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Turning Passion Into a Business
Posted on April 27, 2012
Susan Wintersteen just might be the epitome of a “busy working mom.” Susan, her husband John, and their five daughters are residents of Ivy Gate in 4S Ranch where they have lived for the past four years. “I like the family values, the sense of community, and the outstanding teachers in our schools,” said Susan.
Although Susan obtained a degree in Psychology from San Diego State University, her true passion is interior design – which runs in the family. “I seem to have inherited both my interior design and entrepreneurial talent from my grandmother… who also ran her own interior design business,” said Susan. Over ten years ago, Susan began designing spaces in her own home which led to work for friends and neighbors who were remodeling, updating and renovating their homes. Through word of mouth, putting her clients first, and taking a few risks along the way, Susan experienced a steady growth in her business. Today, Savvy Interiors offers a wide range of interior design services and specializes in re-modeling, re-flooring and re-design – and the whole family gets involved. “We are truly a family owned business… John is a project manager and my primary marketing advisor… and our oldest daughter works as my administrative assistant helping with client needs,” explained Susan.
Savvy Interiors was recently awarded with a ‘Best of Remodeling’ 2012 award on Houzz.com (a website for home design enthusiasts). For Susan, it was extremely rewarding to know that others were drawn to her artistic designs utilizing balance of form and function. “I try to engage in all types of design and styles. My first priority is to create a floor plan or space that is pleasing to my clients,” said Susan.
When not working, Susan keeps busy with her other hobbies. She is a co-founder of Tri N for a Cause, a philanthropic triathlon team in North County. She also enjoys tennis and volunteers her time on the Board of the Angels Foster Family Network.
Name: Susan Wintersteen
Residence: 4s Ranch/Ivy Gate
Profession: Interior Design
Education: BA Psychology
Family: Husband John, five daughters