Friday, January 20, 2017

What's Bridget Beari Dreaming About - Layering?

I love the idea for layering different wallpaper patterns on top of one another to create "layers". Layering is one of the most important techniques in the interior design profession. It gives the room interest and depth but I'm wondering if I can layer a wall without it becoming busy and chaotic. 

Similar size patterns or various sizes? I'm not sure which is best. I think the best layering of a room is Kit Kemp's hotel design. Full of pattern- fabrics and wallpaper. 

photo from SFgirlbybay

This is Suzanne Shade who created wallpaper from photos. The geometric pattern holds the images together as a grouping. Toile, photos and color. 

Rough Luxe Hotel in London

We could look at the old masters. Texture and pattern in a vintage feel. 

Or Howard Slatkin in a more Moroccan feel. The patterns are purposely placed between moldings not necessarily layered but adjoining. 

I am toying with this idea for a Spring Bridget Beari Collection. Mixing the patterns together in one paper or for a showhouse. I think it could be a brilliant idea! 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Anatomy of a Room - Parisian style

In this series I take rooms I love and break them down into key points that make the room work visually, artistically and architecturally. 

This room is a Parisian apartment designed by interior designer Jean Louis Denoit. He is known for his classic style with a contemporary twist but what I love the most about JLD style is his fearless mixing of patterns and antiques. 

This is why is this living room works so well:

                                               photo - ELLE DECOR

1. Tones of blues
                 He starts this palette with blue tones, light to dark, robins egg to federal blue to black. Repeating the colors with just the right balance in the walls, carpet and ceiling. The stronger accents of black are in the etageres and sculpture bases to anchor the room. He adds gold to warm up the room but soft enough to continue his feminine palette. Just an odd touch of green to mix it up. Nothing is too perfect. He is also not afraid to mix the metals, silver mirror over the mantel with gold etageres, chandelier and sconces. 

2. Scale   
               I love his use of over scaled ceiling patterns to match the rug pattern. All the architectural details were added to the room as the apartment was completely gutted. The large molding on the ceiling against the perfectly scaled picture molding on the walls and dental molding. A beautiful contrast. His furniture pieces move throughout the room from high - etageres and sculpture to mid range - lamps and art to low - seating. The seating seems to be all in the same plane. Curves of the sofas balanced against the curves of the chairs. Not to mention how this all relates to the ceiling and carpet curves - brilliant! 


3. Antiques with modern pieces

Although many of this pieces are high end, antiques or custom I was surprised to find some Arteriors, Osborne and Little, and Vaughan modern pieces added in. Things that we all can purchase but mixed in they look as expensive as the antiques. Original art and sculpture along side marble carved mantels and mid century lamps. It is a real art to be able to combine elements so beautifully. 

4. Balancing act

The room is symmetrical with 2 lamps, 2 sofas, 2 tables but it does not feel stagnant. By using the 3 pieces of pottery on the back console your eye looks at the green pot then the strong blue small pillow that pulls your eye from the glass sculpture on the wall. The shapes repeat from the circular moldings on the wall to the sculpture over the console and the rectangular picture molding repeats on the sofa flat braid. Different scales but thoughtfully placed. I also love the white accents of trim on the sofa, crystals on the chandelier and moldings. It gives the room a beautiful ice palace effect. 


This is one of my favorite rooms of all time. I love studying the pieces- accessories, color, and scale. 

Thank you for reading Anatomy of a Room! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of Jean Louis Denoit's Parisian apartment. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

What is Bridget Beari Dreaming About?

I've been planning and scheming all last year for a client to love this mural concept as much as I do. I've done the wallpaper murals - more formal affect which I love but this treatment is what I am dreaming about! 

I love this loose sketched look with open air between the leaves and over-scaled floral patterns. 


I was really close on one job but it never came to fruition. I'm hoping 2017 will be the year!

I love the black and white reverse sketch too. 


                                        Sepia would not disappoint as well. 

The more loose the better. I can see this in a dining room, powder room or an accent over a fireplace mantel. So many possibilities for this beauty. 

Do you love this as much as me? Let me know your thoughts. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Goodbye 2016 - Hello 2017!

2016 was an amazing year. I did not realize all that was accomplished until I started this post. This is a look back on Bridget Beari's 2016 but only as a reminder to make 2017 even better! 

Each year is all about learning and sometimes learning as we go! I am all about a challenge. Travel and work were hand in hand this year and I loved it! 


I traveled to Miami to see friends and some amazing architecture, Vizcaya and Kelly Wearstler interiors of hotels were just a few . This was a jumping off to the Bahamas for my favorite spot, The One and Only and Key West. 

I added a new team member, Lisa McMahon. She is amazing as she heads her own PR firm in New York. She definitely kept me on my toes and on a plane all year. 

I was off to KBIS in Las Vegas as a part of the Modenus group! What an amazing show. The kitchen and bath industry gave me tons of inspiration. We visited the Wynn for a private tour and Bobby Berk's Resposive house tour.

I also met another designer from Richmond Natalie Reddell. She was a ball and we hammed it up for our instagram posts

Color was everywhere!

I even saw some old friends, Karen the design tourist! 

This was also where DXV made their announcement of the DXV 2016 design panel


We started new projects: One of my favorites was a whole house renovation in Richmond. Here are some sneak peaks as the final pictures are under wraps for now!

