Monday’s Masterpiece – Traditional with a twist

Suzanne Kasler is an Atlanta-based interiors and furniture designer whose aesthetic I happen to have fallen head over heels for. I’m not usually at all attracted to traditional décor but the way Suzanne fuses elements like elaborate chandies, vintage pieces of furniture and lashings of antiques with muted colour palettes, lots of metallics and the odd pop of contemporary prints seriously rocks my socks. 

I was first introduced to her work by a feature on the incredible boutique hotel Blackberry Farm in Traditional Home, so let’s start there!  The interiors manage to be traditional and cosy yet fresh and light, with each room having its own distinctive style, and the details like the monogrammed bed linen and geometric rugs are the icing on the cupcake. 

And the exterior styling is equally astounding – mug of coffee in a neon blue rocking chair surveying gorgeous misty treetops?  Wouldn’t turn my nose up!

But I digress…back to Suze.  Here’s a Normandy-style home she created in her signature aesthetic – lots of antiques and vintage-style furnishings combined with a soft pastel palette and a high level of attention to comfort.

I’m LOVING the contrast of the vintage armchairs, mirror and chest of drawers with the more contemporary iron coffee table and large scale artwork.  The Ushak rug grounds the scheme and brings everything together perfectly. What a fab place to curl up with a nice glass of vino!

And the collection of antique sunburst mirrors at the other end of the room provide the perfect balance to the contemporary artwork.

This vintage Gustavian settee is perfect for the hallway and the library is turned into a cosy space by facing the four lounge chairs towards each other.

Antique Louis XV dining chairs around a French farmhouse-style kitchen table adds another layer to this otherwise all neutral kitchen, along with the interesting chandy – an interesting alternative to the ubiquitous kitchen island layout.

And the pairing of vintage Swedish leather-upholstered armchairs with a trio of contemporary dining chairs gives the dining room some oomph – love those wall mounted lanterns either side of the fireplace also!

I have to say I’m not massively enamoured with this bedroom though… 

I like the faux bamboo bed (from Michael S. Smith) paired with the sisal flooring, but I would have chosen a different curtain/upholstery fabric I reckon, maybe Sherazade by Rubelli Venezia paired with oaky or soft blush walls (Café Latte from C2, Bride to Be from Benjamin Moore):


Here are my picks of her portfolio (sorry about the enormous images – they had to be really huge or really diddy…):

I literally want to lick this wallpaper it’s so incredible.

Paul Montgomery has a similar style of wallcovering:


The linen upholstery on these dining chairs is a fantastic contrast with the fun pink walls!

And my picks of her multiple product lines…  Firstly, her collection for Hickory Chair:

For Ballard Designs:

Lee Jofa – I am totally in love with this suzani fabric…

Soicher Marin – seriously hankering after this old school map of the Caribbean.

Visual Comfort:

Alrighty, I’m off to daydream about that chinoiserie wallpaper……….


  1. annie says:

    Hi Elly

    Love the sunburst mirrors and love the Paul Montgomery rooms – all that pink and green is fab. Do you know de Gournay? If not check out their chinoiserie panels

    PS chinoiserie is one of those words that trips off your tongue!


    • Elly Hails says:

      Hey Annie – thanks for the link. I had heard of de Gournay but have never actually looked into the ranges they carry, I think I shall do that right now!
      I know, I’m getting a little obsessed with all things chinoiserie – looking forward to doing that section of the History of Styles notebook!
      Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine back home!

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