Sweet Sanctuary

On the eve of the release of her much lauded new book, Timeless Style, designer Suzanne Kasler invites us inside her most private domain.

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.”