In July, 2012 Susanne was recognized for her "clarity of vision" by HC&G Magazine at its second annual Innovation in Design Awards ceremony held at Guild Hall in East Hampton. The awards recognize the very best design projects in the Hamptons. A finalist in the Interior Design category, HC&G editors had this to say about Susanne's work:
"As all Hamptons designers know, it's hard to compete with the ocean. Susanne Kelley's mandate while decorating this waterfront house in East Hampton was to celebrate the views while giving character to the combined living and dining rooms. The client requested an all-white interior, so Kelley carefully introduced small moments of drama into the large-windowed, sky-lit space, starting with an enormous photograph of the ocean by Robert Bery above the fireplace. The intense blue echoes the surf outside while introducing a beautiful burst of color into the otherwise largely monochromatic space. A glass sculpture and side table and a Lucite coffee table further underscore Kelley's clarity of vision."