Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Textbook Tuesday | Suzanne Kasler's Timeless Style

Suzanne's signature style of hanging artworks in a tight grid grouping magnifies their graphic impact

There's a reason most design books come in such a large size format, often 10 x 12" or more; it's all about the imagery and there are so many details to take in that simply cannot be appreciated in the same way when we view small-format photos on our computer screens and phones. The best design books are big - and Suzanne Kasler's stunningly large 304-page book entitled Timeless Style, is at the top of my personal list - it's an essential addition to any library of interior design.

There are too many things to love about this book, I can't possible list them all. One of my favorite features is that it's divided by project, so that each chapter takes you on a complete tour of the space, and is appropriately titled to convey the feeling of that particular home. Suzanne takes us through 8 houses, and starts us off  'At Home,' in her own elegant Regency-style house in Atlanta.

Sitting pretty on my own coffee table

Suzanne's own foyer displays an original 1940's French lantern that helped her to design her own
version for Visual Comfort

Suzanne's signature palettes are soft and muted - the blues, greys, and pale beiges. I love that she describes them as conveying more of a feeling than an actual color - and subtle enough that you never tire of them! She is truly all about selecting the classic, not the trendy.

Throughout the book, Suzanne takes the reader through her entire design process. She explains how to create a home that's sophisticated, yet comfortable for her clients - often families with four or five small children. She describes selection of color, wallpaper, and how that special piece of furniture can entirely make the room.

She even goes as far as to explain placement of furniture in detail, "[w]hy is that little sofa in a corner? Because I like to create different places to sit in a room. You feel the space in a whole different way when you're looking at it from this intimate nook."

In referring to her love of antiques, Suzanne explains, "[i]f a piece is chipped, crusty, and crumbling, lead me to it! Age has its advantages when it comes to furniture. There's a kind of patina attained by an object after years of use that can't be duplicated. It has a rough magic that conjures up another place, another time." The Russian benches pictured below are described as having "the crusty look that I love." And the collection of intaglios framed and hung in a grid really provide impact with repetition, functioning almost as an architectural element in a hallway. I hope to replicate something like this in my own hallway one day!

Timeless Style, really leaves you feeling as though you've had a personal tour of eight fantastically designed homes by Suzanne Kasler herself. I know this will be a book I continue to refer to for tips, tricks, and styling inspiration. She truly offers a wealth of creative design ideas that are original, and can be implemented no matter the size of your home or the size of your pocket-book. If your looking to add another treasure to your personal design library this one should be next on your list!

To see more of my favorite features from Suzanne's design work, hop here to my Dissecting the Details post on La Dolce Vita blog.


Anonymous said...

I bought this book a while ago and have learned a ton from it. She's one of my favourites.

Leslie Sinclair said...

This is a beautiful book!! I love all of her work! such an inspiration!!!

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