Thursday, November 23, 2017

Southern Living Showcase Home



We loved collaborating with our fellow Southern Living builder, Creative Home Concepts to create a showhouse home in the Southern Living Street of Hope in Richmond Virginia . It started as a farmhouse concept but we took it in a organic direction with the additions of the shiplap, slurried brick, natural beams, and open concept floor plan. 



We used all of our Southern Living product partners as well. DXV plumbing, Sherwin Williams paint, Welbourn cabinets, and our biggest interior sponsor was the online retailer The Mine. I sourced everything from the lights, rugs, furniture, accessories and art from their online store. They also graciously donated the entire family room. 



It was quite a personal challenge to design an entire house via a single online resource. The selection was wide and although I think I know that site backwards and forwards, the process was convenient and the quality was great. The site is full of my regular go to sources. 

Tip: Fill a wall with a collection is the best way to make a statement like we did here with the bird art.




We loved this Sherwin Williams Anchor's Away paint on these bookcases. The peak through window gives light from one room to the next. Light was something this house was full of. 





We played with mixing metals from the chrome lights, stainless dining top table, and polished nickel faucet. It is a nice way to create movement in the room. 


Tip: Add elements of natural wood as we did here for warmth: mantel on hood, legs of chairs and barstools.



Adding more brick in the keeping room to balance one side of the room to the next. 

Tip: When arranging furniture think of groupings, 4 chairs around a round table is a great way to include everyone in the conversation. 


We did not add bookcasses on each side of the fireplace. We wanted the walls to breathe with some open space. A showhouse is a great place to experiment with different ideas and concepts. 


Tip: Natural beams are the perfect wall to connect the large open space and bring more warmth to the room. 








Tip: Super White Quartzite butterflied matched in the center for a dramatic pattern match. It also allows us to create a larger island. 






The coffee table was a nice surprise as our original choice was still backordered by the time we needed it. This table came in at the last minute but it's organic shape was the perfect shape to set off the room. 









We added small moments throughout the house like this desk area off the kitchen. 




Ancient Marble Paint color for the laundry room.  The perfect soft green.





For the Master Bedroom we used our own paint colors, Bridget Beari Colors Calvin E32. A bold blue softened by these beautiful Designer Guild bed linens




Our serene master bath with custom built ins. I love the 2 tone effect on the cabinets. 




There was even a game room and yes we bought the pool table from The Mine. 






A kid's study were we deconstructed one table to use the black base of another table. We love even customizing ready made pieces. Antother Bridget Beari Color here - Winston M34



Guest Room #1 - Black and white upholstered headboard




Our black, white and blue bathroom filled with DXV matte black fixtures!


Tip: Think of contrasting color to add to a black and white scheme as we did here with our vanity and mirror. 





Guest Room #2 - Mix up your finishes within a room for more interest. 






Every house needs a man cave. We used our Bridget Beari Colors here too - Monk M10 We were on a tight budget to fill an entire house but we were able to really make it work! 

We love our Southern farmhouse - Bridget Beari style! The house is still for sale and all the furniture, accessories too. Let us know if you are interested in anything or that you visited the house. 






Watch for the opening of our new home store, Bridget Beari Home coming in December to Richmond, VA. where you can find all of our paints, wallpaper, furniture and accessories. 



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sourcing the DC Design House!


I've been hostessing my dining room at the DC Design House for 3 weekends now and the main question is " Where did you get all these different pieces? Are they old or new? " 




So here are the sources:


                   Chandelier from New Orleans designer Julie Neil Lighting called Winters



Marsan Hostess Chairs and Julian Mirror by Niermann Weeks 

zebra fabric by Scalamandre








Paula Grace Design - Invert Sideboard



Dining Chairs from The Mine

Slipcover from Osborne and Little - blue strie velvet



All the beautiful antique accessories are from Parc Monceau Antiques in Atlanta









The early 1900's Iranian Lavar design antique rug by Eliko Rugs

13' X 19' 



Our Bridget Beari Papers metallic grasscloth called Roux in colorway Bling Bling


The colors of our faux door panels and Ombre ceiling are in Bridget Beari Colors Modern Collection: 

Lady M27, Trifecta M48, Shadow M5


Photography by Bruno Poinsard available at ART Star



Claymore sconces from Visual Comfort 



I shopped vintage items from One Kings Lane - Murano vase on the mantel, the boy dot art, the 50's inspired boy art, brass easel, obelisks

I designed and had custom made the Dining Table and consoles. All available through the Bridget Beari Home Store

Dining Table is a cerused wood top with a tiered brass plate base. Made in 3 sections - 2 48" square and 1 48" X 24" console piece


The consoles are 40"H X 36" Wide 


Arteriors Dedra Lamp



Also a special thanks to H. J. Holtz and Sons for their amazing painting and wallpaper skills in this room. 


I hope you have enjoyed this tour of our DC dining room. If you are close to DC come visit, the show house is open until the end of October. All sales benefit the Children's Hospital in DC. We would love to see you there. 



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bridget Beari's DC Design House Dining Room


The DC Design House is finally open for tours in the month of October. We are thrilled to showcase our modern Parisian dining room. Let me give you a few insider tips and insights into this years room.

Inspiration: Every room starts with an inspiration and mine was our new Roux metallic grasscloth. It is a pattern that has been looked over. It's one of my favorites and worked perfectly within the existing moldings. Taken from a lace pattern in a dress this gives the room the pattern and style. 


Mixing Styles: We are all about "Living the Mix" at Bridget Beari. Mixing styles, mixing high and low, mixing antiques with modern piece and we did that in this room. Chairs from The Mine slipcovered in Osborne and Little blue strie velvet. A stunning early 1900's antique rug mixed with a mid century inspired cerused oak table. Contemporary photography with vintage 1950's portraits. 




Adding organic elements for softness: Succulents in the antique clam shell and large Philodendron leaves soften the formal dining place settings. 

Accenting with Black: I love black baseboards to set off a room but adding the grey/black accented panels took it to another level. Sleek, sophisticated and bold in choice. Topped off with a ombre black/grey smokey ceiling treatment for a more intimate feeling. 


Mixing Art: Modern photography with antique busts. The perfect juxtaposition of style but reminds you of well collected home where the owner has added things throughout the years. Each item full of memories of the purchase or an event.  



Organic plaster chandelier from Julie Neil lighting changes the whole formality of the room. It has a whimsical feel.


Layering Art: Not all art needs to hang. Try leaning items. This makes it easy to change and adds a causal element to the room. 



Plaster, gilded, cerused, brass, terracotta, marble, plaster, concrete: Mixing materials for interest and flavor. 

Setting the table: Mix it up! Use different patterns layered on one another. You can even layer the placemats for color. 

I custom designed many of the pieces in this room: Wallpaper- metallic grasscloth call Roux-bling bling, the dining table- cerused wood top and brass tiered bass, and the consoles - geometric bases. 






Formal dining but causal, fun and inviting. The perfect setting for a fabulous dinner party! 

Everything in the room is for sale. All furniture and ticket sales benefit Children's National Hospital in the Washington DC area. It is a great cause and we love participating even though driving 95 is a bear! 



Please come see us! I'll be there every weekend to answer questions.