Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury New York City home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and technology. Over the course of four decades, the Kips Bay Decorator Show House has grown into a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts and is renowned for sparking interior design trends throughout the world.
We spent some time chatting with Suzanne Kasler, principal of Atlanta-based Kasler Interiors, to learn about her design inspiration and favourite seasonal hues!
What was the source of inspiration for your Kips Bay Show House room?
We named our room “Sophisticated Simplicity,” which really reflects the design concept. We were inspired by the tailored and classic architecture of the Carlton House, this year’s host for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. The room is casual, but refined, incorporating books, art, and beautiful objects, many collected from the Paris Flea Market, that give the room a personal and inviting sensibility.
What was the most used colour in your Kips Bay design?
Farrow & Ball Pointing with a high gloss finish. I created an architectural envelope by painting the walls, plaster molding, and ceiling the same colour and finish. It has the look of a lacquered of a room.
Do you have a favourite item, artifact or curios in your own home?
Yes! A 1940’s custom parchment console by Maison Ramsay.
Describe your personal style. Did your Kips Bay space embody your signature style, or was it a departure?
My style is defined by unexpected juxtapositions…a mix of high and low, modern with traditional, velvets and linens…and always a focus on the architectural envelope. I love to create the architectural envelope. What I did in this space, since it had a different ceiling detail was minimize the difference in ceiling heights by painting the entire space one colour. Then I focused on the beautiful window to the exterior terrace…perfecting the layout of this room was so important to keep the room edited and collected, not decorated
Do you have a favourite colour or paint trend this season?
One trend I see is all about white! For me, it brings a modern sensibility to an architectural space and the layers of the room against it look fresh and edited.
What’s your all-time favourite Farrow & Ball hue?
The hues of Farrow & Ball are unique because they have such a special depth to them. One of my all-time favourites, because I always love blue, is Skylight.
Describe your favourite trend at the Kips Bay Show House this year?
What I was most impressed with was how each designer had a unique perspective on their room. It made for one of the most fabulous show houses and each room was so inspiring. Being authentic and original to who you are as a designer seemed to be trending, and I loved that.
What is the most challenging part of being part of a Show House?
As a designer, it is an honor to be invited to do a room at Kips Bay. It truly is the most iconic show house in the country. That being said, there is a lot of pressure to make your design really special and still true to your own signature style.
What is the most rewarding part of being part of a Show House?
The most rewarding part is the opportunity it allows for designers to give back to the community. In this case, the show house benefits the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club which is such an incredible organization that benefits the lives of so many…and to see the impact that the show house has on the organization is very impressive. What I also find rewarding are the special connections and relationships that develop between the group, and it was so amazing to create special friendships with such a fabulous group of designers.
And lastly, what’s your favourite space to utilize wallpaper?
The dining room and powder room.