Clients Should Let Us As Decorators Do Our Job – Brian J. McCarthy

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Interior Designer Spotlight with Brian J. McCarthy Brian J. McCarthy, Inc: New York, Southampton, Greenwich, St. Tropez, Gstaad, Monaco AD100 designer Brian J. McCarthy has such an elite clientele, that it is not surprising his website's portfolio is password protected. Brian was a partner at the legendary New York design firm Parish-Hadley before starting his own firm in 1991. Brian is on all the most coveted lists such as Architectural Digest's AD100, Elle Decor’s A-List and New York Spaces Top 50. He has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Veranda, New York Magazine and The New York Times. He has published two books, Luminous Interiors and Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm, which he co-authored with Bunny Williams. The highly respected Franklin Report awarded Brian four stars and quotes clients saying, "Everyone who walks in is blown away by the warmth and details." "Brian is on an intellectual mission to find the beauty in any period." "He strongly encourages you to find your own design viewpoint." Join me as Brian shares with us his opinion on how clients could get better results if they would just let decorators do their job, what it was like to be a partner at Parish-Hadley, trends he's tired of seeing, how decorating is moving back to color and pattern, how he chooses designer rugs and much more... Read More

Elle Decor’s 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in October 2016

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The October 2016 Elle Decor reminds us that designing rooms is a courageous undertaking for the decorator and the home owner. In some of these interiors they are one in the same. The following five rooms all take leaps of faith with unique combinations of pattern, color and designer rugs. Enjoy these inspiring interiors designed by Veronica Swanson Beard, Chiqui Woolworth, Brittany Bromley, Michael Carey and Ashe + Leandro. Read More

Architectural Digest’s 5 Best Rooms with Designer Rugs in September 2016

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It is with great pleasure to have selected a unique grouping of spaces with designer rugs in the September 2016 Architectural Digest. These rooms share an elegant simplicity, while featuring bold artwork, custom furnishings and imaginative home decor. Matthias Vriens-McGrath delights us with his dreamy talents being used on his own Los Angeles abode. Since 2012, designer Stephen Sills has been on the AD100 list, and you can experience his work in a Central Park apartment he remodeled. Marc Jacobs brings us his unabashed design with unexpected techniques in his New York apartment and Laure Hériard-Dubreuil and husband Aaron Young share with us a glimpse into their East Village rowhouse.   Read More

Clients Think My New House is Two Hundred Years Old – Patrick Ahearn

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At the start of summer we interviewed Martha's Vineyard’s top award-winning architect Patrick Ahearn for our blog, Design Secrets of Martha's Vineyard's Top Architect Patrick Ahearn. We saved Patrick's most exciting design secret until now—his uncanny ability to design and build new houses that people think were built at the same time as 1790's and early 1800’s houses. Patrick's approach to architecture is not unlike that of a novelist or the writer of a script for a historical movie. Patrick spends hours writing, and then sketching what he calls a "script of implied history". Patrick researches the context of the house—the surroundings, the layout of the street, the other houses in the neighborhood and local history. From this, Patrick constructs the implied history of the house. The result is a new house that looks as if it was meticulously restored from a two hundred year old masterpiece. Join me as Patrick shares the script he wrote for his own house on Martha's Vineyard. Read More