The Horrible Thing She Said About Decorating Genius Darryl Carter

freaking-out-over-your-paint-colors

 

I mean, it was downright nasty and for me and a lot of other people, quite a shocker!

But three years ago, a super-talented designer friend visited the Kips Bay Showhouse. And she nearly passed out over the gorgeous room that Darryl Carter created. After she picked herself off the floor, she overheard two women yakking to each other.

 

“Why that Darryl Carter did the most dreadful room I’ve ever seen.”

 

Hey bitches. Yes, I’m talking to you. Can you please take that somewhere else?

DREADFUL?

One woman is swooning for joy and another can’t stand it?

How can that be so?

 

Here’s my take.

 

Darryl Carter’s genius is on a different plane than some people are able to comprehend. Ya know?

And I think it’s because Darryl is a decorator who doesn’t “decorate.”

I mean, not in the typical decorator way.

First of all, you will never see even the tiniest hint of froo froo in any of his rooms.

And by that, I mean, No trim. No or very little pattern. And usually, not a lot of color.

(Although, I think that whites, creams and beiges ARE colors!)

But, in Darryl’s rooms there is always a rich blend of tone on tone, whites, creams, beiges off-set with a healthy dose of black, brown and other rich earth-tones.

Naturally, there are some people who won’t “get it.”

But for those of us who do…

If Tony Duquette is a classical maximalist, then Darryl Carter is a classical minimalist.

I just made that up. Do you agree? It’s okay if you don’t.

His ability to restrain himself is amazing. Decorating that is… In other areas of his life. I have no idea. But that mischievous grin he frequently wears conveys a fun side. Very interesting! And if you look closely, there is a lot of fun in his decor too.

 

Darryl, you may recall started his career as a lawyer.

During my research, I found a superb interview that Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita did a few years ago.

You can find it here. It’s quite delightful.

 

The other thing that some people love and some don’t about Darryl Carter is his soft neutral  palette of colors.

 

The don’t liking confounds me to no end, but I will respect that it’s different strokes… I like a lot of different things.

I think that it’s common knowledge that Benjamin Moore released the Darryl Carter paint collection several years ago. The colors are wonderful. But they are not original colors. They just renamed them.

I’m fine with it, but still… I don’t know why they had to rename them. I’m sure that there’s a good reason. Or maybe there isn’t.

 

my knotting hill cracking the darryl carter code - Best Benjamin Moore Shades of White Paint - 20 Great shades of White Paint

 

If you’d like to see, My Knotting Hill “cracked the code” and wrote a wonderful blog post about it. (you’ll be able to actually read her chart on her blog. :]

Once in a while, one can find a whisper of blue or pink or a touch of red, but for the most part, it is a lot of white, neutrals, beiges, browns and blacks and gold. And in his paint palette, some soft blue, grays. Just lovely. And many of my favorite colors and a number that are in the Laurel Home paint collection.

 

But maybe it is that Darryl Carter isn’t years beyond us. He’s years behind us.

 

A lot of years because he uses a lot of antiques in his decor.

 

But nothing ever looks stale or old.

And thus, he coined the term (at least I think that he did) The New Traditional and wrote a book with the same title.

 

You can find the book on Amazon.

The new traditional is paired down, refined, elegant and the very meaning of timeless. In that way, his traditional rooms are quite modern, if that makes any sense. It probably doesn’t. :]

But maybe that is why those women didn’t get it.

They were expecting Nancy Lancaster and instead they got something that didn’t compute.

 

First I am going to take you to Darryl’s gorgeous home in Washington DC

 

 

Whoa! Look at the number he did on this place. I adore the painted brick.

Or maybe it’s parged? Oh dear. It’s late.

I know of parging but forgot offhand what the technique is. Oh wait.

There’s a link, if you’re interested.

It’s not something that’s done or very rarely in the northeast.

 

Remember when we discussed painted brick at length in regards to fireplaces?

