reating a home to nurture heart and soul, interior designer
Michael Carter drew inspiration from the homeowners’ love
of art, as well as their very real need for a kitchen/gathering
place for three active children and two tail-wagging terriers. Solution: a sumptuous mix of natural elegance in the
more formal living areas at the front of the house and a high-style kitchen emphasizing function and comfort in the back.
The 1980s house in a bucolic setting in Concord, Massachusetts, was new to the couple when Carter, principal
of Carter & Company Interior Design in Boston, became involved two years ago. Seeing
that the homeowners were collectors drawn to works evoking water, nature, and tranquillity, Carter knew the interiors should be subtle yet strong. “Neutral is the luxurious
background to artwork in this house,” he says of the cream-colored palette he created
with fabrics, wall surfaces, and flooring.
Playing on the notion of first impressions, Carter started with big drama in the
entry foyer, which already featured a cathedral ceiling and winding stairway. “With the
a painting by artist Raphael Jaimes-Branger (right) evokes a serene scene and is placed in the
living room above a shell-finish console table. The nailhead-trim ottomans hint of Moorish style.