Fabulous Room 05.06.16


Spring is definitely show house season and there are several underway in the next few weeks. The Southeastern Designer Showhouse recently opened in Atlanta and features a slew of talented designers including Robert Brown, Barbara Westbrook, Andrew Brown, Phoebe Howard, and Suzanne Kasler among others. Suzanne Kasler is a designer I have admired for many years. Her work is typically more traditional, but she does many styles so very well, always with her distinct European-inspired flair. Regardless of the inspiration for any specific project she has designed, those of us who love her work can always count on it to be elegant, timeless, and pretty. Drawing inspiration from the worlds of fashion, architecture, interiors, and art, Suzanne carefully crafts a unique vision for each of her clients and encourages them to incorporate their personal collections with new, bespoke pieces created especially for them.

Naturally, one of my favorite space of the ones I have seen from the Southeastern Designers Showhouse is the stunning dining room designed by Suzanne. Featuring an assortment of classic furniture from her collection for Hickory Chair, the show-stopping room makes quite a statement with its lacquered walls and pale blue ceiling. It feels like a jewel box of a room. The lacquer application– a true work of art– was executed by Desiree Harper and Simon Streak of Struttura, who shared these beautiful images of Suzanne’s glamorous dining room on Instagram.




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  1. This is stunning. I have a question, though. Our painter suggested we use matte or satin finish rather than gloss because he said most people don’t like the way high gloss reflects light in a room. Looking at these photos, I wonder whether the room in real life would be glamorous or cold. It’s a fine line between the two, one that’s highly personal to boot.
    However, our painter did suggest high gloss for the kitchen, which has a lower ceiling than the 14 feet in the rest of the apartment (gotta love those 17th century architects). He said it would not only reflect light better but would be easier to clean–although it would show fingerprints more.
    So the question is, what have you found with high gloss and lacquer paint? Any advice?

    1. What I have read about high gloss/lacquer paint is that the walls have to be perfection because gloss finishes show imperfections. (Much like a satin dress shows every lump and bump:) It is lovely though when done correctly. However, I believe it is painstaking work to get it that way. I have mostly seen it done in dining rooms such as is the case here. For a room with low light, the reflective quality is a nice way to add more light to the room. This room is lovely as all Suzanne Kasler rooms are.

  2. I have done lacquer applications for clients and I would advise you to treat it as you would a wallpaper installation in that it’s best in small doses. There is a huge difference between high gloss application and a true lacquer. It’s apples and oranges. Lacquer is a painstaking and costly technique, but when done correctly it is beautiful. I love it in a library with lots of millwork to really let the lacquer shine. You can’t do it on Sheetrock.

    Taste of France, I would suggest a matte finish on your walls, high gloss on your kitchen cabinets abs trim, and if you’d like a lacquer application, try it in a dining room, study, or powder room where it can be the main focus.