Meet Our Designers

Renee Russo
Renee Russo Smith

Renee has 20 years experience as an Allied Member, ASID interior designer and business owner in Wilmington, NC. She moved to Wilmington from California in 1991.  Upon graduating from Virginia Tech she began her career in Los Angeles, managing the marketing for major retailers and fashion designers.  Her design influence grew from her rich exposure to the coastal California lifestyle that instilled a clean, casual, yet sophisticated aesthetic that is always apparent in her work. She is inspired by a love of soft neutral colors, textures and layers of detail.

Renee is the recipient of the prestigious ASID "Otto Zenke" design award, which combines both residential and commercial interiors.  Renee is featured in Wilmington Magazine's "2014 Best of Wilmington" issue for a client's Wrightsville Beach home and she was voted 'Best Interiors' in Southports Parade of Homes.  

"I enjoy every aspect of the design process, including the discovery of each client's "true" style in order to achieve beautiful environments that are functional and timeless."


Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
BA Marketing/Public Relations

CFCC, Wilmington NC
AA in Interior Design

Member: Allied Member, ASID
Awards: Otto Zenke Competition, 2008
Sponsored by ASID Carolinas
Contact: Email or 910.538.3569

Susan Gsell

Susan Gsell has been in the design industry for 30 years. Growing up in a military family provided her the privilege of living in many parts of the United States, as well as Europe and Asia. Experiencing the beauty of diverse cultures and people is a continuing source of inspiration.

Upon graduating from college she moved to New York City and worked for KNOLL International in the architectural design field before relocating to Wilmington in 1998. Since then she has owned businesses in marketing and interior design creating successful campaigns and innovative spaces for many clients.


Marymount University, Arlington, VA
BA Interior Design
AA Fashion Arts
AA in Interior Design

Member: Allied Member, ASID
Awards: Wilmington Historic Foundation, 2012
SOUTH FRONT APARTMENTS - Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse; Outstanding Achievement for Creative Rehabilitation & Adaptive Reuse of the 1940 Public Housing Project

SAINT JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH, Administration Building - The David Brinkley, Preservationist of the Year Award
Contact: Email or 910.264.1826


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