WEDDING CHICKS: happy hour feature


A very special thanks to the wonderful ladies over at the  Wedding Chicks for featuring this photo of my floral work in their latest happy hour edition of wedding vendors. It’s always so exciting to be mentioned among my peers; I’m beyond thrilled and grateful for the opportunity!


“Susan Zaring Design is a floral and design studio located in San Francisco, CA sources the highest quality product with a commitment to seeking out the best florals in the bay area. Susan partners with local farms and vendors, and grows select varieties in her garden to create architectural, romantic, whimsical, yet moody, and angelic designs. View all of her thoughtfully inspired work here.”

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posted July 30, 2014


I had such a great time putting together another event this month. Dinner was served in the garden- family style that we prepared along with dessert from a local bakery and we had an awesome candy and dessert bar (literally the hit of the night!) It’s always such fun putting together a menu for an event, I’m no chef but I love cooking and I’m becoming a great student! Shopping for ingredients, talking to farmers and butcher’s, and establishing relationships is so important to me. I shop at farmers markets and buy local as much as I can; coming from a background in organic farming, there really isn’t any other option.

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posted September 14, 2013


This week I made a few different bouquets for my client- one for the perfect hostess gift, one for a friend in the hospital and the last one for a teenager’s birthday party. I usually pick the same color flower in varying hues and add one flower for texture. I’m not a big fan of too many color combinations or too many different blooms; less is MORE. The STATEMENT is greater. I also like to use one type of flower (like the bouquet I did above) for a modern spin on a traditional flower.

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posted August 31, 2013


Designing a kitchen is no walk in the park; many factors go into play- function and movement to name a few. As in any design, there are also limiting factors, with this project the client did not want to build out- so I was left with the existing dimensions and needed to figure out a floor plan that would allow for the most counter space while allowing for enough space  for a family of five.

For me everything is about the client- I get to know their likes and dislikes, colors they gravitate toward and how they envision using the place. Some clients really want to be involved and others are more hands-off. This particular client was the latter… I knew we wanted to take out the old tile flooring and bring in hardwood floors- knowing that the floors were  dark; I wanted something that had a moody sagey green feel to it. I came across these images in a magazine (where I usuaslly go for inspiration) to create the concept for the kitchen remodel. I loved how the counter and sink were the same material; something I modeled in my own design, using Caesar Stone and creating a custom sink that created a seamless look.

Here’s what I did

  •  removed the bay window seating (how many people really use that space anyway??)
  • removed the wall and door between the kitchen and dining room to open up the two spaces (see photo above)
  • many people many not realize this but a sure way to create a larger space without moving walls is to change your flooring. Since the two adjoining rooms were both hardwood floors- I changed the kitchen to match (check out the process here)



You can see the finished project here

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posted August 20, 2013