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

Friday, December 18, 2015

How to Make Quick and Easy Holiday Mantels

Decorating for the holidays can be overwhelming. What to buy, will it fit, how much is too much? Here is the 1st of 3 easy holiday mantel ideas:

Fireplace Holiday Mantel Decorating with Bridget Beari from Bridget Beari Designs on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Bridget Beari Colors at The George's

Bridget Beari Colors is so excited to be a part of The George's Hotel in Lexington Virginia, a 200 year old building renovated in 2014.  We were thrilled when our colors were chosen to grace the walls of guest rooms in both of the buildings, Washington (5 suites) and Marshall 
(13 rooms and suites) 

Classic Federal architecture along Main Street in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 

 A special balcony for the guest suites in the Washington Building with Haywood's restaurant and piano bar below. 

The inside of Haywood's is shown below. Although it was closed when we were there I can't wait to go back and try the food. The menu looked delicious.

Each of the rooms in the Washington building was painted in our colors:

Room #1

Walls Duchess M17
ceiling Pepito M4

Sitting Room for guest room #1

Walls Ting Tong No.53

Room #2

Ceiling Sydney #15  
 Walls Pepito M4 


I loved the black and white bathroom so I took a quick product shot with this Schumacher wallpaper. Love it! 

Room #3

Walls Ting Tong No. 53 
Ceiling Duchess M17

Sitting Room for room #3

and reversing the combo 

Ting Tong No. 53 on the ceiling

Duchess M17 on the walls

Room #4

Walls Venus Di Milo M19 
Ceiling Squeek M54

Guest Room #5

Walls - Early Pearly No. 14

Across the street is the guest lobby and main entrance. 

 The Marshall is a beautiful building with a long guest porch spanning the back of the building with a lovely courtyard below. Perfect for afternoon tea or a quick lunch. 

 Inside the Marshall building is the Taps room, a causal dining area and bar. I noticed right away the Julian Chichester furniture pieces. What a nice mix of old and new. 

 We were treated to a lovely lunch and even tempted by some freshly cooked mussels! 

More rooms in this building in Bridget Beari Colors

Walls in Duchess M17

Ceilings in Pepito M4 

Can you see the high gloss Fine Paints of Europe trim? That was a standout. 

I loved all the touches of hospitality. I can't wait to stay over night on another trip. The food was delish…the decor was young, fresh and classic ….  the people were a delight … and the Bridget Beari Colors shined! 

I loved that the guests ask for the paint color of their rooms. We've sent out sample pots to people all over the country! We left a few paint charts and Bridget Beari candles for guests to sample. If you need a fan deck of one of our 200 colors, visit our website for ordering at Bridget Beari Colors

If you are in the Charlottesville or Richmond area, visit our retail displays at Palette Paint. 

If you are in the area we hope you will visit the hotel or the restaurant and tell them Bridget Beari sent you!  

                              Happy traveling……..

Friday, November 6, 2015

Highpoint Market Day 2

Day 2 at Highpoint Market always starts with Inner Hall and the Big Building. 

I loved the pieces at Woodland

They are even building kitchen cabinets and the finishes are fabulous! 

This metal fireplace wall from Robert James was stunning. I already have a design in mind for this. 

Glass globe lights from Sklo

Indoor/outdoor pillows from Ross Dransfield. Do you see the fringe? Gorg! 

Beautiful wall art from Palecek

Acrylic and brass bar stools from Gabby

This white glass table from Gabby. It comes in black and clear glass too. 

Chain rugs in a hide pattern by Mansour Modern

I saw a lot of good ready made drapery panels. Great linens and embroidery

Beautiful linens and bedding as usual - loved the pleating detail on these pillows. 

Chip and Joanna Gaines from the show Fixer Upper were debuting their new furniture line Magnolia Home. We met Chip but missed Joanna. ( picture on our instagram feed ) He was quite handsome! 

No pictures were allowed of their furniture but congrats on a job well done! 

This day ended with cocktail parties at Hickory Chair, Kravet and Gabby Home. Then off to dinner with the Adorno Magazine crew. 

Stay tuned for our final market day! 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Spring Highpoint Furniture Market Day 1

Highpoint Furniture Market is always a whirlwind of parties, friends and an overload of furniture, accessories and art but boy is it fun!

( If you follow my Instagram account "bridgetbeari" you saw my top trends for the up coming season. )

      Here are my top finds from Day 1 - Fall Market 2015.

We have learned a few new tricks after years of attending the market. Our newest one is coming in on Friday morning. Shops are open and all the good deals happen on Friday.

First stop is always Verellen and Textures Imports: Leah treated us to a fabulous lunch and wine! Thanks Verellen! We love the new addition  - Oliver the mastiff/ rottweiller. He needs a Bridget Beari Color named after him.

Here is there marilyn sofa - which we are doing a 10ft. one for our ATL job  - GORG!

Love these cube ottomans. The stitching details are perfection! 

That beautiful Belgian linen slipcover look

The double flange detail - Love! 

Did I mention they are making outdoor furniture now!!

They also had art from Belgium - we sold 4 paintings! Gorg! 

We placed our orders and even a few for ourselves! 

Next door is Texture Imports - we loaded down the Range Rover with Buddha's, tables, and votives. 

Beautiful turtles for Mexico

Off to the Visual Comfort party only to find that Kelly was sick - So sad! Her new products were killer. 

Loved the black textured sconces

Aerin Lauder had some beautiful pendants with stunning gold insides. Thomas O'Brien was even lurking around a corner in his area. 

Next into Spicher and Company - the art reminded me of Kit Kemp, the London designer

The floorcloths were awesome! 

Off to the Antique and Design Center with so much to see - Turkish pots, tea towels, blankets, throws, garden urns. This is my favorite place at market…..

We caught up with my friend MDD - Mary Douglas Drysdale and had dinner at Theodore Alexander. A nice sit down break. 

Then off to the Baker party….

It was the Hollywood catwalk with pictures and celebrity guests. What a ball! 

We ended the evening with cocktails at the Proximity Hotel and who arrived but Jeff Lewis, Gage, Jenny and gang! What a treat and that's just day 1. Wait for tomorrow's day 2 at Market!