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Friday, March 5, 2010

The House Beautiful/Suzanne Kasler interview on Ballard Designs

When Suzanne and I had a meeting one morning last fall, she had a strict schedule that day as she was heading over to a photo shoot of a house that she had styled entirely in products from Ballard Designs.


Check out the magnificent results (one of the rooms is pictured above), which are now on the Ballard Design website. House Beautiful interviewed Suzanne about the project, and the article includes dozens of great design tips and ways that everyone can bring beautiful design into their own homes. Suzanne's own collection for Ballard debuts in late July, and I can't wait to see it!

Click here for a link to the Ballard Designs/House Beautiful interview. Enjoy!

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36 comments:

  1. Holly, this is one of those photos that makes me want to see the rest of the room, as you wrote about in a previous post. I will head over there and see if I can! Have a fab weekend!

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  2. Hooray for Suzanne teaming up with Ballard! She's been a long time favorite and I'm so pleased for this more expanded, not to mention accessible line!

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  3. Thanks for the link. I look forward to reading her interview.

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  4. I loved reading her tips about how every room show have a 'wow' piece - lighting or a focal point. I also liked reading about her emphasis on layering - this is something I need desperate help with - I am hopeless at layering. There are so many great tips in this article, from recommendations on color schemes to scale.

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  5. I have always admired Suzanne Kasler's interiors. Thanks for the link!

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  6. This is inspiring. It shows us that good design has its roots in great proportion and scale, and a skillful ability to 'layer' and the whole mix. Good design is not only for the rich and famous.

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  7. So great, will check out her FB page next! My latest obsession are those garden armillary spheres. Hopefully, Ballard carries them.

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  8. I got my catalog yesterday and am still drooling over those photos. I love Suzanne's work!

    Judy

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  9. This is interesting, and very smart of Ballard! Take a well known designer, and have her work magic with Ballard products. Part of the look is the product - and Ballard has some great affordable products. But a lot of the success is in the talent and eye putting it all together, and let's face it, not many people can hire Suzanne Kasler to decorate their house. It is smart and effective for Ballard to show a whole room, a whole house. I can see people calling them up and ordering every single thing in these pictures - are they going to be in the catalog?

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  10. I have been waiting for this day to arrive. I made many attempts yesterday to get onto the Ballard Design website to read the article but there was a high volume of traffic and I couldn't access it. And I can understand why. Who would want to miss this?!

    Now I anxiously await my catalog to arrive in the mail.

    How ingenious of Ballard to hire Ms. Kasler.

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  11. Susan's work is always beautiful, but to team up with Ballard and show consumers that they can achieve a custom designed look at a lower end price, is just brilliant. Off to check out more! Thank you!

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  12. Lovely room!
    And those really are fabulous bookcases. I use them for clients and they never disappoint.

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  13. Thank you so much for the tip! The interview with Suzanne is so nice and the pictures are woouuww! I so love her style (who don't?)! She is one of my favorite designers!
    xx
    Greet

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  14. Receiving your post announcement email every week is as exciting as opening a present!! Love it :)
    I agree totally with JeanetteS very clever move of Ballard to hire Suzanne Kasler! Adore her work.

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  15. Ballard Designs is brilliant to do this. When I look at these pictures, I think, "I can do this!" I think I will!

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  16. Ms. Kasler is extraordinarily good at explaining what she does. She gives folks like me hope that we can live in great rooms with things we like without rocket science designers. Ms. Kalser is a rocket scientist who makes it seem easy.

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  17. Terry, you hit the nail on the head.

    When I am in meetings with Suzanne, I am truly in awe at her talent. When she did the furniture plan for my house, it seemed so effortless - as it was so intuitive to her. She just knew what to do, what pieces to put in certain spaces. Some of it comes from experience, some comes from innate skill, and some just comes purely from intuition. It's hard to explain, but you know it when you see it.

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  18. I just got my new catalog yesterday and read it cover to cover. Suzanne's style is so effortless that she makes you feel like it's attainable for anyone. As a designer, I can show this to a client as an example of a look and know that they will get the concept. Loved it and lucky you for getting to spend time with her!

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  19. They must be thrilled with the immediate reaction and success they are having by connecting with such an amazing gifted talented classy woman. I got my email from Ballard yesterday and literally squealed when I saw her name and the 1st picture. I couldn't wait to go over to the site to check out all the photos, apparently I wasn't the only one.....too many on at once blocked access at 1st. Just fantastic. Love it!xo

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  20. Can't wait to read it! Thanks for the tip!!!

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  21. Loved reading the interview... great advice!

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  22. Great interview. I agree that she's excellent at communicating a vision.

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  23. Love that you did this post, Holly. I just got the catalog yesterday and thought of you - glad you passed the word on to your readers!

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  24. Thank you for the lovely visit and your comments about my blog aniversary post.....I am so happy you enjoyed it. I am having a wonderful time exploring your blog and it brings back my designer days. It is a pleasure to meet you and I hope we will visit again ~ have the best weekend.

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  25. I love Ballard. Thanks for the sharing. I am off to Facebook now:)

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  26. I just opened up the Ballard catalog and thought "Seriously... she can do it ALL!!" The woman is unstoppable! These rooms are so beautiful and carefully edited. You're lucky to be able to work alongside such a talented designer.
    xoRH

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  27. I was just looking at the catalog before I went online -- I think this is such a great marketing tool for Ballard, using such high-profile designers, kind of like what 1st Dibs does with its designer interviews/ I love how they pick out their favorite finds from the sight, it gives great insight into their style.

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  28. After reading all of these comments, I realize that I did not receive my Ballard Designs catalog this week!

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  29. Going to check it out now. Thanks so much for posting about it!

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  30. I have been dying to get the scoop on how it's going with your new house. . . Suzanne is such a talent you are lucky to have her!

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  31. Holly,

    Thanks for stopping by RHS. I hope you are having a great Spring Break. I just have visions of your beautiful hair blowing in the breeze, laptop in lap, relaxing! I'm catching up on so much blog reading it's not even funny! I've been swamped and miss all of you.

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  32. so beautiful, makes me want to redo my entire house!

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