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

5 Glamorous Ways to Dress Up Rooms with Savonnerie Carpets

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Picture it. It's 2008, and you're walking through Brussel's Grand Place, munching on some pomme frites after having downed a white beer at a La Becasse. You suddenly happen upon what looks like miles and miles of fragrant...carpet? As your eyes adjust, you realize that you are looking at thousands upon thousands (700,000) of carefully arranged begonias. A few quick questions in your high school French later, and you learn that you are in the presence of the work of hundreds of artists and volunteers who worked tirelessly through the heat of day and the chill of night in order to create what must be the world's largest-ever replica of a Savonnerie carpet. It is then that you realize that Savonnerie carpets are truly something special. Read More