Pretty in Pink

 

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The Company Store . Heart Felt . $24.00

I was ridiculed for considering writing about love, and for relating it to one of my very favorite palette’s – PINK.  Ridiculed until I erased all reference to it.  How inconsiderate of me to write about a subject, a feeling that other’s might not have …. but while the aggrieved party isn’t paying any attention, I am in fact going to write about it.  Who doesn’t love the innocent hue that is pale pink, a simple heart, a cheerful pouf, a garland that hangs from an otherwise dull cabinet or lonely hearth.  Who could possibly object to loving things that are lovely?

Left:  CB2 Simone Blush Chair $499.  Right:  Quince Branch

Sometimes I even love things that are not lovely.  I call them “good ugly”, but today’s post is about the truly pretty.  It’s about hearts and flowers in the form of furnishings and fabrics that make me happy, and if love is worth its salt – it will make you happy.

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Cole and Sons . Magnolia Lavender – Lee Jofa

It often starts by shopping in the baby section, it sometimes makes it way into kids.  By Preteen it’s too cool to be represented.  It makes an appearance now and again in the world of adult decor, but is often relegated to a single small space – a powder room, a guest bed, a walk in closet where one dresses.  Why when the color makes me so happy should it be delivered in such small doses?

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The Rug Company . Harrington . From $3740.

Well, it’s Valentine’s Day – almost – so I am going to celebrate this warm in the cheeks hue as if I were a kid again.  Here are some of my happiest petal pink, and blushy brights for you to view.

Designer Profile: Suzanne Kasler

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Suzanne Kasler

Inspiration is a thing of wonder.  In quiet moments it can pounce, or ebb in like the tide as an idea takes form.  It can manifest itself in the deep indigo and periwinkle hues of the tail feathers of a Blue Jay, or in a ballerina’s pale pink tutu.  In the knowledge that colors have feelings, sounds can be translated into scenes, and numbers have meaning.  For those with a reverence for religion and spirituality the concept of divine inspiration is familiar.  Knowing something that you couldn’t know.  Arriving at the answer as if from a dream.  I love the idea of divine inspiration and welcome the universe to bring it to me, I am happy to give credit where credit is do.

Suzanne Kasler . Chez Suzanne . Atlanta

Chez Kasler . Note her signature white walls

And I must give credit to Suzanne Kasler for inspiring me.  An Interior Designer (by education), she has also collaborated with Lee Jofa to create beautiful trims, with Hickory Chair on a furniture line, with Visual Comfort on lighting, Ballard Design for accessories, as well as, forays into fine art and rugs.  Oh, and she is also the author of two beautiful books on interiors:  Timeless Interiors and Inspired Interiors.

Suzanne Kasler Inspired Interiors

European Sensibility . Cover of Inspired Interiors . Rizzoli

I appreciate that she doesn’t want to be put into some limiting design category.  She contends that her style encompasses the contemporary and traditional, high and low, sophisticated and casual.  That its sympathies lie with Europe (whoever would blame her for this?) and focus on architectural elements (you’ve got to have good bones, and if you don’t you must create them).

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Kasper Living Room . luminous loveliness

She believes in white.  She layers it on in all its varying shades and …. voila it looks lovely.  I find this provides a moment of introspection for me because I am drawn to her spaces – which never feel boring, but I almost always paint my own.  I love color.  Kasler makes her white spaces sing with the introduction of color in accessories – and by contrast introducing incredible vibrancy that might go unnoticed against a bolder backdrop.

A room should be collected not decorated.

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Ballard Design . Kasler’s Style made affordable!

Now to be clear, I could not hire Suzanne to design my spaces, but I can profit from her brilliant style all the same.  I pour over her books studying the particular ways in which she brings life to a room.  Make note of her philosophy that there should be one object in every room that is special to you, and to search for inspiration in every little thing you encounter from the darts on a stunningly structured evening gown, to the branches of a cherry blossom tree, inspiration abounds.