Inspiration from Elle Decor

Yesterday the latest issue of Elle Decor came in the mail. I flipped through it and wasn't blown away by anything in particular (maybe it's an awkward time at the mag since they recently changed editors). I did, however, notice a shot of this room...it was on the first page of a feature called Curtain Calls.

It's designed by Brian McCarthy. I love that he used black shades under white curtains. It looks chic and from a practicality standpoint, the dark shades are probably ideal for sleeping in. The print on the curtains is fantastic and I love that the motif was also subtly used on the armchair. The carpet and the black-lacquered molding are favorite elements as well. The overall effect is somewhere between exotic and sophisticated...which is a tough mix to get right!


These are images of the rest of the New York apartment, which was featured in a previous issue...the spread was titled The Transformers. It was beautifully photographed by William Waldron.

I've long been obsessed with this breakfast nook!
Images above via Elle Decor

I was curious to see the rest of his portfolio so I checked out some of the projects showcased on the Brian J. McCarthy, Inc. site. His work is quite varied, which I assume means that he adapts well to his clients' tastes and preferences. These are the spaces I found most interesting...

Since the portfolio was all over the place (from ├╝ber modern to syrupy traditional), I'd really like to see his home to get a better idea of his personal style. Brian, if you're reading this, feel free to invite me over ;)


  1. Oh these rooms are so pretty!
    Love the last huge entry way;)
    Lovely greetings...

  2. I like the eclectic-ness of the space.

  3. * I find it so refreshing that this designer obviously does not have/use a "signature look"... very refreshing indeed!

    He IS "listening" to his clients, and THAT, IMHO, is the ultimate compliment on his work!

    Linda in AZ *

  4. I've long adored that bedroom with the zebra mount -- so much drama.
    Lots of great spaces here and oh those red lacquered walls!
    Nice stuff.
    I agree Elle Decor felt a little all over the place this month, save for the spread on Houston that hit close to home ;)

    Cheers, Alcira


  5. I like the black shades as well. One of my pet peeves is white sheer curtains in sun drenched bedrooms - it looks nice but is so unrealistic unless you like to get up at 6am on the weekend.