Hometown: Washington, D.C.
On his plate: Releasing my second book and opening a home-furnishings store in the Shaw neighborhood of D.C.; darrylcarter.com
Every Southern dining room should have... Candlelight
What makes a dining room Southern? Spirited guests
Favorite way to personalize a room: With unique objects chosen for the enjoyment and fascination of the guests—something to get the conversation started!
Dining room palette: bold color or muted neutrals? If I had to choose, I'd say neutrals, because they'll endure the test of time. Blue-and-white toile is so classic, it's almost a neutral!
Dining room table: round or rectangular? Round, if it works in the space. It’s more egalitarian.
Go-to fabric for upholstering dining chairs: It depends on the setting. I always try for something forgiving, and I never opt for anything too precious. I want guests to feel comfortable, not like they can’t sit down and enjoy themselves.
Host chairs: do or don't? Do, if you want, but always designate them for guests.
Favorite flourish in his dining room: Tough one! Probably the alabaster pendant light for its shape, delicate carved detail, and the soft light it casts in the evening.
His silver pattern: A mix of different patterns I've collected over time.
His china pattern: Antique flow blue transferware
His crystal pattern: I prefer to keep it less formal with Roost’s Birch glassware.
Who’s on his Thanksgiving guest list? Close friends
Last words of advice: Simple style and casual entertaining make everyone feel at home—no need to overthink or overdo it.