Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sourcing the DC Design House!

I've been hostessing my dining room at the DC Design House for 3 weekends now and the main question is " Where did you get all these different pieces? Are they old or new? " 

So here are the sources:

                   Chandelier from New Orleans designer Julie Neil Lighting called Winters

Marsan Hostess Chairs and Julian Mirror by Niermann Weeks 

zebra fabric by Scalamandre

Paula Grace Design - Invert Sideboard

Dining Chairs from The Mine

Slipcover from Osborne and Little - blue strie velvet

All the beautiful antique accessories are from Parc Monceau Antiques in Atlanta

The early 1900's Iranian Lavar design antique rug by Eliko Rugs

13' X 19' 

Our Bridget Beari Papers metallic grasscloth called Roux in colorway Bling Bling

The colors of our faux door panels and Ombre ceiling are in Bridget Beari Colors Modern Collection: 

Lady M27, Trifecta M48, Shadow M5

Photography by Bruno Poinsard available at ART Star

Claymore sconces from Visual Comfort 

I shopped vintage items from One Kings Lane - Murano vase on the mantel, the boy dot art, the 50's inspired boy art, brass easel, obelisks

I designed and had custom made the Dining Table and consoles. All available through the Bridget Beari Home Store

Dining Table is a cerused wood top with a tiered brass plate base. Made in 3 sections - 2 48" square and 1 48" X 24" console piece

The consoles are 40"H X 36" Wide 

Arteriors Dedra Lamp

Also a special thanks to H. J. Holtz and Sons for their amazing painting and wallpaper skills in this room. 

I hope you have enjoyed this tour of our DC dining room. If you are close to DC come visit, the show house is open until the end of October. All sales benefit the Children's Hospital in DC. We would love to see you there. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bridget Beari's DC Design House Dining Room

The DC Design House is finally open for tours in the month of October. We are thrilled to showcase our modern Parisian dining room. Let me give you a few insider tips and insights into this years room.

Inspiration: Every room starts with an inspiration and mine was our new Roux metallic grasscloth. It is a pattern that has been looked over. It's one of my favorites and worked perfectly within the existing moldings. Taken from a lace pattern in a dress this gives the room the pattern and style. 

Mixing Styles: We are all about "Living the Mix" at Bridget Beari. Mixing styles, mixing high and low, mixing antiques with modern piece and we did that in this room. Chairs from The Mine slipcovered in Osborne and Little blue strie velvet. A stunning early 1900's antique rug mixed with a mid century inspired cerused oak table. Contemporary photography with vintage 1950's portraits. 

Adding organic elements for softness: Succulents in the antique clam shell and large Philodendron leaves soften the formal dining place settings. 

Accenting with Black: I love black baseboards to set off a room but adding the grey/black accented panels took it to another level. Sleek, sophisticated and bold in choice. Topped off with a ombre black/grey smokey ceiling treatment for a more intimate feeling. 

Mixing Art: Modern photography with antique busts. The perfect juxtaposition of style but reminds you of well collected home where the owner has added things throughout the years. Each item full of memories of the purchase or an event.  

Organic plaster chandelier from Julie Neil lighting changes the whole formality of the room. It has a whimsical feel.

Layering Art: Not all art needs to hang. Try leaning items. This makes it easy to change and adds a causal element to the room. 

Plaster, gilded, cerused, brass, terracotta, marble, plaster, concrete: Mixing materials for interest and flavor. 

Setting the table: Mix it up! Use different patterns layered on one another. You can even layer the placemats for color. 

I custom designed many of the pieces in this room: Wallpaper- metallic grasscloth call Roux-bling bling, the dining table- cerused wood top and brass tiered bass, and the consoles - geometric bases. 

Formal dining but causal, fun and inviting. The perfect setting for a fabulous dinner party! 

Everything in the room is for sale. All furniture and ticket sales benefit Children's National Hospital in the Washington DC area. It is a great cause and we love participating even though driving 95 is a bear! 

