Design School- Classic Elegance

I can't believe it's Friday already.  Where has this week gone? Tomorrow, I will be leaving for Miami so today will be particularly hectic as I try to tie up loose ends as well as pack.  Oh what to wear? I need a Miami Wardrobe Capsule!  I may need to pay a visit to Miss Amy over at The Joggling Board to get some fashion advice.   I am really excited to get fresh inspiration at the Design Center and soak up the sights of the city.  I am also super excited because I will be meeting my daughters, Hilary and Emmy there.  Charlotte can't get away from school so we will miss her.   I will take you with me and show you what I am seeing via my posts next week. But because today is Friday, design school is in session.  Our special featured guest is designer Suzanne Kasler. 

I love Suzanne's rooms because there is a classic elegance about them without being predictable or stuffy.  They are just beautiful and when you walk into one of them, you sigh. Let me show you what I mean.  Let's visit Suzanne in her own home in Atlanta today.

Architectural Digest

Architectural Digest

Designed from the ground up, this house could not be any more classically elegant.  Beautiful proportions are what make this house so elegant. 

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

Immediately upon entering, several things strike me.  First, the interesting light fixture along with the square table and  bench are more modern than one would expect to see in such a traditional space. Second the quiet palette and the beautifully detailed crown molding hold my gaze. Third, the black baseboard is a bold choice and gives the room a solid anchor. I love the way she has arranged the objects on the table. The swoop of the staircase model and the casual floral arrangement soften the hard edges of the table. 

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

Isn't this family room gorgeous?  Of course you know how partial I am to white linen sofas, but beyond that, I love the chandelier, the geometric ceiling and the huge open cabinet displaying her collection of white vases. 

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

Another corner of the room features a collection of antique globes and an artful arrangement of drawings and prints.  Collections have more impact when massed together rather than sprinkled about the room.

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

The creamy white kitchen is lovely and her amethyst linen slipcovered counter stools are a sophisticated choice.

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

Love those huge pendant lights along with the steel french doors open to the patio!

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

Speaking of patios... oh my!  How gorgeous is this?

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

This is the sitting room adjacent to the master bedroom. What a cozy room to watch a little tv at the end of the day or to do a little work while still in your pjs.  I always like flanking a sofa with cabinetry in a library or sitting room. 

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

The paneled walls and the gorgeous window are what capture my attention upon entering the master bedroom.  I love the x detailing which is a favorite motif of Suzanne's.

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

This is perfection to me.  That round window flanked by stunning sconces in a pure white bath accented with gold.  So elegant!

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

This is one of the prettiest guest bedrooms I have ever seen. I love the Brunschwig et Fils fabric that is used everywhere here.  The sweet benches with x backs and the bits of brass at the feet are such an nice touch.  I admire  the restraint here- nothing superflous.  Maybe I should rethink the multitude of pillows on my bed????  

That concludes today's tour and design class.  Have a great weekend and see you in Miami on Monday!