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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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The Knit Parade by Rebecca Rymsza showcases 12 original knitting patterns for motif sweaters from the creative team behind the Wheres Me Jumper brand. These patterns make a bold statement and encourage knitters to personalize their sweaters as much as they like. Each pattern is inspired by a song, ranging from musical notes (“On Repeat” by LCD Soundsystem), to a leopard print (“Me Jane” by PJ Harvey) and dripping paint (“Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones).

The additional six customizable graphic swatches are practically begging to be played with. “Use one or use them all, however you like. You might be a polka-dot prince, or princess, and choose to stick to one pattern … or you might want to channel the Fresh Prince, circa 1991, in which case, we salute you,” Rebecca says in The Knit Parade.

Take a peek into the funky patterns you can expect. (Hello, handmade Christmas gifts!)

The Knit Parade Sweater Pattern

Pattern: Bad Girls
Inspiration: “Bad Girls” is a song from alternative electronic hip-hop artist M.I.A’s fourth studio album, Matangi, in 2013.

The Knit Parade Sweater Pattern

Pattern: Weather Experience
Inspiration: “Weather Experience” is a song from English electronic band The Prodigy’s debut studio album, Experience, in 1992.

The Knit Parade Sweater Pattern

Pattern: Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
Inspiration: The song “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” is by English new wave band Tubeway Army from the 1979 album Replicas.

Who’s ready to get out their knitting needles and speakers?!

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Made By Hand, the newest book by Lena Corwin, is a collection of projects based on the classes held in her studio. Her first book, Printing By Hand, showcases a modern guide to handmade printing with stamps, stencils and more. In her newest book, she decided to expand her curriculum and even invited some of her talented friends to teach classes on everything from dyeing and sewing to weaving and jewelry making. In 26 studio classes, Made By Hand introduces readers to ageless crafting techniques with modern projects. Take a look at some of my favorites straight from the book:

Lena Corwin's Made by Hand - Rotary-Printed Cloth Napkins

Project by Lena Corwin

Rotary-Printed Cloth Napkins: ”While planning this book, I spent time experimenting with printing techniques that were new to me, and I have become especially interested in the concept of rotary printing,” Lena says in Made By Hand. “When manufacturers produce rotary-printed fabric, a large cylinder is carved with impressions and is used to print on long, continuous rolls of fabric.”

To make a smaller rotating stamp, Lena attached pieces of foam to a rolling pin. The foam pieces soak up the ink, allowing the design to easily transfer to the fabric. Here, she chose a fun polka-dot design in neon hues to create napkins.

Lena Corwin's Made By Hand - Crocheted Garland

Project by Erin Weckerle

Crocheted Garland: To create this garland, Erin used three different doily patterns and chose muted, vintage colors. You can hang the garland anywhere around your home — on a mantel, headboard, window, etc.

Lena Corwin's Made By Hand - Crocheted Rugs

Project by Cal Patch | Braided rug, top; Crocheted rug, bottom

Crocheted or Braided Rugs: “For this project, Cal and I decided to show two great rug-making methods — braided and crocheted. Both methods use the same fabric but produce distinctively different looks,” Lena says in Made By Hand. “Braided rugs … have a classic, old-fashioned appearance, while crocheted rugs … look more modern.”

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If you’ve scoured HGTV.com, it’s highly likely you’ve come across interior designer Jamie Herzlinger’s designs. She’s all about functionality, and believes you don’t have to skimp on style to achieve that. As part of our designer interview series,  we asked Jamie eight questions — here’s what she had to say:

Interior Designer Jamie Herzlinger

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D-Happ: How would you describe your overall aesthetic?

JH: My designs are all irresistibly comfortable. I have a deep love for luxury, but no design is done correctly if it is not functional.

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If you peruse HGTV.com, you’ll quickly find that we have thousands of images from designers across the globe. From Modern to English Country, and Eclectic to Traditional — we have all design styles. In the coming months, Design Happens will dare to go beyond the photos and talk to the designers who actually created some of these stunning rooms. This week, we asked Richard Gacek, of the Gacek Design Group, eight fun questions.

Designer Richard Gacek

D-Happ: How would you describe your overall aesthetic?
RG: It’s a refined sophistication with a relaxed and classic twist — with simple, clean lines and an earthy modern design style. Natural elements and the architectural form play key roles in my work.

D-Happ: Where do you source inspiration?
RG: OMG – everywhere! My travels abroad in both exotic and European locations have been key. For example, a classic historic Parisian building can inspire natural elements, modern furnishings and linen fabrics. Architecture, history and culture — to me — define classic style and inspire comfortable living. Also, I am inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s structures that work in harmony with humanity and its environment.

D-Happ: What’s your favorite space/room to decorate in a home?
RG: My favorites are the kitchen and great room (house plans today are open concept). I like to create an experience that addresses the heart of the home — the comfortable place that a family goes to entertain and enjoy each other’s company.

