Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Treehouse Project

Our treehouse project in Richmond is truly an amazing before and after. Architect Pat McClane did an superb job of recreating a simple Cape Cod house by opening up the floor plan and adding some key architectural elements like the arched windows. 

You can see some more photos of this house in this month's Rhome Magazine but here are some photos of other rooms that were not shot for the magazine. 

The client likes to call this her treehouse because when the back doors are open you feel like you are in the trees. We took this idea and added color, art and items that echoed this  in a subtle way. 

We love the beautiful sliding back doors painted black. 

Our Bridget Beari Colors paint Pia No. 31 really shines in this amazing master bedroom. Those windows, although a challenge to cover for privacy, are a real showstopper! 

Collected and colorful was our goal! 

Our subtle nod to our client's love for the University of Richmond spiders! 

Thanks for stopping by to check out our work! We are super busy this fall with the DC Design House, Southern Living showhouse, Southern Style Now Traditional Home Showhouse in Savannah, and of course the opening of our new store: Bridget Beari Home. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

What is Bridget Beari Dreaming about.... Tunisian doors!

I love the detailed nail head designs in these Tunisian doors. Not to mention the vibrant colors. I could see a screen, bar door, headboard or just artwork created to remind me of these doors. 

What a treat it would be to visit these in person. They are truly amazing but for now we can only dream of recreating these treasures in some of our Bridget Beari projects. 

Our next Tulum project???


Photo: Nedim

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Southeastern Atlanta Designer Showhouse

Bridget Beari Designs was trilled to have participated in last month's Atlanta Showhouse sponsored by Atlanta Home and Lifestyles Magazine.We have been working in Atlanta our the past few years so this seemed like a perfect fit.  We were given the little boy's room and chose to create a space that paid homage to handcrafted items as well as a nod to the historic nature of the home. 

You can see some Scandinavian influences in the design through the use of texture and materials. I wanted to create a room showcasing our Bridget Beari Colors paint but do something more creative than paint a wall so I designed this wood headboard in 5 of our Bridget Beari Colors - Rambo, Maddy Tingy, Caesar, Beebop, and Snowball. It became the anchor for our design. 

From the headboard came handcrafted items from Tate Pray, a Charlottesville craftsman who made the bed and the Poof Chair in Walnut. A beautiful and simple design that coordinated so well with the antique chest and leather chair. 

Touches of texture in the Kat Kozy quilted throw in raw Murino wool, the Moroccan wool black rug with super long tassel edges, wool draperies, and linen sheeting. 

Handcrafted clipboards with map art were a perfect choice for changing art in a kids room. Our selection of Baltimore artist Theresa Bauer kept a simple image with white void space and natural framing. 

Following the geometric shapes of the headboard came the off centered light fixture - again with space voids. You can also see from this angle the wool draperies are made of 3 different patterns sewn together to create a trapezoid shape when the two panels are closed together. 

The theme of the room was "A Boy and his Dog in Springtime" everything a boy might do or enjoying doing - walking his dog, canoeing, archery, hiking in the woods, and enjoying a comfortable and cozy room when he returned home. 

Our African dog collar and dog trophies continued our theme. 

Accents of brass to hint at the historic nature of the home and give warmth to the room. 

Black and White Dog Portraits by Amanda Jones, a renown photographer from Boston. 

I find a designer hour is the perfect place to experiment with ideas. Mixing shapes and patterns was a big part of this rooms dynamic.  

Only measuring about 10' X 16' the room packs a punch but is also relaxing and cozy. 

The Pierre Frey sham was the perfect combination of shapes and colors to accent the bed and the round ball Designer Guild wool a perfect distraction from all the angles. 

Black iron frames of feathers seem to float on the white walls. 

Adding the pop of yellowrod leather gives the room energy as well as nod to antiques. A home that has collected items and history. 

A little whimsy in the bathroom filled with hand painted bulls eyes to continue our theme. 

Thank you to all our vendors, craftsmen and women, carpenters, movers, and fans! We had a great time in Atlanta meeting new and old friends!

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 ......