Keeneland Magazine

NO4 2013

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that make someone a designer. Things that you can't learn in design school." If there is a secret to his success, other than hard work, he said, "it's making sure my designs always refect the lives and the personalities of the people who live in the spaces. That's the most important thing. I design to please them, not myself." Chris Young agrees. "Matt puts his own ego aside and becomes a chameleon for his clients. He doesn't care about getting his own way." Our conversation with Carter has been a long one. It's time now for him to close up Matthew Carter Interiors for the day and head home to his own house, the charming old Georgian jewel that he and his partner, architect Brett Bruner, bought nine years ago and have lovingly renovated. The white-columned house and the enchanting garden glow with the sheen of serenity and sophistication. Inside and out, everything is beautiful but comfortable, casual yet elegant. Nothing is pretentious. Nothing is contrived. It is Left and below left, Carter worked on this house on a farm just outside Lexington, and the rooms refect both elegance and comfort. a shining example of why Matt Carter has become a champion designer in the Bluegrass. K 119 Clay Avenue Lexington, KY 40502 859-389-6552 KEENELAND WINTER 2013 53

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