Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity

Get ready for Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity

You know all of those posts you see from design sites online of the flavor

50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER OR STYLE A SHELF and the like?

Well, this post spotlighting inspiring projects from a famous Atlanta-based designer could have just as easily been entitled:

101 REASONS TO IMMEDIATELY ORDER THIS DESIGN BOOK!

Reasons #1 through 101 would simply read:

Um. BECAUSE. Suzanne Kasler.

A tailored white kitchen with design by Suzanne Kasler. White walls and weathered grayarmoires. Custom black hood with metallic detail over range. The French pastry table was found at 1stdibs. Belgian chairs in rustic linen. #suzannekasler #kitchen #sophisticateddecor #elegantdecor #interiordesign

From Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018). Photo: Peter Vitale. In an elegant home in South Carolina, a tailored white kitchen with interior design by Suzanne Kasler. White walls and weathered gray armoires. Custom black hood with metallic detail over range. The French pastry table was found at 1stdibs. Belgian chairs in rustic linen. In case you crave pretty, traditional, and timeless interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity.

Suzanne Kasler is known for her award-winning projects featured in Milieu, Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, and beyond. She has signature furniture collections and textile lines for Hickory Chair, Visual Comfort, Ballard Designs, Lee Jofa, and La Cornue.

Suzanne Kasler is known for her award-winning projects featured in Milieu, Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, and beyond. She has signature furniture collections and textile lines for Hickory Chair, Visual Comfort, Ballard Designs, Lee Jofa, and La Cornue.

Firstly, I don’t know Ms. Kasler personally. Secondly, no one has asked me to write pretty words about the work in this glorious new book. Hence, do know my endorsement and sentiments are authentically pure enthusiasm. And joy! Because another beautiful book of breathtaking projects by designer Suzanne Kasler is a boon for the whole world of interiors.

If you know her rooms, then you know why this volume is truly a big deal.

The spaces are flawless; to be studied and savored slowly like a gourmande sampling a richly complex, gourmet chocolate. (Why, yes, kittycats. I am starved half-out-m’mind at the moment as I am presently unable to tolerate solid food. More sweet and savory references within this post seem as inevitable as the deliciousness in my pantry remains inedible!!! Boo! J’ai besoin de chocolat maintenant!)

The cover of Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018). In case you crave pretty, traditional, and timeless interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity.

Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018) will be out September 11th and is destined to thrill you to pieces whether you desire to better train your already sophisticated design eye or simply indulge it with a scrumptious feast of interior loveliness. (Mercy…there I go again.)

First, the book’s rich photography is also more gorgeous than you can imagine. Second, I was enthralled by the commentary straight away since Kasler reveals details about her upbringing and personal influences which shaped her journey.

From Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018). Photo: Peter Vitale. In an elegant home in South Carolina, a tailored white kitchen with interior design by Suzanne Kasler. The architect designed the homeowner’s vanity which resemles a vintage sideboard or dresser. “We lacquered it white and found the most stunning, overscale, vintage Baguès sconces and dressed the room in pink taffeta curtains,” notes Kasler. In case you crave pretty, traditional, and timeless interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity.

The Atlanta-based designer grew up in the Midwest in a military family which moved every couple of years.

(Like Kasler, I also grew up in the Midwest as the child of  Salvation Army officers, which meant lots of uprooting, moves, and starting over.) Her father, James H. Kasler, was a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force and a prisoner of war in Vietnam for seven years. (Thank you for your service, Mr. Kasler.)

What a precious homecoming this veteran’s return must have been!

 In a breathtakingly restored 1927 Buckhead home with interior design by Suzanne Kasler, a new side entrance is painted the palest of pal ice blues. Architecture: Spitzmiller & Norris.

From Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018). Photo: Erica George Dines. In a breathtakingly restored 1927 Buckhead home with interior design by Suzanne Kasler, a new side entrance is painted the palest of pale ice blues. Architecture: Spitzmiller & Norris. In case you crave pretty, traditional, and timeless interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity.

Naturally, I was anxious to keep devouring the text and images, noting how Midwestern sensibilities from Kasler’s early life may continue to nuance the designs she creates for clients.

I pondered how the beauty to which she is drawn has been influenced by the time she spent as a child in Indiana. (Something else this Indiana-born blogger shares in common with her…do you suppose she is familiar with the unforgettable ring-shaped pastries found at Mr. Freshie? Yes, m’am. That’s sophisticated non-Hoosier-speak for donuts.)

I'm just a girl standing in front of a salad asking it to be a donut. #quote #humor #hellolovelystudio

Because I’m hungry and human. Also because, isn’t Notting Hill lovely?

There is also wonderful design wisdom to glean alongside all of the stunning examples of country homes, city houses, and residences by the sea in Sophisticated Simplicity.

For example, I for one am always curious about an interior designer’s approach to color.

Here’s what Kasler says about using color in her Buckhead project (p.75):

“You can sequence color strategically throughout a house, but it doesn’t have to be obvious. The subtle reference to coral shows up in room after room in different guises–in the pattern of a curtain fabric, as pillows, in a bouquet, as cording. In the rooms that are mostly shades of bone and neutral, the coral color really stands out.” – SUZANNE KASLER

Don’t you love such a subtle approach to a sophisticated color palate palette?

