Bridget Beari Blog

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Designer Sketches

As we head into the final week of preparation for the 2014 Richmond Symphony Designer House I am thrilled with the results and can't wait to show it to you but of course it is top secret until reveal time. 

Here are the 3 sketches I did for the proposed rooms in the home. 

Number #1 choice was for the foyer: ( which I was rewarded )

Sweeping curved staircase
25 ft. ceilings
The prefect place to show off our new Bridget Beari Papers - Loki and Buscemi

gold, grey and white were the colors of choice
playing with over scaled items, mixing antiques and modern pieces, custom making a few as well ( chandelier, columns, glass vases, sconces, and chest )
Touch of art deco
Flowing, sparkle and modern glamour would be the adjectives I would use to describe this room

Number #2 choice was the dining room: 

Showcasing our Roux pattern in Winston Charcoal
mirrored elgomise ceiling
marble top table
mixing chairs between upholstery, metal and fur
Painted sisal rug 

It was charcoal and white but glam all over! 

Number #3 choice was the study:

Our Keebet pattern in Truffle for an accent wall
Out Bridget Beari Metallic - Cooper's Copper for the ceiling
More of an asian minimal feel -almost organic or boho
That's a day bed in the center of the room

Which design would you have chosen? 

Hope to see you out at the 2014 Richmond Designer House! 
If you see me there and mention you read my blog I have a gift for you! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hill and Holler Dinner with Jackson Browne

I've watched different dinners happen over the past year at the "roving Farm Dinner" event called Hill and Holler in Charlottesville. Not a far drive but long enough that it would take something special to get me there. This event was special enough that I pulled the trigger - Dave Mathew's Farm, Bleinheim vineyards, Environmental Working Group for the non-profit, Kyle Bailey from Birch & Barley in DC and none other than Jackson Browne for a private concert! 

We rented a limo and off we went! 

It was an interesting selection of wine, beers and ciders from both Blenheim, King Family vineyards Foggy Ridge ciders. 

Beautiful Tent for a seated dinner of 120.  

The views from the farm were breathtaking - it really showed off how beautiful Virginia is. 

All local farm to table items

The passed butternut squash soup was delightful!

A glimpse of the farm house

Beautiful views!

Working farm and gardens

Here's our chef - Kyle cooking the beef tenderloin. 

The dessert cider was really good! 

The tents were amazing! 

Every dinner sponsors one non-profit group and this one was The Environmental Working Group - helping to clean the environment. The CEO is friends with Jackson Browne from lobbying in DC with him and Bonnie Rait. 

Check out the metal straws ...

We were serenaded by Jackson Browne while we dined on pickled watermelon rind and arugula salad, tomatoes and mozzarella, roasted chicken, pasta with lamb chunks, beef tenderloin, and crushed up poundcake with ricotta for dessert. 

While venturing to the WC we even met Mr. Browne face to face. What a fun event! 

I ended up with only one picture of the food. I guess it was so good we ate it faster than I could photograph. It was family style dining so it was hard it get a single picture of the dish. 

What a great way to end the summer with a special dinner in the beautiful Virginia countryside! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dining at Hartwood in Tulum

Dinner on the Beach in Tulum

Although it was hard to venture away from Casa Yakunah and the fabulous food from Antonio our chef. One afternoon we went into town for some shopping and then stopped at Hartwood. 

This restaurant is the brain child of 
Eric Werner and partner Mya from New York. I love that they picked up and left the city for Tulum. What a beautiful place! 

The restaurant is an open air style - no traditional kitchen here only wood stoves and prep tables. Look at this sketch May did for the concept: 

sketch from the

Habernero pineapple margaritas, mushroom tart, Pulpo, Whole red Snapper, Mayan Chocolate pudding  and more …..

Wood tables with arbors  - white rock floor on the jungle side of the road. 

I loved the fresh juices! 

Of course ours included alcohol unlike the skinny cute girl at the table next to us who only ordered green drinks. 

Notice the lanterns over the farm tables - buckets of fresh fruits and veggies. Herbs hanging from the ceiling. Swinging intense lanterns to keep the flys away. 

These are the menus ….

The water was delicious too! If we could only find this in the states - Delish! 

Check out the row of spices

                                Our squid salad

Bonefish ceviche

Definitely worth a trip next time you travel to Tulum! Nothing like dining at the beach. 

                     Happy Dining and Traveling .......

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bridget Beari in Tulum Mexico

I am thrilled to show you one of the most exciting Bridget Beari projects, Casa Yakunah. I designed the interior of this private home in Tulum Mexico.

 The house is located 2 hours south of Cancun in the biosphere reserve called the Sian K'aan. This section of land is surround by the Caribbean on one side and the lagoon on the other. It is a stunning piece of property. 

The house was designed by Mexican architect from Cancun. We had many challenges between the Mexican architect, the American designer and the Italian contractor plus most of the workers were Mayan so there were 3 different languages spoken most of the time. 

Bringing containers of tile, furniture, lighting from the US and sourcing many things with local craftsmen created the perfect combination of modern comforts, unique design elements and organic pieces. 

The main living area is a typical palapa design - beautifully made by the local workers. It is mesmerizing to just stare at its beauty. The Tucker Robbins bean chairs and sconces are incredible. The Teracea coffee table from the a single tree trunk is a beauty. ( no trees are cut down for the tables. They only use trees that have fallen naturally ) The Gaston y Daniela bird pillows bring in all the beautiful colors - turquoise, pinks, purples and blues. They were may inspiration piece. The handmade light fixtures in the center of the palapa create a dramatic and beautiful glow in the room. The front doors are also hand carved by a local craftsman. 

The master tub is hand made from mahagony. It is extremely comfortable and required many dry testing lay downs for the perfect fit. 

The roof top pool is a stunner. With Italian tile that I fought for and finally one the contractor over. The tile pattern beautifully plays off the blue green of the Caribbean sea. 

The house is also self sustaining with its own water source, spetic system and windmill. Not to mention its own jaguar and crocs and lizards! 

Each of the bedrooms have wall treatments behind the beds - bamboo rods, wave patterns and coconut shells. Fabrics by Manual Canovas, Osborne and Little, Galbraith & Paul, and 

The guest bathroom has a custom designed concrete sink with wave patterns. 

The powder room has a onyx sink and Moroccan Walker Zanger silver tiles. 

The dining room has a table by Teracea, a light fixture by Lepere, and chairs by Janus et Cie with fabric by LuLu DK

There is a dock on the lagoon side for fabulous fishing trips which on our last trip there my husband took advantage of. He caught tarpon, bonefish, snapper,and snook. 

The staff is incredible - Antonio, Paula, Juan, Carlitos cater to your every wish. Prosecco by the ocean, dinner under the moonlight, massages with ocean breeze by Claudia - amazing! 

I am so grateful to have amazing clients who give me such great projects and trust in my design vision. It is truly a magical place. 

If you want to see more visit the house's website and like them on facebook! Casa Yakunah