There's a bit of mystery when it comes to designer Brian McCarthy. When you head to his site, you'll see some gorgeous images on rotation but to see the complete portfolio you'll need a password.  It's like having a bite of a hot fudge sundae and then having it taken away.  That's where Luminous Interiors: The Houses of Brian McCarthy comes in to play - his first book and a chance to see much more of his work.  While this 250+ book is full of beautiful photographs of incredibly luxe and detailed interiors, including many double page spreads (which I love), Brian also shares a tremendous amount of background about the architectural and design choices.  So while these interiors are decidedly high-end, as a reader you're also picking up on ideas, tips and lots of inspiration.

Photographer: Max Kim-Bee

The Bronze crocodile consoles by Claude Lalanne flank the entrance to the dining room in his NYC apartment. The door heights were raised to enlarge the feeling of the space.  To see a past incarnation of this apartment on New York Social Diary, head here.

Photographer: Fritz von der Schulenburg

A refreshing color scheme filled with light.

Photographer: Francesco Lagnese

The master bedroom of his country home. The greek key light is stunning.

Photographer: Fritz von der Schulenburg

Notice the translucent glass set in front of the window - allowing for light, privacy and a place to mount mirrors.  Very smart and chic.

Photographer: Fritz von der Schulenburg

These elegant X back chairs are designed by Brian McCarthy.  He notes they were influenced by Gilvert Poillerat. 

Thank you to Sarah Burningham of Little Bird Publicity for the opportunity to review
Luminous Interiors: The Houses of Brian McCarthy   As Bunny Williams noted in the forward, this will be a classic.  So true.

Photo Credit  © Luminous Interiors, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2013.