darryl carter is one of my favorite designers, therefore, i was thrilled when i found out that he was going to be apart of MDS Interviews.

darryl’s curated style is so inspiring, a complete stand out today in the midst of so much trend and statement making…i love how he mixes things, both old and new….there is a sense of tradition, but everything he does feels so modern…something subtle about it all, yet very refined. i think it has something to do with the neutral palette, the use of textures, and of course the mix of beautiful things.

darryl is working on his third book, his books the collected home/buy here and new traditional/ buy here are two of my favorites, he is currently developing a bespoke restaurant in D.C. and working on two home product lines with two different highly regarded home brands.

i’m so happy and grateful that darryl found time in his schedule to sit down with me and do this interview, and i know you are going to be happy about it too…here’s part 1 of my interview with darryl, more to come!

Candid Portraits, Details


part 1



MDS- How would you describe your style?

DC- I strive to produce well balanced rooms, consisting of the modern coupled with antiquities.  While these would seem innately disparate, this marriage, when thoughtfully executed brings interest and soul to an otherwise perhaps monolithic experience.


MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?

DC- I am a native Washingtonian.  This city is replete with extraordinary architecture.  I think architecture is so ever-present that I imagine it influences us even if we are not aware.  The most magical moment for me in DC is the National Gallery of Art’s East Building by I. M. Pei opposite John Russell Pope’s neoclassical West Building … So thoughtful and brilliant.


East Wing, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

DC- I suppose “this” in some other capacity … Perhaps I would paint on canvas … Then there is my all time fantasy of sculpting metal, but that involves a blow torch …


MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?

DC- I have to say I find inspiration in most things.  During the past winter months I found myself doing a lot of walking.  This was highly eye-opening as I was noticing every brick detail, finasteride, and scupper – even the prolific iron work in DC that was covered in icicles.


MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?

DC- My master bathroom … Claw foot tub and fireplace overlooking Rock Creek Park …  Not that I ever get to use it.  Let’s be real, I’m in and out of the shower in four minutes on the way to my next meeting.


MDS- Is there anything you collect obsessively?

DC- I am a huge supporter of emergent and outsider art.  There is so much in the world that deserves celebration.


MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many _____.”

DC- Aspirin.


MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house – whose would it be and why?

DC- As I think this through, I am picturing so many rooms in so many environments … I don’t know that I could give a singular answer.



MDS- What do you want to be known for?

DC- I am presently forming a foundation to benefit children.


MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

DC- “Please” and “Thank You” … Holding a Door … Hand Notes.



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