You may recall my Book Review of Carrier and Company Positive Chic Interiors in the fall.

I have long been a fan of this firm’s work and was thrilled to get to know them at the Antiques & Garden Show in Nashville a few weeks ago.

They are just as warm and lovely as their interiors and I have extra admiration for their ability to work together while making it look so easy. 

Here is their staggeringly impressive bio via their beautiful website:

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Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, the principals of Carrier & Company Interiors, are a husband-and-wife design duo who create rooms that are a confident mix of timeless and contemporary design—both familiar and fresh at once. Always refined and sophisticated, light-filled and airy, the Carriers’ work ranges in style from elegantly traditional to luxuriously minimalist to glamorously bohemian. Their rooms feature subtle patterns and neutral palettes punctuated by bursts of exuberance and unexpected mixes of high and low, old and new.

As Architectural Digest noted in naming them to the AD100 list, “They have established a reputation for spicing the appropriate with the strikingly unusual”, and “the spirited, winning nature of this Manhattan-based couple has attracted the attention—and business—of fashion and media heavyweights.” Clients include Anna Wintour (Vogue), Bob Pittman, Jane Rosenthal, Jay Fielden (Town & Country & Esquire), Jason Wu, Annie Leibovitz, and Jessica Chastain, to name a few. In addition to AD100, Carrier and Company is also a proud standing member of the Elle Décor A List, and NY Spaces Top 50 Designers.

Whether decorating a sprawling beach house or a loft downtown, a Park Avenue penthouse or guest quarters in converted barns, Carrier and Company’s mission is to connect people with place and combine their tailored, carefully edited and curated approach with the clients’ collections, artwork, taste, and personality, creating exquisitely detailed yet comfortable and personalized spaces. As Anna Wintour writes in the Foreword of their 1st book Carrier and Company Positively Chic Interiors, “Each and every interior here embodies a real sense of personal charm; these are homes whose high style comes from a very human-scaled sense of warmth and joy.”

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I had the chance to sit down with them for a few more questions and fun after their design panel with Nathan Turner, Mary McDonald and moderated by the hilarious Robert Leleux (author, former Domino editor and founder of SouthernStyleNow). 

So I understand you are college sweethearts and design majors from FIT… What did you do before starting your firm in 2005? 

Jesse worked and gained experience with Thomas O’Brien at Aero Studios & Jeffrey Bilhuber for over 10 years.  

Mara worked for Sills Huniford & Marcy Masterson among others. 

They knew when it was time to join together with their

  

What was the biggest surprise or challenge in working together?  

They have a built in trust between them and a balance yet, it all started in a tight apartment that could prove to be challenging. Luckily, the grew to an office in their same building and on to another. 

 

Do you have a design icon/ mentor?  

Mara- Had amazing godparents with a wonderful aesthetic. They lived a worldly, continental, cosmopolitan mix with renaissance kitchen. They beautifully entertained and holiday were extravagant  and well planned. It was the details of of a life well lived. 

Jesse – Albert Hadley of Parish Hadley & Bunny Williams also has a wonderful style that is always comfortable.   

Do you think design is inherent or can be taught? 

Jesse- Inherent but you also much have resources

Mara “Design is about expression. It is the ability to capture a feeling and translate it into a space.” 

 

 Where are you going for inspiration? Travel dream?  

They have not traveled for pleasure much since having children. They are looking forward to exploring Berlin and Copenhagen where they have friends. They want to be immersed in the culture and everyday life versus a tourist in a hotel. 

 

Where do you get away from it all or unwind? 

A vacation home in Duchess County, NY deep in the woods. It is close to Millbrook, Kent & Hudson so there are the amenities of shopping and restaurants while having the ability to get away from it all. It is a total contrast to city living. 

 

Where do you shop to get inspired or secret shopping sources?

Mara’s Aunt’s, Doris Feldman, Culver City , California shop – Jefferson West. It is a treasure trove. 

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Dream project?  

A White House but, not this one.

Design client note – Current editorial clients have their own point of view which is easier than the ones who have no opinion. 

 

NYC favorites:

Favorite Museums?  

The MET,  Tenement Museum & Neue Galerie

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Restaurant?

Jesse – Polo Bar

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  Mara – Monkey Bar

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 Favorite Showroom or design shop?  

John Rosselli

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Another Source to share…

Sam Frost Photography

Favorite Project?

Anna Wintour’s country house including working with the Miranda Brooks

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& Hollander Design landscape architects.

A look at some beautiful projects and many more on their website:

Jessica Chastain’s Apartment

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An incredible featuring Windermere Southhampton

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A project via T & C
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