Monday’s Masterpiece – the ‘new traditional’

Today’s masterpiece comes courtesy of DC-based Darryl Carter, an ex-lawyer-turned-interior-designer (I like this guy!).  Featured on Architectural Digest’s 2012 AD100 list, he never seems to stray from his trademark ‘new traditional’ style with its neutral palette and use of natural accents – note the ample supply of boar heads, antlers, wood and stone galore.

I often feel that too much white in a scheme can so easily make it a cold, bleak affair but Darryl manages to keep the temp up by incorporating so many warm textures and reclaimed wood accents. 

Love the pairing of antique chairs with a very rustic reclaimed wood occasional table, on the LHS here.  And on the right, this vignette is simply perfection – the antique silversmith’s table updated with an oversize mirror and quirky Korean ceramic vase.

White, white and more white! 

The scrappy reclaimed wood shelving and firewood stack, and modern chrome appliances/extractor fan just seem to work together here, possibly pulled together by the antique Italian table?

The large scale artwork here is a painted barn door – such a fab juxtaposition with the ornate antique table and chairs.

And I am LOVING the beams Darryl inserted throughout the property – by painting them white they add a rustic vibe the place without becoming too overtly ‘look at me’.

The sculptural lines of the antique gurney ‘chaise longue’ set against the curves of the Indonesian banyan bark partition are pretty jaw-dropping.

This is the one room that I’m actually not massively fond of, but check out the insane antique horn chair!!!

Hello relaxation.  There’s something about zebra rugs on white wooden floors that gets me every time.

And in the master bath Darryl turned an oak demilune table into a washstand – proof that even the tiniest of tables are potential washstand candidates: 

Here are a few of my fave schemes from the rest of his portfolio, for your viewing pleasure:

(all credits: Elle Decor)

And here are my picks from his lighting collection for Urban Electric Co.

Perfect if you’re going for a classic yet stylish look, if you ask me.

So what do y’all think?  Are you a fan of this calming serene look or do you need a smidge more colour?

10 comments

    • Elly says:

      Yeh, me too I think – I always start craving clean white spaces when I’m stressed and busy, but think once I had one I’d get a little bored, ha. And I wouldn’t have anywhere to put my crazy colourful Indian textiles…

  1. Hi Elly,
    Tx a million for visiting the Northern Light Blog, and for leaving comment so that I could follow you back here…. this (above) is a really great post, right up my alley, love al the white and all the natural textures mixed in, wonderful design work!! … you would love the post I just published 🙂

    Hong Kong, huh? I was there a few years back and loved every minute of it, can’t wait to come back!!

    • Elly says:

      Hey Natasha – thanks for stopping by, and I’m glad you like the post! He’s an extremely talented designer, no? I just want to sink my teeth into all the gorgeous wood (ok, that sounds weird).

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