Suzanne Kasler was happily settled in her home in Atlanta, where she had lived since moving with her husband and daughter from the Midwest in 1995. Until a few years ago, that is. That’s when the acclaimed interior designer—known for creating architecturally focused interiors with a strong European sensibility—found herself itching for a change. “I was restless,” Suzanne says. The decorating was done, meaning no more opportunities to experiment, to rearrange, to create. And so the search began for a new blank canvas.
After several years of house-hunting came up short, Suzanne took a second look at a 1930s Federal-style house she had initially dismissed. An unassuming red brick structure, the house had been stripped of much of its period character during a previous renovation. But the location—an older, tree-lined street in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood—was exactly what Suzanne and her husband had been seeking. The couple took the leap, and with the help of architect William T. Baker, Suzanne set about transforming the lackluster house into a Regency-style gem. Refined yet utterly welcoming, the home is filled with pieces collected over years of travel and experience. “I love coming home every day,” Suzanne says. “This house really does reflect a lot about my family.”
Getting the Fundamentals Right
Suzanne is known for placing emphasis on the architecture of a space, so naturally her first order of business was restoring the home’s classical character. She installed not one but three antique mantels, creating strong focal points in the living, dining, and family rooms. She also added elegant moldings and trims throughout the home, instantly elevating each space and establishing what Suzanne calls the “architectural envelope” of the home: “Once you get the architectural envelope right, then you can start adding the layers that make it more personal”—the paint colors, the rugs and window treatments, and last, the furniture and accents.
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