 

Gorgeous!

One of my favorite spaces ever done by Darryl. Here’s something funny. I found the image on one of his pinterest boards only he took it from my blog. Well, probably someone doing his social media. But you never know!

Oh wow! He only has 2,308 followers. How is that possible? Well, how if everyone who’s on pinterest follows him and then his Klout Score will go through the roof. Not that he needs it. lol

Don’t know what a Klout Score is?

Count your blessings. :/

 

Darryl Cartertoo elegant for words

via One Kings Lane

I didn’t realize this until the other day. But this is Darryl’s bathroom.

Sure, put in an 18th century gilt Federal mirror in your steamy bathroom

 

And while you’re at it. Put in an antique secretary on the other side of the bathroom.

Hey, why not?

So, it gets wrecked from the steam.

Soooooo?

Hell, life is too short. And I love how the rich wood warms up the room so beautifully.

You don’t suppose that he did the campaign canopy bed from Anthropologie do you?

 

Well, it sure looks like it! I’ve always loved this bed.

Speaking of bedrooms. How pretty is this!

While it has Darryl’s signature touches of black, it retains its femininity without being precious.

Another wonderful bed too! Did you see the post about bedrooms?

via One King’s Lane

And all is not beige, black and white. Darryl too, loves blue and white porcelain.

 

And here’s the most brilliant kitchen with a lot of yellow and a toile wallpaper.

I love that etagere thing he has over the island.

If it were my kitchen, though, everything would be on the floor, but that’s just me.

Above and below a most elegant home that Darryl did in collaboration with architects Franck & Lohsen.

And his collaborations with architect Donald Lococo are legendary.

Well, with me, they are. I’ve posted this kitchen a few times and every time, Donald Lococo makes a point to thank me. Totally not necessary but that’s a class act!

 

That’s not the same mirror that’s in Darryl’s bathroom, is it?

(no, I just checked. Darryl’s is completely different)

And now for the “dreadful”  AWESOME room that Darryl Carter did for the Kips Bay Showhouse in 2014.

 

 

I love absolutely everything about this room. Nothing else to say.

 

Love this!

And now, I have done my best to channel Darryl in the furniture grouping below.

 

I so wanted to find some cool Gustavian chairs, but didn’t come across anything as sublime as the chairs he has.

But, I found the most amazing vintage screen from Maitland Smith.

 

 

xo,

  • Jane - September 8, 2017 - 2:53 PM

    Wha’st amazing about Darryl Carter’s work is that he makes it look easy, so easy that some people may not appreciate it. His rooms do not look forced. For example, his bathroom has a desk, which works! In my humble opinion, he has made it work by adding the picture. The picture matches the desk in color and style; the white frame and matting on the picture marry the picture (and desk) to the rest of the white bathroom. How clever.

    I wish my house could look so sublime.ReplyCancel

  • Travis - September 8, 2017 - 1:26 PM

    Thanks for another great post that has overwhelmingly positive comments. It seems like even if someone doesn’t appreciate the style they could still find something inspiring. On another note, what do you think of the solid panel shutters in Darryl’s room? They are rarely used but I love how they look and functional they seem. I know you have provided a lot of tips and inspiration photos for curtains but just curious to your thoughts and why you don’t see more of them in design. I’m a sucker for the “pocket shutter”. Beautiful room and some great ideas.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - September 8, 2017 - 1:41 PM

      Hi Travis,

      I love those shutters and am also a sucker for the pocket shutters with huge windows! Ahhh… my dream!ReplyCancel

  • Notbunny - August 27, 2017 - 10:31 AM

    When I click on the link to your latest post on hiding tv wires, it just comes up with the two catty ladies badmouthing Darryl. For a whole day now.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 27, 2017 - 11:08 AM

      Thanks for letting me know. A few people wrote in. It’s fixed now and I had to send the email out again. The link is always in three places in the email. For some reason, that link did not want to change!

