Lecture at Virginia Robinson Gardens by Interior Designer Suzanne Rheinstein
The Friends of Robinson Gardens were honored to have internationally renowned interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein give a delightful lecture on beautiful homes she has decorated. A longtime supporter of Virginia Robinson Gardens, Suzanne will be our Grand Marshal at the upcoming Garden Tour on Saturday, May 14th. She has written a new book entitled Rooms for Living: A Style for Today with Things from the Past.
Although the homes she has designed reflect different styles, Suzanne said, “They all have a respect for the outdoors, and a love of bringing things inside from the garden. My work is botanically inspired. I really believe in rooms that you can live in.” Suzanne showed us a traditional home overlooking San Francisco Bay that she decorated for clients who had spent many years in Europe. One stunning room featured a large English landscape scene painted in 1690. She designed the room around the painting, reflecting its colors in the pale blue, cream, green, and gold palette of the rug and antiques. Channeling interior designers Nancy Lancaster and Sister Parish, Suzanne designed another room, overlooking the garden, with faux bamboo treillage wallpaper. Suzanne remarked, “It’s actually really magical and relaxing in there.”
Calling the room her “nest,” the client enjoys knitting among her gardening books and beautiful botanical sculptures of plants and flowers in pots by Vladimir Kanevsky. The flowers are porcelain, and the leaves are painted copper in these exquisite creations.
In a home in Bel Air for clients with a very fine Latin American art collection, Suzanne placed a marvelous antique Afghani palace rug, with vibrant colors that had the strength to stand up to the colorful paintings. Taking into consideration every space in the home, Suzanne said, “I really believe that wherever a family enters a house, even if it’s from the garage, it has to be very welcoming.” Whether traditional or more contemporary, Suzanne’s exquisite interiors all radiate an elegant, refined, and romantic tranquility.
After the lecture, Suzanne signed her book, with a portion of the proceeds of the sales generously donated to the Friends of Robinson Gardens. The group sat at tables, beautifully decorated by Marian Power and Jeanne Anderson, in the Display Rose Garden. The pale gold and russet tablecloths were complemented by cream-colored napkins, bound with gold ribbon and a sprig of lavender. The cherub statues and soft pink and white roses in full bloom added to the loveliness of the setting, while the group dined on a delicious luncheon of seared salmon, chicken, and vegetable salads, catered by Chris Brugler. Thank you to Marian, our education chair, for giving us such a wonderful day to enjoy!
Post by Linda Meadows
Friend of Robinson Gardens member
Photos by Linda Meadows and Marcella Ruble