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Design rockstar, Suzanne Kasler, likely needs no introduction, certainly not to all of you that read this blog. Her classic and timeless interiors are probably all over your pinterest boards just like they are mine. There are very few designers whose work I can go to time and time again, trying to pinpoint the magic, but Suzanne is one of them. She says, "rooms should be collected, not decorated" and I couldn't agree more. Making it so fitting that she should speak at an antique show, since
incorporating items with history, patina, and age are the perfect way to achieve the feeling that a room or home has evolved over time. Rooms need balance, everything shouldn't be brand new and accessorizing shouldn't be a one stop trip to Home Goods, no matter how convenient it is. :) There is still a misconception that antiques and art are reserved for those with big budgets, but that just isn't true. What they do require though, is a willingness to look for the right pieces and that takes time and patience. I know those are things we are all in short supply of these days, but it is so worth it when you end up with rooms that stand the test of time and are filled with meaning and soul. One of my favorite projects of Suzanne's is the work she did at Blackberry Farm (pictured at the top of this post), which is where Kreis Beall comes in the picture.
^^ Suzanne often uses pewter as art, like in this wonderful kitchen. Antique pewter is a great collectible item since it is easy to display in groups and pretty to use. It's always on my short list of items I look for at antique shows. ^^
^^ A room Kasler designed at Blackberry Farm. So warm, cozy and timeless. All those layers of warm neutrals with the mix of woods and stone is just so welcoming! ^^
^^ Above two images are from the Blackberry Design Team led by Beall^^
^^Kasler dining room^^
^^ The monogrammed bolster - so gorgeous. From Kasler^^
^^Kasler entry. Striped rug and shiplap walls make it approachable and cozy. even in a grand home.^^
^^From Blackberry Farm Design Team, rustic and fresh at the same time.^^