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A former partner of the legendary design firm Parish-Hadley, interior designer Brian McCarthy is a member of Elle Decor’s “A-List” of designers and is known for creating personal and distinctive interiors for an elite and very private clientele. Brian’s clients’ desire to keep under the radar means that he doesn’t often publish his projects, but in his first book, Luminous Interiors, he’s pulling back the curtains on nine luxury residences from all over the country.

Luminous Interiors by Brian McCarthy

Left: Luminous Interiors Cover | Right: Brian McCarthy photo by Peter Murdock

Inside, Brian showcases the refined eclecticism that defines his work. He’s passionate about collecting art and furniture, and for one project shown in the book, he took his clients on a grand tour throughout Western Europe — a total of 35 trips in five years! — to scout for the perfect pieces to fill their home.

Take a sneak peek at some of the luxurious and opulent homes Brian has designed for his anonymous clientele:

The Grand Tour

Luminous Interiors - Elegant Guest Bedroom

Photo: Fritz von der Schulenburg

This guest bedroom offers the ultimate retreat, balancing both opulent and rustic design styles.

Seaside Echoes:

Luminous Interiors - Dining Room

Photo: Fritz von der Schulenburg

The home’s nearby coastline is reflected in its elegant decor, like the wall murals, calming color palette and glass light fixtures.

Luminous Interiors - White and Orange Kitchen

Photo: Fritz von der Schulenburg

This white and gray kitchen is brightened with a splash of orange, influenced by French furniture designer Gilbert Poillerat.

Alfalfa House:

Luminous Interiors - Living Room

Photo: Francesco Lagnese

In his own home, two hours north of New York City, Brian decorated his living room with favorite paintings, antique throws and meaningful collectibles.

Luminous Interiors - World Bedroom

Photo: Francesco Lagnese

In the same Upstate New York home, the master bedroom holds plenty of history with a nineteenth century four-poster bed and an antique suzani quilt.

Harmonious Complexity:

Luminous Interiors - Sitting Area

Photo: Max Kim-Bee

In this portal to the dining room, Brian put two of the homeowners’ most prized possessions on display: a pair of bronze crocodile consoles by Claude Lalanne.

Luminous Interiors by Brian McCarthy is available now. 

7 Responses

  1. Carlislie says:

    wow, what a magnificent images for interior decorations. Its looks like a dream home. Choose one best design from all is so difficult but like the Seaside Echoes design which has ingenious look. Thanks

  2. a_fan says:

    Thank you for introducing us to luminaries like Brian McCarthy. I so appreciated his design sensibility, his discerning taste and artful eye. His new book, Luminous Interiors, has quickly skyrocketed to the top of my Christmas wish list!

    I was particularly drawn to the photos of the two bedrooms featured above in this blog thread. His work resonated with me at so many different levels, from the attention to: architectural details, textural and color choices, an American nod to European influences, and a seemingly subtle yet sophisticated sense of humor. Gratefully, a_fan.

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