Dissecting the Details: Suzanne Kasler

Hello lovely LDV readers! Nancy of Marcus Design here, and happy to be sharing my latest Dissecting the Details with you. Ever since seeing Suzanne Kasler’s stunning display at High Point this year, I have had her gorgeous living rooms on my mind. So today I thought it would be fun to look into what Suzanne tends to do that makes these rooms as amazing as they are. I’ve come up with 4 key elements that I am attracted to in her spaces. Let’s dissect:

 

 

 

Solid, tape trimmed, or patterned fabric – I adore the use of drapery as a major player in Suzanne’s living room designs. They create such a lush feel and highlight the dramatic windows and french doors so perfectly. These rooms really would not be the same without the window treatments!

 

 

 

This is probably the feature that had me drooling the most when it came to Suzanne’s High Point display. She expertly curates the most amazing art walls, with a mix of metal frames, different matting, and neutral colors overall.

 

 

 

Powder blues, creams, and whites are Suzanne’s signature palette. Many of her spaces, as seen in the one directly above, utilize varying undertones of beige as the perfect backdrop for layering on subtle colors. Her tip is that “using a neutral base allows you to start adding layers of color, like my orange Christopher Spitzmiller lamps and the orange tray on the cowhide ottoman.”

 

 

 

 

This is another favorite element of mine; in a perfect way to create interest in a room, Suzanne displays console and side table vignettes even to the far corners of the room. Beloved objects, collections, and art get special treatment here. These types of groupings are often reserved for the entry way but it’s a lovely treat to have them in a room you spend more time sitting in!

That’s four of the special touches I see Suzanne consistently utilized in her spaces, did you notice any other favorite elements? To see more from her extensive portfolio, hop here to her website, and here to a previous Dissecting the Details focused on Suzanne’s entry ways. Until next time!

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2016 LDV Gift Guide: Under $100

As I have worked on this year’s gift guides, I have been surprised to see so many stylish, quality gifts for under $100. In fact, most of the items on today’s list are under $75! The items on today’s list prove that no matter who you’re shopping for, you don’t have to spend a fortune to give a fabulous gift. Happy shopping!

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{1. Molton Brown 12 Days of Christmas Collection | 2. Gorjana Stackable Ring Set | 3. Metallic Crispin Drops in Gold | 4. Graphic Image Personalized Passport Case | 5. Cuyana Leather Cardholder | 6. English Houses by Ben Pentreath | 7. Parker Thatch Personalized Eye Mask | 8. AERIN Fragrance Collection | 9.  Billykirk for J. Crew Leather Portfolio | 10. Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Full Body Refueling Set | 11. Flight 001 Mini Bar Set | 12. Italy: Contemporary Italian Cooking | 13. Hamilton Original Broadcast Recording on Vinyl | 14. Harwick Backpack | 15. Cashmere Scarf in Plaid | 16. Leather Charger Roll-Up | 17. Copper Salad Servers | 18. 4″ Porcelain Malachite Catchall Dish | 19. David Monn: The Art of Celebrating |20. NEST Holiday Classic Candle & Diffuser Set}

Shop All of Our 2016 Holiday Gift Guides:

For the Hostess | For the Decor-Obsessed | For Her | For Him | For Kids & Pets 

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Friday Favorites 12.02.16

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Can you believe it’s December? I am excited to be in the holiday season, but can’t believe how quickly this year flew by! Lately, I’ve come across a few new “favorites” to share. I hope you’ll find something you love. Enjoy!

Style: The trend of overtly feminine details like ruffles, bows, and off-the shoulder silhouettes is still alive and well into the winter. I love this chic look of a sweater with ruffled sleeves, crisp black trousers, and smart black suede pumps. You can find similar tops here, here, and here.

Watch: Over the long, Thanksgiving weekend, I finally got around to watching The First Weekend in May, a documentary about the planning and production of the Met Gala in 2014, the year “China through the Looking Glass” was the theme. It is fascinating to see the level of detail that goes into the event and to see it go from a concept to one of the most important events of the year in the fashion world. I would highly recommend it! Watch the trailer here.

Design: It seems a lot of design friends have been in Mexico recently per my Instagram feed, which only cements my desire to go back for a visit soon even more. I am dying to explore Mexico City and would love to return to San Miguel de Allende for a long, low-key weekend. I have always loved Spanish Colonial architecture and long for the beauty, warmth, and culture of Mexico. It’s on my list for 2017!

Read: One of my favorite coffee table books of the season is the new John Derian Picture Book. It is filled with ephemera and beautiful images from his signature work as a decoupage artist. It is a great book to give as a gift because it is large in scale, has a graphic cover and spine, and has zero text. Instead, it is filled with hundreds of stunning images and I can just about guarantee that pretty much anyone on your list would find something to love in this book. If you’re looking for inexpensive art, buy an extra copy, take apart the spine and have your favorite images framed!

Eat: One of my favorite winter vegetables to eat and make is brussels sprouts, but they have to be crispy and are always best when they have a tangy dash of balsamic vinegar. I pretty much idolize Ina Garten, so of course, I like to use her recipe for Balsamic Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta.

Listen: We listen to all kinds of music while we work in our office. One album that is constantly on repeat is Australian rock band, Tame Impala’s Currents. It is the perfect balance of mellow and upbeat and sounds like nothing else. One of my favorite songs is “The Moment”– have a listen here.

Shop: Our 2016 Holiday Gift Guides are in full swing and are better than ever! Check them out and finish your holiday shopping early this year: Kids & Pets | For Him |  For Her | For the Decor-Obsessed | For the Hostess

Have a wonderful weekend!

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In the Mood: December 2016

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Red isn’t a color I use very much. Very rarely do I wear red or use it prominently in the spaces I design for clients. However, it is my go-to nail color. I love that it is classic and glamorous! My staples are OPI “Big Apple Red” and “Color So Hot It Berns“. Known to symbolize love, passion, courage, success, and even rage, red certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. Perhaps it is because red is so inextricably linked with the Christmas season or because I have been feeling ultra-motivated lately, but like a moth to a flame, I can’t help but be drawn to this powerful color. As much as I love so many beautiful shades of green and use them often, red is always the color that comes to mind for me when I think of the holidays, so it couldn’t be more perfect for this month’s mood!mood-alessandra-branca-2

{Alessandra Branca}

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{Catherine Jones}

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{Jackie Kennedy}

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{Miles Redd}

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{Cy Twombly}

<> at The Waldorf=Astoria on May 13, 2014 in New York City.

{Lauren Santo Domingo}

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{Luis Bustamante}

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{Kayce Hughes}

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{Johanna Ortiz}

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{Beverly Field}

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{Josef Albers}

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{Valentino}

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{Charlotte Moss}

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{America Martin}

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{Lauren Santo Domingo}

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{Brian McCarthy}

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{Joan Miro}

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{Oscar de la Renta}

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{Robert Couturier} mood-cy-twombly

{Cy Twombly}

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{Leandra Medine}

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{Tom Scheerer}

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{Rothko}

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{Valentino}

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{Tory Burch}

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{Ellsworth Kelly}

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