2016 Saddle River Designer Showhouse

My room at the showhouse is finally done and the house is open to the public.

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It was a very challenging but enjoyable process. From installing the moldings and trellis;



Making the pagoda style cornice;



sewing canopies to cover the contemporary light fixtures;


stenciling inside boxes and the entire toilet room ;



And finally, updating the vanities from plain white to chinoiserie style;



The Master Bath Suite has been transformed from this-




Into this-

(Photography courtesy of Marco Ricca)




Susan Niblo



Susan Niblo



Susan Niblo

Please try to visit!

All proceeds benefit HEROES TO HEROES foundation.

A “REAL” Good Time

I remember almost 20 years ago, when my son was about nine years old, he was completely obsessed with the “stars” of the WWF;.. Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Rowdy Rodney Piper to name a few. Every Monday night after homework, he would watch them wrestle, glued to the television and rooting for his favorites.

As a birthday present that year, thinking it would be a fun day out, my husband and I made the mistake of buying tickets to take our son to see all the characters live at Madison Square Garden. We actually feared for our lives that day, as the crowds were getting into their own fights and became very unsafe.

Needless to say, our son was incredibly excited to go but was even more disappointed to have to leave early.  I tried to explain that his safety was more important than a show. His only response was “you know mom, what they do is real. They aren’t pretending!” Not wanting to burst his bubble, I did not pursue an argument….”Yes, honey, I know it’s real….”

This past summer I had to remind myself of my own advice as I participated as a contestant with my friend Ericka, on the “reality” show Flea Market Flip. After responding to a casting call I saw on Facebook we were picked to be a team of contestants for this year’s upcoming season.


Filming is done over a three month span with three twelve hour days edited down to 20 minutes of actual show time. There was a “BUY” day, a “WORKSHOP” day and a “SELL” day. The Buy day was in Brimfield, Massachussetts, workshop in Stamford, Connecticut and Sell in New York City. All three times, Lara Spencer shows up at the last hour all perky and on pointe as we pretend to recreate the days events in real time.







Because the show has not aired yet, (and I don’t even know when it is!) I am not supposed to give details but I will say one thing;..

I will never be able to watch the show in the same light that I have in the past.

Watching the Emmys last night I noticed there is now a category for Best Reality show. Let me tell all of you lovers of everything “Reality”….NEWS FLASH!!!….

There is no such thing.

Actually, my  husband has been telling me this for years as I would race home to beat him to the television so I could watch whatever episode of the HOUSEWIVES was coming on.

So, to you, my love, I finally digress;

All those years competing in horse shows, not winning  first place and everyone saying “But did you have fun??”

If someone asks me the same about this experience?

My answer? Stay tuned, folks…

2016 Saddle River Designer Showhouse

Two more weeks until summer is officially over. The stores are already stocking up for back to school and the holidays.

As for me, I am excited to say that I will be participating in this year’s Saddle River Designer Showhouse which will be open as of September 29, 2016. I am designing a guest bath suite and cannot wait to share pictures and a blog as soon as all is ready.

If you live in the Tris State area, please mark your calendar!Heroes to Heroes Design NJ ad FINAL for Piera

Bloggin’ from Barcelona 2016

Hubby and I have just returned from our annual trip from Barcelona. For the past three years, I have blogged about our trips there and all of our adventures. Because he goes for business, our time there is very short. Something new and different we did this year was go to the W Hotel at the very far end of the coast.


The inside is very hip and fun.


My favorite place was the ladies room which had a really well done grey Venetian Plaster. It had so much depth to it!


The other thing we did was walk to the rooftop of the newly refinished Catedral de Barcelona.


360 degree views of the city were spectacular!


The never ending work on the roof of the Familia Sagrada is visible


Also this  year, we had an added feature after our visit to Barcelona.

Previously cancelled plans left us with airfare, hotel and car to Rome, Italy, so we decided to go to Assisi and Florence via a very small manual shift car.


Fortunately we had a GPS system so we entered the address of our destination in Assisi and two and a half hours later we arrived at our hotel.


Assisi is built into the side of the mountain and has many points of interest.


The best way to navigate is to park at the top, walk all the way down, then take a shuttle back up. Walking maps are available everywhere and are easy to follow. The most beautiful part of the town are the private homes in the village and the way they garden. Masons put many iron brackets into the grout of the stonework of the facades so that planters can be hung. Geraniums, hydrangeas and honeysuckle are the most popular plants used. Each entry is like a beautiful painting!


After spending three days in Assisi we got back in the car and drove another two and a half hours to Florence, or as the locals say, “Firenze”.

Very similar to the Gothic Barrier in Barcelona, Florence is an abundance of art and history. It was very crowded, but easy to negotiate. The only must is a VERY comfortable pair of shoes as all is seen by walking…. Boboli Gardens, Il Duomo, and many museums are the most popular things to see. I took a LOT of photos but the one thing that stood out most was the ceilings of every building we went to.

In design, ceilings are one of the most neglected features in a room. That certainly is not the case in Florence. Everywhere we went, some of the most beautiful artwork was on the ceiling. Whether it was a cathedral, museum, public space, or even a restaurant the place to look was…. up!

The next set of photos is a slide show of all the ceilings I was able to capture over our four day stay. They don’t even need explanations as they speak for themselves.



My New Website

I am excited to announce that I now have an official website for my new retail location in Tuxedo Park, NY. The link is  http://www.susanniblo.com.

It is right off the press and will be constantly updated, but I am extremely pleased with the outcome and would like to thank Joseph Ng for his incredible patience and also his beautiful photography of The Money Pit.

I am happy to be serving Orange, Rockland, Westchester,Sullivan and Bergen Counties.Thank you in advance for your continued support!


The 2016 Country Living Fair

LOTS of eye candy today!

The first bunch of photos are from the garden. After having over 1000 bulbs planted last year, it is fun to see what is growing all through the rock garden. I had no idea what was going to emerge; all I know is that I told the landscapers no red and orange. Here is a sample of what I got…

Quite a difference from last year!


I have officially given up yard work for this summer so now that I have time, this weekend I decided to go to Rhinebeck, NY to the annual Country Living Fair. After my weekend at Brimfield for Flea Market Flip, I thought I had just about seen everything but I was wrong.



This year’s fair did not disappoint! Even though the fair has a lot of vendors that come back every year, there are always new ones that have a lot of fun and new things to show.

Hubby and bought extra large lemonade and spent the day walking up and down the aisles.

I wanted to buy these for the Money Pit..the housing police would have LOVED them!!!

Every yard must have pink flamingos…


Enjoy the walking tour!

A touch of Christmas in June..


This is a cute idea..


Are you old enough to remember these?


or how many of these did you make?


Tromp L’oiel


My grandmother had lots of these!


Table for 12?



A greenhouse made from salvaged windows




On the way home, I noticed this “Tiny House” for sale in someone’s driveway


Quite a change from the Money Pit, but I wouldn’t mind owning it!!!