Friday, February 29, 2008

Search for a chair

One of my readers e-mailed me about a picture in my recent post, and asked if I had a source for the citrus colored chairs with pink trim that appeared in the photo of the Kasler designed room. Unfortunately, I do not have the original magazine anymore, because I have been going through my stack of magazines, cutting out the things I like, and filing the pages...then throwing out the original magazine with the source section!!!! Since the chair was not why I kept this picture (I love the art and the fabric of the window treatments), I did not note where the chair came from. So, I am going to make a guess of who makes these chairs and invite my readers to comment with their own guess.

I know that Kasler shops at Bradley Hughes, which is a custom furniture store located on Atlanta's Miami Circle. Bradley Hughes is known for their iron and concrete designs, and they also have a unique and fabulous line of upholstery. There are two interesting chairs in his line that reflect the feel of what my reader is looking for:

Neither of these is 'the' chair, but they both have elements of the chair Kasler used.

Sarah Richardson Designs has two beautiful chairs that might fit the bill:

Baker's Milling Road collection has a club chair with a similar look and feel, but this is not the same as the chair in the Kasler room.

The Baker Regency chair has a similar look and feel, but the proportions are different.

Councill makes some great upholstered pieces, including this one:

Stanford Furniture makes a couple of chairs that have similar elements to the one Kasler used. Stanford is sold at a store that is in the same complex as Kasler's studio, and they make some of the most comfortable upholstery I have ever sat on. I have two Stanford club chairs, and they are by far the most comfortable chairs I own.

Henredon's offering:

Kasler was recently featured in an article about chaise lounges, and many of her picks were at Jerry Pair. Jerry Pair carries Madeline Stewart furnishings, including the Hudson chair pictured below. It is not the same chair, but has the unique curved back of the citrus colored chair.

The Linden Court Lounge from the Cameron Collection, through Jerry Pair, has some of the characteristics of the chair we are looking for, but clearly has a different scale and a more curvaceous design.

This one by Lee Industries looks similar. The arm part is different, but the look and feel are there.

Although none of these are the exact chair that Kasler used (and she could have had it custom designed), many of them have similar design elements. Do any of you recognize the chair in the original Kasler living room? Is there one that you like over the others?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Something that never fails to inspire me is the random pattern that Farrow & Ball calls 'Vermicelli'. It is based on an 18th century textile, and the name translates literally to 'little worm'. Here in Atlanta, we are fortunate that one of the Benjamin Moore dealers now carries Farrow & Ball's full line of paint and wallpapers. I have a few samples of F&B Vermicelli, but this week I was able to look at the entire wallpaper book and I was amazed at the number of colorways of this beautiful pattern - 61 in total. Here are a few of my favorites (seeing them framed up like this gives me an idea...a series of framed vermicelli samples would look great!).

A few weeks ago, I saw a pillow in a store with fabric that looked identical to F&B's vermicelli. Does anyone know who makes this? I would love a pillow or two in this fabric. I think the pattern is truly transitional - somewhere between contemporary and traditional.

This picture above caught my eye when I was cleaning out my files. The windows have a lovely Jim Thompson silk ("Escape") in a very vermicelli like pattern, and the artwork on the walls (from Ty Stokes Gallery) repeats the random pattern beautifully. The room is by Suzanne Kasler, in a lake house she designed. The house had a decidely retro feel to it.

Atlanta's Carolyn Carr also paints with the soft, chaotic lines that I gravitate to (above).

One of my all time favorites, Rana Rochat (above), also has those random curving shapes.

I discovered Elliott Puckette through the blog world (I actually posted one of her works on my blog, and a reader identified it), and her style has the graceful, sinous lines that I love.

Finally, although I have already discussed my love for Barbara Barry and her lovely calligraphy themed art in many a post, there is certainly a reason for my fascination with this style.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Another perspective

A few weeks ago, I did a post on a home that came on the market recently, whose interiors have been much admired by the bloggers.

