About Suzanne Settle Dees

Suzanne Settle Dees was raised in Highland Park and graduated from Highland Park High School and later went on to attend Marymount University in Tarrytown, New York then the London School of Economics where she majored in Political Science.

After graduation she went to work for Channel 13 PBS. During this time PBS was creating a new children’s program, which would later be known as Sesame Street. Suzanne was sent to New York to secure donors / funding and while she was there she was also asked  to attend a character/puppet expo. The new series felt that they were still missing the main “star” of their show. Which is when Suzanne came across a giant yellow bird, which was rigged with a mop to control the head and beak. She saw something in this character, which no one else at the expo did. She grabbed him and said you’re coming with me. The costume was very poorly put together with no ventilation and a petite Texas woman was now dragging the young man through Times Square and off to meet with the network’s executives. This infamous creature known across the globe would later be named Big Bird.

In 1972 this Dallas native was newly wed and looking for a career change that would keep her closer to home. In 1974 Suzanne Settle Dees founded Interiors by Suzanne after an expansion in 1979 the company would become known as Gardens/Interiors by Suzanne.

Suzanne’s impeccable style and eye fro what the market was looking for didn’t go unnoticed. Gardens & Interiors by Suzannebegan decorating homes exclusively in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow neighborhoods. She never advertised only worked by word of mouth. Her popularity in the community soon took her into decorating not only residential but also commercial office and medical buildings.

She began volunteer work at an early age with the Junior League of Dallas, which asked her to serve on the board of the Timberlawn Psychiatric Research Foundation, which she did for many years eventually serving as Chairman of the Board. She also spent many hours volunteering as a board member of Hope Cottage, Dallas Services Low Vision Clinic (formerly Dallas Services for Visually Impaired Children), and the Friends of the Highland Park Library. She was a member of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and a former member of the Altar Guild. She held membership in the Junior League of Dallas, Junior League Study Club, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Dallas Woman’s Club, Dallas Garden Club, Dallas Country Club, Dallas Athletic Club, City Club, Standard Club, Hesitation, Crystal Charity Ball, Daughters of the American Revolution, Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas Museum of Art, Kimball Art Museum, Dallas County Heritage Society, Dallas Historical Society, and Dallas County Medical Society Alliance. She was a charter member of the Park Cities Historical Society, former president of the Slipper Club and the Women’s Council of Dallas.

Suzanne’s daughter-in-law Kelly Cantu Dees is now president of Gardens & Interiors by Suzanne™. Kelly attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California where she majored in fashion design specializing in knitwear. From San Francisco Kelly went on to work in Manhattan, New York then returned to Dallas in 2011. With Kelly’s vast knowledge of art history combined with her impeccable style and use of textiles she creates a look that’s uniquely your own while pushing the envelope with her unique color sense. She creates a color palette that gives you a feeling of “I never want to leave here.”

. . . w/ Kelly

What makes … w/Kelly different from all of the other millions of blogs on the internet? My first and full time job is being a mom. I started my blog because I had so many questions when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease and diabetes. I didn’t know where to start looking. I just wanted someone to tell me what to eat! Then fast forward to being a new mom and I had even more questions.

I’ve always loved to cook and entertain but sometimes (if you’re like me) you find a new recipe on Pinterest that looks delicious and you make it and it’s HORRIBLE! I can’t tell you how many times I did that and to my poor family.

I started blogging to share with all of you what I like, what I don’t like or what I change to make it something that my family will eat. I wanted to create a resource for other people just like me. That they want to take the guess work out of everything and just have someone tell them what to eat, etc.

Yes, I share affiliate links but only for products that I use. I’m not trying to be an influencer, in fact I absolutely HATE that phrase! I’m just a mom in her late 30’s trying to keep her sanity while dealing with a dramatic two year old, age gracefully and fit in a date night with my husband somewhere in all of that chaos.

Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti (Gluten Free, Low Carb and Keto Approved With Only 6.34 net Carbs)

Baked spaghetti for the win! Here’s an easy, family friendly, gluten free, low carb dinner idea.

Halloween Decor

Halloween Decorations

As cooler weather approaches it’s time to leave the apple picking behind and head to the pumpkin patch because Halloween is on its way! Here are some of my favorite Halloween Decorations from Target, Michael’s, Home Depot and Etsy.

White Sweater Dress

Sweater Dress Ideas For Petite Women

Every year I’m on the hunt for the perfect sweater dress and this year is no exception! Here are a few sweater dress ideas for petite women.

Fall off the bone ribs

Fall Off The Bone Ribs

My Fall off the bone ribs are cooked in the oven and will make a great addition to your collection of healthy fall recipes. They only have 2.42 net carbs and the recipe makes 8 servings.

Life with Kelly

My Sam’s Club Shopping List and Vlog Post For 8/23/2022

Here’s my gluten free, low carb, keto shopping list for everything that I buy at Sams. I’ve also included some non gluten free items that I get for David there!

GIBS on LTK

Last Week’s Top LTK Sellers

Here’s a roundup of last week’s top LTK sellers. From my favorite contour kit, mascara, eye cream to my FAVORITE high chair and covered vegetable dish!

Madison Reed Hair Color

I started using Madison Reed Hair Co. Color during the pandemic and I’ve continued to use their products because they’re so great. This is seriously simple hair color at home!

Baked Salmon

Here’s my oven baked salmon recipe that’s gluten free, low carb and keto friendly with only one net carb. I’ll even show you how to turn this recipe into a full meal with one baking sheet and it makes a low carb great meal prep dish to add to your weekly rotation.

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