“The making of a home seems to be increasingly thought of as a chore that is managed through common catalog offerings and compulsive purchases informed by immediate need.” – Darryl Carter
In interior design school, we learned how to put together rooms all at once. Whether we were creating mood boards to present to our professors or sending our 3-D renderings to the cloud, there was always an emphasis on selecting all of your materials, finishes, color harmonies, furniture pieces and furnishings simultaneously.
On the one hand, designing a room in this way gives you a sense of cohesion. On the other hand, it can feel rushed and forced. What if we didn’t have to purchase everything for a space within a matter of weeks or months? What if we could have a collected home?
“Forgo the immediate, and embrace the lasting” – Darryl Carter
In his book, “The Collected Home”, Top 100 AD designer and Milling Road by Baker furniture designer Darryl Carter teaches us how to embrace the process of collecting a home. This process can take years as we allow each of the objects in our home to speak to us and truly represent us.
Carter welcomes us into every aspect of his home, and the home of his clients, through thoughtfully written words and perfectly lit photography. As he explains his instinctual way of decorating a home, we get the sense that we too should be collecting our homes through special mementos, artisanal pieces, DIY reinvention and one of a kind antique finds.
Collecting a home is clearly a paradigm shift, but Carter effortlessly guides us through the journey in this 208 page-turner. Whether we are considering the hinges on our doors, the architectural envelope (as he refers to it) or the shutters on our windows, Carter leaves no decision to chance. Even though he doesn’t rush the design process, make no mistake about it – he designs from a very present, chronological and organized place.
Carter isn’t just one to talk the talk (the design talk that is); he is committed to making exquisite design accessible to all. This summer, Milling Road at Baker Furniture launched Carter’s stunning line of furniture and accessories. Now you really have no excuse to get it together.
If you don’t have a copy of “The Collected Home,” you need to order one today. Every page and image in this book contains a wealth of information from one of the greatest designers of our time.
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