Q & A

Q & A with House of Brinson

A Creative Couple

Ever since we met the very talented Susan Brinson at the ALT Summit in New York, we’ve been dying to profile her work along with her husband, William’s, beautiful photography here on The Buzz.  House of Brinson is their joint venture, a blog where they document all aspects of art, design, photography, food and life in general, and their aesthetic is all about contrast: black and white, light and dark, masculine and feminine, old and new, rustic and modern.


While Susan, an art director and designer, is into all things visual and crafty (and is known for her obsessive holiday cookie baking!), William, a still life and food photographer, is a foodie, always thinking about the next meal.

Queen Anne’s Lace

It’s no wonder that our mouths were salivating when we perused his portfolio.  We were thrilled that this dynamic duo agreed to take part in our series and loved their fun, unique answers!

The Moment – Tulips

1.  What did you want to be when you were a child?
S:  Mostly an artist, but sometimes a lawyer
W: Stunt man

2.  What is your necessary luxury?
S:   LaMer skin cream
W: Leather booths

The Moment – Roses

3.  What is your favorite decorating accessory?
S:  Succulent flowers
W: Vintage lamps

4.  Where do you window shop?
S:  Ferragamo via Pinterest
W: John Varvatos

5.  What makes a house a home?
S:  A casual mess, or looking lived in
W: My family, Susan and Nero (our boxer dog)

The Moment – Dusk

6.  What is the most enjoyable part of your day?
S:  Coming home from work to an overly excited boxer dog and my husband
W: Morning

7.  What is your favorite flower?
S:  Peony
W: Garlic blossom

8.  If you were a cocktail, what would you be?
S:  Amaretto and cream, on the rocks
W: Vodka Martini, strong and a little dry

9.  If your life were made into a movie, what would be the title and who would play your part?
S:  Taste, Kate Winslet  (She has nice eyebrows.)
W: Lunch with Will, of course Brad Pitt would play me

Black and White Things

10.  Name one thing from your “Bucket List”
S:  Visit Machu Picchu
W: Purchase a motorcycle

We wish we could have added more pretty pictures to this post…  Thankfully, Susan and William have fabulous sites so we urge you to visit both!

Photos via House of Brinson

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  • Reply claudia lane September 26, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Great post, very interesting couple. Thanks for sharing x

  • Reply Stylelinx September 26, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Thanks for turning me on to their site–it’s a feast for the eyes!

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass September 26, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I am headed to their blog. These photographs are stunning. Thank you for sharing this talent.
    Happy Wednesday.

  • Reply quintessence September 26, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Great seeing the very talented Susan and William here and fun questionnaire! Love the dark brooding richness of William’s work and beyond her designs, Susan also has a very smart marketing and strategy brain!!

  • Reply Barbara@HausDesign September 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

    What a great interview. They seem like a fantastic combination! I loved their answers – had me laughing several times. :)

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita September 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

    gorgeous images! and a woman with a holiday baking compulsion is one after my own heart!

  • Reply Donna with A Designer's Perspective September 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks for introducing this talented couple!! Beautiful images.


  • Reply stitchfork September 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I’ve seen William’s work via Twitter — love it!
    xo Cathy

  • Reply pretty pink tulips September 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Another reason, I’m so sad I missed ALT. You and Sue still need to tell me all about it!!! (hint, hint)

    Loved this interview. I think Kate Winslet/Brad Pitt are perfect picks to play them in their movies!!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply the zhush September 27, 2012 at 7:22 am

    great post, the questions and of course the photos!

  • Reply l o v e l y t h i n g s September 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I’m so thrilled to be introduced to House of Brinson…I’m sure I’ve seen their work, but just didn’t realize it. I love your interview and also just read their point of view on blogs vs magazines on their site. Very interesting!

  • Reply Susan Brinson October 2, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks so much for the nice post and all the comments! It was really fun to do the questionnaire, we learned a little about each other while working on it together. ~Susan

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