Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bridget Beari Picks: 5 Best Desks for a Cool New Office

Are you ready for Spring and an office make over? Here are my top picks for a fresh new style in office desks. 

Sleek and sophisticated this black cerused oak desk from Calvin Klein would be perfect for any modern office. 

Punch it up with a lively color! This campaign desk from All Modern does just that. Love the sunshine yellow! Check out all the fun colors at All Modern

Looking for something more classic and wood. I love the brass wood combo in this Nook piece by West Elm

Need a larger work surface. This extra long table from Blu Dot gives you plenty of space and plenty of style.

As a lover of antiques I am always game for a classic touch. Check out this 1950's Tommi Parzinger desk in white lacquer with brass details. This is a stunner! 1stdibs

Any of these picks would be a great start to an office makeover. They really make you feel like you are in charge in a beauty space. 

If the desk is too much of a expense then try updating the accessories: 

Love the See Jane Work accessories

Of if storage is your problem then add a fabulous cabinet: 

Blue Dot file cabinet

Another antique from 1stdibs

Whether large or small a new office furniture can make you feel like the BOSS! 

                              Happy Shopping …..

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Want to know more about Bridget Beari?

Check out my interview with Rio Hamilton or read it here!



THE PROFILE: All about Susan Jamieson who is the founder of Bridget Beari Designs, Inc., a high-end residential interior design firm, with projects throughout the U.S. and internationally in Costa Rica and Mexico. Her work has been featured in national publications such as Traditional Home, Southern Living, Virginia Living, Washington Post and Washingtonian. Susan’s projects have also been featured on HGTV, TLC and NBC.  
Susan found the time to create a custom 

paint line called Bridget

Beari Colors that offers 200 custom paint colors 

available nationwide. Her brand new
wall paper collection has dynamic designs

and creative names like "wah wah", "keebit" and

"Wellington". Susan is an avid animal lover whose

home and design studio are full of furry companions. 

Bridget and Beari were her beloved dogs and each 

Color and Paper is named after the pets of family, 

friends and clients with a portion of all proceeds 

benefitting animal rescue groups.


Interior Designer and Product Developer

Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider significant in your career
Finishing a three-year project in the jungle of Tulum, Mexico. It is a piece of paradise! I am also so proud of our paint line, Bridget Beari Colors with 200 custom colors and Bridget Beari Papers, a custom wallpaper line, which is shown in Chicago, Atlanta and New York at Bradley USA.
What are the rewards from your work
Working with amazingly talented professionals from artists and architects to builders and craftsmen. You learn something different from each new person you work with on a project, no matter how large or small.

If there was a movie produced about your life – who would play you
Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada! Not in her harsh way, but because my friends tell me I am very “exacting!” Always moving from one project to the next...the ultimate multi-tasker!

Which philanthropic organizations have you been connected to
I give my time to a local non-profit arts organization called 1708 Gallery. I have helped them raise over 300k for a city-wide art project called GO Fish! 
The gallery supports cutting edge contemporary artists from all over the country as well as local events that benefit schools and communities.Bridget Beari Colors, my paint line gives a percentage of sales to local animal rescue organizations. We are pretty passionate about animals…in fact, all of my products are named after beloved animals and Bridget and Beari are dogs.

Can you share your motto or mantra
“When they say you can’t, then you have to!”

What book are you currently reading
I love decorating books and just finished Jean-Louis Deniot:Interiors. Beautiful and inspiring interiors.

Who is your secret celebrity crush
Daniel Craig. I love a good James Bond movie.

What is your favorite time of day
Early morning. It is my time to relax and get my thoughts ready for the day.

Do you know your heritage
I am a FFV, First Family of Virginia. My family came to Jamestown Virginia in 1609 from France and eventually settled in Orange Virginia at Somerset Plantation. We are related by marriage to James Madison, the 4th President of the United States!

Are you fluent in other languages
In college, I studied in Florence for a semester and picked up some Italian and also took French for many years. Fluent?  Not so much, but I can get around!  I’m working on my Spanish now since I have current work in Mexico and Costa Rica.

Do you follow astrology- What is your zodiac sign
I don’t really follow it, but I do fit my sign -- a Leo, strong-willed for sure!

