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About Sweetgum Home


Hi, I'm Sandra, 

A little bit about me...

I'm the artist and founder of Sweetgum Home. New England has been my home for 22+ years. Before landing in New England,  I called lots of different places home; New Jersey (where I grew up), Rhode Island (where I went to college), California, Florida, Seattle (where I went to grad school) and short stints in Mexico & Italy.

Prior to founding Sweetgum Home, I worked as an architect for nearly 20 years. As a result,  I have a deep appreciation of how the design of the spaces we live in shapes our experiences.  Kitchens, more than living rooms, are now the center of our homes.  We spend more time in our kitchens and have more celebrations centered around the food we make there to share with one another than in any other room.  For this reason I decided to focus on designing kitchen goods when I founded Sweetgum Home.

I studied Fine Arts and Landscape Architecture at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and Architecture at U.W. in Seattle, where I met my best friend & husband (who also happens to be an architect).

Sweetgum Home has collections of designs that I've created and designs from other artists I admire.

Welcome to Sweetgum Home!




What's a  Sweetgum?

Two towns over from where I live is a nature sanctuary belonging to the Massachusetts Audubon.  It's one of my favorite places to hike with my family.  Down near the canoe launch, on the Ipswich river is a grove of Sweet Gum trees.  The Sweet Gum has a unique design solution for protecting their seeds; spiky little balls that are both strange and lovely at the same time.  I think the Sweet Gum is the perfect example of nature's ingenuity, how form and function can be expressed in beautiful ways. I also love the sound of the word.  It's a happy sounding word.  One that brings to mind sunshine and laughing with friends.  


Eco-friendly materials and production

Swedish dishcloths were invented by a Swedish paper engineer back in the 1950's.  Our dishcloths are made from renewable fibers (70% Cellulose, 30% Cotton) are 100% biodegradable and can be composted after using for 6-9 months.  They make a great alternative to paper towels (saving lots and lots of trees) and can be used to clean just about any household surface. The cloth is made in Germany and the designs are printed in Finland with water based inks.