Suysel’s love for all things beautiful started early. Being the daughter of a fashion designer and architect in Puerto Rico meant a childhood filled with art and fashion. At the age of six, she took on her first decorating project: her own bedroom. She decided that the location called for a head-to-toe Strawberry Shortcake aesthetic, complete with requisite Strawberry Shortcake phone, throw pillows, and lamps. From that project on, Suysel was hooked.
In 2001, Suysel was hired by renowned decorator Markham Roberts, who introduced her to a wide array of modern and traditional decorating styles, including the work of David Hicks, Madeleine Castaing and Mark Hampton. During her four years with him, Suysel learned all about the art of tablescaping, toile, Gracie wallpaper, Spitzmiller lamps, lacquered walls, chintz, and ikat. Markham, like her father, taught her that life is infinitely more beautiful when you pay attention to detail.
Suysel is a graduate of Tufts University—freshman year dorm Tilton—and lives in New York City with her husband, David, and their daughter, Cecilia, who also loves Strawberry Shortcake.