Shea Soucie is passionate about architecture, design and form. Her exceptional talent for conceiving thoughtfully appointed living spaces allows Soucie Horner, Ltd. to perform beyond the realm of traditional interior design firms. The result is homes that feature elegant proportions, rich architectural appointments, and graceful transitions between rooms - the hallmarks of truly livable spaces that enhance the lives of their occupants.
Soucie attended the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris and the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Architecture. An abiding appreciation for - and deep understanding of - the scale and proportion of Europe's Classical architecture, in addition to Chicago's Modern and Art Deco architectural landmarks, informs her broad visual portfolio.
A prominent member of the design industry for nearly two decades, Martin Horner possesses a fearless ability to create lovely, livable homes by defining unique color palettes expressed through a broad range of textures, materials, finishes, and objects.
Horner's rich understanding of the relationship between excellent design and ease of living is the result of his experiences studying abroad at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris, as well as time spent cataloguing the bountiful architectural treasures housed within Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Taliesin. Horner holds a Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Butler University.
Beautiful homes are the visible result of our passion for design. But they also evince something less obvious - a carefully proscribed process that encompasses critical analysis, thorough understanding, detailed planning, and constant oversight by a dedicated team of talented, committed design professionals.Download PDF
Capable in the extreme, Brandon's cheerful willingness to pitch in, help out, and lend a hand guides his every moment at work. "I love the teamwork environment, how efficient everyone is, and the laid back yet professional culture at Soucie Horner," he says.
Our resident wordsmith describes her home as a living scrapbook. "Everything in it tells a story," she says, noting that when it comes to design, she's not exactly a minimalist. "Quirky architecture, pattern, patina, collections, books - to me, more is more."
Jee describes indigo's "calm, cool depth" as the reason she loves the hue. It's the same reason we admire Jee - determined, focused, and persistent, she transforms creative flights of fancy into always-gorgeous reality. And makes it look so easy.
"I'm constantly inspired by historic ideals and modern innovations," says Austin. "The connection between past and future is vital to great design." That, and a keen sense of observation. "If I seem quiet, it's simply because I'm listening and learning," he says.
Dina enjoys dance, design, and travel. She believes "Good design has the power to change not only the way people look at life, but also their way of living" - which is one reason she appreciates the "creative and collaborative" atmosphere at Soucie Horner.
Karleen's list of passions is long, ranging from yoga, art, and food to photography, marathon training, and clothes. "I like variety," she says. Still, she's fiercely dedicated, especially to design. "I've been in this business for ten years. Interiors are my outlet for my creativity."
Chris's background in building and finish carpentry is evinced by his passion for thoughtful detail - in his work, and his pursuit of happiness. "My prized possession is my Leica camera," he says. "It's discreet and precise." And, we'd add, a lot like Chris.
Liz appreciates symmetry, balance, and houses with history. "I'm also very drawn to the combination of complexity and simplicity in furniture detailing," she says. "It is very difficult to accomplish. You have to have the simplicity to appreciate the complexity."
Textures, antiques, and collectibles would all figure into Lauren's ideal home. "It would be comfy, cozy, inviting, and glamorous," she says. And it would incorporate her favorite color: purple. "Purple inspires me, and helps me be creative."
"Design is an art form," says Martin, co-founder of Soucie Horner, "but it also requires flexibility." He credits the firm's success to its unique adaptability. "We work with multiple styles, budgets, and timeframes - and deliver beautiful results every time."
Mother Nature, says Andy, offers expert lessons on symmetry, proportion, and color which probably explains his penchant for uncluttered rooms that blur the distinction between indoors and out. "Life, like nature, should be peaceful and beautiful," he says.
Rebecca's design approach? "Simple and comfortable," she says. Which makes it somewhat surprising her favorite color is purple. "Purple can be playful, or it can be sophisticated," she explains. Which is why we say, add "unexpected" to her style file.
Keeper of The Calendars and all things related to scheduling, Diana keeps our office humming smoothly in her usual unflappable style. "It's a real joy to work in the midst of so much creative energy," she says.
Who wouldn't value a business manager who describes her passions as accounting, accounting, and accounting? Just three of the reasons we adore Beth...and our clients do, too. Detail-oriented, even-tempered, and always funny, Beth has been minding Soucie Horner's business for seven years.
Sal's stirred by food, design, music, and especially fashion. "Fashion's definitely what inspires me most," she says. "I follow a lot of designers - my favorites are Martin Margiela, Dries Van Noten and Hedi Slimane."
Adaptable and persistent, Jessica considers gray her favorite color. "It's practical, balanced, and a lot like my personality – cool and composed," she says. Just the qualities we like in a project coordinator. "I take projects to heart and always have our clients' best interests in mind," she adds.
Personable and energetic, Lynda - multi-tasker extraordinaire - keeps our designers organized, even as she dreams about Paris. "I love the architecture. One building is more beautiful than the next," she says.
"We balance great design with a well-run business, which is important to our clients," declares Shea, co-founder of Soucie Horner. "We pride ourselves on our creativity - and the fact that our level of client service and organizational efficiency is second to none."
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Jackson describes his sense of design as moody, romantic, and elegant. "I'm inspired by music, art, and film," he says. "When I look at interiors I like to think about the characters who would live in them. What kind of music do they play in the background? What do they keep in their pockets?"
Chelsea favors dogs, cozy houses, the color green, and an antique ring that belonged to her grandmother. "It's my favorite thing to wear," she says. "It's a daily reminder to keep history in perspective – and it appeals to my love of antiques."