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RESIDENTIAL

A burning desire to transcend her small town background and explore how the truly sophisticated tastemakers of our time live and decorate was the catalyst for Susan Gates' choice to pursue a career in interior design. After diverse job choices in other fields - a flight attendant based in Atlanta, an assistant at a prestigious indie film company in Los Angeles, a marketing professional at Dial Corporation in Phoenix, a five year stint at a global accounting firm - Susan knew that only a life in a creative field would satisfy her. She landed a position at the revered Samuels Interiors in Memphis, TN, knowing that there she could learn from seasoned professionals. It was clear she had found her true calling. Years later when her husband's work took them to Dallas, Texas, she used their own homes in Highland Park and the Swiss Avenue Historic District as a sort of laboratory to practice and fine tune her design chops, while traveling to other countries to source for and learn about art and antiques. Susan believes in the power of curiosity, imagination, bold choices and dogged determination, and The Velvet Pug Antiques and Interiors is the culmination of a life driven by those values. Susan would love the opportunity to learn what inspires you! And she's more than happy to help you create a gorgeous home that feeds your soul.