b. 1986, HK.



It took a roller-coaster ride of a renovation—and more than a few fearless paint choices—but Susan Windsor Jones finally got her Kansas dream house (and a new career to boot). Self-taught, Susan had an early start.

As a child she studied shelter magazines as if they were toy catalogs. While most teenage babysitters choose their gigs based on the quality of snacks or cable channels, Susan was attracted to her clients’ decor.

“I watched the children of two different architects,” she says, “and I loved how the outsides of their houses were traditional, but then you’d walk inside and the furnishings felt so fresh, crisp, and modern.”

Today, Susan’s the one whose comfortable, idiosyncratic home stands as a source of inspiration.