“Neutrals make the heart grow fonder”

Monday, October 12, 2009 | Category: Designers, Magazines

Usually the rooms I gravitate towards go something like this….


Or this…


Or even this…


Nine times out of ten, I am attracted to a more feminine, colorful and patterned space.  But what was it about the below townhouse in this month’s Elle Decor that made my heart skip a beat?


It’s clean, casual, comfortable, organized and tranquil.  And at the end of the day, aren’t we all looking for those qualities?  Lately that is ALL I want to come home to (but of course nothing in my home fits that description, but that’s another story!)

This Washington D.C. home belongs to interior decorator and furniture designer, Darryl Carter.  Even his design website and portfolio embody this clean, gorgeous look- take a peek!


And the lack of color in his home, doesn’t take away an ounce of exquisiteness from these rooms.  Darryl added in texture, pattern, and contrasting light and dark elements to keep it interesting.  Who knew white walls could be so enticing?

I love the sleek and bulky table mixed in with the more dainty feminine chandelier.  Pops of green add a nice jolt of color to the dining table.


More contrast…the sleek paired with the rustic.  And don’t overlook the backs of the cabinets painted a very deep color.  Yummy!


Hello kitchen floors, I think I love you…


His office is by far my favorite room.  Who doesn’t want an incredibly tall cane back chair to cozy up in?  The logs stacked in the bookshelves give off a warm, welcoming vibe. This office screams- come in, pull up a chaise, start up the fireplace, and bring your Twilight series! No distractions here- just pure bliss.


I just had to post this photo.  Julia met Darryl the other week at an event in Chicago.  Aren’t these two adorable?  Both in their navy outfits…the shot perfectly framed by a sunburst mirror.  <sigh>


Next up for Darryl Carter- Material Boy?

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5 Comments to '“Neutrals make the heart grow fonder”'

Rita 12 Oct 09 at 9:44 pm

Julia, You’re one lucky girl! The event must’ve been a blast.

Maria Killam 12 Oct 09 at 11:22 pm

Great post! The thing most people don’t realize about white walls is that to make them work, more white is always repeated in the space. Darryl does a great job of that!

rickey gold 13 Oct 09 at 5:18 pm

Daryl Carter’s townhouse is awesome! I love the way he mixes contemporary furniture with Asian. And the various shades of white palate are not only soooo relaxing but make the beautiful wood frames and accent pieces stand out. I could live there in a minute.
Plus, I love black labs.

maison21 13 Oct 09 at 6:37 pm

emily- i couldn’t agree more. i am all about color- the more that better, but then i see mr. carter’s blissful white/no color rooms and think i could be very happy in them.

he is a master.

Yolanda Rosario 14 Oct 09 at 7:06 pm

You should be proud to have a fellow material girls blogger in a pic with Daryl Carter!!! Julia you look gorgeous and Daryl Carter…what a stud!!! Very cool townhouse.

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