Please come see us! I'll be there every weekend to answer questions. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Treehouse Project

Our treehouse project in Richmond is truly an amazing before and after. Architect Pat McClane did an superb job of recreating a simple Cape Cod house by opening up the floor plan and adding some key architectural elements like the arched windows. 

You can see some more photos of this house in this month's Rhome Magazine but here are some photos of other rooms that were not shot for the magazine. 

The client likes to call this her treehouse because when the back doors are open you feel like you are in the trees. We took this idea and added color, art and items that echoed this  in a subtle way. 

We love the beautiful sliding back doors painted black. 

Our Bridget Beari Colors paint Pia No. 31 really shines in this amazing master bedroom. Those windows, although a challenge to cover for privacy, are a real showstopper! 

Collected and colorful was our goal! 

Our subtle nod to our client's love for the University of Richmond spiders! 

Thanks for stopping by to check out our work! We are super busy this fall with the DC Design House, Southern Living showhouse, Southern Style Now Traditional Home Showhouse in Savannah, and of course the opening of our new store: Bridget Beari Home. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

What is Bridget Beari Dreaming about.... Tunisian doors!

I love the detailed nail head designs in these Tunisian doors. Not to mention the vibrant colors. I could see a screen, bar door, headboard or just artwork created to remind me of these doors. 

What a treat it would be to visit these in person. They are truly amazing but for now we can only dream of recreating these treasures in some of our Bridget Beari projects. 

Our next Tulum project???


Photo: Nedim

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                        Happy Designing ....


Monday, May 29, 2017

Southeastern Atlanta Designer Showhouse

Bridget Beari Designs was trilled to have participated in last month's Atlanta Showhouse sponsored by Atlanta Home and Lifestyles Magazine.We have been working in Atlanta our the past few years so this seemed like a perfect fit.  We were given the little boy's room and chose to create a space that paid homage to handcrafted items as well as a nod to the historic nature of the home. 

You can see some Scandinavian influences in the design through the use of texture and materials. I wanted to create a room showcasing our Bridget Beari Colors paint but do something more creative than paint a wall so I designed this wood headboard in 5 of our Bridget Beari Colors - Rambo, Maddy Tingy, Caesar, Beebop, and Snowball. It became the anchor for our design. 

From the headboard came handcrafted items from Tate Pray, a Charlottesville craftsman who made the bed and the Poof Chair in Walnut. A beautiful and simple design that coordinated so well with the antique chest and leather chair. 

Touches of texture in the Kat Kozy quilted throw in raw Murino wool, the Moroccan wool black rug with super long tassel edges, wool draperies, and linen sheeting. 

Handcrafted clipboards with map art were a perfect choice for changing art in a kids room. Our selection of Baltimore artist Theresa Bauer kept a simple image with white void space and natural framing. 

Following the geometric shapes of the headboard came the off centered light fixture - again with space voids. You can also see from this angle the wool draperies are made of 3 different patterns sewn together to create a trapezoid shape when the two panels are closed together. 

The theme of the room was "A Boy and his Dog in Springtime" everything a boy might do or enjoying doing - walking his dog, canoeing, archery, hiking in the woods, and enjoying a comfortable and cozy room when he returned home. 

Our African dog collar and dog trophies continued our theme. 

Accents of brass to hint at the historic nature of the home and give warmth to the room. 

Black and White Dog Portraits by Amanda Jones, a renown photographer from Boston. 

I find a designer hour is the perfect place to experiment with ideas. Mixing shapes and patterns was a big part of this rooms dynamic.  

Only measuring about 10' X 16' the room packs a punch but is also relaxing and cozy. 

The Pierre Frey sham was the perfect combination of shapes and colors to accent the bed and the round ball Designer Guild wool a perfect distraction from all the angles. 

Black iron frames of feathers seem to float on the white walls. 

Adding the pop of yellowrod leather gives the room energy as well as nod to antiques. A home that has collected items and history. 

A little whimsy in the bathroom filled with hand painted bulls eyes to continue our theme. 

Thank you to all our vendors, craftsmen and women, carpenters, movers, and fans! We had a great time in Atlanta meeting new and old friends!