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.
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
This guest bedroom offers the ultimate retreat, balancing both opulent and rustic design styles.
The home’s nearby coastline is reflected in its elegant decor, like the wall murals, calming color palette and glass light fixtures.
This white and gray kitchen is brightened with a splash of orange, influenced by French furniture designer Gilbert Poillerat.
In his own home, two hours north of New York City, Brian decorated his living room with favorite paintings, antique throws and meaningful collectibles.
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.
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.