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! 



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Red and Brass Dominant at Fall Highpoint Market

This Fall Market had to be one of the best! It was jammed packed with design celebrities and parties galore! 

I did my regular Design Finds #1-10 on Instagram and Facebook but what I noticed the most were the color and material themes. 


Everywhere you looked was brass, gold, brass!
Here is Kelly Wearstler's new line for Visual Comfort - mid century cool as usual from Kelly. 



Gorgeous brass legged table from Mr. Brown. 


Honeycomb shape was hot too - this new lamp from Mr. Brown


Brass combo with stone from Sherrill in the Mr. and Mrs. Howard collection. 


Red was the dominant color - walls, trims, furniture, art ….it was coming up red all over! 

This was most evident at the Hickory Chair showroom in the Alexa Hampton section - red trims, red accent panels, and red graffiti art. 




Alexa did all of the artwork in the room herself  - 32 paintings! 


Texture and pattern! 



And there she was lounge behind her graffiti wall - what a treat! 



Red lacquer on the mirror - the teal color was creeping in as well. 


Red lamps


Again more graffiti art ….




I also saw the return of tabletop accessories ...


This was only the first day of finds so stay tuned for Day #2! 

Happy Shopping ……


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Richmond Symphony Designer House 2014

 The 2014 Richmond Symphony Designer House is now open for viewing. Bridget Beari is showcasing our new wallpaper line in the entry foyer. 


The wall pattern is called Loki in Bastille Brass. Normally a vertical paper we ran this one horizontal withe a painted stripe between. The stripe and ceiling are painted our color Space M28 from the Modern deck. 




Thanks to H.J. Holtz and Son specifically Jeff, Logan, Brian and Ray for their expert hanging and painting skills. They are truly the best. Jeff never says no to all my crazy ideas! 




On the ceiling we enlarged the Loki pattern and hand trimmed it to apply the starburst pattern. Also our newest wallpaper Wellington is on the stair risers. 




The antique mirror transom was a great addition to the space. It reflect the chandelier and gives a softness to the wall. 





This is our newest case piece, the black cerused Greek Key chest with the metal base. It's a beauty! 

The smokey Madonna is a photograph digital altered by a London artist. 


The chandelier is the focal point of the design. Custom made by Doug McDonald with 1800 ft. of gold chain and LED lighting. It is a stunner! 


The upper hall showcases our Buscemi pattern on the wall behind the bar chest, Andi Helfant fire nude and antique sconces with acrylic backplates designed by BBD, Aerin Lauder pendant hangs in this space as well. 



All wallpapers and paints are available at Palette both here in Richmond and Charlottesville. 


Antique bench and mirrored wall panels set off the corner. We have mixed antiques - sconces, intaglios, and the bench with contemporary pieces like the bar, Indonesian pot, urns, hand blown glass, wallpaper and hand made pieces like the chandelier and chest. 



I love the mix!  



The effect of the wallpaper on the walls and ceiling gives off a Deco feel  - Great Gatsby  - Hampton's white party. The white draperies are 18ft. long! Beautifully detailed on the bottom with 2 grey stripes of varying widths and lined in a separate fabric. 






Hand painted motifs on the sisal rug. 





Succulent planters


Virginia beach Artist Andi Helfant-Fryes nude pastel on black paper. 


Gorgeous hand blown vases by Ryan Golthrup. One is up for the raffle! Check out our Winston Charcoal MT11 metallic paint on the baseboards. 


We can't get over the complements and wow's over this chest! 


Our Indonesian pot painted in Bridget Beari Snowball No2 from Fine Paints of Europe. 


Beautiful paint urns from South of Market in Atlanta. The perfect contrast to the wallpaper and the white draperies. 


A look back to the front door for the wallpaper detail over the double doors and the wood block screen prints in black and white


So many details and so many people to thank who made this beautiful foyer come to life! 

Come out it for yourself and check out all of the other spaces!