Sarah Susanka's Not So Big Showhouse 2011

"With all the challenges in the housing market, it's clear we need a new vision for the way we design our homes, our communities—and even our lives. This is the first time I've designed a showhouse that's located within an existing small town and in a new walkable community that's just off the town's main street. In many ways this combination reflects the heart of what Not So Big is all about," said Susanka. "The opening of the Showhouse will give homeowners and professionals an unprecedented opportunity to experience how Not So Big can apply to every level of design—from the smallest detail inside the house, to the street, neighborhood and community as a whole. When all these ingredients are mixed together, the experience is truly more than the sum of its parts."

Feature Focus: PAINT

Sherwin-Williams partnered with Sarah at the Libertyville Not So Big Showhouse, providing more than 47 gallons of their ProMar 200 Zero VOC paint. ProMar 200 is the first complete professional line that not only has zero VOCs but is also available in four sheens and every color. In addition, ProMar 200 complies with the environmental regulations of numerous organizations, including LEED. Sherwin-Williams is committed to sustainable products, processes and initiatives that help preserve natural resources, protect the environment and contribute to a social improvement. For more information about ProMar 200, please go to Sherwin-Williams web site.


  • Main wall color throughout: SW 7527 'Nantucket Dune'
  • Ceilings throughout (except for stairs): SW 7035 'Aesthetic White'
  • Painted niches for art: SW 7584 'Red Theatre' and SW 7729 'Edamame'
  • Back panels of shelves: SW 7705 'Wheat Penny'

Accent Colors, Room by Room

Entry, Living Room, Library/Sitting Area, and Mudroom

  • Art niches and fireplace: SW 7584 'Red Theatre' and SW 7729 'Edamame'
  • Back panel of shelves: SW 7705 'Wheat Penny'

Kitchen and Dining

  • SW 7729 'Edamame'

Away Room

  • SW 7729 'Edamame'

Main Level Bathroom

  • Below wainscot trim line: SW 7746 'Rushing River'


  • Back panel of shelves: SW 7705 'Wheat Penny'
  • Art niche: SW 7584 'Red Theatre'
  • Stair ceiling and stair wall: SW 7680 'Lanyard'
  • Stair wall between upper trim bands: SW 7527 'Nantucket Dune'

Laundry/Hobby Room

  • SW 7729 'Edamame'

Kid's Bedroom 1

  • SW 7603 'Poolhouse'

Kid's Bedroom 2

  • SW 7729 'Edamame'

Kid's Bath

  • Below wainscot trim line: SW 7715 'Pottery Urn'

2nd Floor Hallway

  • Small feature wall: SW 7746 'Rushing River'
  • Wall at end of hallway in Master Bedroom: SW 7729 'Edamame'

Master Bedroom

  • SW 7635 'Palisade'
  • Above dresser in Master Bedroom closet hallway: SW 7705 'Wheat Penny'

Master Bathroom

  • Below wainscot trim line: SW 7635 'Palisade'