An unconventional but winsome composition in Suzanne Kasler’s master bedroom includes a vintage Georges Braque poster (an Avignon flea market find) and a pair of reverse-painted glass pieces from the Murano glass factory in Venice
Known for her masterful eye for editing, Kasler created an artful combination of pieces by Thomas Pheasant, Bunny Williams, Rose Tarlow and Nancy Corzine to formulate one cohesive statement in the master sitting room.
The mirrored diamond element bracketing the window in the master bedroom is one of the space’s most striking features. Kasler created it with the help of residential designer William T. Baker, who removed all of the molding for a streamlined effect. An upholstered bergere chair from a Paris flea market punctuates the scene.
Antique Russian benches are upholstered in a sumptuous Fortuny fabric; the pair’s serpentine wooden legs and stretchers, and scalloped cushions inspired the designer’s Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair Anastasia bench. The original versions hold court in the master bedroom beneath a series of framed intaglios.
Kasler’s Asheworth campaign desk for Hickory Chair was lacquered white, topped with glass and adorned with nickel hardware to create the perfect dressing table.
Even Kasler’s favorite statement jewels reveal an interesting mix of color, texture and material.
The architect’s cabinet in the hallway, previously black in another residence, once stowed artwork but now houses the designer’s costume jewelry collections. A custom mirror by Antonio Crespo adds a little glitz to the arrangement.
Glamour is key in Kasler’s private dressing room, outfitted with mirrored panels and an Alexandra quatrefoil chair of her own design.
A wall in her closet displays framed fashion show invitations. “I often tell people that pieces not seemingly valuable as artwork are often the most special. They can be treasured menus or invitations with beautiful memories. I like having this whole collection. It reminds me of when I was at the couture shows in Paris.”
In the pristine master bath, a Waterworks tub floats amid square tiles of Thassos marble and pure white walls.
Though she moved into the Regency-style home she shares with husband John Morris more than five years ago, the master suite was the last space designer Suzanne Kasler completed in their Buckhead abode. Perhaps that’s because creating a sanctuary that not only strikes a balance between relaxation and rejuvenation but also one that’s intensely personal is no easy feat.
But these days, an escape for Kasler, one of today’s most in-demand designers, is more essential than ever. The designer’s new tome, Timeless Style (Rizzoli, $55), arrives in stores this month, and devotes 10 full pages to the sanctuary where she retreats to read and recharge.
Kasler tailored the space to a T with the help of residential designer William T. Baker, creating a cocoon-like, ethereal effect with plaster-inspired walls in a flat, floral white finish. A sugary white Stark rug and glimmering accents complete the look. After searching at length for the perfect periwinkle taffeta silk, Kasler fashioned the fabric into tailored window treatments and upholstered the walls. A sumptuous Fortuny fabric ties it all together, gracing an elongated bed pillow, a Nancy Corzine Richelieu bench and a pair of antique Russian stools, which hold court beneath a set of framed intaglios.
Both high-glamour and highly personal, even Kasler’s most private spaces embrace a sense of stateliness. In the closet, a quatrefoil chair named for her daughter, a wire mannequin festooned with festive baubles and a collage of framed invitations resonate with memories. “Bedrooms are very personal,” Kasler says. “They’re where we begin our days in the morning and end them each evening. I always want the bedroom to be a place of elegance and escape.”