Nearly six years have passed since interior designer Suzanne Kasler’s 1930 Federal style “fixer upper” in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood appeared in Architectural Digest. Has it truly been six years since my eyes delighted in the wondrous visual poetry within these stunning photos by Pieter Estersohn of the house tour? Even now, seeing the refinery of the classic home decor within this house with its traditional and French style, sends my heart racing.
I know you get it.
Kasler’s traditional style home has been so artfully designed by a thoughtful collector of beauty that it feels like a supreme privilege to even peek inside. BTW. I don’t ever want us to become desensitized to this reality: opening up one’s private home to planet earth is a vulnerable proposition, celebrity designer or otherwise. If you have not personally put yourself in the arena, revealing your nest in such an intimate fashion, more sensitivity and admiration seem in order.
I honor Kasler’s philosophy about design restraint in which she advises that design is as much about what is left out as anything else, and surely this home of hers reiterates that wisdom. On the tour of the renovated house, which has classic home decor and traditional and French style, you will note a warm neutral palette of soft whites, taupes, and greys that impart a restful quietude I simply adore. The exterior has been hushed as well. The once red brick was lightened and brightened in the same spirit as its sublime interiors. Kasler knows her way around timeless romance, and the pale pink feminine-but-not-frou-frou guest bedroom is a memorable, stirring example. There’s a calming comfort that seems to freely flow from a source of gracious, effervescent Southern hospitality within these walls.
Is that Suzanne Kasler’s superpower?
To ponder the answer, this blogging Southern belle (fine…I’m not Southern, but most of my relatives are), will need to gather her strength. She may require smoked BBQ brisket, a side of cheesy grits, and cornbread (with butter and honey) plus ice cold sweet tea. (Ohhhhh, child! And she doesn’t even drink sweet tea!) Merci beaucoup, and she’ll enjoy her feast at the long Swedish dining table (which she’ll pronounce daahhhhnin table) in Kasler’s white kitchen. (Are we quite clear on why Architectural Digest has yet to request my freelance services?)
Without a doubt, you are destined to identify endless classic home decor moments as you peruse this memorable gallery of traditional style interiors which may very well send you into a knee-weakening, woozy Kasler kryptonite trance. Don’t say the BBQ lover didn’t warn you.
Classic Home Decor: Traditional & French Style
Classic home decor as imagined by SK…how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Here’s the room in an earlier shoot before the blue bliss…
The same bath styled for another mood…
Excuse me while I set my own fixer upper ablaze after seeing this magnificent re-do.
Are you sufficiently knocked out whether you are familiar with this famous-on-the-internet home of a design giant or not? Because, goodness gracious sakes alive, a timeless, Southern home with classic home decor, traditional style and French sensibilities like Suzanne Kasler’s leaves this fairy breathless every time.
You may very well enjoy a visit to this home tour if this story was your cup of tea.
Peace to you right where you are.