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Interior designer Holly Holden is an expert in old-school design. For more than 25 years, she has been creating pretty, classic and tailored spaces for clients around the world. Then two years ago, her daughter, Alexandra, asked her: “How do I furnish my new house to look like a ‘big girl’ house?” Holly knew this question required more than just a simple answer; it elicited lists, tips and design advice “peppered with words like ‘pretty’, ‘proper’, ‘polished’, ‘refined’ and ‘well-proportioned’,” she said.

Now, after years of compiling examples, photographs and time-tested advice, Holly has created the handbook for creating an authentic living space, The Pretty and Proper Living Room. Here, Holly guides readers through the subtle qualities of creating this type of space while sharing the must-know no-no’s.

The Pretty and Proper Living Room Holly Holden

“Classic interior design, like good manners, never goes out of style,” Holly says.

The Pretty and Proper Living Room Holly Holden

This living room’s theme: elegant European refinement; old meets new and East meets West.

I spoke to Holly this week about her new book and her love of traditional design. Here’s what she had to say.

Kayla Kitts for Design Happens: Have you always been drawn to classic, traditional design? What makes this style so appealing to you as a designer?

Holly Holden: I was introduced to this type of design by my parents from day one, so on a personal level it is familiar and comforting to me. Speaking more objectively, this style of design is elegant and inviting. The finished product is a room that is memorable, but also comfortable — a room that guests do not want to leave! Additionally, there is a timelessness to this style of decorating, both in the sense that it has stood the test of time and in the sense that it is not going to fall out of fashion in the future.

OUR INTERVIEW WITH HOLLY HOLDEN

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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

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Living in a rental is convenient; you have an on-call maintenance staff, landscaping is handled, amenities are included and, if you’re lucky, water isn’t an additional expense. I currently rent a downtown loft and since it’s in a historic building, my restrictions are a bit different. It’s difficult to make a “house” a home when you’re limited in what you can change. What if you despise the paint color but can’t paint? There are plenty of ways to make a temporary space, whether it’s an apartment or dorm room, feel settled.

Up-and-coming interior designers Allison Hennessy and Nick Olsen share their top tips for making a rental feel more homey, while still getting back your deposit in the end.

Add Bold Built-Ins

Easy Decorating Tips for Renters at HGTV's Design Blog

While some apartments come equipped with beautiful built-ins, others can be more lifeless. Olsen says: “To add intrigue and make the space feel like it was built just for you, add your own built-ins without damaging walls.” One way to do this, he advises, is by adding two tall bookshelves that reach to nearly the top of the ceiling on either side of a doorway. To make them pop, try painting them in a bold color, such as high-gloss black, burnt orange or Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald green.

Make Over Your Walls

Easy Decorating Tips for Renters at HGTV's Design Blog

Photo courtesy of WallPops by Brewster Home Fashions

“The simplest and least expensive way to enhance your rental’s architecture (or lack of) is by revamping the walls,” says Hennesey. One way to make over rental walls is with peel-and-stick wall art.

“As the wall decor isn’t permanent, it provides an opportunity to go bold. I particularly like stripes, especially for a foyer or hallway.  For a fun metallic accent to add to a space, I like WallPops by Jonathan Adler in a fresh grey, white and gold design.”

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Another season in Knoxville, Tenn. (home to HGTV Headquarters) means a brand-new design vignette by a talented pair of interior design students. Each quarter, HGTV’s Home Studio university co-op program allows up-and-coming talent from the top design schools in the country to work closely with industry experts to create interactive, educational and flat-out beautiful displays for employees and visitors. (Each vignette mixes a current design trend and an iconic piece.) This spring, University of Cincinnati students Jill Roebel and Kylie O’Keefe showcased the mod metallic and urban natural trends with a classic light fixture that you probably thought was more recent than its 1958 creation, the Artichoke Lamp.

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette
HGTV Home Studio Vignette: Urban Natural and Mod Metallics
HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette
HGTV Home Studio Vignette: Urban Natural and Mod Metallics

DIVE INTO THE TRENDS

HGTV Home Studio Interns Spring 2013
HGTV Home Studio Interns: Kylie O’Keefe and Jill Roebel

Kayla Kitts for Design Happens: What influenced you to choose the mod metallic design style? What about the urban natural movement?

Jill Roebel: After researching an iconic piece of design and choosing the Artichoke Lamp, Kylie and I decided to take the natural aspect of the lamp’s form and the metallic in its finishes and base our trends off that. It was our approach to narrowing down all the trends that are happening this year.

MOD METALLICS >>

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette - Mod Metallics

KK: What has caused, in your opinion, the current metallic trend?

JR: I think it’s because of all the great metallic products on the market. Metallic paints, papers and textiles have come a long way. These products make it easier to achieve a chic and expensive look on a budget.

KK: How much metallic is too much metallic in a room?

