sneak peek: susan of esther k


as i write this post i’m in between packing up boxes to move out of my apartment. as i’m down to the final pieces, i find myself totally relating to susan (of the beautiful jewelry line esther k) who describes her rowhouse live/work space by saying, ” i like to surround myself with things that I find on my travels and since i am totally sentimental, i love to see all the letters, trinkets, and sweet things i’ve been given over the years out in the open.” susan has lived in cincinnati, new orleans, new york and now philadelphia, (and all the places in between) so i can definitely appreciate the need for little reminders of the places we’ve been. and if you check out her stunning line of jewelry (named after her amazingly creative great-grandmother, esther, who came to the states from romania), you can definitely understand how these objects that surround her also inspire. i’m just jealous of the beautiful light-filled loft where it all happens. click here for more, full-sized images. {thanks, susan!} -anne

(photos by emily wren)


CLICK HERE for the rest of esther’s studio after the jump!

This is where all my creations begin. I work on my jewelry in a rickety loft area in my apartment on a table strewn with all sorts of chains and charms. It’s hot and stuffy, but is great for creativity, since I’m away from the rest of the distractions in my home. It’s just me and a little radio spilling out tunes. Maybe the starfish will turn up in a future collection.


My building is crazy old and the marble fireplace is a cool feature that has been left intact. While I was working for designer Madeline Weinrib, she gave me the two bags as gifts; one’s from her collection, the other is an old carpet bag from Iran. They’re both so beautiful I can’t decide which I like better.  I’m obsessed with photographs old and new and couldn’t resist picking up the sherbet-hued, antique postcards in South America. The black and white photo is by Colleen Longo and the other one is a treasured picture of my family.  I love anything from the sea, hence the mermaids and shells.






what a gorgeous space. love the flooring and the huge windows. I can’t help but be distracted by all the lovely dresses, however…

My First Kitchen

I love all-white spaces. The color of everything just pops, especially with all that natural light. Makes me wish I lived in a loft. Good luck with the move!!


this is an incredible home. i love the white with splashes of color everywhere.


i love everything about this place. quirky but still with an airy and open feeling. very personal. also love her jewelry. plus, t rex fan here.

our little love nest

WOW! I can only dream of having a studio that stunning and light filled. I am so loving that handbag in the last photo and the beautiful little tea table!!



i bought that one too! it’s my new favorite thing to where with everything. ;)


Caroline - Philadelphia Tourism

I have the ginko necklace too! I love this apartment/loft. It’s one of those beautiful old Philadelphia apartments that are all over the city… but Susan’s is especially lovely.


Everything here is so incredible, but oh! that fireplace! And I’ve been looking for a nice, sturdy antique clothing rack for ages–hers is so lovely!


I love how Susan surrounds herself with the things that are special to her–you can really see her character coming through.


Definitely a place I could see myself! So bright and open. This looks like a truly lived in home.. cozy.


How beautiful! I can’t wait to move so I can start implementing all the stunning ideas you’ve been giving me lately!


The first thing that came out of my mouth when I saw this apartment was “WOW”! I love how Susan, Esther K, incorporates her clothing and desing into her decorating. Oh, her jewerly is SOO uniquely beautiful.

catherine reimer

are you sure you’re not a textile artist?… ;D
lovely, sweet space


Susan, I am so happy to see your apartment on Design*Sponge. Yaayy! And I’m still loving that dress.


YAY – Philadelphia!

I love the bright pops of color especially the oranges and pinks.

chuck snackmaster

what a great place–i know a few women who love her jewelry–Esther K and Susan are on their way to bigger successes

Katie (Australia)

Lovely collection of treasures in a relaxed & beautifully livable space.


I’m totally in love with her studio!
That first picture makes me want to move right in.


this is so super me.. i love the artistic unstructured look..

Hi Design Sponge, i love your site


this is EXACTLY how i envision my perfect apartment. so inspiring and personal, goes beyond just following design trends.


I am drooling over this space… the red floors made such an impression when you posted it days ago that I had to come back and take a look at this sneak peek one more time.

i love d*sponge


Susan is a special woman, who is also my cousin-I can’t imagine being so talented in so many areas.
I enjoy seeing what she can create.

patrick from n.o.

your work is incredibly beautiful and imaginative… and the loft is oh so fabulous