      I suspect foul play. lolReplyCancel

  • Téa - August 26, 2017 - 3:17 PM

    Dear Laurel,

    Once again, your post is a wealth of knowledge and information. I am learning so much from your blog. Thanks so very much for the education. PS hope you’re feeling better!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - August 25, 2017 - 10:32 PM

    What a fabulous post — thank you!! Darryl Carter is now my second favorite designer. I just bought the 19th-C. Biedermeier Secretary Chest on Chairish!ReplyCancel

    • nancy keyes - August 26, 2017 - 5:19 PM

      Congratulations! It’s fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 26, 2017 - 3:27 PM

      Oh wow! That’s fantastic! Are you going to put it in the bathroom? haha!ReplyCancel

      • Sara - August 26, 2017 - 7:04 PM

        There is a zero percent chance that this beautiful piece is going in my bathroom! It will be the first piece of furniture in my empty Charleston living room! At least it’s a start…ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - August 26, 2017 - 10:44 PM

          Haha! Oh, it sounds fabulous. Please send me pics when it’s installed.ReplyCancel

  • Anita - August 25, 2017 - 6:35 PM

    omg – I am swooning over all of this…This is SO the style that I’m in love with, and have been planning for my in-process house. I only differ on the amount of art (I love gallery walls and have been collecting for several years) and on having a couple rooms with walls in shades of gray/greige rather than all all white (though I do notice his wallpapered dining room to break up the white a bit). Thanks for sharing this; I’m definitely saving it.ReplyCancel

  • Lorri - August 25, 2017 - 5:46 PM

    I’ve seen his kitchen before without knowing who it belonged to.

    I didn’t know about him, but I completely get what he’s doing in his rooms and I LOVE it. You have great taste, Laurel.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 25, 2017 - 7:20 PM

      Thanks Lorri, and something else I forgot to mention. My very first post (I’m afraid to look at it lol) is Darryl’s work but I only realized that quite recently. It’s actually the same home as the pretty white kitchen with black accents. ReplyCancel

  • Laura Tyson - August 25, 2017 - 5:02 PM

    Ahhhhhhh. Thank your for posting about this brilliant designer! It just seems like you could sit down for tea (hot or iced) in one of his rooms, let out a sigh and actually believe everything is going to be ok in the world. They are just that subdued. Perfection. I needed some inspo for my master bedroom and I think I’ve found the perfect post. Thanks,again!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - August 25, 2017 - 3:53 PM

    I’m late to this post but wanted to comment anyway. Darryl Carter is my all time favorite designer, but I do think t’s interesting how some don’t get him. I was so excited to show my daughter his first book, The New Traditional, and she was completely underwhelmed by it. I couldn’t make her see what I saw in him. Funny – different strokes, etc.

    He does like Moonlight White and did have his house in that color I think at one time, but I read that his latest update on his gorgeous house (which is only a mile and a half or so from mine – I ogle it longingly every time I drive by!) is now painted in Simply White.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 25, 2017 - 7:18 PM

      Hi Beth,

      Simply is one up from Moonlight, so a little brighter. But of course, depends on the light.ReplyCancel

  • Lori - August 24, 2017 - 5:38 PM

    I really respond to the way antique objects in his spaces sing because of the space they’re given. That said it wasn’t my favorite room that year. Alexa Hampton’s room rocked my world so much I think I was in design stupor through the rest of the house:)ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 24, 2017 - 6:21 PM

      I also loved Alexa Hampton’s room. I posted a couple pics of it a while back. ReplyCancel

  • Eileen - August 24, 2017 - 3:49 PM

    I love it: your post, and Darryl’s rooms. That’s all there is to say!ReplyCancel

  • Abigail Klode - August 24, 2017 - 2:22 PM

    Hi Laurel,
    LOVE this post & Darryl Carter & your blog!
    PLEASE start a Podcast!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 24, 2017 - 2:32 PM

