Thursday, October 10, 2013

Suzanne Kasler Timeless Style

Earlier this year, when I was picking up some fabric samples from Suzanne Kasler’s office, there was a big meeting going on.  Suzanne and her book team were working on the layout for her brand new book, Timeless Style.  Suzanne’s first book, Inspired Interiors, is one of my all time favorite décor books, and I have been looking forward to her new book for a long time. 

There have been a few tantalizing peeks over the past few months. Veranda had an online feature with a few of Suzanne’s favorite spaces that were featured in the book.  The room seen above is from a house in Columbus, Georgia that is simply exquisite.

Here is another image from the Veranda sneak peek, a lovely breakfast room that is filled with light and decorated in a comfortable but elegant manner.

The little sneak peeks further increased my anticipation of the new book, and finally on Tuesday of this week, the book Timeless Style was released. I have already read it cover to cover, and it is wonderful.

In the new book, Suzanne takes us through eight houses, each of which has unique character and style. Each project inspired Suzanne in different ways, reflecting the lifestyles and tastes of her clients and the environments in which the houses function. The titles of the chapters are ‘At Home’ (Suzanne’s own home); Glamour (a beautiful renovation in Columbus, Georgia – this was my favorite); Authentic (a stunning Lutyens inspired house in Atlanta); Chic (a French style house in Greenwich decorated with bursts of intense color); Classic (another Greenwich house, decorated with soft colors and elegant but livable style); Natural (a comfortable and sophisticated beach house near Charleston); Relaxed (the farmhouse-style home for the owners of Blackberry Farm, as well as some of the Blackberry Farm spaces that Suzanne decorated); and Organic (a residential compound in Africa). 

Some of the projects have never been published, and some have been published. However, 30-50 pages are devoted to each house, so many rooms and details are revealed that have never been seen before, with in depth perspectives on the process that went into the design, why certain items and colors were selected, and how the specific space relates to the whole. Each house is introduced in context, and every image includes details of the design and thought process that went behind it. When reading the book, I felt as if I was getting a personal tour of each house by Suzanne herself. I was also struck with the wide range of styles featured in the houses, which emphasizes how Suzanne truly makes the spaces so personal to each client and so reflective of their specific style and taste.

Here are a few images from the book, used with permission from the publisher.

I particularly enjoyed seeing and reading about the details from Suzanne's own house - there is something about the personal spaces of a designer that reveal so much about their inspirations. In this vignette from Suzanne’s living room, she placed the antique Italian chair in this space before the door as a focal point at the end of the visual axis. This is the first thing that is seen when entering her living room.

This is one of my favorite views of her kitchen – she notes that the soft feel of the hand painted French credenza is a nice balance to the cool white of the marble and the bright white of the tile used in the kitchen. The painting is by Steven Seinberg, one of her favorite artists.

The entry in Suzanne’s new house. She reveals that the inspiration for the color of the fabric on the bench and the pillows was inspired by mercurial sheen of the mirror, pulling together the three into an integrated composition.

The living area from the beach house near Charleston has a casual elegance. The colors selected reflect the colors of the house’s surroundings – sand, sea, sun-bleached driftwood, with a touch of orange to reflect the sunset that is often seen from the house.

Suzanne Kasler’s new book Timeless Style is available now. It was written with Christine Pittel, a senior editor at Hearst; Pittel is one of my favorite magazine writers and you may recognize her name from the kitchen of the month feature in House Beautiful each month.  Timeless Style can be found on Amazon here.

Have you received your copy of Timeless Style yet? What do you think?

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  1. She is one of my very favorite designers. I absolutely adored her first book. I refer to it so often it is a bit dog eared. I can't wait to get my copy! Thanks for the delicious sneak peak!!

  2. I have a new appreciation for Suzanne's talent! Thank you for opening up the door ...

  3. Received my copy this week...it's gorgeous, and wonderfully done. Large beautiful photographs of the stunning interiors, with Suzanne noting many of her sources including artists, which I always love to research. May like this one even more than her first, which I think is rare with design books. Was hoping to get a glimpse of your interiors Holly :)
    Margaret K.

  4. Hi. Thanks for your post. I can't wait to get a copy of Suzanne's new book. I have been eyeing it for months awaiting its release.

    Two other books I am interested in are the new Stephen Sills (later this month), and a new one by Bobby McAlpine and Susan Sully!

    Thank you for your blog. I love it!

  5. Congratulations Suzanne. Have I missed an Atlanta book-signing?

  6. Thank you for the look inside Suzanne's new book. I've been dying to get my hands on a copy. I have not received mine even though I pre-ordered it in April. It is scheduled to arrive tomorrow. I was hoping your home would be featured in the book. I guess we will have to wait until book 3.

  7. Looks beautiful! Recently received and can't wait to read!

  8. Hello!

    I just want to let you know how much I love your blog!

    I'm in the midst of staging/cleaning my home for a realtor open house next week (we're moving to Portland to be near our daughter and her family) so I'm exceptionally frazzled and tired. I stopped to look at emails and was so excited to see your new notes about decorating and photos of Suzanne Kasler's beautiful home. I deleted just about every other email today, but reading your email was my reward for working so hard on the house! Just thought that you should know that people appreciate your efforts. Thank you for providing so much pleasure!

  9. I am looking forward to getting my copy...it looks like a fab book!...xv


  10. Suzanne is certainly one of my favorite designers, so it is no surprise that her book is fabulous.
    Thank you for sharing, Holly.

  11. Love her and her timeless style. I'm anxious to get this book in the shop. This was such a great post! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Just love her style and am excited to add this book to my ever growing collection. Her attention to detail in every room is amazing!!

  13. My all time favorite. I adore her work and her warmth in person!

  14. That entry sofa!!!! LUV!!! franki


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