Podcast, Ep. 50 with Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler talks about her new Southport Wicker collection for Ballard Designs

We hear what keeps award-winning interior designer Suzanne Kasler so busy, and where she finds the inspiration for her collections. She also shares with us the inspiration behind her new wicker Southport Collection, her love for pink, modern trends, guilty pleasures and much more.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • How Suzanne stays relevant in the industry and fresh in her approach through travel, shopping and education
  • The more inspired you are, the more it seeps into your client work
  • The release of Suzanne’s new book Sophisticated Simplicity and her newsletter Inspired
  • How Suzanne picks certain photographs to publish and the partnership between designers, stylists and photographers
  • Her go to accessories for photoshoots and why she keeps them indigenous to the area
  • How Suzanne uses lamp slips to create a look of proportion and layering
  • The trends of darker walls and wall coverings is something Suzanne is now seeing in every room of the house
  • The backstory of Suzanne’s Southport collection and how a daybed in a flea market in Paris was her muse in creating the collection
  • The difference between wicker and rattan and why you should have a piece in your home
  • The timeline of her purchases to when it is available for purchase as part of a collection
  • The mix of pieces and styles that go into her Paris Apartment collection, and why Paris is one of her top choices of cities to shop
  • Why she is in the “thinking pink” zone
  • Petite chairs and why Suzanne is always on the hunt for a great one
  • The new flagship store opening in Atlanta is coming soon, so check the website for grand opening event details

Decorating Dilemmas

Hello Ladies!

I recently discovered the podcast and have been loving it! I’m moving into a new condo soon which has a small but light filled room that I will be using for a home office. I’m stuck debating between two colorways of your Margaret desk. I love the soft blue gray, but am worried that I will grow tired of it over time and will wish I had picked the white. While the blue gray feels more exciting to me now, will the painted furniture trend fade? Will it look dated soon? I’m hoping for this desk to be an investment I can keep for the long haul. I’m attaching my vision boards for the room, one in white and one in blue. Thanks ladies! I hope to hear my question on the air!

– Katie

Suzanne would pick the soft blue gray desk. The colors are classic and timeless, and with the combination of other things going on in the home office, it will not go out of style. The soft color of the desk also can be versatile with the unlimited wall colors, or even wallpaper.


My dining room is open to our ‘reading room.’ How do you coordinate lighting between the two rooms? I want a more country French chandelier for the dining room, but I have no clue what to do with the reading room.

-Kibby Jane

There is a visual sequence in design, and that is one thing Suzanne works heavily on together with her clients. Also consider the idea of a country French traditional lantern, big lampshade lights or bowl lights in the dining room, and something more artistic in the reading room. You are dressing the rooms as you dress your body, so coordinating colors or finishes will help pull it together.

Show Notes


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Happy Decorating!

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    May 13, 2020

    Please provide the pictures from design agony!

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      Caroline McDonald

      May 15, 2020

      Hmm, pictures from trials and triumphs? Design dilemmas? What is design agony? Perhaps we need to rename our segment!