Friday, May 27, 2016

Who is the real Bridget Beari?

If you want to know more about me, here is an interview from LuAnn Nigara from Window Works: 


Sunday, May 22, 2016

It's a Busy Life!

April and May have flown by this year maybe because I have been so busy traveling! I have so much to share that things haven't made it to the blog yet so I am starting from the beginning to catch everyone up on all the good things that are happening at Bridget Beari and all the latest finds and trends. 

Our first stop is Highpoint - Spring 2016 where I was an Instagram takeover designer for Sunday! I shared my finds and received a ton of followers. You must have liked what you saw so here a few of my finds: 

1. Michael Berman collection for Theodore Alexander

Everything about this collection was brilliant - color, pattern, attention to detail, metal details.

 I loved it! 

And here I am with Michael Berman and Mary Douglas Drysdale

2.  Verellen - mixing blush into their neutral palette this year! 

3.  New patterns at Texture Imports - I took a few of these home! 

4. McAlpine Collection of planters at Elegant Earth - I love the trefoil design

5. Kelly Hoppen Collection  - rose gold was a big! 

Here were are with Kelly ……  such an inspiration! 

6.  Jean Louis Denoit's Collection at Baker, one of my favorite designers of today. 

I loved the upside down portraits! 

Golds and metallics in full force! 

                                                Blush velvet on the sofa

repeating the wallpaper pattern on the table base

The gold and glass accessories completed the look

Brilliant brass detailing

7. Moving on to a more casual side - this French country look of pinstripes fabrics and tea towels from Bunakara

8.  Brass detailing in hardware and light fixtures from Tritter Feefer

9. Finally to end my Highpoint trip with an award from Adorno Publishing Group and the Elevate Design Panel, an award for Bridget Beari Colors and Papers - Best New Product Design! 

What a surprise and honor!  

And this is just the beginning of my adventures so stay tuned for the next event - NYC and Design on a Dime! 

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