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LEF T:Marley, the homeowners soft-coated wheaten

terrier, relaxes in the sunroom of a vacation home in


Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, designed by Suzanne
Kasler. BELOW: The cushions on the rooms Kingsley
Bate wicker seating are covered in a Duralee stripe.

Star-Spangled In South Carolinas Low Country,


Suzanne Kasler creates an elegant

Style waterfront home that celebrates


all-American red, white, and blue.

Interior Design SUZA N N E K ASL ER


Text K AT H RY N OSH EA-EVA NS

Photography F R A NCESCO L AGN ESE


P roducer DOR E T TA SPER DU T O

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The stylized pattern of a Manuel Canovas floralwhich covers
the Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair wing chair and was also
used for the curtainsgives a kick to the otherwise t raditional
living room. A pair of sofas from Cameron is upholstered in a
Kravet fabric. The lamp was made from an 18th-century lidded
Delft urn. Rug, Stark. Coffee table, Rose Tarlow Melrose House.
OPPOSITE: Designer Suzanne Kasler in the homes foyer.

As color schemes go,


red, white, and blue
is as iconic as it gets.
Its timeless, yet it still feels fresh, says Atlanta designer
Suzanne Kasler, who used the trio so deftly in this Palmetto
Bluff, South Carolina, vacation home that it reads as much as a
salute to all-American style as it does to comfortable elegance.
The homeowners, Paul and Sonni Springman, specifically
requested the patriotic palette, along with nautical touches,
when they hired Kasler to decorate their property overlooking
a lagoon. In part, they wanted to pay tribute to Pauls 26 years
in the U.S. Navy. Were really proud of his service, says his
wife. An added bonus: The hues are the perfect backdrop for
her collection of blue-and-white porcelain.
For the newly built house, Kaslerknown for her ability to
fuse traditional style with modern flair expertly employed
the colors without going overboard. She focused her design
energies on creating a retreat for the couple, who spend half of
the year here. They entertain a constant stream of guests,
including their adult children, two grandchildren, and numer-
ous friends, who are drawn to the area for its spectacular scen-
ery; a days diversions might include kayaking past blue
herons on the May River or taking a sunset cruise to Hilton
Head Island, some 40 minutes away. When you get here, you
drive down a road lined with live oaks and your blood pressure
drops, Paul says.
Still, this isnt Low Country laissez-faire: Rather, its sophis-
tication with a casual twist. I wanted our home to have a for-
mal side, Sonni says. I wanted chandeliers. Kasler elevated
the kitchens user-friendly layout with refined touches like Delft
tile on the backsplash, pleated skirts on the barstools, and,
indeed, a pair of bronze-and-crystal chandeliers over the island.
The kitchen is visible from the living and dining rooms, she
says, so it was important to keep the design dressed up.
In the foyer, Kasler conjured a traditional space with con-
temporary flair. The geometric runner on the stairs lets you
know the second you walk in that this is a fun, energetic

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In the kitchen, the custom pewter hood has the heft
of a European stone fireplace, Kasler says. Around the
island, the Hickory Chair stools have slipcovers in a
Nancy Corzine linen with cording and buttons in a Ralph
Lauren Home linen. A pair of Cameron armchairs is in
an Elizabeth Benefield linen. Chandeliers, Dennis & Leen.
Backsplash in Delft tiles, Renaissance Tile & Bath.
OPPOSITE: Lattice-backed chairs from Kaslers Hickory
Chair line surround a New Classics dining table. The
curtains are in a Brunschwig & Fils satin with Houls trim.

house, she says. We also drew attention to the long table


skirtthe only spot where we could use fabric, since there are
no upholstered pieces hereby adding Greek keypatterned
red banding to the bottom.
The staircase was built in one piece in Charleston and care-
fully maneuvered into place. They wove it like a snake through
the front door, says Paul. The final touchSonnis request
was a black and whitetile floor. Old Cary Grant movies always
had them, she says, so I wouldnt budge on that.
The house, which was designed for the couple by the South
Carolinabased firm Court Atkins Architects, has soaring ceil-
ings and multiple porches ideal for afternoon naps or lemon-
ade breaks. It is also bathed in light, with windows everywhere
framing views of the water. Kasler filled the rooms with
restraint, choosing furnishings that wouldnt detract from the
sight lines. My biggest challenge is helping clients to edit
what they have and not overdecorate, she says.
In the master bedroom, the designer granted her clients
wish for a glamorous cocoon, centered around a showstopping
four-poster bed hand-painted in Italy with a faux-marble effect.
She made striking use of platinum wallpaper that Sonni had
purchased years earlier, waiting for the perfect opportunity to
use it. Kasler gave the shimmering wallcovering its star turn
in the adjoining master bath: Wallpapering the arch above
the dressing table made it much more interesting, she says.
Still, her clients find that they often gravitate to the
screened porch off the kitchen, where cushions in red, white,
and blue pop like fireworks in the open air. Its bright and
happy, Sonni says. There is no better place to look out on the
water with a cocktail in hand.

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A punchy blue-and-white
runner from Stark winds
down the entrys custom
staircase. The look is
fresh, fun, and dramatic,
Kasler says. One wall is
hung with the clients col-
lection of Low Country
landscapes. Tablecloth in
an Ebanista fabric with
Schumacher trim. Walls,
Benjamin Moores White
Dove. OPPOSITE: The
Chinese Chippendalestyle
console is by Gustav
Carroll. Mirror, Friedman
Brothers. Vintage palm-
tree lamps, Parc Monceau.

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A windowed nook in
the master bath
becomes a practical
space with a custom-
fitted vanity. The
Cameron chair is
upholstered in Nancy
Corzine fabrics.
Crackle-glass lamp,
Erika Reade. Sconces,
Circa Lighting.
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CLOCK WISE FROM TOP LEF T: The bunk rooms millwork is painted in PPG Porter Paints
Shrinking Violet; blankets, Pine Cone Hill; rattan chair, Joseph Konrad. The master bedrooms
custom Patina bed has a headboard in a Nancy Corzine fabric. The rooms wall color,
Limoges Blue by Glidden, conjures summer skies. In the master bath, the walls are sheathed
in Boussacs Tarantelle wallpaper, a floral on a platinum ground; chandelier, Vaughan.

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