JR: I think it’s all based on personal preference. You can design a room where all the surfaces have a metallic quality or finish to them (like in the ‘Mod Metallic’ vignette). Or, you can take a more subtle approach and add metallic accents to your space.

KK: Can you mix various metals, or should you stay away from that entirely? If you can mix, how do you do it successfully?

JR: You can absolutely mix metals! The key to mixing is to use different colors AND sheens; this gives your eye a visual break from all the shininess and adds depth to your space. Pieces with a silver or chrome finish are great places to start when mixing metals. Because they reflect the colors around them, they mix with warmer tones of metallics almost seamlessly.

URBAN NATURAL >>

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignettes - Urban Natural

KK: What do you think has caused the rise of natural, unadorned wood pieces and raw, natural elements in the design world?

Kylie O’Keefe: The influx of natural, unadorned wood pieces and raw, natural elements reflects an increased desire for people to reconnect with the natural landscape. There is a great sense of warmth and comfort that natural materials can bring to a space, which I find to be one of the most appealing elements of the trend.

KK: What advice or tips do you have for people trying to mix various natural textures, like wood grains, hides, burlap, etc.?

KO: When it comes to mixing natural textures, balance is key. Using the environment as your inspiration, concentrate on showing a variety of different textures to create a sense of depth. It’s important to embrace the imperfection found in nature by mixing different wood grains and patterns within one space.

KK: How can people successfully achieve an “urban natural” look in their home?

KO: I would first encourage people to think about what natural environment inspires them. Nature already has a perfect balance of color and texture, so after defining your central source of inspiration, I would then encourage someone to search for accessories and furniture that incorporate similar natural textures, and in an honest and organic way.

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette Area Rugs
Left: Melody Cowhide Rug, JossandMain.com | Right: Cato Rug, BOConcept.com

ARTICHOKE LAMP >>

HGTV Home Studio Design Vignette Artichoke Lamp

KK: Tell me about the Artichoke Lamp. What was your inspiration for choosing this fixture for your iconic element?

JR: The Artichoke Lamp was designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen. Each ‘leaf’ on the lamp is perfectly positioned to hide the light source and decrease the amount of glare. Kylie and I chose this piece because it fits with so many different aesthetics because of its timeless design. It was the perfect choice to share between our two contrasting aesthetics.

KK: What can you tell D-Happ readers about the designer, Poul Henningsen, or the lamp that they may not already know?

JR: Poul Henningsen was actually trained as an architect but is only known for his light fixtures (his Artichoke Lamp being his most famous). The Artichoke Lamp was created in Denmark where it’s called the PH Kogle, which means conifer cone or pine cone.

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What would you do if you had an empty room, a blank canvas, that needed to be designed and decorated from the ground up? It sounds like a daunting task, but if you have all the elements to build your perfect room, then there’s no reason to not begin right away. HGTV has partnered with home and lifestyle shopping site One Kings Lane to provide all the right pieces and expert tips so you can create your very own in-home getaway. Starting today, May 22 at 11 a.m. EST, you can shop this exclusive sale. Ready to build your perfect room? Let’s get started!

First, start with a solid foundation. Pick out a stylish area rug, statement chair or lucite table lamp that catches eyes from the doorway. Then, began layering on pieces that represent your personality; hang a piece of modern artwork, add texture with soft bedding, throw in patterned pillows for a punch of color or simply add a few charming accents to your side table. Follow tips from HGTV experts and designers to help create a space that represents you.

Check out some of the gorgeous pieces you can purchase today on One Kings Lane. Plus, follow these tips from HGTV experts on using them in your own home.

Build Your Perfect Room With One Kings Lane and HGTVLayer With Accents

Tip: “A decorative object can inspire an entire room. I like to look at it and highlight what I like. Is it the shape? The finish? The color? Hone in on these elements and use them in your design.” — Danielle Colding

Build Your Perfect Room With One Kings Lane and HGTVWake Up Your Wall

Tip: “Choosing art is like committing to a partner. Ask yourself: Would I like to wake up to this piece every morning? Does it make me think? Does it bring me joy? If your answer is yes, then buy it!” — Genevieve Gorder

Build Your Perfect Room With One Kings Lane and HGTVWarm Up Your Floors

Tip: “When choosing a rug, don’t let bold pattern and color intimidate you. When covered with furniture at home, it will look much more toned down.” — Genevieve Gorder

Build Your Perfect Room With One Kings Lane and HGTVBring In History

Tip: “When everything is new, a home tends to fall flat. When you sprinkle in vintage pieces, their character and history immediately sparks conversation.” — Brian Patrick Flynn

Build Your Perfect Room With One Kings Lane and HGTVLayer With Accent Pillows

Tip: “When mixing patterns, one should be large scale, one can be a busy print and one can be colorful. They’ll get along better if they’re not fighting to do the same thing.” — Jillian St. Charles, Vice President of Programming

Let’s talk. What’s a must-have item in your perfect room? A sofa you can sink into? An area rug to warm up cold feet?

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