Aside: What Kasler terms as ‘coral’ on these pages, I am seeing as peach or pumpkin-y goodness. However, we shall indeed yield to the peepers of the award-winning design goddess and not to those of the ‘fairy blogger of the growling tummy.’

In an architecturally magnificent home in Maine with interior design by Suzanne Kasler, the master bedroom is bright and full of light. The tranquil pale blue grey accents and soothing sumptuous fabrics set a peaceful tone in the heavenly retreat.

From Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018). Photo: William Waldron. Architect: Les Cole. In an architecturally magnificent home in Maine with interior design by Suzanne Kasler, the master bedroom is bright and full of light. Additionally, the tranquil pale blue grey accents and soothing sumptuous fabrics set a peaceful tone in the heavenly retreat. In case you crave pretty, traditional, and timeless interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity.

Since readers of Hello Lovely SIMPLY MUST KNOW the designer’s philosophy about white decor, I thought you might appreciate hearing a few of her thoughts concerning the use of white in design.

“When you do a house in neutrals and whites, one of the prettiest ways to make the rooms come alive is to play texture off texture.” -SUZANNE KASLER

For example, in a lovely breakfast room photographed for the book, you’ll find the beautiful paneled walls, window trim, and window seat trim painted a high gloss white. Pale and natural woven shades also filter the light and add texture along with buttery chestnut hued leather upholstered seats and pillows.

(Butter my biscuit…the upholstery on beautiful built-in banquettes on page 120 looks toffee-delicious enough to eat!)

In an architecturally magnificent home in Maine with interior design by Suzanne Kasler, the enclosed porch is attached to the main house. Linen curtains give the exterior room the feeling of an interior room. Bold blue and white stripe rug, various printed fabrics on rattan chair cushions, and blue garden stools are classic coastal design elements offering a warm welcome with cool tones.

From Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018). Photo: William Waldron. Architect: Les Cole. In an architecturally magnificent home in Maine with interior design by Suzanne Kasler, the enclosed porch is attached to the main house. Linen curtains give the exterior room the feeling of an interior room. Bold blue and white stripe rug, various printed fabrics on rattan chair cushions, and blue garden stools are classic coastal design elements offering a warm welcome with cool tones. In case you crave pretty, traditional, and timeless interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity.

What have we learned from all the gushing and lip smackin’ design sophistication enticing us here?

OUR DESIGN LIBRARIES ARE HUNGRY FOR THIS SATISFYING MENU OF TIMELESS DESIGN DELISH! C’est délicieux!

– Hello Lovely Studio

At a Palmetto Bluff property with interior design by Suzanne Kasler, an iconic Low Country dock is the ultimate place to sit, have a drink, and watch the sun rise and set. Adirondack chairs, a rustic three-legged stool, cozy knit throw, and simple lanterns are the recipe for relaxation.

From Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018). Photo: Erica George Dines. At a Palmetto Bluff property with interior design by Suzanne Kasler, an iconic Low Country dock is the ultimate place to sit, have a drink, and watch the sun rise and set. Adirondack chairs, a rustic three-legged stool, cozy knit throw, and simple lanterns are ingredients for relaxation. In case you crave pretty, traditional, and timeless interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity.

You’re going to want to live in the pages of this new book, and I wish we could meet in a tranquil spot like the one above to dish about its beauty.

The cover of Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity (Rizzoli, 2018). In case you crave pretty, traditional, and timeless interior design inspiration…certainly lovely indeed! Interior Designer Suzanne Kasler: Sophisticated Simplicity.

Suzanne Kasler also discusses in her book how the optimism of her parents continues to inspire and guide her.

Try to accept what is. Begin to let go of what was. Have faith in the good that is to come. Encouraging quote on hello lovely studio. #quote #wisdom #hellolovelystudio #faith

If I’m honest, I created this as much for me as for you. Because THE BEST IS YET TO COME is a theme I long to echo.

I am humbled and ever grateful for the loving kindness in comments and emails lavished on me in recent days upon sharing news of my illness which remains a mystery. More test results arrived so we know a bit more. Yet I remain uncomfortable and anxious for a firm diagnosis and treatment. I covet your prayers as I believe they matter. You already know my feelings about healing. It can happen in the absence of cure. So please pray that I might stay faithful no matter where the road may lead.

Phyllis Tickle quote about prayer. #prayer #quote #faith #christianity #spirituality #contemplative

In case you are in the mood for mystical soul food…certainly lovely indeed!

Peace to you right where you are.

michele

Kasler’s projects often incorporate high-end French inspired and classic furnishings. For friendly priced options, see also this recent post with amazing French country finds…HERE.

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Certainly more can be more too…what say ye?

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20 Comments

  1. September 5, 2018 / 1:12 am

    I hope you’re feeling better!
    Looking at these photos, I’m struck by how yes, they are simple and uncluttered, but they don’t feel bare. Sometimes I see rooms that feel “undone” or “not yet done,” like the residents are still settling in, even though there’s a lot more stuff. Maybe it’s the scale of the furniture, which often is too big. I guess that’s why Suzanne Kasler is so successful–she has the eye for balance and scale.

