As I was walking around Cobblestone and Vine looking for the next book to feature, I found an oldie-but-goodie! In 2011, two years after being published, Suzanne Kasler did a book signing at Cobblestone’s Heights location for her debut book Inspired Interiors. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend, but I did receive an autographed copy as a gift! Entranced by the furniture sketches on the inside front cover, I flip the page to see this sweet, simple note.
Inspired Interiors is full of beautifully designed rooms while giving you a peek of Kasler’s design process. I could fill this blog post with just as many inspiring design quotes as inspiring photographs.
“Don’t let anything into your rooms unless it has meaning for you. Then your home will always give you great pleasure.” — Suzanne Kasler
“When you paint a room all white, you lose any sense of boundaries. Suddenly the space seems infinitely big.”
“I don’t want a room to look decorated. It should look collected.
“When you begin with white, you can introduce other colors in unexpected ways.”
“I study the architecture and make any adjustments that are needed. Once you get the architecture right, you can take the decorating in any direction.”
“People think of comfort and beauty as two separate things, but they’re actually indivisible for me.”
“I love beautiful fabrics. I’ll often save the boldest pattern for the curtains, and hang them floor to ceiling. They can have such an impact on a room.”
“My method is simple. I strategically layer color to build up the effect in a room.”
“A good [antique] piece will hold its value and you will treasure it forever.”
“If you get the background right, you don’t have to overdo what you put into it.”
In the book, Kasler introduces you to her many collections with some of the top name vendors, including Hickory Chair, Visual Comfort and Soicher-Marin. Below, you can see part of her trim collection with Lee Jofa.
“Dressmaker details make my upholstery very special.”
If you enjoy Inspired Interiors, be sure to check out Timeless Style. Both can be found at Cobblestone and Vine.
Callie is the fabrication manager and designer at Designer Effects, a To-the-Trade fabric and wallcovering showroom in Little Rock. She is the curator of @fdworkrooms, an Instagram account where she showcases the work of fellow drapery and upholstery workrooms across the world. She enjoys baking and has been in love with Harrison Ford since she was 10.
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