Antiques look right at home with contemporary furnishings in the new store opened by Washington designer Darryl Carter in DC’s Shaw neighborhood. The carefully chosen old and new designs, displayed in a remodeled 19th-century building, reflect Carter’s eclectic yet tailored approach to interiors.
“This is an opportunity for my design services and philosophy to be gatherable in small bites,” Carter says. Shoppers can buy his furniture, fabrics and lighting, and consult with his staff of designers who work in a carriage house behind the store.
After purchasing the dilapidated property in 2008, Carter collected old doors, sinks and architectural pieces for its rooms, while enlisting the help of Wnuk Spurlock Architecture and Glass Construction in the renovation. Many of the building’s eccentricities, including broken-through brick walls, are celebrated rather than disguised. “I wanted you to sense the organic evolution of the building,” he says.
Carter organized the store like a house to “encourage people to meander and engage.” On the ground floor, a “library” of china and glassware is reached through a grand stone archway salvaged from a Tudor-style house in McLean.
Many of the products, including soup bowls and salt cellars, are created by local artisans. Handmade trivets and cheese boards are stacked on the rustic table in the second-level dining room set between a working kitchen and a courtyard.
The third-floor “living area” features sofas, chairs, leather goods and fabric samples, which are displayed in old wire baskets. In the attic, where ceiling framing is left exposed, linens and pillows are arranged on a bed of Carter’s design. “Everything can be customized,” says the designer. “You can pick the threading on the sheet to match your wall color.” 1320 9th Street, NW; 202-234-5926. darrylcarter.com.