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.... Jospeh 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 Joseph 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 hardware.com 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! 






Saturday, January 21, 2017

Making Picking Colors Easy



Looking for the best paint colors? Give Bridget Beari Colors a try. We've done the selecting for you. All the best blues, greens, whites..... They range from subtle to bold, modern to exotic and even metallic paint.  Perfect for whole rooms and for accents walls or front doors. 

Here are some of our favorite neutrals for wall colors: 

1. Bridget Beari Colors Bubble No.4

The perf.ect pale pale pink for a living room or bedroom.

      2. Bridget Beari Colors Newman No.32

Love this grey for cabinets

     3. Bridget Beari Colors Snowball No. 2

First choice for a gorgeous white trim color

4. Bridget Beari Colors Water Bowl No. 47

Soothing and pale is blue is a winner

5. Bridget Beari Colors Goose Muffin No.3

Love this for ceilings. 


Don't forget our paints are named for pets of all sorts from dogs and cats to birds and horses. We give a money back to rescue organizations from the sale of the paint. So if you are passionate about animals and color, this is your paint! 

Email us anytime for a help with color or paint. We can ship the paint to you. 

If you've finished a project in our paint, don't forget to tag us on Instagram @bridgetbeari. We love seeing our paint in action. If you happen to be at the Georges Inn in Lexington Virginia, remember all the guest rooms are in Bridget Beari Colors. 




Happy Painting! 

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!