my muse, my aunt Susan Gutfreund

{a photo from her apartment in NYC}
"I recycle old curtains. Cotton can be a toxic material to produce, so I'll take clients' curtains out of storage — I've even bought boxes of them at auction — and re-dye them, re-hem them, re-do the pleating, change the trim. If there's water damage or staining, I just dye them a darker color." —SUSAN GUTFREUND

{Quote written by House Beautiful magazine on ways designers are going 'green'}