Hollyhock Owner and Montecito Designer Suzanne Rheinstein Dies from Cancer

Suzanne Rheinstein
Suzanne passed away


Suzanne Rheinstein, an American inside designer and creator recognized for her elegant and timeless design aesthetic has passed away. Let’s see, how did the designer die and her cause of death in detail.

How did Suzanne Rheinstein die?

Suzanne Rheinstein, an owner of Suzanne Rheinstein & Associates, who is internationally recognized as an interior designer passed away on March 20, 2023.

Her death news was announced by her family member.  

The Joe Ruggiero Collection  announced this sad news, saying,

“So sorry to hear the news of #suzannerheinstein what a marvelous, talented woman! I first met Suzanne when I was editor-in-chief of Home Magazine. I was a big fan of her shop @hollyhock_design She was a friend whom I admired for her charming style and gracious personality! She will be missed!”

Who was Suzanne Rheinstein?

American interior designer and inventor, Rheinstein was renowned for her classy and classic style. She was the idea behind the creation of the design firm Suzanne Rheinstein & Associates.

The designer Suzanne Rheinstein was a minimalist. Her store, Hollyhock, is renowned for three decades where she shared her passion for painted furniture, George III mahogany, blue-and-white porcelain, and plush upholstery.

In addition, Rheinstein was a prolific author who wrote numerous books on interior decorating and design, including “Rooms for Dwelling: A Model for At the moment with Issues from the Previous,” “At House: A Model for At the moment with Issues from the Previous,” and “Suzanne Rheinstein: Rooms for Dwelling.”

She worked on numerous projects, including private homes, hotels, and retail spaces, and was highlighted in several design publications.

Suzanne Rheinstein
Suzanne Rheinstein



Interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein has made a career out of showcasing antiques. Being born to a mother who owned an antique store in her hometown of New Orleans.

Suzanne was born and raised in New Orleans and has a profound appreciation for the city’s heritage.

She exhibits unique antiques in her Hollyhock store. Hollyhock, a destination for fine antiques and new decorative objects in Los Angeles, as well as the homes she constructs for clients, demonstrate her impeccable polish and talent for mixing old and new.

She was renowned for her unique sense of style, as well as her appreciation of the laid-back culture of southern California

Suzanne is in high demand as a result of her East Coast-acquired visual sophistication, Southern flair for style and hospitality, and respect for the carefree Southern California way of life.

Passionate Gardener:

As a board member of the Garden Conservancy and an enthusiastic gardener, Rheinstein has visited many of the most renowned gardens in the world.

She valued and thought about the outside just as much as the inside. She consulted her friend and garden designer Nancy Goslee Power for guidance and drew inspiration from two of her favorite landscape architects, Piet Oudolf and lvaro de la Rosa.

Suzanne Rheinstein cause of death:

Suzanne passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Rheinstein was diagnosed with cancer in 2019. Tributes flooded social media after the demise news of Rheinstein broke out.

Suzanne met with an accident that injured her left foot and elbow, and underwent two major surgeries, and left her virtually immobile for months.

“I was in the hospital, coming out of surgery and still anesthesia-addled, when I saw photos and a floor plan of this house,” she said.

While saying about her cancer, she said, “My cancer is stable, and I am having fun.”

Suzanne was remembered for her interior design making which includes beautiful objects, furniture types, personal artwork, painted surfaces Blend, and great consideration for comfort, textures, details, and light.

She was the author of best-selling books and lifestyle books like Elle Decor and Home Beautiful. One of which is titled Designing Women.

Tributes to Suzanne:

Mark D. Sikes posted,

RIP @suzannerheinstein – you were a great friend and an enormous inspiration. What a huge loss to so many. Devastating. I can’t help but acknowledge that today is the first day of Spring and we all know how much Suzanne loved nature, gardens and green. Sending love and prayers to Kate and her dearest granddaughters.

William Laman Furniture Garden Antiques posted,

articulate, beautiful, curious, engaging. She is all of that and more. The new book is pretty fabulous too! Suzanne, you are loved.

Elizabeth Cavanaugh Designs, LLC. posted,

So sad to hear of the passing of Suzanne Rheinstein. Her eponymous store on La Cienega, Holly Hock was a treasure trove of antiques, interesting and unique accessory items and great art…it was a must stop for any designer. Her southern roots were evident in a lot of her design choices and application.
She left a lasting legacy on the Southern California Design Community and she will be sorely missed.

Sean F. Farmer posted,

RIP Suzanne Rheinstein. The world is now a less beautiful place.

Bunny’s eye posted,

What a star and she is in heaven with Fred and I will look up and see the brightest star and know it is her.


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