      Hi Abigail,

      Oh my. A podcast. I so wish there were at least two of me. But thank you so much, in any case!ReplyCancel

  • Kiera - August 24, 2017 - 2:09 PM

    I bought Darryl’s book on your recommendation in another post, and fell in love with his style and the way he talks about design. I think he epitomizes the famous Coco Chanel quote, “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” He’s just doing that inside the house. It’s so much easier to add things (be they jewelry or home decor) than it is to edit them down to a few, well-chosen items that speak to each other and to the room. He’s brilliant.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 24, 2017 - 2:31 PM

      Hi Kiera,

      Great words from Coco, but if it was me, I would leave the house in my underwear. hahahahahaReplyCancel

  • Caroline @ The Hyphenated Home - August 24, 2017 - 12:04 PM

    He has such impeccable taste. I love color, but Darryl Carter makes me long for neutrals. He really has such appreciation for the sculptural aspects of furnishings and the textures, which you can’t always appreciate in other designers’ work.ReplyCancel

  • Paloma Contreras - August 24, 2017 - 9:18 AM

    Laurel, thank you for the mention! Not only is Darryl one of the most talented designers today, he is also so kind and lovely. Loved this post!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 24, 2017 - 2:12 PM

      Hi Paloma,

      Thanks so much! And so happy to see you here. Yours is one of the first design blogs I ever read and inspired me to begin my own. xoReplyCancel

  • Sarah McGee - August 24, 2017 - 8:27 AM

    LISTEN PEOPLE – once again LB is [email protected] Darryl Carter is a decorating SAINT and should be recognized as such. Every room he has ever touched makes me giddy. That man IS t a l e n t.

    Also – I adore, ADORE his collection for Milling Road (Baker).

    End Scene.ReplyCancel

  • eileen lonergan - August 24, 2017 - 6:39 AM

    I wish this post never had to end, the images don’t even need words, but you are so dang engaging it’s double fun to look and read your commentary 🙂 And how wonderful that it’s not for everyone, wouldn’t it be boring if we all loved the same thing? My Wednesday’s and Sunday’s would be quite dull. Thank you Laurel.ReplyCancel

  • Marianne - August 24, 2017 - 6:13 AM

    Hi Lauren
    I totally agree with you. Carter is a genius. Although my own personal taste is more in the Duquette style, I can appreciate Carter’s fantastic simplicity.ReplyCancel

  • jane - August 24, 2017 - 5:16 AM

    I’ve just re-painted a table with a ‘white’ that looks a lot like Darryl’s – in the UK it’s called ‘gesso’ – I think from Fired Earth. And it immediately made the old table, which was a pale yellow-ochre based cream, look much more expensive. And by chance I put a hand-made rich brown – like an acorn colour – bowl on it, and was struck by the combination. And now I see that combination again in Darryl’s work. I’m about to makeover a sitting room and having read your great article I’m now leaning in that direction. Although I will have to break out in frou frou somewhere – probably the kitchen (kitschen). Certainly Darryl’s kitchen is the one room that doesn’t work for me; the rest (apart from the lack of practicality in the bathroom as you pointed out) are – restful 🙂 and quietly sumptuous.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 24, 2017 - 11:45 AM

      Hi Jane,

      Oh “kitschen.” I love that! I may have to steal that one.

      As I look more closely at Darryl’s work, there is an irreverence that makes it all the more wonderful for me. The bathroom is a classic case in point. Not only is it an antique, but it’s a freaking desk, for freak’s sake! Like, wait. I’m going to take a bath now. No, wait. I need to write a letter to my mother.

      But, it’s a beautiful piece and I love that he put it in the bathroom. I think that most of us get too set in our ways of thinking about things and decor. And Darryl shows us that the genius happens when we shake all that up a bit.ReplyCancel

      • Libby - August 24, 2017 - 2:27 PM

        Yes, there is irreverence! Adjacent to the big desk is a portrayal of Judas moving in on a stoic Jesus for the kiss as Jesus “shows us the money” that bought Judas. Certainly, the painting highlights the rich colors of the leather chair and antique desk! This in the separate shower and tub room (as I learned in a OKL story I read this morning) of his bathroom. The interview highlights his enjoyment of his art and artifacts, and Carter admits he likes to challenge his guests with the art he chooses and loves.

