NEW YORK - For the past year or so, Mara Miller and Jesse Carrier, the husband-and-wife team behind the New York-based interior design firm Carrier and Company, noticed that when they met with potential clients, they always got the same question: “Can we have a copy of your book?” “We’d offer them our portfolio, but that wasn’t what they were looking for,” says Carrier, who met Miller when they were undergraduates at FIT. “Everyone just assumed we’d published a monograph.” Future clients will be happy to know, then, that Vendome Press has just released Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors. A foreword by Anna Wintour is followed by a selection of projects that capture the firm’s timeless, edited style. Rooms balance a neutral palette with bold pattern, resulting in light, airy spaces with plenty of personality. Ten years ago, Wintour was their first client, and she tapped them to make over the Vogue editor’s Long Island retreat; lately Annie Leibovitz and Jessica Chastain have retained their services. Reviewing past work for the book “forced us to see it all with fresh eyes,” says Miller. “It was like a long, hard look in the mirror.” Did they like what they saw? “It’s definitely a benchmark,” says Carrier. “It feels like we’re hitting our stride.” 

An interior created by Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, with a painting by Hugo Guinness above a Swedish chest. Photo by Jesse Carrier
The study of a West Village loft with a playful hanging chair. Photo by Peter Margonelli
Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller Photo by Sam Frost
Thus mix of artfully arranged objects in a glamourous Fifth Avenue apartment. Photo by Francesco Lagnese
Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors by Jesse Carrier, Mara Miller and Judith Nasatir, Vendome Press, $60.
The firm created an elegant sitting room for the 2014 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Photo by Marco Ricca
A light-filled room by Carrier and Company Photo by Peter Margonelli