best way; I know I need to take the plunge! My closest attempt maybe my Hydrangea panels installed at The Slate, thanks to the talented Jennifer Klos of The Collector House.

Susie Kwiatkowski trying a mural art.

Jacquin: What are your favorite places for shopping and inspiration in the Dallas area?

  1. Mecox Gardens
  2. Nick Brock Antiques
  3. The Garden Gate
  4. La Vie Style House https://www.laviestylehouse.com
  5. St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange
  6. Museums! They are inspirational and have fabulous gift shops with items specific to their collections and exhibitions.
Susie Kwiatkowski's home tour captures her curated aesthetic perfectly. It is a blend of antiques with Susie's colorful, floral oil paintings.

Photography Credit: Khadijah Martin

Learn more about Susie Kwiatkowski’s artwork here.

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