        Again, great idea for a post and I love the elements you pulled together to achieve his tonal, collected look.

        P.S. The kitchen I liked was the one for a client and collaboration with an architect .ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - August 24, 2017 - 2:35 PM

          Hi Libby,

          That kitchen is in my top 3 all-time kitchens. (it might even be #1 but that would require too much brain-power right now. lol) I love everything about it! And I think what makes it are the little black elements. It’s homey and sophisticated all at the same time.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - August 24, 2017 - 1:07 AM

    Wow, words escape me. Thank you for that wonderful post, Laurel. The book is on my list..I’m going to read that interview(yes, I had no idea of who Darryl Carter is..and if I saw his works I didn’t know the name)..so beautiful..something of famous old Dutch painters about his designs..the pallettes, the light..hard to explain.
    It’s genious, actually. Talent speaks to you when you’re ready to listen. Genious takes over you whenever. Not my words, but I never forgot them.

    PS happy to see my favorite Eleonora Da Toledo:) she has a striking resemblance to one of my dear friends. so striking I think whether to get her for years already..was it original, I wouldn’t hesitate of course..:)
    I do have couple of paintings, one contemporary, but one actually antique, Victorian, that look like some dear people I know..that’s so mind blowing when it happens.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 24, 2017 - 1:36 AM

      Hi Jenny,

      Beautiful words! Thank you!

      Some say that there’s only a certain number of faces in the world. There’s some truth to that, I think.ReplyCancel

  • Parnassus - August 24, 2017 - 12:30 AM

    Hello Laurel, Possibly what some objected to in the showroom was the shabby large painting (or painted window shade?) which was perhaps too sharp a contrast with the perfection of the rest of the room. I would take it away and leave it blank or substitute something more in keeping. This is one case (for me) where sharp contrast is not automatically good or stimulating.

    I agreed with your remark about the kitchen–the raised shelves were a bit unnerving, but I suppose that designers have to take risks and sometimes resort to tricks to grab attention.
    –JimReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 24, 2017 - 12:35 AM

      Hi Jim,

      I love the art! ReplyCancel

      • Parnassus - August 24, 2017 - 1:39 AM

        Hi again, Let me be a little clearer–I meant that for those who dislike the room, taking away the painting might remove their objection. Personally, I like some things in “as-is” condition. One additional shabby piece might help tie the room together, on the other hand it might take away the effectiveness of the one knock-out piece. (That is why you and Darryl Carter are the decorators, and I am not!)
        –Jim
        P.S. In response to some other comments, minimalism is simple only in the sense that it is not cluttered–in many ways it is much more difficult to achieve than a busy room that uses many devices that might disguise a basic lack of proportion or inspiration.ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - August 24, 2017 - 11:38 AM

          Hi Jim. No worries. And actually, Nancy pointed out to me that there the little round table has holes where the drawers are supposed to be.

          And I agree completely with your take on minimalism. It is like an amazing ballerina who floats around doing multiple turns on pointe (geeezzz, I wrote “paint” first. lol) And it is anything but easy. Just because something looks easy, doesn’t mean that it is.

          and then there are things that seem impossible, but for some ARE easy. My son does stuff with his trombone that one could spend a lifetime trying to do and won’t be able to. He just picks up the horn and out it comes. That’s a gift!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Payton - August 24, 2017 - 12:13 AM

