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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.

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Imagine strolling into work everyday in a castle-like building with history at every turn. Los Angeles-based bridal designer Claire Pettibone recently moved her flagship salon and atelier to an historic West Hollywood monument that’s a perfect location for her vintage-inspired bridal brand. After some TLC and restorations, the space truly echoes a romantic design aesthetic.

Claire Pettibone Bridal Salon

Designer Claire Pettibone with husband Guy Toley.

What makes this location so special to Claire? “I have always loved this building since living in LA, and when it became available, I felt it was meant to be, given my devotion to history and appreciation for this period, but I am still pinching myself that we have moved into a castle!” she says. “It really is a dream come true, and the details of the building could not set a more perfect stage for our brides to experience the collection.”

Claire Pettibone Bridal Salon

Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon

The Romanesque and Late Gothic Revival-style monument was built in 1928 for muralist Anthony Heinsbergen by West Coast architects Curlett and Beelman. Some of the building’s most notable features include the cylindrical tower, a Renaissance-style mural in the stone arch and a hand-painted, wood-beamed ceiling inside.

Claire Pettibone Bridal Salon

STEP INSIDE CLAIRE’S BRIDAL SALON

My college dorm room was not particularly cute. It was less about style and more about function. (There were lots of wire shelves and cloth bins.) Plus, my roommate and I did the whole matchy-matchy thing in a bad way. It worked in our 10-by-10-foot space. Needless to say, I was more than happy to jump in and offer design advice when my sister moved into her first college living space last fall. Her place turned out much better than mine. If you can believe it, move-in day is right around the corner. We know students are constantly looking for easy ways to make their temporary digs a cozy home. Our brand-new Back to College package has everything you need to design your dorm room (or college apartment) on a budget. Take a look at my favorite picks:

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I never have luck with lotto tickets, but that doesn’t stop me from buying them when the jackpot is too big to resist. I’m sure some people fantasize about quitting their jobs and living off of their winnings, but since I like my job a lot, I tend to think about what I might purchase (after I pay bills, buy lavish gifts for family and friends, donate large sums to charity and invest wisely, that is). This luxe French chateau is pretty tempting, but your Twitter answers may have swayed me.

We asked: If you won the lottery, what big-ticket home item would you purchase first?

Here are some of our fave answers and a peek into what’s topping your big-ticket item wish lists…

If you won the lotto, what would you buy for your home? Tell us now on HGTV's Design Happens blog!

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YOUR CHAMPAGNE WISHES AND CAVIAR DREAMS

Here at HGTV we take our pinning very, very seriously. We even pitch our Color of the Month hues via Pinterest by putting together eye-catching, destined-to-win boards. (Here is Grant‘s winning white board from August. See what I mean?) So, of course you know when you come to HGTV’s Pinterest boards you’re in for a treat. You can expect everything from indoor/outdoor decorating and design inspiration to photos from your favorite on-air talent. After scouring the boards, we’ve narrowed down the top five pins from the last seven days according to you. And here they are…

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Living Room by Candice OlsonCandice Olson’s Top 12 Living Room Designs on the Living Rooms board

In this living room, designer Candice Olson combines both rustic and contemporary design elements to create a comfortable and unexpected space. See More Living Room Pictures >>

Urban Oasis 2012 - Kitchen SinkUrban Oasis 2012 Kitchen Pictures on the HGTV Urban Oasis board

In the Urban Oasis 2012 kitchen, designer Lindsay Pumpa chooses a sleek and contemporary sink inspired by the classic farmhouse form. The modern, articulated faucet pivots and moves to accommodate kitchen tasks. See More Urban Oasis Pictures >>

FoodNetwork.com's California Rose PunchHappy Hour Happens: Sangria Summer Nights on the Design Happens Blog board

Celebrate the end of the M-F work week with these refreshing sangria recipes. See More From the Design Happens Blog >>

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This is a photograph, but it’s also wallpaper. Flavor Paper (out of Brooklyn, New York) offers a wide variety of patterns and mural options for your home and also specializes in turning any idea (or image) into a wall-covering.

This wallpaper (my favorite) is called “Undertow.”

Undertow Wallpaper

Are you swept away?

