designer crush: Darryl Carter

When i'm having a hard time moving forward on a project, I often quickly turn to one of Darryl Carter's two books. While my own style might not be quite as cool as his (understatement of the century), I am so drawn to the simplicity of his work. He uses very few patterns and really very little color. But his rooms never feel too sparse to me or too cold. Thats his magic! He makes a space feel inviting even without a lot of fuss or "warmth" through colors etc. Even though I might throw in a little more color or pattern than he does, I think its helpful to remember to "be a little more like darryl" (ha! we could make that a saying) and remove one or two of the more fussy things in your design. Its like the saying that you should take of 1 or 2 of the accessories you put on before you leave the house. We tend to make everything so complicated (in life and design, in fact) but really i think we are all drawn to simplicity. I think thats why my eye is so enamored with Carter's work. Also notice the architectural elements of his work, Carter knows the power of great line and he makes use of them throughout the room. The man can also chose some great neutral paint colors, and that is no easy task! I hope you enjoy scrolling through these images as much as I loved putting them together.  At the end of the post, i've rounded up some items that jus might be worthy of a Darryl Carter look. 

a look like Darryl's:  

                 items via OKL & Wisteria // email katherine@mhjinteriors.com for more info + pricing 

     

           items via OKL & Wisteria // email katherine@mhjinteriors.com for more info + pricing