Susann began her design career in the late 70’s, with a passion for color, texture, and furnishings, she began with a few sample books and a vision. With creativity, tenacity and hard work her business grew from a one room reclaimed wood frame cottage to a multi employee operation creating solutions for some of the largest builders of the time. Pulte, Ryland, David Weekly, US Home, Weyerhauser, and Monarch to name but a few. With a firm grasp of marketing and merchandising real estate, the eye for detail has made the difference. Susann forged a success story in some challenging times. She became the National Marketing Director for the Haseko Corp., a Japanese development firm from Tokyo making a mark on Northern California in the San Francisco bay area. She held that position from 1989 to 1994. Susann has successfully restored more that 12 properties on the Texas and National Historic Registry of homes, challenging but rewarding, it is her most passionate pursuit to bring these old ladies back to their original glory. This pursuit not only takes talent in design but an understanding of construction also. Today, she brings a wealth of experience, world travel, sourcing, design vision, and the common personal touch to interpret and inspire clients both in the residential and commercial arena in the always passionate pursuit of amazing design. In her travels around the world she spends several weeks a year searching and importing treasures mostly from France. Today, Susann focuses on historical properties with the the occasional custom project from time to time. Her deep experience can guide the most discerning client from concept to full realization offering invaluable insights from drawing to move in. With a more than 20 year background as a professional creative, Jeff has made his mark on a number of creative endeavors . Jeff holds a masters degree in art history and practices painting and photography. Jeff has worked in graphic/web design, advertising, prop styling, interior design and antiques over the course of his career. As an art director for various home segment retailers such as Neiman Marcus direct , Saks Fifth Ave, Smith & Hawkin, Williams Sonoma and Mary Kay— in addition to fortune 500 companies such as Proctor and Gamble and E Lilly, Jeff has consulted on numerous aspects of the retail/ business, catalog production, e-commerce solutions, retail trends, and web marketing, web design/development, SEO, mobile applications, brand identity across both digital and print platforms. Jeff is a fluent creative, both at home with digital development code, as well as the creative processes of advertising, brand message fidelity, photography, art history, in addition to design and antiques. Jeff is currently working in luxury real estate as a licensed Texas Realtor—Using his expertise in advertising and marketing combined with interior design, Jeff offers a unique skill set to his residential clients both buying and marketing of luxury real estate. Jeff is also an avid francophile, spending large amounts of time in France, sourcing and importing French antiques, housewares to the US design market. Chances are that you might know that Jeff is a PADI certified scuba instructor. In his free time you will often find him either on the way to a tropical island or underwater teaching a group how to dive for the first time. This passion has taken him all over the world from St Maarten to Greece—Madagascar to Bali–Have a seat, Jeff has a wealth of exotic stories to tell. SUSANN PENNINGTON JEFF M. BARNES, MA
susann@martindriskill.com jeff@martindriskill.com
Martin Driskill Carmel by the Sea, CA 93921 jeff@martindriskill.com