Did you get your Ballard Designs March 2010 catalog in the mail yet? A big part of it is dedicated to the rooms Suzanne Kasler did for them, using their merchandise.
Just a year ago I didn't know who Suzanne Kasler was. I never paid much attention to the names of the designers of rooms when I flipped through the eye candy of a magazine. I never read the copy or the captions. I just liked the pictures.
My former employer Julie Neill was gushing all over the place one day because she was going to get to meet Suzanne Kasler (who?) at a shop in Baton Rouge for a meet and greet, and then get to take SUZANNE KASLER to the airport!!!! Julie hoped having Suzanne Kasler captive in her car would be the CHANCE OF A LIFETIME to get Suzanne to use Julie's lighting fixtures.
My job was to get an extra special fancy expensive binder, and fill it with the best color photo copies of the fixtures, so Julie could slip it to Suzanne on the way to the airport.
Finally I had to ask: Who is Suzanne Kasler? And I was told, why she's the hottest designer in Atlanta and all the girls want her to decorate their houses. I went home and Googled her, and of course thought her work was very nice indeed.
I don't know if Julie ever sold a chandelier to Suzanne Kasler, but at least I wasn't a know- nothing anymore about this Hotlanta designer.
Blogging has become an education unto itself. In two years I have learned the names and the signature looks of many designers. And I have learned alot about Suzanne Kasler.
All of the images here are of the work Suzanne Kasler did for the latest Ballard Designs catalog, using Ballard merchandise. When you think of the high end quality and cost of Suzanne's interior design projects, the Ballard rooms are a real deal.
There are also excerpts of an interview with Suzanne, a how-to guide of sorts that is filled with great advice and tips HERE
If you had to choose one piece to get a little bit of the Kasler look in your home, I would choose the Quatrefoil Mirror. The quatrefoil is one of Suzanne's signature design motifs. This mirror sells for $269., and is a generous 36" sqaure and comes in two finishes Flemish Oak (shown), and a darker English Oak. Go HERE to see more details and order.
I loved getting my Ballard Designs catalog in the mail today!
PS I wonder if Ballard Designs Creative Director, Jill Sharp Brinson did alot of the styling for the March issue of the Ballard catalog, and if she had a huge hand in choosing the merchandise. I've asked her to be a guest blogger and tell us about her process for choosing merchandise, and styling the catalog.
Maybe it will be something like this behind the scene slide show HERE