The Collected Home: Rooms with Style, Grace, and History

The Collected Home: Rooms with Style, Grace, and History

by Darryl Carter, Trish Donnally


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Readers who love new traditional design that's clean and refined yet comfortable will find inspiration and liberation in how acclaimed designer and author Darryl Carter perceives the home as a collection of beloved hand-selected items.

In The New Traditional, Darryl Carter laid out the principles of his widely recognized and beloved design aesthetic, which balances individual comfort with a subtle color palette to achieve serene and timeless style. Now, Darryl explores the essence of what brings a home to life, from textures to multipurpose furniture to unexpected objects.

The Collected Home
dazzles with gorgeous photographs of rooms and details, and enlightening text about what makes a space extraordinary. Additionally, Darryl provides—for the first time ever—hands-on advice for approaching home design, such as defining short- and long-term goals, from selecting an antique door knocker to planning the architectural elements of an addition.

Lavishly illustrated, this book is a must-have for anyone who desires a home that feels richly layered, full of character, and unquestionably calm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307953940
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 823,239
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.08(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

DARRYL CARTER lives in Washington, D.C. His work routinely appears on the pages of major international shelter and lifestyle publications. He has been named one of the top 100 designers in the world by Architectural Digest, one of the top 30 designers in America on Elle Décor’s A-list, and in House Beautiful’s Who’s Who in American Design. His home collections can be visited at

Table of Contents

1    feel                  recognize the potential
2    collaborate        understand shared goals
3    plan                 anticipate and discipline
4    enhance            refine with architectural elements
5    design              put ideas into action
6    connect             integrate paints and textile palettes
7    collect              seek the artisanal in furniture
8    curate              select art and accents
9    evolve              embrace life changes

A Parting Word
Appendix A: Paints         
Appendix B:Architects and Contractors

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“In his second book, Washington designer Darryl Carter explains how he creates his refined yet rustic spaces....If you’re ready to curate your place in a meaningful fashion, this book will guide you in the right direction.” —Washington Post’s Best Design Books of 2012

“Darryl Carter shares the secrets behind his serene, refined interiors in his second book. From choosing the right wall colors to how best to display beloved heirlooms, Carter provides thoughtful instruction on tailoring your home to suit your personal lifestyle and taste.” —Architectural Digest

“As far as decorating resources go, Carter is turning out to be a one-stop shop.”   —Elle Décor

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