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.
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
Photo: Fritz von der Schulenburg
This guest bedroom offers the ultimate retreat, balancing both opulent and rustic design styles.
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I’m a big fan of both spring and fall cleaning sprees in my home. There’s nothing more refreshing than moving into the harsher seasons (winter and summer) with a crisp, clean space. And doesn’t your mind feel clearer when everything is organized and in its spot? Before you crank on the heat, check out this quick and easy to-do list to improve your home’s design and your feeling of well-being from Susan G. Komen®. Plus, it’s just one more thing to tackle before company arrives for the holidays!
It’s easy to let paper clutter get out of control. Unclutter your home to unclutter your mind. Create a space to keep personal information organized, whether it’s a chic filing system or hidden closet storage.
Second: Add Color
Every color affects your mood to some degree; it’s called color psychology. Yellow is often associated with happiness, while a hue like sapphire blue packs a more dramatic and powerful punch. Try a burst of color in an unexpected place — like on an accent wall, bookshelf back or mirror frame — for an emotional lift.
Third: Inspire Conversation
One of the most important things about a living room is the way the furniture is arranged, especially if you expect to host friends and family regularly or even during the upcoming holiday season. Creating a balanced setup will inspire conversation among guests.
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Located in Cumberland County, Tenn. (not too far from the HGTV headquarters), stands the world’s largest treehouse. Minister Horace Burgess, the builder of this sky-high marvel, has been working on the treehouse for years and says he plans to continue his work until God no longer provides material for building. This amazing work of art is supported by 6 white oak trees, and at 97 feet, it stands taller than the Tower of London. Covered in porches and boasting a sanctuary and even a choir loft, this treehouse would undoubtedly be an amazing sight to see. Road trip, anyone?
World’s Largest Treehouse
Also, be sure to check out this enchanting treehouse in the city and this cool urban treehouse!
If summer has left you stressed from road trips, keeping up with your kids and back-to-school errands, then you’re in luck. September is National Yoga Awareness Month, and the perfect opportunity for you to start a new, healthy lifestyle. As you may already know, yoga has several benefits, such as a toner body, sharper mind, less anxiety, hormonal balance and more restful sleeps — I could go on and on, really.
So, here’s your challenge. Try a few classes a week at your local yoga studio. Many places offer free or discounted classes in honor of Yoga Awareness Month. When you find the right class and instructor for you, keep it up and I’m confident you’ll feel like a new person by the time the holidays roll around. And if you just can’t get enough, follow these tips to get the same benefits in your own home.
Designate a Tranquil Area
You don’t need that much space to practice yoga. Find an area in your home — away from everyday stress triggers — even if it’s your attic.
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It might be a little too Bubble Boy for some, but I think having your very own transparent personal bubble would be pretty cool. How amazing would it be to be able to read in the rain without even getting wet! Frankly, that’s the entire reason I want one of these bad boys.
IF YOU LIKE THIS, YOU’LL LOVE THIS TRANSPARENT CAMPING TENT>>
Before you know it, you’ll be starting up the fire and whipping up batches of hot cocoa to stay warm. As we move into the cool, transitional months, now’s the best time to prep the home for cold, winter weather. HGTV has partnered with home and lifestyle shopping site One Kings Lane to celebrate the fall season with all the products and inspiration you need to get your interior ready. Starting today, September 10 at 11 a.m. EST, you can shop the exclusive sale.
Check out our favorite ways to ready your home for fall using pieces straight from the One Kings Lane sale.
Incorporate Easy Autumn Accents
Shop for warm pillows and throws >>
Make Small Changes for a Big Impact
Shop for lighting and mirrors >>
SHOP THE FALL SALE
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.
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 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.
STEP INSIDE CLAIRE’S BRIDAL SALON
This amazing SWINGREST by DEDON has to be one of the most coveted pieces in their furniture collection. It’s so fun! Plus, it would look great outdoors or even indoors. I love the natural design, and it looks like the perfect place to hang out with friends on a warm summer evening. What do you think? Would you put one of these bold swings in your backyard?
I don’t know about you, but the scorching temperatures of August have me daydreaming about cool waters and global getaways. Since my vacation is still weeks away, gazing at these gorgeous pools from around the world will have to do. I’m hoping my next vacation will be a pool-hopping voyage across the globe.
Turkey | Mauritius | Thailand | Maldives | Chile | Mexico | Thailand | Greece
Love these pools? Be sure to check out our great pool landscaping ideas!
Former blue-haired pop singer Katy Perry just released the lead single from her fourth studio album titled Prism. The new single, “Roar,” is causing quite an … uproar (sorry), but that’s beside the point. If you came to Design Happens to read about Katy Perry, then you know what you’re getting. DESIGN.
In 2011, Katy sold her contemporary Los Angeles digs for a solid $3.3 million. In June 2011, she bought a three-acre Mediterranean-style estate, known as Park Hill, nestled in the Hollywood Hills. Unfortunately, she never moved in. Four months ago, Katy put the home on the market for $6.925 million. If you’re trying to pinpoint the home on a map, it’s close to celebrity hot spot Chateau Marmont.
Ready to step inside? Tour Katy Perry’s Old World-inspired mansion, starting at the double gate.
Next, you’ll see the two-story entryway clad in marble and stone reminiscent of Mediterranean style.
One of the home’s key features is its lagoon-style pool situated between lush landscaping and two on-property guesthouses.
See more of Katy Perry’s Hollywood Hills home for sale at HGTV.com’s sister site, FrontDoor.com.