Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Meeting Suzanne Kasler

Yesterday I was lucky enough to hear Suzanne Kasler speak at the Houston Design Center.   The other 2 designers that I have recently begun working with often gather inspiration from Suzanne's classic and timeless aesthetic. 


Just in case this is your first introduction to her work, Suzanne Kasler is an Atlanta-based interior designer who's work has been published in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Beautiful Homes, Southern Accents, Traditional Home, Veranda, and numerous other publications.  In addition to designing, Suzanne launched a furniture line with Hickory Furniture, a fabric line for Lee Jofa, along with a collection of lighting for Visual Comfort.


Suzanne spoke about some of her noteworthy projects and how she gathered creativity from everyday life.  She explained how she had recently gone on a shopping trip with her daughter and had been especially inspired by a button detail on a jacket.  Thanks to the iPhone, she was able to snap a picture of it and plans to use it for inspiration in a later project.   Suzanne makes it a regular practice to go to flea markets just to get inspired.  She isn't looking for items for a particular client, but simply goes to gather new ideas. 

{Suzanne's own kitchen, feautred in Architectural Digest}

Her belief is that the memories created by gathering antiques and adding them to our homes adds rich character and personality to our spaces.  "I'm always looking.  Ever since I can remember, I've been aware of my surroundings, noticing things like the profile of a molding or the fall of a curtain" Suzanne explains.


Suzanne believes the key to good design is good architecture, and that ultimitely less "design" is better.  Having an architectural envelope in which to design properly will create both noteworthy and timeless interiors.  It's no surprise, then, that her signiture color is white.  She mentioned her favorite white paint color is Benjamin Moore's White Dove, and although she tries to branch out to other similar hues, she repeatedly goes back to White Dove.  "It's an exciting time to be in design today," Kasler said, "because everyone is looking for a designer that will design to the client's particular design taste.  However, staying authentic to yourself is the way to be successful."


I tried to take a iPhone pic while she was speaking, however I didn't want to be obnoxious.  So there I was trying to snap a picture between people's heads.   Sorry for the lack of quality, guys!


And here's a shot I got with the fabulous designer herself!  She was so wonderful and engaging.


You can go learn more about Suzanne at her website here.  Ah... I'm so inspired I could swoon. :)  Happy Wednesday! 

29 comments:

  1. What an inspiring designer! So many charming feminine touches in these spaces - so lovely!

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  2. Beautiful rooms! Its so nice to finally see a pic of you :)

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  3. how fun! i love her work.. especially that 2nd space! xo

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  4. Luck, lucky you! She is amazing!

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  5. How exciting!!! Her work is pretty unbelievable!! xoxo

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  6. What a fantastic experience??? Congrats sweetie!!!

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  7. Awesome! That must have been thrilling. I'm so wimpy, I never want to bother anyone for a photo. I'm glad you went for it.

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  8. GORGEOUS INTERIORS! And that is incredibly exciting that you met her - what a wonderful job you have!

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  9. Stunning! Love her work. Great pic of the two of you!

    xoxo, Sarah

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  10. So lovely, and what an exciting day =)

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  11. How awesome, I love her, she's amazing!

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  12. Oh wow...she is amazing...and so cool you got to meet her Sam!

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  13. wow simply gorgeous! i'd love her to decorate my home!

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  14. i love these desiggs, i totally need a decorator

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  15. Gosh I LOVE that bedroom! It is fabulous!!

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  16. How awesome!! She is such a talent, I love that bedroom. Lucky you! :)

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  17. How cool that you met her?! Amazing spaces!

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  18. Wow, lucky you! Look at all these opportunities that are coming your way! You look wonderful btw.
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  19. Wow, she is so talented. There isn't a room I don't love! xx

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  20. Wow...what incredible designs! And how neat that you got to meet her!

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  21. i love the feeling of being inspired..it's so exhilirating! so glad you got to meet someone who inspires you!

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  22. Wow, her work is beautiful!
    ♡ Lexi
    FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
    WEDDINGS: Glitter Weddings

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  23. Hi Sam! Just wanted to let you know I received the Stella & Dot necklace from your blog sale today, love it! Thanks so much :)

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  24. You lucky girl. Looking fabulous as always!!!

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  25. How exciting to meet Suzanne; I've seen a lot of her work and it is beautiful! Love her thoughts on White Dove too - once you find the perfect shade of white its hard to use anything else! xx

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  26. oh my goodness, so exciting. Adore this post, love. If you get a sec, I just posted pictures from my wedding ceremony. Eeek. Love to hear what you think. xo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  27. How exciting was this - and love the picture of you two!! I am always inspired by her work and these images reinforce that...adore the image with the chaise.

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