What would your DJ Name be

Do you have a favorite number
12, my birthday.

Do you have a favorite fashion magazine
Vogue, a classic.

What is your “go-to” fashion brand
Armani, every time! 50% of my wardrobe is Armani.

If we were to peek in your closet, what is the dominant color
Black, Grey and white. Very little color...perhaps because I put it all into my designs, paints and papers!

What is your present state of mind
At ease. We just installed a project that has been in the works for three-years. It turned out gorgeous.

It’s 6pm at your favorite bar or restaurant, what drink do you order
An Italian red from the Piedmont region of Italy. OR DO YOU LIKE WHITES TOO?

Do you awake with or without an alarm
No alarm.

Do you have a favorite social media outlet

If you could be a background singer, dancer or musician – which entertainer (living or dead) would you choose as the star?
Gwen Stefani. I love her rocker punk style.

What is the last photo you took with your cell phone
A picture of the stairwell in our latest install in Atlanta.

One of the best lessons my parents taught me is to
You can do whatever you put your mind to.

What is your favorite work of art
I love the modern Flemish portraits of Hendrik Kerstens. The trash bag as a headdress -- brilliant!

Photograph by Hendrik Kerstens

What is your favorite building in Manhattan
The Beaux Arts style of the New York Library.

Susan Jamieson is one of the designers participating in Housing Works much anticipated event
"Design on a Dime" Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Private Tour of the Wynn Hotel

What a treat to see all of the public spaces and many of the private spaces at the Wynn Hotel Las Vegas. Roger Thomas and his design team created incredible spaces throughout the hotel - uniquely creative restaurants, intricate tile butterfly mosaic floors, custom red Venetian glass chandeliers, floating parasols, 2 story glass views from the $40K per night suites and more. It was all so exciting to see. Thanks to Modenus Blog Tour KBIS and Jackie Von Tobel, a resident designer in Las Vegas.

Here are some of the highlights:

Floating parasols that moved up and down! The colors were amazing

                                        Custom red Murano glass chandeliers

  Beautiful tiebacks and drapery

The details were incredible. Check out the moldings. Nothing is ordinary.

                                               One of the many bar/nightclub spots

  The ladies room at the night club  - marble everywhere!

A stunning restaurant all in gold, white and emerald green. All the passmenterie was custom made by Samuel and Sons.

                                  The layering of pattern was amazing and so well done. This is a ceiling pattern - moire, floral, mother of pearl, damask, solid gold.

                              Every detail is designed - even the tableware, linens and flatware.

Tented ceiling treatments 

Bold colors and trims

                           The wedding chapel - beautiful embroidery on the padded wall treatment

               I loved the custom elevator doors - each one more interesting than the next.

Such a special treat to see all of these unique spaces. Next up my top finds at KBIS - Kitchen and Bath show! 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

DXV Top Secret 2016 Design Panel!

I am honored to be selected for the 2016 DXV Design Panel! DXV is American Standard's luxury brand. They select different designers each year to design vignettes showcasing their products in different themes. One photo from each designer will then be used for their national ads. 

This years select group includes myself,  Richard Anuszkiewicz  of Richard T. Anuszkiewicz from Baltimore, Beth Dotolo from Seattle and Carolina Gentry of Dallas of Pulp Design Studios, and Genevieve Ghaleb from Canada of XYContemporary

Our designs are due this Friday and then we will be flying to Minneapolis to meet with the design team. The process reminds me of set design. I'm pretending it's a fabulous movie set ( something I've always want to do ) with my favorite actors.  The themes are still top secret but mine is right up my alley. Here's a hint -  Miss Fisher.  

I was lucky enough earlier this year to do a quick ad for them with the theme Alice and Wonderland.My product was their new AT200 integrated electronic bidet smart toilet.  Check out my marble floor and wall design in the ad. Thank you Alys Edwards tile for the use of your product! 

My initial sketches were along the theme of painting the roses red. A large photographic mural of all white roses and one red. We ended with a living garden wall instead although I loved the rose idea. 

Follow along on Instagram @bridgetbeari for all the latest hints and pictures of the process.It is going to be amazing! 

#DXVtopsecret #DXVdesignpanel2016