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The Collected Home: Rooms with Style, Grace, and History
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
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As a designer, every time I see Darryl's work, I marvel at his talent to "white out" what would otherwise be same old traditional or colonial spaces. In other words, he can take your typical (and sometimes cluttered) design and edit it, clarify it to such a poetic yet livable state, that you wonder how modern it is despite the very colonial roots. Not that anything is wrong with color or traditional design (I'm a fan of both), but his work feels like the antithesis to hundreds of well-designed but boring spaces that seem to have a complete lack of innovative design given the modern world we live in. His second book, The Collected Home, is a heart-felt rendition of some of his latest work, his aesthetics and guiding principles. I particularly enjoyed the photographs that beautifully illustrate his strong emphasis on architectural integrity and how little ornamentation you really need if the bones are exceptionally designed. A personal favorite quote from the book, as he describes his first show house experience "..young and intimidated by the veteran designers also presenting their work, I thought, "This is not at all the way a home should be experienced."" Knowing the context, I can completely relate to that feeling - Raji Radhakrishnan / Murali Narasimhan
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 6, 2012
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Modernism was in part a reaction to the excessive ornamentation that characterized the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Century. Modernists craved clean lines and simplicity. Function rather than beauty dictated form. Some early modernists thinkers decried ornamentation as a crime. In pursuit of their aesthetic project, the modernists rejected 2,500 years of classical wisdom.

It is into this hotly waged conflict that Darryl Carter enters. With great tact, Carter strips away excessive ornamentation and works his way back to the nature inspired origins of classical thought. He is able to find common ground between these two not so disimilar aesthetics. Carter has the artist's gift of mixing what initially appear to be dissimilar objects and finding a coherent overall vision. His "cool" approach reminds of Swedish neo-classicism. This is Carter's second book. Like his first book, "The Collected Home" is a great success. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2012
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Darryl Carter is truly the master of creating warm and inviting rooms with a minimalist feel. (Who knew those elements could co-exist so beautifully?) After first seeing his home (at that time) on the cover of Metropolitan Home in 1997, I have followed his meteoric rise in the design world ever since. While his designs are undeniably gorgeous, I love the fact they are also incredibly comfortable and not too "precious". This is perfect for someone like myself who has a great appreciation for a beautiful, well appointed home but wants nothing to be off-limits to my pets or those who visit. The Collected Home is a perfect follow up to his phenomenal book The New Traditional and I regularly go back and re-read sections in both. My hope is that he's already got the wheels turning for book #3!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2013
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Darryl Carter gives some GREAT advice on decorating any home although the pictures in the book leave something to be desired. I prefer pictures over text....so this book left me no choice but to read. And I am glad I did. Carter's advice is practical and can be applied to any style. I recommend this book especially to anyone starting their home decor from scratch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2013
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This book inspired me. I sat through only about 10-15 pages before jumping up, moving furniture, shelves, display items, putting items away and taking others out for prominent positioning. I discovered my colors (which were there all along but I didn't see them!). Highly recommend and have shared my copy with friends for their own inspiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2013
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Some beautiful rooms and vignettes to look at in this book. Daryl Carter includes lots of stunning antique pieces in his work pictured here, so consequently this book might suit antique lovers with a large budget for decorating who are looking for stylish, timeless inspiration!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
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Darryl Carter is a designer extraordinaire. His rooms seem very thought out while using neutrals that are crisp and not boring. He has managed to create his own style that I could pick out just by looking at his work, and not actually knowing it was his. Superb!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2013
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as a designer i love having inspirational books around my office. i didn't find much inspiration here. that's the one downside i see to ordering this type of book on amazon - you get a peak, but not a whole idea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
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Wish my rooms looked like some of the ones in this book (we have a lot of stuff and a small house). Gorgeous minimalist decor and neutral color schemes...a pleasure to look through if you like simple, clean design.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
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I bought this for my wife, because rather than just pictures, it actually explained How and Why you select items to personalize a home and make it your very own with items that you have collected over the years.
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