Saturday, January 10, 2015

Changes for the New Year

Well, here we are....  going into a New Year 2015. I've decided that this year will be the year of "Refining." I've become slightly obsessed with details - for myself and my design style. 

I want to design products and rooms that create interesting dynamics the between objects. It always takes so much time searching for the final details of room to get it just right - artwork and accessories. It's not about going to Home Goods and throwing some cheap stuff around. These are the critical details. 

Interior of HDG Architecture Office

It may be minimal but the details matter. So the first order of business will be to change some major rooms in my house. With the addition of my new courtyard I feel like the spaces are complete but now its the details.

 The second order of business will be to renovate some of the office spaces. Of course we are running out of space but we need a new look and a revamp. 

The third thing will be to refine me. I've been off coffee for 9 days now and feel great. I'm sneaking in the raw but hope to get back to 60/40 at least by March. Also more exercise since loosing my trainer last summer. I'll start polar bear swimming in March hopefully. 

Interior by Jenny Wolf

The fourth action item is to focus completely on details on my upcoming projects. I want to take more time on just the design aspects. I can do that now with the addition of my new team members. I'm freed up to design!!!  

and I love it !!!!

Even though last year was full of ups and downs, turmoil and uncertainty. 

2015 is looking up already! 

This will be the year for travel as we leave tomorrow for Europe. Two weeks in London, Milan, Florence, Canale, and Rome and then again in February for Tulum Mexico for another project and a photo shoot. 

I want to soak it all in and be inspired by the great ones. My camera and sketchbook are ready for new ideas and inspirations

Interior by Piet Boon

 The fifth item will be to refine the details of the products we are selling. 

The wallpaper line is growing with new patterns coming out this year. We are shipping orders all over the country which still amazes me. We are working on a true wallpaper book not just loose samples. 

We have had offers to showcase our product in various places so this year is the time to decide on representation - showroom, retail store etc. 

Interior by Kate Hume 

I want to be inspired by others. I love our collaborative teams of graphic artists and writers. I couldn't do it without my fabulous team. 

The sixth action item and the final one will be to start some of the new product projects with vigor. The Color Rules Book proposal and the fabric line. We scraped the first attempt in total as I wasn't feeling it. There are always highs and lows but I love the journey. 

So follow along with me in 2015 or become a client and see what amazing things we can do for you!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year Everyone!

I love the beginning of a New Year - fresh start, resolutions, new beginning ….   I think this one will be a great one! 

There have been many changes and achievements at Bridget Beari as well as hurdles. I am thankful for them all ...

We are ready for a New Year full of excitement and success. 

Come join the ride! 


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Influenced by a Master - Jean Royere

I love art books. I could spend hours looking through them for reference for a design project or just for inspiration. For my Christmas present to myself I bought a 3 book collection on Jean Royere, a French interior designer and furniture maker. 


Jean started as a banker and at the age of 31 changed careers into the business of design and furniture making. 

In 1934 he designed the new layout of the Brasserie Carlton on the Champs Elysees. This made his mark in the world of interior design. 

He is best know for his international patrons such as King Farouk, King Hussein and the Shah of Iran.

These are his Ceuf chairs that sold at auction for $257,000.00

  His furniture pieces are a combination of delicate, organic shapes and curves. Most piece are substantial in size. 

Bright colors are also a signature element of his style.

This style of fur on a chair or ottoman is still very popular today and reinterpreted by everyone. 

 Most recently I have been designing some furniture pieces. I love looking back at the styles of the 30's and 40's. The shapes and styles are so clever and intriguing. 

                   Geometric shaped table bases

                                           Egg barstools

Organic curved metal base with a travertine top. 

There is nothing better than a good design book. You can't be a good designer without knowing the history of design, exploring historical inspirations, and celebrating those that came before us. 

I hope you are as inspired as I am! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

12 days of Bridget Beari Color Rules

In the Spirit of the Holiday season we are posting the Bridget Beari Color Rules. If you are following on Facebook or Instagram you have seen the first 12. 

Here they are in a list: 

#1 Use Unexpected Color Accents

#2 Temper Hot Colors with Cool Colors

#3 Use Paint to Highlight Architectural Features

#4  View Spaces as Volumes

#5 Make a Statement in the Entry with Color or Pattern

#6 Don't Forget the Power of White

#7 Choose Colors that Flatter

#8 Always Consider the Finish

#9 Take Color Cues from Your Closet

#10 Test Colors on Your Walls Before You Buy

#11 Get in the Mood

#12 Don't Forget to Look Up

Happy Painting ......

If you are in the neighborhood of Palette on Thursday at noon Gary Inman and I will be giving a talk on product development. Come by for a Holiday chat and a free gift! 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bridget Beari Color Rule #74

Bridget Beari Color Rule Number

Limit Colors but Not the Range

It is not so easy to create a single hue room or a room filled with only analogous colors. The key to the combination is to create a range. 

Below the room is mostly greys and grey blues. The designer has limited the color palette but stretched the range of grey into blue and violet. It create a beautiful flow and softness.  

Interior by Ken Fulk

This room is mostly taupe but the lighter and darker variations blend and create contrast. The darker draperies against the even darker floor. The flat tape on the linen walls. All of these color are from the same hue but again the range is varied. 

Interior by Luis Bustamante

The easiest way to do this is to create a mood board. Kelly Wearstler is the queen of combinations. Here is a tray she created full of objects that have similar hues. Some colors are stronger and other softer to create that perfect balance. It is easy to see how this is done in nature  - see the agate and the marble cut in the tray. 

Kelly Wearstler

If you are working with warmer colors this is a great example of a limited palette but the range is strong and dynamic. Bursting color over tones of gold. 

Another way to test colors is to experiment with watercolors.Testing and mixing combinations let's you experiment with range while understanding the undertones. 

Brigit O'Connor

So go ahead and test the rule - limit the color palette but not the range! 

Happy Painting .......

Tip: You've asked for the DIY tips to come back so here they are. 
 Cleaning water stained bath fixtures with lemon. An easy and nice smelling way to remove hard water stains. 

Found on Broccoli Cupcake blog

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Take a Tour with Bridget Beari!

If you have never been to the Highpoint Furniture Market, you should! Take quick tour with me of all the interesting furniture, accessory and design finds. With so much to see this is just a glimpse. Make your plans for next Fall in Highpoint, North Carolina! 

                              Happy Shopping …...

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bridget Beari's Top 10 finds at Highpoint Market 2014

It's hard to pick favorites but here are a few. I picked different ones than I posted on instagram or twitter. 

So here they are …

Always my first stop at Market, Textures never disappoints. 

#1 Turtles from Textures. Perfect for our Tulum Mexico project. We loaded the car with goodies! 

#2 Circle base table at Julian Chichester. Brass and gold were everywhere.

#3 painted stair riser inserts from Mirth Studio. I posted about this company at ICFF but the new risers were very cool! 

#5 Gold perforated chandelier from Oly Studios. Love the layers. 

             #6 Floral crystal and metallic leaf chandelier from Roberta Schillings - organic and glamourous

#7 Currey brass and acrylic lamp - love the X base

#8 Aerin Launder lighting from Visual Comfort - beautiful shapes and textures

#8 fur ottoman and hide pillows from V Rugs and Home

#9 Metallic thread rug from Mansour Rugs from L.A.

#10 Ribbed back chair from Hickory Chair by Mariette Himes Gomez. Love the detail in the leather. 

So there you have it - top 10 finds!