Coastal Living was amazing to Bridget Beari Colors - 3 mentions over the year as a part of their paint color stories! We were along side the big guys!

Off to the Southern Living designer Network Summit in Burmingham AL to meet with other designers. Such inspiration and fun!

 Bobby McAlpine and Mary McDonald were a few of the participants.

Then off to Minneapolis to meet with the design team for American Standard and DXV. Discussing our design and shopping for accessories was a real treat not to mention the royal treatment and dinners. Veronika Miller and team were amazing in pulling us all together!

I did not realize how amazing Minnepolis was. Great restaurants and shopping.  A beautiful city.

Shopping the antique stores was right up my alley. I found some amazing items for my vinquette as early as February! 


 Our local design magazine Rhome was good to us as well with profiles on the wallpapers and paints

We also began our big Atlanta Install. Another under wraps project that will soon be revealed! It was a year long project that had us working with the multi talented architect Peter Block from Atlanta. It is a beautiful house that I can't wait to share.

So many details - like this custom dining table!

Brass bar cabinets

Ann Saks fish scale tiles

Custom designed old Hollywood vanity!

Custom design brass detailing and bench in the pool room!

I was on a Pod Cast with LuAnn Nigara about taking your products to market. Such a treat! 

I even had time to judge the Miss Teen USA pagenant in Richmond


Spring Highpoint Market was a big splash! First we were highlighted in an article on designing with rugs in the Highpoint News magazine. 

Adorno Publishing came to market with the Elevate program and gave awards to outstanding members of the design community. I received an award for my paint and wallpaper collections! 

I gave my first Highpoint talk with gal pals - Mary Douglas Drysdale, Toma Clark Haines and Tobi Fairley. 

I also participated in the Instagram takeover at market. I gain some serious designer followers with this one! 

Right after Highpoint we were off to NewYork for DOAD. We created an fab vignette with our wallpaper and tons of great deals! People were waiting in line to get in our booth for sales! 


We were thrilled to be nominated for ADAC's 2016 Southest designer of the year, SEDY. 

Off to Italy with Adam Japko, Toma Clark Haines, and Jeremy Parzen for the WIne and Design Tour. We started in Venice and learned about wine, antiques and food! 


Thanks to Lisa Mowry for setting up our Richmond project for a highlight in Atlanta's Style Blueprint. 

Back to DXV for the set design and photography! We were finally seeing our projects come to life! 

Another online interview with Casartcovering. I loved sharing my insights. 

Back to Atlanta for 2 blog related workshops: Annette Joseph Workshop

Peaches to Pearl Workshop


The Washington Post asked us to participate in their House Call series. It is a room makeover series. It was fun to see what I could do an a serious budget. 

We finished up another Outdoor living Space Project in Atlanta. We loved the ideas of our clients entertaining in this space. 


I was a part of the Millon Dollar Decorating podcast series. What a thrill to be interviewed by James Swan. 

I spent my birthday at the Inn at Little Washington in Virginia. What a special place full of great design ideas and amazing food! 

Then off to Tulum Mexico to receive some new outdoor furniture for our resort project. I took my friends and husband along for some R&R too.

Definitely one of my favorite project! 


This month was crazy busy. First a highlight in Aspire Magazine for the new wallpaper collection.

And another project in Southern Home Magazine- 8 page spread for this Richmond project. Thank you Constance Costas for the lovely writing. 

And finally after almost of year of planning the: DXV launch in NewYork !!!!!!

Here we are celebrating with all the previous design panels.

My theme was Charleston 1890-1920. I am so proud of this design and feel it really captures the spirit of Charleston as well as highlights the DXV products. 

DXV is an amazing brand with amazing products to work with. These national ads are all amazing! 

We also launched the new wallpaper collection at all 3 Bradley showrooms in Chicago, NYC, and ATL. With talks and presentations at every showroom we  are a real splash! Thank you Bradley for being an amazing sponsor and supporter! 

I met some other wallpaper designers along the way and we shared tips and information! 

I even had a little time to meet up with new fellow Southern Living Designer Network members for a Pow Wow in Atlanta! 


 Off to West Virginia for our 20th Wedding anniversary. We liked it so much we went back for Christmas! 

Off to Fall Highpoint Market: 

Another highlight on using wallpaper in Designer Today! 

Our new Bridget Beari Papers were on display at 2 showrooms in Highpoint! Century Furniture and Universal. What a thrill to see them on display! 

Another Panel discussion on Southern Style! 

Another Instagram takeover at Highpoint! 

Meanwhile the DXV ads were rolling in - Southern Living, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Wine Spectator and Fine Home Building! 

Even another mention in our local magazine for all these accomplishments! 


Another project hits the stands, our Alys Beach Florida projects gets a 5 page spread! 

Our NBC Fix It and Finish It project wins a COTY award!

I was interviewed by Ruby Lux and picked out some amazing products for my highlight! If you haven't used their website you need to. 

Still DXV ads are coming in as December is Veranda!  


 I was on Great Day Washington, Washington's CBS morning show to talk about Bridget Beari Colors and Papers! 

And last but not least my DXV ad was seen in Architectural Digest - Whew!! 

What a Year! 

Thanks for following all the way through this long blog post. I'm so grateful to being doing the thing I love the most, designing product and homes for clients! 

 I'd like to close this year without saying goodbye because it was amazing … so