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SEP-OCT 2018

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ABOVE: Quiche from a Thomas Keller recipe, candied bacon, salad, roasted tomatoes, and biscuits were served on antique Spode china. TOP: The host chats with Jane Hoke, who worked on the neoclassical interiors alongside Carter. RIGHT: A seasonal mélange of greenery, ilex berries, castor bean, dahlias, red salvia, solidago, bee balm, and 'Annabelle' hydrangea sits atop an Italian chest with a Swedish Gustavian mirror above. presented just the right balance of elegance and ease. Growing up in Monroeville, Alabama, home to author Harper Lee, Carter was exposed to the kind of small-town entertaining where multiple generations gathered frequently and expert hostesses set a tone of gracious welcome. "My grandmothers ran really nice homes and threw beautiful family dinners," he says. "I've always admired people who can do that." A set of antique Spode neoclassical china, reflecting Carter's love of Regency style, brought his point of view to the meal. "I am especially focused on the years between 1790 and 1830," he says. The house illustrates his point, with accents such as an Egyptian Revival urn, a Regency tea caddy, and antique Wedgwood adorning the shelves and surfaces. Original archi- tectural watercolors and Italian gouaches, gathered along his travels and framed as his mood suits, round out his collection. Since guests were able to roam his colorful, antiques-filled rooms, friend and floral designer Sybil Sylvester positioned spectacular arrangements of fall blooms throughout the house. Dahlias, persimmon branches, and greenery from the yard reflected the colors Carter favors: orange and red hues that frequently appear in classic ceramics and artwork. Perched on surfaces in every room, they served as welcoming signposts of hospitality. "I love the idea of doing something extra for friends," he says. "After many years of living in a shoebox, it's such a pleasure to share my home with them." For more information, see Sources, page 84

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