Saturday, February 21, 2015

Dreaming of Italy

Here are some quick photos of my trip to Italy. We flew into Milan and drove to Canale, Alba, Barbaresco, Lucca, Monforte then to Firenze, Orvieto, Montecino, and finally to Roma. It was beautiful and not too many tourists.

Bridget Beari "Snapshots of My Trip to Italy" from Bridget Beari Designs on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Anatomy of a Room - Kit Kemp Bedrooms

Having just returned from a fabulous trip to Europe, I stayed in some amazing hotels but The Ham Yard Hotel in London captured my attention. 

Designed by Kit Kemp, it is one of the Firmdale hotels that she owns with her husband.  

As my New Years goal is details, this hotel was full of design surprises and curious choices. I loved her layering skills - mixed up, unmatched but not too juvenile or garish. 

Here is her design philosophy from Lonny Magazine: 

"My palette is diverse, but my style is about achieving a balance between what’s colorful and what’s neutral and restful. You need only one really inspiring piece in a room." 

Let's see how she achieves this by examining only the hotel bedrooms. 

This room seems fairly matched up but look at the turquoise stool. The bed comfort level is amazing. Bold pattern on the headboard mixed with the graphic curtain pattern. 

 The next room has a bold wallpaper with marbled headboard fabric and then a multi patterned bench

Then turn to the floral mixed with the yellow topped chairs with decorative flat braid. The artwork is interesting as well - unmatched to the room. 

Grey walls, navy/pink dustskirt, orange red drapery fabric. Brilliantly mismatched

Again pattern upon pattern

Peak and Boo pleats on the dustksirt in contrasting colors. 

Boiled wool was everywhere with contrasting cords and mixed stripes - see the bench

Stripes at the window but larger stripe on the chairs

I just used the fabric on the pillows in a guest room. I mixed it with a brighter blue but here she has mixed with dark navy diamond pattern with the petite floral design and another print on the window. Clever! 

Wow - look at this sofa stripe. It really shows off the room and the art above. The other items in the room are more neutral but still mixed patterns. 

Even bolder here with floral headbaord, medallion bench fabric, striped chairs, and red and blue art work. 

Red and pink striped draperies with a red floral headboard. A lime green bench to break up the hot colors and the neutral gray walls to cool it down and unify the room. Notice the floral on the side of the chair - that technique was everywhere. Even more pattern upon pattern.  

The art was incredible too - perfectly picked and placed. Again mismatched and definitely original.  

I loved the different headboard shapes in each room and how the design in each room is different. It makes me want to go back and stay in a different room. 

Some rooms were simple but the attention to detail was the same - notice the upholstered door! 

Gorgeous bird nest wallpaper and embroidered headboard fabrics - old fashion but at the same time modern. 

Contrast that with a more modern bathroom - clean and sleek

She is master at the mix - her creative choice of fabrics, attention to every detail. It is Brilliant design work! 

Did you notice the dressmaker forms in every room covered the fabrics? 

Next time we will look at the more public room.  You are in for a treat. They are definitely a WOW factor! 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Changes for the New Year

Well, here we are....  going into a New Year 2015. I've decided that this year will be the year of "Refining." I've become slightly obsessed with details - for myself and my design style. 

I want to design products and rooms that create interesting dynamics the between objects. It always takes so much time searching for the final details of room to get it just right - artwork and accessories. It's not about going to Home Goods and throwing some cheap stuff around. These are the critical details. 

Interior of HDG Architecture Office

It may be minimal but the details matter. So the first order of business will be to change some major rooms in my house. With the addition of my new courtyard I feel like the spaces are complete but now its the details.

 The second order of business will be to renovate some of the office spaces. Of course we are running out of space but we need a new look and a revamp. 

The third thing will be to refine me. I've been off coffee for 9 days now and feel great. I'm sneaking in the raw but hope to get back to 60/40 at least by March. Also more exercise since loosing my trainer last summer. I'll start polar bear swimming in March hopefully. 

Interior by Jenny Wolf

The fourth action item is to focus completely on details on my upcoming projects. I want to take more time on just the design aspects. I can do that now with the addition of my new team members. I'm freed up to design!!!  

and I love it !!!!

Even though last year was full of ups and downs, turmoil and uncertainty. 

2015 is looking up already! 

This will be the year for travel as we leave tomorrow for Europe. Two weeks in London, Milan, Florence, Canale, and Rome and then again in February for Tulum Mexico for another project and a photo shoot. 

I want to soak it all in and be inspired by the great ones. My camera and sketchbook are ready for new ideas and inspirations

Interior by Piet Boon

 The fifth item will be to refine the details of the products we are selling. 

The wallpaper line is growing with new patterns coming out this year. We are shipping orders all over the country which still amazes me. We are working on a true wallpaper book not just loose samples. 

We have had offers to showcase our product in various places so this year is the time to decide on representation - showroom, retail store etc. 

Interior by Kate Hume 

I want to be inspired by others. I love our collaborative teams of graphic artists and writers. I couldn't do it without my fabulous team. 

The sixth action item and the final one will be to start some of the new product projects with vigor. The Color Rules Book proposal and the fabric line. We scraped the first attempt in total as I wasn't feeling it. There are always highs and lows but I love the journey. 

So follow along with me in 2015 or become a client and see what amazing things we can do for you!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year Everyone!

I love the beginning of a New Year - fresh start, resolutions, new beginning ….   I think this one will be a great one! 

There have been many changes and achievements at Bridget Beari as well as hurdles. I am thankful for them all ...

We are ready for a New Year full of excitement and success. 

Come join the ride! 


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Influenced by a Master - Jean Royere

I love art books. I could spend hours looking through them for reference for a design project or just for inspiration. For my Christmas present to myself I bought a 3 book collection on Jean Royere, a French interior designer and furniture maker. 


Jean started as a banker and at the age of 31 changed careers into the business of design and furniture making. 

In 1934 he designed the new layout of the Brasserie Carlton on the Champs Elysees. This made his mark in the world of interior design. 

He is best know for his international patrons such as King Farouk, King Hussein and the Shah of Iran.

These are his Ceuf chairs that sold at auction for $257,000.00

  His furniture pieces are a combination of delicate, organic shapes and curves. Most piece are substantial in size. 

Bright colors are also a signature element of his style.

This style of fur on a chair or ottoman is still very popular today and reinterpreted by everyone. 

 Most recently I have been designing some furniture pieces. I love looking back at the styles of the 30's and 40's. The shapes and styles are so clever and intriguing. 

                   Geometric shaped table bases

                                           Egg barstools

Organic curved metal base with a travertine top. 

There is nothing better than a good design book. You can't be a good designer without knowing the history of design, exploring historical inspirations, and celebrating those that came before us. 

I hope you are as inspired as I am! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

12 days of Bridget Beari Color Rules

In the Spirit of the Holiday season we are posting the Bridget Beari Color Rules. If you are following on Facebook or Instagram you have seen the first 12. 

Here they are in a list: 

#1 Use Unexpected Color Accents

#2 Temper Hot Colors with Cool Colors

#3 Use Paint to Highlight Architectural Features

#4  View Spaces as Volumes

#5 Make a Statement in the Entry with Color or Pattern

#6 Don't Forget the Power of White

#7 Choose Colors that Flatter

#8 Always Consider the Finish

#9 Take Color Cues from Your Closet

#10 Test Colors on Your Walls Before You Buy

#11 Get in the Mood

#12 Don't Forget to Look Up

Happy Painting ......

If you are in the neighborhood of Palette on Thursday at noon Gary Inman and I will be giving a talk on product development. Come by for a Holiday chat and a free gift!