Just down the road from our office is The Lakewood, home of Phoebe Lawless’ most recent culinary adventure. We’re kind of in love with the cocktails (and the artwork) so we’re there often. For our first stab at this segment we joined Susan Ungerleider for drinks and appetizers at the bar. Be warned: if you ever do this type of date with Susan, your cheeks will hurt from laughing by the end of the evening.

Photo Courtesy of The Lakewood

Photo Courtesy of The Lakewood

Born and raised in Durham (yes, you read that right – hard to believe, yeah?) Susan is one of the founding partners of RED Collective. With a home near Forest Hills and a background in architecture, she’s more than amazingly skilled at helping folks relocate to the Bull City.


When not working she’s likely to be found snuggled up with a good book or her dog Okli or cat Fetch who actually enjoy cuddling each other as well. Recently she purchased a horse, Sterling, so you can often find her taking a relaxing drive to Fox View Farm in Bahama to spend time with her. What’s her favorite secret thing to do in Durham? Walk to Nana’s, buy nachos, stroll across the street to Beer Study and play Golden Tee with her husband BT. Sounds like fun!

Susan’s app of choice at the Lakewood: Green Tomato & Boxcar Cheese Tart. Yum!

Currently reading: “You Are A Badass

Most recent design project: Her bathroom renovation (photos coming soon!)

Last vacation: Colorado for snowboarding!

Favorite thing about her job: Using previous design experience to help clients achieve their goals in ways they have yet to imagine.

Interested in working with Susan on your next dream home? Get in touch!