Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kips Bay Showhouse 2017

Welcome to New York and another fabulous Kips Bay Showhouse full of 18 designer rooms! 
I've highlighted some of my favorite rooms in this year's home on East 65th Street. 

Savage Interior Design from Nashville tackled the foyer with a black and white wallpaper by M J Atelier. The mix of mirrors and pattern united the architectural arches. 

             The paper was looked as if the design was hand cut. 

My favorite room was by Susan Ferrier of McAlpine from Atlanta. Always the master of the dark moody colors, this is an example of that style. Large scale art, a collection of archaeological prints, floating bed in the center of the room, tone on tone walls and fabrics all help to unite the room. 

Luxurious but also thoughtful in the placement of items. I'm obsessed with finding the perfect accessories and this room does it so perfectly. 

The Ken Fulk Dining room was fantastical with its kelly green paint and zoo creatures from the De Gournay wallpaper. It's all about the amazing flowers and colors in this room. 

Even the place settings carried on the zoo theme. Beautiful raspberry accents on emerald green velvet. 

Notice there was no center chandelier but smaller hanging lights around the room. Perfect for the large scale florals that graced the tables with their petals flooding the floor. 

I loved the Scandinavian inspired room by Neal Beckstedt with its sherpa covered arm chair and mid century vibe. As  any of you know I am currently obsessed with this style. 

       The fireplace with its metal sculptural hood was incredible. 

      Cement tiles cover the floor under a brightly covered Moroccan rug full of purples, creams and oranges. 

Beautiful and creative landscape in the courtyard by Janice Parker. A nod to the origin of the house to the Chinese Institute of America. She created a Zen like atmosphere with bamboo and stones. 

                                                    Amazing stone work within the patio

                    A final look at the facade of this year's showhouse. Always a must see for great design! 

Thanks for reading! 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Bridget Beari Trends at Highpoint Spring Market

Highpoint Furniture Market is the place to spot the trends in the furniture industry for the next year. I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Highpoint after our Atlanta showhouse room opening which I will be posting next. 

Here are a few of the trends I found: 

1. SHAPES - round, hexagon, triangles. Geometric shapes for pillows and furniture are big. 

           Hickory Chair's plum sofa, another big color

Verellen's ottomans

Highland House - triangular tables ( Again that plum fuchsia color ) 

2. SCANDINAVIAN INFLUENCE - texture, organic, handcrafted

Amazing hide rugs from Verellen and Sabine

Wood walls from Jamie Beckworth for Windsor Smith in Century

natural grey tones

Shiplap walls but with a more modern touch

3. METALLIC DETAILS - accents as well as upholstery
rose gold, copper, gold

Amazing upholstered chair from Jamie Drake at Theodore Alexander

Bridget Beari Papers even had a shout out in this category as Century used our Chika wallpaper in Bastille Brass for their display

Metal Fretwork on this Century cabinet - mixing metals and tones 

4. RIBS AND PLEATS - texture and pattern

Henredon bench with bold ribs 

Windsor Smith for Century - pleated back of her sofa

These are a few of the new trends I saw at market and you will begin to see in Magazines and furniture stores. If you like them start incorporating these styles into your own home! 

Happy Designing ......

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Domino Papers - the birth of wallpaper

Domino papers were single sheets of paper printed by the Dominotiers in France during the 18th century. 

The original purpose was to line trunks and books.

 Usually a single sheet made with a woodblock technique and stencils.

 The intricate and colorful patterns gradually made it onto walls as an inexpensive and available form of decoration. 

The patterns are amazing as some have been preserved in the Smithsonian museum for display. A little history lesson on wallpaper for this week! Follow us on instagram @bridgetbeari every Wednesday for #wallpaperwednesday

Saturday, March 11, 2017

What's Bridget Beari Dreaming about.... Josef Frank!

I am loving everything Scandinavian right now and while researching furniture pieces I stumbled upon a brilliant collaboration between Swedish interior designer Estrid Ericson who collaborated with Austrian architect Josef Frank (1885-1965) to create some amazing pieces. He designed the pieces and the fabrics. It was her presentation and attention to detail skills that made this collaboration work for decades!  These pieces are still available today through the Svenskt Tenn website.

I would love to use one of these pieces in an upcoming design scheme!

Fabric wrapped chest in a Joseph Frank signature pattern:

                                                  all photos via Swenskt website

Bombshell yellow chaise with a tufted top cushion

Signature green side table

Amazing leather ottoman in a dimensional cut pattern

Greenery pattern on the same chest

Oh how I love a rattan settee!

A perfect side chair in Zebra - Brilliant and stylish! 

                                                        Happy Dreaming......

Friday, February 17, 2017

What is Bridget Beari Dreaming About...Copper Tubs!

                     8 of the Best Copper Tubs!

There is nothing better than a luxurious bathroom. It doesn't need to be large just inviting and relaxing. I love designing bathrooms and I have been researching copper tubs for a new project renovation. There are so many choices that I have narrowed now my search to my top 8.

Here is a beautiful project from Mexico - rustic but classic!

photo from the New York Times

I love the different shapes, outside and inside materials, and especially the blacken one. All are available on the www.signature site less the first one from Waterworks. Any of the top 8 will be a stunning choice for this renovation. Check back to see the before and after come together! 

Happy Designing! 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Bridget Beari's Top 10 Flush Mount Picks

What's the most difficult part of being an interior designer? Finding the products you need and for me finding good flush mount light has always been a challenge. Here are a few of my top picks to make selecting a little easier for you! 

What makes a good flush mount? 

1. Enough light. Nothing is worse than dim light. 

2. Depth or lack of depth. Sometimes you need something shallow. 

3. Style. I need something modern one day and then traditional for the next project. 

4. LED. something that has LED capabilities is always helpful for those hard to change the bulb spots. 

                                                                Happy Shopping!


Sunday, January 29, 2017

What is Bridget Beari Dreaming about... a larder?

After visiting KBIS in Orlando this month, I am seeing the revival of the Larder cabinet in kitchen designs. This word comes from the French word for bacon therefore a place to store meat before refrigerators. The word today is used to describe a pantry or food storage similar to a pantry but it a stand alone unit or cabinet. 

I love the idea and can't wait to incorporate one into my next kitchen design. Below are a few examples, they range from food to plate storage to more of a coffee station.   

I've even come up with the best Bridget Beari Colors that would be perfect for a larder or kitchen cabinets. Don't forget to order your fan decks so you can create beautiful rooms in Bridget Beari Colors too! 

Happy Designing!