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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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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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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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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