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Design Stars

Phoebe Howard Vs. Suzanne Kasler

In a reality-TV world where every interior decorator and restaurant chef seems to enjoy fifteen minutes of fame, our city is fortunate to have a few genuine design celebrities. Here are two favorites whose work will still look great twenty years from now.

  Phoebe Howard Suzanne Kasler
claim to fame Owner of Mrs. Howard and Max & Company stores in Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. Member of Domino’s Style Council and columnist for Southern Living Architectural Digest’s “AD100” (2012), Elle Decor’s “A-List” (2010–2012), House & Garden’s “Tastemakers” list (2006), House Beautiful’s “Top 100 Interior Designers” list, and the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center’s Southeast Designer of the Year (2003)
book The Joy of Decorating (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) in 2012 Inspired Interiors (Rizzoli) in 2009
style influence Southern Continental
mantra “Be realistic about your lifestyle. Decorate for who you are, not who you want to be.” “A room should be collected, not decorated.”
signature touches Mixing old and new; strong architecture; pretty colors, especially blue and white; luxurious bedrooms Mixing old and new; strong architecture; whites, neutrals, and muted colors; classic motifs, especially the quatrefoil; couture detailing
national magazine covers House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Coastal Living House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Traditional Home
signature lines Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture; a rug license and a bedding collection are coming soon The Hickory Chair Furniture Co., Visual Comfort lighting, Safavieh rugs, Soicher Marin fine art, Lee Jofa fabric, Ballard Designs accessories
famous client “I never kiss and tell.” Blackberry Farm

Photograph of Howard  by Josh Savage Gibson; photograph of Kasler by Erica George Dines. This article originally appeared in our December 2012 issue.