    • michele
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 8:08 am

      She is definitely a queen of editing – can you even imagine that task when in many cases, there is no budget and you have access to it ALL? Thanks for reading! Not feeling better and another doctor appointment today.

  2. Laurie
    September 5, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Prayed for you this morning. What a beautiful post today! Love Suzanne.

    • michele
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks so much, friend. I feel so blessed and uplifted by the prayer and support. What a community of faithful, lovely, kindred spirits it is!

  3. September 5, 2018 / 9:38 am

    Michele, I just love this post!!!!!!!!!!! Suzanne is one of my favorite designers!!! She is so talented! That pale blue side entrance looks just gorgeous! Thank you for this inspirational post! xo Greet

    • michele
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Thank you for reading and adding your beautiful energy to the topic, Greet! Not sure if the book is in your hands yet, but you are going to be THRILLED! 🙂

  4. Beth H
    September 5, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    I hope you’re feeling much better and getting answers as to the reason for your illness! I’m a GI nurse and understand only too well how hard this has been for you. Prayers and well wishes for healing so you can get home and take care of yourself in your own way!

    • michele
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      Thank you for the prayers – you are so kind. You know how these things take time since they involve tests. I am hoping the cause will be the least serious possibility! I’m at home, and there’s no place like home. 🙂

  5. lynne richmond
    September 5, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    this prayer was sent to me in the summer of 2005….. it served me well through countless chemo and radiation treatments…..it was on my niece’s refrigerator through a devastating miscarriage until she gave birth to her first child…. it is still there….. i hope it gives you comfort in the days ahead….praying for your healing and the decisions of your medical team…. blessings, lynne

    I said a prayer for you today
    And know God must have heard…
    I felt the answer in my heart
    Although He spoke no word.
    I didn’t ask for wealth or fame,
    I knew you wouldn’t mind,
    I asked Him to send treasures
    Of a far more lasting kind.
    I asked that He’d be near you
    At the start of each new day
    To grant you health and blessings
    And friends to share your way.
    I asked for happiness for you
    In all things great and small
    But it was for His loving care
    I prayed the most of all.

    • michele
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:57 pm

      So beautiful and such a gift. Thank you so much for the reminder I am in His loving care. I had more energy today and visited a very kind doctor. I can see blessings and am recovering my sense of humor so I cannot ask for more. 🙂

      • lynne richmond
        September 5, 2018 / 9:08 pm

        i just sent you the prayer; but i had a thought that i had to send along…… not knowing a thing about your symptoms or onset of your problems, is there any chance that you might
        have been bitten by a tick??? the reason i am asking is because a friend of ours has lyme disease and it took FOREVER to diagnose….( i do believe that lyme disease was dismissed initially by one doctor; so therefore tons of time was spent pursuing too many dead ends….) i just had to suggest this possibility to you….. hopefully to save YOU some time!!!!!!! blessings, lynne

        • michele
          Author
          September 6, 2018 / 1:33 am

          Thank you so much for your kindness in mentioning this – so important to be reminded of lyme disease. I will keep it in the forefront of my mind. I did go on several hiking trips. I think because I have a history of Crohn’s disease, the main question is am I experiencing a bad flare or do I have gallblader disease, pancreas issues, an infection or something new? I’ll keep you posted and am so grateful for prayer. xox

          • lynne richmond
            September 6, 2018 / 5:51 pm

            i forgot to say that i love suzanne kasler’s style….. i always look for her section in the ballard design catalog!!!!!

          • michele
            Author
            September 6, 2018 / 7:07 pm

            I love her Ballard pieces too!

  6. September 6, 2018 / 6:35 am

    Hi Michele, I’m very excited about Suzanne’s new book! I’m still enjoying her last one. I hope that you can eat solid food soon, you’re going to be too thin! I’m praying for your healing and a cure, with God all things are possible ❤️

    • michele
      Author
      September 6, 2018 / 11:17 am

      It is frustrating to not have all of the answers when you want them. However, I am encouraged today since I feel more like myself. I ate some solids yesterday and did not have an attack so am celebrating that!

  7. Kristin Dimmich
    September 6, 2018 / 7:43 am

    Good Morning Michelle,

    Praying for you today. These posts from your readers are God’s love letters to you. When our son died I had a friend tell me the cards I would receive in the mail were God’s love letters to me. She had walked the same sad journey years before. It really helped me to think about them in that way on I hope it helps you too.

    Love, Kristin

    • michele
      Author
      September 6, 2018 / 11:15 am

      Beautiful, Kristin. What a lovely gift from you. I’m feeling not half bad today! 🙂

  8. Sheila in SF
    September 8, 2018 / 12:14 am

    Michelle, Prayers and wishing you better days ahead. Love your blog–always enjoyable and design enlightening.

    • michele
      Author
      September 8, 2018 / 12:26 am

      Thank you so much, lovely one. Trying to get better! xox

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