I've had a little thing for Suzanne Rheinstein ever since I met my good friend Joanna while working at my first interior design job in Laguna Beach as an assistant. Joanna has such an eye for design and had the privilege of working for some really fabulous designers before retiring from the biz a couple of years ago. Suzanne Rheinstein just happened to be one of those designers and I always loved to listen to Joanna talk about her days working for Suzanne.
Last week I was able to hear Suzanne speak at the Laguna Design Center Market and it was fabulous. She kept her talk relatively short, but it was informative and got me thinking about design from a different perspective (something I love most about listening to other designers who have made their mark on the design world). She was promoting her new book, At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past, and as she went from page to page she talked about how the small details in a room or on a piece of furniture are what really make a fabulous, interesting, and thoughtful interior. These details emerge in Suzanne's designs by way of custom embroidery, beaded trim, pleating, tassels, ruching....the list goes on.
When designing for a budget conscious client, these details are generally the first to go, but Suzanne made a great case for why the "details" should stay. If you take a look at some of her interiors you will notice that this attention to small but significant details is always present.
Suzanne is an amazingly talented designer with a lot of depth and an incredible eye for antiques and how to incorporate them heavily into an interior while still keeping the space current. I may even go so far as to use the term "timeless".
You can take a little piece of Suzanne Rheinstein home with you by shopping at her well-known LA shop, Hollyhock. Below are some furnishings from her shop that I love.
images via Cote de Texas, Splendid Sass, Alicia B. Designs, Mrs. Blandings
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