    Oh Please! Really! Totally struggling with the fact that anyone would see any talent in Daryl’s work. My own home that I am doing myself is better than his…honestly. To me a good designer is one who can put patterns together and make them work ( which is not that easy to do) not just boring stuff like Daryl’s bedroom that you illustrated for example. How hard is that to do..really. Most people know that every room should have some black in it ( a lamp shade or something) to ground the room. So Daryl puts a black lamp shade in the bedroom. Big deal! I am totally in the wrong business. I would love to send pictures of our rec room which I designed, had painted and did the furniture tooReplyCancel

    • Lorri - August 25, 2017 - 6:04 PM

      Damn Skippy!, er I mean Lori Payton,

      I’m totally struggling with the fact that a talented designer, such as you call yourself, can’t understand restrained classicism, where the pure sculpture of the pieces shine and the art of it all is about the interplay of shapes and finishes.

      I guess design for some consists of trite rules and limiting beliefs about what requires skill and what doesn’t.

      Also, patterns are really not difficult.ReplyCancel

      • Laurel Bern - August 25, 2017 - 7:38 PM

        Hi Lorri,

        Years ago before I started this blog, I used to comment on Vicente Wolf’s blog. Then, one day, I read a response from someone who said that he looked at my portfolio and said that I needed to go back to design school.

        I looked at his and vomited all over my keyboard. But the point is… who disses a colleague’s work in a public forum where identities are revealed? (rhetorical question) :]

        Anyway, aside from her self-aggrandizing proclamation of being a “better” designer than Darryl, (impossible) she misspelled his name every time.

        I guess you could say that she dropped the mike on herself with that one. ReplyCancel

        • Mary - August 25, 2017 - 9:27 PM

          Hi, Laurel.
          Lori P. just doesn’t get it. Period.ReplyCancel

          • nancy keyes - August 25, 2017 - 10:52 PM

            Agree!

          • Laurel Bern - August 25, 2017 - 10:06 PM

            Indeed!

    • Maurie - August 25, 2017 - 1:39 PM

      Dear Lori,
      I read this comment days ago and cant stop thinking about how nasty it comes across. Laurel’s reply was rather gracious. I normally dont reply to another persons comments but I couldn’t shake this one for some reason.

      Darryl’s work may not be your thing but you can see it obviously strikes a cord with many many people. Isn’t it refreshing that we all dont love the same things. How boring would that be!?

      There are ways to dislike something without being so harsh. Id love to see your work if you think it is on par or better than the work showcased here. You must be very talented, as well. Maybe Laurel would even showcase it if it is that amazing.

      I am not trying to be rude…but remarks like that are no different than the ones all over the media today. I just think we could all stand to be a little more conscious when we speak.ReplyCancel

      • nancy keyes - August 25, 2017 - 5:01 PM

        Hi Maurie,
        This comment has stayed with me as well! Well said and I will guess many people will agree…ReplyCancel

      • Laurel Bern - August 25, 2017 - 2:21 PM

        Hi Maurie,

        Well said and appreciated. ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 24, 2017 - 12:34 AM

      WHAT???????????????ReplyCancel

      • Kiera - August 24, 2017 - 3:21 PM

        One thing I really admire about Darryl’s work is that he knows how to make neutrals exciting and inviting. To my non-interior-designer eye, that seems like it has to be so much harder, because then you really have to pay attention to form and architecture and texture, because all of that stuff is now what has to draw the eye. Balance also seems like it would be far more difficult here as well. It’s so easy for neutrals to be boring, which is why it blows me away that his never are.

        I think it’s like going into a really high-end restaurant and seeing that they have chicken on the menu. I’m always thinking, “I’m not getting chicken here, I can easily make chicken at home.” And it’s true, I can make chicken at home, really great chicken, in fact. But once, I ordered the chicken just to see why on earth it was sitting on this otherwise stellar menu and oh my God, the chicken was amazing, every ingredient was perfect and simple and they went so well together it was like I died and went to chicken heaven. That’s the trick, isn’t it? The really, truly great ones make it look like it should be so easy to do, but it takes a lot of talent to pull off a stellar chicken dish or a stellar neutral decor.ReplyCancel

