Lonny Loves: Cy and Genevieve Carter

The husband-wife duo of Carter Design takes our Proustian questionnaire

Lonny Loves: Cy and Genevieve Carter
Photo (right) by Kimberly Genevieve, courtesy of Carter Design

Names: Cy and Genevieve Carter 

Occupation: Founders of interior design firm, Carter Design

Resides in: Los Angeles, California

Best Known for: Cy's Texas roots and antiquing experience fused with Commune alum Genevieve's love for sustainable materials.  

1. Antique or modern?
A mix

2. City or country?
A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll.

3. Which colors do you use most?
Variations of white

4. Favorite materials or textures?
Leather, wood, velvet, and hemp linens

5. What is your favorite interior design-related word or phrase?
"Truth window"....A truth window is used in straw bale house construction as a window to see the components of the interior of the walls. We like to use this term metaphorically when we are exposing elements of the homes and spaces we are designing.

Lonny Loves: Cy and Genevieve Carter
Photo by Kreg Holt, courtesy of Carter Design

6. Does your current home look like the one you grew up in?
After living in all sorts of places, yes, it does look like both the homes we each grew up in and have the fondest memories of.

7. Does a room need a view?
Yes.

8. Favorite designer or architect?
Ilse Crawford.

9. Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
Remodelista, World of Interiors, Pinterest

10. What qualities do you most admire in a room?
Light, airiness, openness. Authenticity and integrity of the materials chosen.
This sounds crazy but we love a good ceiling.

Lonny Loves: Cy and Genevieve Carter
Photo by Kreg Holt, courtesy of Carter Design

11. What is a forbidden word in your house?
Hate.

12. Design rule you love to break?
Whoops we didn't get the memo. Are there design rules?

13. What is your favorite room in the house?
The kitchen, because it's always where the action is, or a screened-in porch which just emanates good living.

14. What is your most treasured possession?
G: A pair of copper sconces that my grandmother picked up at a flea market in Kentucky when she was in college and studying interior design.
C: A set of white and black enamel plates that were in the old ranch house my grandparents moved into when they moved up to the Texas Panhandle to start ranching as newlyweds. My grandparents gave them to us when we got engaged.


Lonny Loves: Cy and Genevieve Carter
Photo by Kimberly Genevieve, courtesy of Carter Design

15. What do you wish you could do without?
Sugar.

16. How does West Coast design differ from East Coast design? Does it?
It does and it doesn't. Good design takes into account the surroundings while creating its own specific place. If you came to our house it would be hard to know which coast or region you were in for that matter.

17. What's your favorite thing about Los Angeles—design-related or otherwise?
G: The Bougainvillea that grows everywhere. The colors are like a fireworks show daily.

Lonny Loves: Cy and Genevieve Carter
Photo by Kimberly Genevieve, courtesy of Carter Design

18. If you could live in one historical figure’s house, whose would it be?
G: Georgia O'Keefe's.
C: Alexander Calder's.

19. On what movie set would you like to live and why?
G: Bringing Up Baby. I just love the mixture of the wild animal and the sophisticated world, the rooms, the costumes, and of coarse the pet leopard!
C: Pierrot Le Fou. Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina are always on the move in these outrageous settings and beautiful locations, and the sets are always shifting. 

20. To which city or country would you move for the design?
Sweden. Design is an inherent part of the culture there and has been for so long that the community is bold in their mix of old and new. We appreciate their use of raw materials. The design and interiors have an inherit relationship with the outdoors. It's a culture of craftsmanship that would be wonderful to live around.

21. If you were reborn as a piece of furniture?
G: A deconstructed chaise lounge.
C: Anything made by Jacques Adnet... or an old three-legged stool.

Lonny Loves: Cy and Genevieve Carter
Photo by Kimberly Genevieve, courtesy of Carter Design

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