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.
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!)
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.
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!
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.)
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
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.’
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!)
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
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.
Suzanne Kasler also discusses in her book how the optimism of her parents continues to inspire and guide her.
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.
Peace to you right where you are.
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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