The New Traditional
Reinvent-Balance-Define Your Home
By Darryl Carter
(Potter Style, Hardcover, 9780307408655, 208pp.)
Publication Date: August 26, 2008
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Darryl Carter is a leader in the design world, recognized for his restrained, distinguished, and livable environments. Known for seamlessly mixing the modern with the classical, Carter presents a comprehensive guide to creating a home that balances individual comfort with a timeless aesthetic.
Comfort is the essential element of a successful interior, but also the most elusive. Too often our design decisions are driven by others. In The New Traditional, Darryl Carter encourages you to be true to your own lifestyle. More than a stunning book, this is an accessible resource for making an elegant, inviting home, responsive to the people who live in it every day.
A fresh take on American design, Carter’s work has been lauded as the New Traditional for effortlessly blending classic and modern elements to create personal environments. Patinated furniture, subtle textiles and lighting, and chalky washes of color are among the details that transform a house into a home. Carter explains how you can translate these details into inspired and always calming surroundings. Ignore the obvious. Redefine a dining room so that it doubles as a library by lining the walls with bookshelves and using wing chairs in lieu of dining chairs. Stain wood floors white to create a greater sense of space. Build rooms around art. Carter shows that designing your home is a process to be enjoyed.
DARRYL CARTER lives in Washington, D.C. His work has appeared in dozens of major shelter, lifestyle, and news publications, including Town and Country, Elle Decor, Metropolitan Home, and O at Home. He frequently appears on a host of design programs. For more information, visit darrylcarter.com.