Sunday, June 12, 2016

Anatomy of A Room - Southeast Style

In this Anatomy of a Room series we discuss what we love about a room and why it works visually and mentally. 

This is Barbara Westbrook Interiors and her Southeastern Atlanta Showhouse family room from this past April. 

Why this works! 

1. Scale - perfectly proportioned photography by Whitney Ott. These dark still life images of colorful flowers are perfect to grab your attention as well as balance the high ceilings in the room. I love that there are no large furniture pieces underneath. They are set low in scale with the fireplace. 

2. Interesting Groupings - the custom chaise grouping with the metal stools, Sofa with pouff ottomans, and wing chairs by the fireplace. It is hard to make too many pairs work but here it does. 

3. Black and White Color Scheme - It works here because of the boldness of the stripe and the art. It anchors all the linen and white walls

5Mixing Accessory Styles - love the medieval iron work, French stucco fireplace, modern take of Flemish still life art, Hollywood Deco Black and White, beautifully crafted antique tables and ceramics. 

6. Whimsy - Sconces made from old tin plates. Graphic and large in scale. The room felt easy and comfortable even though the ceilings were two story. 

I hope you had a chance to see this room in person. It was amazing! 

Happy Designing…..

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Design on A Dime in NYC!

We were thrilled to be invited to participate in this years fundraising event for Housing Works in New York City called "Design on A Dime" Designers from around the country are asked to create vignettes that have at least a minimum of 30K worth of items. This is all to benefit people with HIV/Aids.  

Our idea was to show off one of our Bridget Beari wallpapers. This time we chose Keebet, inspired from a concrete wall design in L.A. Our color way was metallic gold, grey and black.

We received some amazing donations from our fellow vendors: 

Janus et Cie Forest chair, the white outdoor chair by the table
Osborne and Little: grey and white fabric that we upholstered the armless chairs in
Ufab: donated the upholstery
Kravet: the Greek Key fabric for the club chair

Stark Carpet: the sisal rug
Made Goods: chandelier
Arteriors: lamps

Some things we had from the last Designer House. The mirrored panels were remade and used as hanging art. We used our Buscemi wallpaper pattern as art underneath. 

Everything was packed and driven to NYC 2 weeks before the event. It all arrived unbroken even though the Uhaul door would not open when we got there and we were lost for hours trying to find the warehouse! 

We were thrilled with the final result! After all the work setting up, the items were sold in a blink of an eye. The most popular items was the striped chairs!

We made some great new designer friends! Here are some of the other vignettes: 

Francis Interiors

Elle Decor

Alessandra Branca

Yetta Banks

John Willey

Robin Baron

Caleb Anderson and Jamie Drake

James Huniford

Yetta Banks

Jonathan Legate

All the participating designers: 

The first timers: 

We stayed at the Dream Hotel. It felt like Miami! 

Port Hole theme throughout the hotel. 

Even port holes in the rooms

The Lobby art

Made of beer cans

It was a fabulous event and we loved being a first timer! 

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!