Interiors by Suzanne Kasler

The unstyled photo from the real estate listing

This week, a fresh round of pictures appeared on the listing. I subscribe to a listing e-mail that only shows changes made to listings, and the Kasler designed home has a lot of new photos. I think this photo of the dining room is much more attractive than the old one on the listing. It is as if the realtor were trying to emulate Kasler's picture on his previous effort, and created his own perspective in this new photo. Those carved back chairs look lovely in front of the window.

Here are some other new shots that appeared in the listing.

Master bedroom, real estate listing. The loveseat and the end of the bed surprised me. This does not look like something Kasler would do, as it is out of scale and the print is quite bold!

Master Bedroom sitting area, Kasler's site

Master bedroom, Kasler's site

I was right. Here is the master bedroom from the Kasler listing. The trestle table, although maybe not as practical, looks so much better at the end of the bed. Notice the different chairs in the sitting area, and different pillows on the bed and sofa.

Kitchen/family room. Although the interior design for much of the house was done by Kasler, this room is not on her website so I can't say whether it was designed by her. However, if you have Kasler doing the bedrooms, I think it is safe to guess that she also had a hand in the family room!

I don't quite get the two pictures above, from the real estate listing. Are they two different rooms, or two perspectives of the same room? The wood panelling is the same, as are the window treatments. But, I don't see any of the same furniture repeated.

The media room. How glamourous to have two chandeliers in here (or is it one with a reflection)?

I have been short on time lately, playing a lot of catch up after being sick for the past three weeks (much better now!), so I will be back to my usual design and architectural posts next week.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Spotlight on Art

Christy Kinard, courtesy Spotlight on Art website

One of my favorite art markets in Atlanta starts this Tuesday night, February 19th, and goes on through the rest of the week. It is called the Spotlight on Art Market, and it is a great place to see and buy amazing art at really good prices. Many of the artists are emerging, many are established. There is a huge variety at the market - lots of contemporary art (my favorite), impressionist art, folk art. Another bonus is that the market is for a good cause - it organized and run by Trinity School, and takes place on their campus in Buckhead.

Signe Grushovenko, courtesy Spotlight on Art website

I love this art market because it is indoors, the art is very well displayed, there is a huge variety, and the prices tend to be quite reasonable (certainly more reasonable that galleries). There is also a lot of free parking (I hate it when it is hard to park somewhere). The market opens this Tuesday night with a great opening night party. It goes on all week and ends on Saturday. For hours and more information, check out the website: Spotlight on Art Market 2008

Gina Cochran, courtesy Spotlight on Art website

Melanie Morris, courtesy Spotlight on Art website

Friday, February 15, 2008

Design Inc

A couple of weeks of illness in combination with one of my busiest months means lots of time parked on the sofa in the evening watching TV (and not much energy for blogging!). There has been one very positive thing that has come out of my down time in the evening....the discovery of a great new show called Design Inc, which I read about on Design Smack. Design Inc. features the team from design firm Sarah Richardson Interiors. Each episode follows every step of a design project from the initial client meeting to the finished product, and everything in between. It is truly fascinating for someone like me who loves interior design, but is not a designer.

Image courtesy of Design Inc.

Image courtesy of Design Inc.

Image courtesy of Design Inc.

Image courtesy of Design Inc.

Image courtesy of Design Inc.

Image courtesy of Design Inc.

Image courtesy of Design Inc.

Image courtesy of Design Inc.

Image courtesy of Design Inc.

Image courtesy of Design Inc.

Image courtesy of Design Inc.

Image courtesy of Design Inc.

Sarah Richardson describes her style as "modern in approach and classic in inspiration". The results are impeccable - calm, clean and unfussy, yet luxurious and beautifully crafted. Her style appeals to the side of me that loves transitional style, and although Richardson tailors all of the projects to her clients' personal style and taste, I love everything that I have seen of her team's work so far. It is fascinating to see the inside details of an interior design job, both the good and the bad.

Design Inc. is shown on HGTV Canada, and the Fine Living channel in the US (I did not even know I had this channel, but fortunately TiVo knew!).


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