One of my very favorite museums is the American Museum of Natural History, and one of my favorite parts of the museum is The Butterfly Conservatory. It’s not for everyone (author Sloane Crosley penned a hilarious account of her days as a reluctant butterfly docent for the museum in I Was Told There’d Be Cake), but I love being surrounded by the morphos and longwings.

butterfly wallLonny Magazine. Photography by Patrick Cline; Interior Design by Celerie Kemble and Anna Burke

Hence, I’m loving this room from the new issue of Lonny. The striking Butterfly People wall art is made from real butterflies that have been encased in acrylic and lucite — after they’ve completed their short natural life-span, the Butterfly People site is quick to point out. I think the colors are so dreamy, and the way the butterflies have been placed gives the piece a real sense of movement. (Of course, if you’re hesitant to use the real thing, you could take Brian Patrick Flynn’s suggestion and pick up some Casart butterfly wall decals.)

What do you think? Do you leap for Lepidoptera like me, or do butterflies just bug you?

You know that one funny story you tell that friends and family members get a kick out of, so much so that they consistently ask you to recite it or perform it because it brings them joy? I do. Mine is this stupid story about how when I was 17-years-old and working at a toy store for extra Christmas money, a shady couple came into the store, then had a friend distract me while they ran out with about $275 in rubber dinosaurs and marbles. We never caught them, but hey… the joke’s on them. They stole rubber Stegosauruses and cheap marbles.

About three years ago, I swapped this yuletide tale for a design trick I did in my own home and in a restaurant I designed in Midtown, Atlanta. What was the trick? Rubber Pterodactyl and green marble wallpaper. Just kidding. I’m talking about ginormous wall murals, particularly those sporting photographs printed on vinyl. After about three back-to-back projects with clients requesting these, I made it a point to completely stay away from using them for the sake of not becoming a one-trick-pony. Well, since interior design is a business and businesses are all about making money, I recently got over this and started embracing the many fantastic super gigantic wall murals there are to choose from online. Cha-ching! From very big decals to custom photographs more than 11 feet tall, take a look at what I’ve found on the internets. And just for old time’s sake, I even included a dinosaur. But I left out the marbles.

Mega Print

If you are vain and have fallen in love with a particular photograph that captured you from that perfect angle, giving you a super defined chin you like to think that you always have, perhaps you can immortalize yourself on your wall with Megaprint. The company can print your personal photo as a larger than life vinyl mural. If you do this, keep in mind that black and white photos seem to have greater longevity, since they won’t tie you into any specific color scheme until you move.

Mega Print

In addition to photographs, Megaprint can also print large-scale graphics, an excellent way to add some colorful, branded life to your company’s office space.
Butterfly Elements

Casart may be the most brilliant thing since sliced bread…seriously. I hate that saying because when people utter those words, they pretend it’s funny. Kinda like when someone pronounces Target [TAR jay] like they are the first to ever say it like that. Anyway, Casart creates murals, wallpaper and graphics that are, get this, RE-STICKABLE! Ah! This is life-changing for a designer who deals with tons of condos on a regular basis. I love these super-sized butterflies. Just one of these doozies paired with sleek, modern furniture is enough to quickly and affordably fill up a small bedroom.

Blik Scan Forest
Blik Scan Branches

Blik is the very first decal company I ever used back on a TV makeover series I used to design for. They have an enormous range of modern creations for kids and adults. The products come in clear packaging and include burnishers, which are all that’s needed to apply them. Two of their most timeless creations are To Scan A Forest and Branches.

Sissy Little Spinosaurus

Well whaddyaknow? A dinosaur! At least this time, it won’t include the aforementioned kleptomaniac toy store cheaters. Sissylittle carries a few giant-scale dinosaurs that are kiddie enough for the kids but modern enough for their parents to enjoy. Or cool enough for self-proclaimed mature geeks and nerds to decorate with in their apartments. (You know, those Big Bang Theory, long live Pluto types.)

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We absolutely relished the opportunity to bring great design to a deserving high school’s gym in this episode of Home by Novogratz! We traveled to sunny California to tackle a locker room design makeover for the boys’ basketball team at Inglewood High School — alma mater of nine-time NBA All Star Paul Pierce!

Paul Pierce

Basketball is THE sport in the Novogratz family, so we were super excited to work with Paul Pierce to give some deserving kids a great space to relax, study and work out. Our family loves the New York Knicks and Paul plays for the Boston Celtics, but we put our rivalry aside for a great cause and an all-around great guy (and player!).

Home by Novogratz

Because it’s a school (and schools have rules!), we were somewhat limited in our use of furniture and paint. So, we chose to make a statement with the lighting. We went wild and bought over a dozen huge Suspension Lamps. We essentially created our own massive chandelier by hanging them all in a group at staggered heights. Aside from the room’s massive size, the hideous metal bars on the walls provided our biggest design challenge. Those bars made it feel like a prison! We overcame this obstacle by covering them with giant murals we had printed that feature the work of renowned photojournalist Chi Modu. The result is stunning and truly inspirational.

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