Susan Fruit, ASID, CGR, CAPS

Company: Susan Fruit Interiors
14827 Elmont Dr
Houston, TX 77095-3325 map
Phone: (713) 817-6565

Designer Profile

Susan Fruit ASID, CGR, CAPS is a licensed interior designer, a state registered remodeling contractor with over 35 years of professional interior design and remodeling experience and a certified aging-in-place specialist. She has designed interiors for homes in Texas, Florida, California, the Midwest and South America, and her work has been published in numerous design magazines. As America's Design Detective, Susan is a recognized expert in solving difficult design dilemmas, whether it's finding just the right accessory, creating the perfect window treatment, or tackling a major home remodeling project.

Susan is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Interior Design and an extensive background in art history, architectural design and landscape design. She was the founder, director and principal design instructor of a four year Interior Design Certification Program at the University of Houston where she taught thousands of homeowers how to successfully design, decorate and renovate their homes.

Susan is also a published author and has written numerous articles on interior design, architecture, and landscape design for several shelter magazines. As a professional speaker, she frequently speaks at national conventions and design trade associations throughout the United States and Canada. She is also featured in the motivational book, Conversations on Success, which highlights her career.

Services Offered

At Susan Fruit Interiors we create, decorate and renovate. We stay abreast and up-to-date with current design and decorating trends in order to bring you the most innovative, creative look for your home. We are experts in all phases of interior design, decorating and home renovation from timeless traditional to classic contemporary. We take our work seriously while making it fun and enjoyable for you. We provide sensible design solutions for every design dilemma, frequently custom creating unique and sophisticated furniture pieces and decorative faux finishes just for your home. Hourly consultations include all phases of planning, designing and creating to shopping, specifying and implementing.

Our residential remodeling work is superb. All of our trade contractors have been with our company for many years and adhere to our high industry standards. We are accustomed to executing all phases of residential remodeling, from minor cosmetic changes to major kitchen and bath renovations.

Our firm’s principal, Susan Fruit ASID, CGR, CAPS is the ONLY ASID interior designer in Houston who is also a state registered remodeling contractor. Susan attained this prestigious national credential to signify to you her commitment to bring the best expertise and experience possible to your home renovation project. In addition, she gives homeowners an unprecedented guarantee unmatched by any other remodeling contractor in the business – and that is - she or her business partner, Danny Draughon, will be on site a minimum of 70% of the time throughout your remodeling project. This is a huge commitment which we stand behind.

Our professional reputation has been built on four crucial commitments:
• Keeping our word to our clients.
• Delivering outstanding customer service.
• Exceeding client expectations.
• Providing constant detailed supervision throughout the duration of a project.

Awards & Publications

Texas Association of Builders - Star Award - Best Kitchen Renovation over $75,000; Greater Builders Association - Prism Award - Remodeling Design of the Year over $50,000; Houston Better Business Bureau - Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Customer Service and Winner of Distinction; University of Houston Outstanding Teaching Award; design trends feature writer for Metropolitan Builder magazine; contributing author in book Conversations on Success.

Award winning Tuscany style Kitchen with custom designed, alderwood cabinetry finished in a six step glazed finish, limestone floor and backsplash, new large scale arched window over granite farm sink, dramatic beamed ceiling, all new appliances.
Full kitchen view before & after major renovation.
Kichen sink area - after renovation.
Sink area before & after featuring new large scale arched window, custom granite farm sink.
Cooking center featuring distinctive custom cooktop hood, recessed arched niche behind Viking cooktop, dramatic low voltage lighting above and under cabinets.
Close up view of custom designed cooktop and hood before & after renovation.
Kitchen remodel featuring custom designed white cabinets, mouldings and trim, honed black granite countertops, white subway backsplash tile, reclaimed brick flooring laid in a herringbone pattern, new decorative and undercounter lighting, all new appliances, windows and custom designed cooktop hood.
View of kitchen with new cooktop hood and wine cooler.
View of new white farmhouse sink, new window and new decorative lantern light fixture.
View of customized two level pull out spice drawer, one of many custom cabinet features.
View of pennisula storage cabinets, herringbone brick floor.
English style kitchen before & after with custom cherrywood cabinets and travertine countertops, new center island with 8 high butcher block top, new cooktop hood and new large scale windows.
Other side of kitchen before & after
Custom cooktop hood in new location against wall
New cooking center with new backsplash, recessed arched niche with pot filler faucet, new center island
New hammered copper sink undermounted in travertine. New large scale windows all across sink countertop area
New customized pantry area with built in storage and customized  wine storage
From messy laundry room to new Butler's bar and wine room
Upscale laundry area with china and crystal storage above
Customized recessed wine storage area across from Butler's bar
Before and after of Master bathroom vanity cabinets.
Before and after of Master bathroom shower and tub areas.
Before and after of Master bathroom tub area with new arched niche containing new larger window and Roman shade.
Roman shade in new arched window niche
Master bath shower - before
Master bath shower - after
Family room custom contemporary French style cocktail table, custom faux stone Normany style fireplace surround and Belgium style bookcase treatment. Bookcase  interior painted a dusty blue and then glazed. Exterior painted a stone color and then glazed.
Living room custom furniture pieces; occasional chairs with large scale nail head trim, rustic red leather ottoman and custom Flemish style armoire created to be the room's main focal point.
Custom designed Flemish style chest with distinctive European drop pulls.
Custom designed fireplace screen for an upscale traditional style Living room.
Library with custom tufted leather loveseats, iron and glass cocktail table, custom fireplace screen and low voltage lighting highlighting Pre-Columbian framed artifacts on walls and accessories in bookcases.
Custom fireplace screen  in front of renovated fireplace. Dark green tile surround was replaced with alahambra slab limestone so fireplace screen would be highlighted.
Before and After wall treatment. Before: Metal plant stand against plain wall. After: Commissioned artwork, The  Four Seasons, displayed against hand painted harlequin design on wall. Antique iron console base with a gold marble top.
Custom bed ensemble and drapery treatment with low voltage lighting highlighting artwork, custom paint color on walls accented with black banding in recessed ceiling.
Close up of drapery panel and multi-pleated fabric shade with custom carved, hand painted drapery rod and final.
Custom made Tuscany style console table with simple, distinctive carving and detailing.
Staircase renovation featuring custom designed iron staircase railing, new wood stair surround out of alderwood and limestone flooring.
Staircase renovation with two distinct styles of carpeting and custom iron balusters.
Dining room with distinctive artwork by a prominent national artist, low voltage lighting, Italiante style chandelier, and custom designed foliage arrangements on table.
Close up detail of Dining room silk and velvet drapery panels with custom carved, hand painted end finials.
Custom made iron console table with alahambra limestone top. Beautiful edge detailing on limestone.