Monday, November 30, 2009

Darryl Carter's DC Home

I really enjoy getting my design magazine subscriptions in the mail... but sometimes I'm a little impatient and end up checking things out online beforehand, as was the case this month, I was blown away by Darryl Carter's DC home in Elle Decor.

An elegant limestone Beaux Arts building on Embassy Row dating from 1910 and once the chancery of the sultanate of Oman. The contents of its rooms have been cut nearly in half in the past several years, while the subtle textures the decorator has always employed have given way to an even more refined aesthetic. The bright colors he formerly embraced in his art collection—among the most notable was a dramatic lemon-yellow painting presiding over one wall of the dining room—are now replaced with muted shades that match the rest of the house’s palette, mainly biscuit, linen, and palest gray, all offset with dark accents and fields of chalk-white.

A wall relief by Margaret Boozer and a 19th-century grand piano in the living room:

Reclaimed Belgian shutters from Added Oomph! and an 18th-century Regency table in the living room; the polished-poured-cement cocktail tables are by Boozer, the circa-1920 sofa is upholstered in an Edelman leather, and the sisal is by Stark Carpet:

The library’s wing chair served as the inspiration for the Wesex wing chair by Darryl Carter for Thomasville; the Carlton House desk is antique:

An antique Italian étagère in the kitchen:

The dining room’s concrete table is by Bevara Design House; the gilt mirror is antique:

In the breakfast room the light fixture is 19th century, and the floor is French limestone:

Architectural fragments are displayed in front of a pair of bathtubs salvaged from the Russian embassy. The secretary is 18th century:

A porter chair and desk in the master bedroom; a bronze sculpture sits atop a vintage Parsons table, and the convex mirror is 19th century:

In the master bedroom, antique bordello doors behind the bed:

The vanity in the master bath was adapted from a 20th-century server:

In a guest room, a wing chair from Vilnis & Co. Antiques is upholstered in a Manuel Canovas fabric:

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  1. I was just looking at that office today! LOVE that house!!!!

  2. I posted about this article as well---isn't it so inspiring?! I'm headed to DC for the holidays and may just have to stroll down Embassy Row in search of the facade. Gorgeous! Glad we have similar taste : )
    XX Kate

  3. I seriously love how he combines various styles to create an interior full of character and personality... he is brilliant!

  4. I've been a big fan of Darryl Carter since I saw his previous Washington DC home in Metropolitan Home in 1999. He recently released a book "The New Traditional" which I highly recommend -Thanks for the photos!

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