“It’s the scrapbook of our lives” (Carter).
Author and Ralph Lauren executive Mary Randolph Carter is a master curator of American Junk. Her decorative style creates a warm, cluttered farmhouse feel. The intricate mélange of antiques, secondhand goods and pop art take up more than shelf space in her remarkably sincere Upper East Side apartment. Every nic-nac, dusty book, religious icon, and cowgirl vest seems reflexive of a memory, time or story.
At age 16 her family’s home burnt down, along with every memory inside it. Refurnishing their new home proved to be a spark for Carter’s vision of unifying castoff articles to spawn familiarity.
In an age of fast furniture and minimalism her style and character certainly stand out. Let the things we surround ourselves with be more than objects. Let it be a collection of visual imagery serving to draw some sort of reflection from you and others. Ask yourself; do the contents of your apartment have a history beyond a U-Haul ride back from Ikea?
If you want to look beyond picture-perfect interior design, take a look at her personal and creative attitude towards style and ornamentation in her book “Never Stop to Think… Do I Have a Place for This” (2014). Also, check out her 1988 design book “American Family Style”.
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