Bright Star

Interior designer Suzanne Kasler’s light-filled atelier meets the modern-day organizational needs of any busy firm but with the softness and comfort for which her residential design projects are known

Natural light has long been at the heart of Suzanne Kasler’s work. And inside her top-floor aerie at The Galleries of Peachtree Hills—where she is surrounded by a consortium of luxurious arts, antiques and home furnishings shops and just steps away from the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center—that’s no exception. Sunshine reverberates from the moment of arrival, when clients and visitors are greeted by the soft shimmer cast by Venetian plaster walls. Smartly laid out and executed (she spent years doing commercial design work), Kasler’s personal work space anchors the main office area and—much like the hub and spokes of a wheel—is surrounded by those of other members of the design team, who work at built-in counters that line the perimeter of the room. Though most everyone works in that main room, Kasler designed the space so that each person has a sense of privacy. “We’re all able to work in tandem, but without being distracted,” she says.

On a similar note, Kasler eschewed the idea of a formal conference room, opting instead for a large table in the open-air space. “I like the concept of our clients being a part of the whole design process,” she says. “And when our clients come to visit, they end up getting to know all the design staff—and they love that. We do, too.”

In addition to residential and commercial projects, it’s here that Kasler and her team work on new product development, including an extensive line of furniture with Hickory Chair, elegant lighting with Visual Comfort and stylish rugs by Safavieh. This fall, Kasler will introduce accessories, rugs and wall art for Ballard Designs and, in Spring 2011, her fabric collection with Lee Jofa will debut. Undoubtedly, each piece will feature Kasler’s light touch.

Suzanne Kasler, ASID, Suzanne Kasler Interiors, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., Suite 21B, Atlanta 30305. (404) 355-1035;