If there’s one thing Suzanne Kasler does more beautifully than create inspiring, comfortable spaces, it’s supporting the generation of like-minded talent currently coming of age. After joining the Savannah College of Art & Design’s advisory council in 2012—following years of involvement with its interior design program—the designer embraced the opportunity to host May’s SCAD Seen Gala 2013 patron party, where she entertained approximately 80 of the university’s most valued supporters at the Regency-style Buckhead estate she shares with husband John Morris.
“As a person in the creative world, I know how design can make a difference,” she says. “I’ve seen what [president] Paula Wallace has done—all over the world. The students and staff members of SCAD show such energy and enthusiasm…how they’re thinking outside the box.” Kasler applauds the school’s excellent instruction of “design thinking,” a skill she utilized with aplomb when planning this fête.
The key to party-planning success, she says, is preparing the day before, leaving the date of the event to weather unexpected snags. This laissez-faire attitude allows the hostess to relax and have fun, which is a graciousness her guests will in turn notice and appreciate. At the patron party, guests moved freely between indoors and out, which encouraged conviviality and conversation, strengthening friendships and fostering new connections, both personal and professional. The evening’s cuisine, prepared by Dennis Dean Catering and served buffet-style from the formal dining room, was enjoyed beneath a lush canopy of European-clipped sycamore trees in Kasler’s backyard, where French cafe chairs and a linen-draped communal table anchored the intimate architecture of the pea gravel courtyard.
“I love the juxtaposition of relaxed and formal. I do it in my work, and I love it when entertaining,” she says. “It’s those wonderful details, in entertaining as much as design, where the fun is in mixing high and low.”
Patron Party for SCAD “Seen” Gala
May 2, 2013
Kasler’s Regency-style estate
Hal Ainsworth & Winton Noah
Wendy & Neal Aronson
Cinda & Mark Boomershine
Ginny & Charles Brewer
John Lineweaver & John Oetgen
Nathan Lycan & Jason Moattar
Ric Parrish & Matthew Quinn