        • Lorri - August 25, 2017 - 6:07 PM

          Kiera, you are so right. I love color, but I also LOVE his rooms. He does indeed make neutrals exciting.ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - August 24, 2017 - 3:46 PM

          Thank you Kiera!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - August 23, 2017 - 11:14 PM

    Laurel, I knew we were sisters separated at birth, but now this post! The first time I saw a Darryl Carter image my heart almost stopped. I can never ever get enough of him! Your translation of his colours was brilliant (you DID do that, didn’t you?) and I agree that he’s so far ahead, he’s already lapping everyone in style, substance and meaning. I do love Bunny, Mark S. and John R., Monsieur Saladino and Mario Buatta, Alexa H., Victoria (and truly, dozens of others–where would we be without them?), but when it comes down to paring things down to their elements, Darryl’s interiors are graceful, soulful and so peacefully gentle–you can almost hear the furniture speaking to each other! Thanks for showing him off in pictures!!!ReplyCancel

  • Taryl - August 23, 2017 - 11:04 PM

    I’m a big fan of color but his eye for composition is amazing. It all feels so interesting and intentional and stately but fresh. How does he do that???

    I don’t think I could live in his rooms, but I’d sure love a visit. Wow!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 23, 2017 - 11:27 PM

      Hi Taryl,

      Oh, I could live in his rooms, but I’d definitely need a maid! hahaReplyCancel

  • Maurie - August 23, 2017 - 10:56 PM

    Absolutely love most everything he does. We lounge around a lot so I probably need a big comfy sofa…but love his perfect editing. I actually have the Bm color palette they published…it is hard to come by, and they had the breakdown in the store of which color was which…so that was great. Could you share which “off-whites” you think he used in some of these rooms? I can never see to know which to do. I alsways worry it will look too yellow…but his are perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Smith - August 23, 2017 - 10:48 PM

    I saw him speak on a panel at ADAC, and he was so charming and funny!ReplyCancel

  • Lizzy - August 23, 2017 - 10:22 PM

    Thanks for turning me on to him. Those photos are amazing! Love the palette, especially.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Randolph - August 23, 2017 - 10:21 PM

    I fell in love with Darryl’s design the very first time I saw it. He can place a wing chair, side board, settee or other classically traditional piece in a minimalist room with such a masterful eye. His use of gilt with black, brown and tone on tone whites and off whites is never cold or stark. I think he’s a genius and one pick for my fantasy dinner party…Mark Sikes can come too!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 23, 2017 - 10:37 PM

      haha! Yes, indeed! And I can see some similarities in their work, but also differences.ReplyCancel

  • Libby - August 23, 2017 - 10:06 PM

    Great idea for a post and great storytelling. I enjoyed the images of his work and what you pulled together for a Carter-esque home.
    The showhouse room looks very comfortable compared to several more austere furnishings in other photos. Now to look at links to the kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • nancy keyes - August 23, 2017 - 10:02 PM

    OK Laurel!
    Just got home from a cocktail party and saw the headline of your post. I would saved it for the morning so I could savor every word…but it sounded like it came right out of my mouth??? Marc did have to catch my arm when we walked into that room! What a fabulous post about one of the best as far as I am concerned!
    XOXOReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 23, 2017 - 10:34 PM

      Hi Nancy,

      That was a memorable moment for sure. I was thinking of you the entire time I was writing it!ReplyCancel

  • Hollie @ Stuck on Hue - August 23, 2017 - 9:51 PM

    I’m a color gal myself, but I can certainly appreciate Darryl’s talents. His designs are impeccable. Subdued color palettes, and minimal “decoration,” but still warm and layered feeling.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 23, 2017 - 9:55 PM

      Hi Hollie,

      I feel that way about some designers too. I can appreciate their work because it’s well done, but it’s not my preference. But then, I really do like a lot of things. I guess that there are worse problems. haha
      ReplyCancel