Darryl Carter‘s boutique was on my list of must sees during my trip to Washington, DC last month.
I’ve read about it and seen many photos of it. Yet, I was not ready!
Mr. Carter is one of my favorite interior designers. He usually works with neutral palettes and I love his modern take on traditional, classic style.
He didn’t study interior design. Carter was expected to attend law school and he did.
His transition from a very successful lawyer to one of the most acclaimed designers in America is inspiring.
His boutique, a pre-Civil War carriage house, is located in the Shaw neighborhood. The space was in complete disrepair when Carter bought it in 2008. The extensive renovation was thoughtful and bold, retaining many of the building’s unique features. The exterior work was approved by the Historic Preservation Review Board.
Carter sells antiques and new items that are handmade by artisans. Like his interior design work, the boutique is beautifully edited. It feels more like a home, rather than a store.
Megan was kind enough to show me around during my visit.
Much of the wood on the first floor was salvaged from the South African Embassy which was built around the same time as the original structure.
This incredible limestone arch came from an old Virginia manor.
The cupboards were salvaged from the butler’s panty of the Dumbarton estate.
This Birdseye maple dresser is an American antique from 1835.
Chairs from the late 1900s found in Philadelphia.
This sofa? Like butter.
African birthing chair.
I wish I took a better photos of the kitchen. My fingers were still defrosting. I cannot handle cold weather anymore.
I love every single thing about this space, especially the doors that lead out to the courtyard.
This bench, designed by Carter, is perfection.