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Recently, I had the pleasure of perusing Suzanne Kasler: Inspired Interiors.(Rizzoli Press). In August 2009, we interviewed Suzanne about what inspires her. Read what she had to say here. Suzanne has been named one of House Beautiful’s Top 100 Designers and her work has been featured in many well-known design magazines, including Elle Décor, Architectural Digest and Traditional Home. Kasler says she can’t describe her own decorating style, because she finds inspiration in everything from dresses in shops to a bowl of plants in a restaurant. If it catches her eye, she will find a way to use it.

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Photo from Harmony and Home

Kasler wants her clients to have “one thing in each room that’s special to you.” She goes on to say that your house should be “more than decoration — you should enjoy living in it.” This mantra can be seen throughout the book in photos of her own home and the homes of clients all over the United States.

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Photo from Material Girls

One thing Suzanne specializes in is taking big, formal rooms and transforming them from cold and foreboding  to rich and inviting. She emphasizes using neutral colors on walls and accenting the room with rich patterns, colors and textures. Kasler is also known for taking cues from the architecture of the house and being involved in a client’s house before the foundation is even laid. She believes that if the architecture is done right, the house will lend itself to easy and beautiful interior design.  

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Photo from Cherish Toronto

My favorite part of the book was how Suzanne showed the best ways to decorate a city house, country house and beach house without having it look themed or kitschy. If you are a fan of well-planned design and meticulously chosen pieces, check out Suzanne Kasler: Inspired Interiors.

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Photo from All the Best

3 Responses

  1. Laurie Blaswich says:

    Stunning, Stunning, Stunning . . I love the thought provoking photography. . . I just found you and I'm glad I did. I am new to blogging it's so much fun! Please stop and visit sometime, Thank you

  2. Jeanneb says:

    Hmmm, having mixed reactions to her design style. She claims she doesn't want it to seem staged, but livable; yet I find these pictures of her rooms to look staged. Especially the one with the dining room table covered with books (quite neatly, I might add). The rooms are beautiful and elegant with stunning furniture, but I can't see a family living in these rooms.

  3. thebubbreport says:

    I absolutely loved this book. There was a fabulous photograph of Suzanne's family in the AJC awhile back. They were welcoming her father home, who was a POW. It's worth an internet search – very inspiring!

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