Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Bridget Beari Color Rule #9 - Take Clues from Your Closet

Bridget Beari Color Rule:


Take your Color Cues from Your Closet


Sometimes the easiest way to find your personal style is to look at the clothes you wear. This will tell you what colors appeal to you and how accessorized or simple your tastes are. 

For example, the picture below shows a girl in a Bohemian blousey shirt with multiple bracelets and necklaces. She also drives an orange VW Beetle. 



Below is a room that might appeal to her. Bright colors, patterns and bold shapes. It could also be very eclectic from places she has traveled. It is her look and her style. 


Good Bridget Beari Colors for this look would be: 

Trixie No. 22


Bing Bong No. 28


My own personal closet is more classic. I have mostly gray, white, black and some khaki. I feel more comfortable in these colors and around these colors therefore my house has similar colors. I love neutral but interesting textures. 




This foyer would represent the classic fashion color schemes. 



If you watch It's a Brad Brad World. You will notice that Brad Goreski- loves himself some plaid, color, and a bow tie. He is a mix of old and new but still classic and clean.  



His look might translate into a room like this: 


A classic look with pops of color behind the bookcase and traditional leather with modern detailing.

Try Bridget Beari Colors: 

Bababooey No.25


Rambo No 44


Sidebar: Trixie was a horse from my childhood horseback riding camp. We did a cowboy and indian play on horseback. I was an Indian and rode Trixie bareback  in full costume as we chased the cowboys. I was about 10. 

Bing Bong is the nickname of my cat BIng. We call her Bing Bong because she is so silly. 

Bababooey is the nickname Joe the BBD contractor gave my Sharpei Lulabelle. He is a big Howard Stern fan and Bababooey is one of the characters on the show. 

Rambo is the name of my neighbors wired hair dachsund. He rides on a Harley, dresses for Halloween, and is very vocal. We call him " the Man." Big like Rambo!!

Tip: Tone is how Intense, Bright or Dull a color is. 

If you are interested in a Bridget Beari Fan deck, they are available on line: 





Happy Painting.......

Friday, July 27, 2018

Hue Are You? with Libby Langdon

Welcome to HUE ARE YOU




A weekly blog series exploring different creatives' views on color and its use in interiors, art and design. We will dive deep into their obsessions with color. How and why they use color. You will get to know their stories and you may even gather some tips for using color in your own home. What is better than learning from the experts!





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Hue Are You? 

Designer Spotlight: Libby Langdon




  Libby Langdon is an interior designer, author, product designer and makeover television personality, as well as the creative force behind New York City-based design firm, Libby Interiors, Inc.  She is fast becoming known for her growing collections of branded home furnishings for Crystorama Lighting, outdoor furniture for North Cape and indoor/ outdoor rugs for KAS rugs. 

Libby’s interior designs and home products have been featured in leading shelter magazines: Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, Hampton’s Cottages and Gardens and is a contributing editor to House Beautiful magazine. Langdon has been a regular makeover design expert on NBC’s TODAY Show, HGTV’s Small Space - Big Style, The View, The Rachael Ray Show, FOX’s Design Invasion and NBC’s Open House.

 She’s written a book, Libby Langdon’s Small Space Solutions, and travels across the country presenting informative seminars to consumers, designers, and retailers about all things design. How does color play a part in her cool elegant style? Let's find out....


Susan Jamieson:  What one color represents your design style? 

Libby Langdon Blue, it represents my Easy, Elegant, Everyday Style. 





SJ: Do you use color as a dominant role in your designs or as an accent? 

LLI would say usually color is used as an accent in most of my projects, but that come from what will be timeless and so often they are worried they will tire of a color if it's a dominant part of the design. That being said I'm working on a wonderful project in Vero Beach where color will be front and center in each and every room, I love  when a client wants to go there!




SJ: How do you feel about matching colors in a room? 

LL: I don't really feel like colors need to "match" but rather play well together.  In every design I usually start with what I call a "connector" fabric, it's a multi-color print or pattern that weaves several of the colors l'll use in the space together, that becomes the springboard for the room’s palette.  This helps the client see we have a roadmap and something that's guiding the design. I also know if they like the color combo in the fabric, they will love the way I work with those colors on different items, and ultimately adore the room design.





SJ: What color represents your personality? 

LLI think it might be yellow, I'm a pretty perky, positive person and I'm always smiling and usually happy, sort of like human smiley face.  I was once referred to as a cross between a self- help interior designer and a bubbly life coach, I like that!






SJ: What color comes to mind when you talk about: 

Your favorite City ....... Sag Harbor - blue because it's surrounded by water and the sky goes on forever.

The House You Grew Up In ......... Brown- it was a gorgeous old English Tudor house with wonderful chocolate exterior woodwork and amazing stained mahogany paneled walls throughout the interior of the house.

Last Fabulous Dinner You Had ........ Pink- I made the yummiest fresh grilled shrimp from the fresh fish stand near our house and the color of the shrimp didn't look real, it was so fresh.

Your favorite Flower ....... H
ydrangeas - the cornflower blue color makes me swoon...my Mom calls that color "Libby Blue" because she knows how much I love it.

Your favorite season ...... Fall - orange, it's my husband’s and mines favorite time of the year, it's when we got married, we love the cooler temps and the romantic feel in the air. I love that back-to-school mentality, I always think it's the new year for me rather than January.





Your Favorite Art ...... Lime green- it may not be my favorite piece of art but it's the most recent one I've bought and it's a wonderful abstract hanging over the fireplace in our master bedroom. It's got all sorts of bright colors like hot pink, bright blue and I don't normally use lime green but I'm loving it as an accent in our room right now.


Your Favorite Room in Your Home ..... Tan- family room - this is where the life really happens in a house and people get to rest, relax, play games, watch movies, spend easy time together...I design so many family rooms with tan as a base neutral and I'm ok with that.  Rather than thinking its uninspired I like to think of it as creating a room when people can gather and feel like they are getting a big fat hug, kind of like putting on your favorite broken in pair of khakis


Your Favorite Beauty product .... White - Creme De La Mer is hands down my go to skincare product, I feel like I'm doing my skin a favor when I use it!


Your Favorite Article of Clothing ...... Cobalt blue - 2 years ago for Christmas my husband gave me this awesome fleece zip up Cubs sweatshirt, it was the year they won the World Series and I became a total Cubs baseball fan. It's at our house in Sag Harbor and that's where I get to wind down and relax and even if I'm working when I'm out there, that fleece is so comforting...I take deeper breaths when I wear it, now that's a fave article of clothing!


SJ: Name a color you never use? 


LL Rust and olive green...had to name two!






SJ: Name a color you use frequently? 


LL Blue






SJ: If you could pick a name for a color what would it be? 


LLMagic Hour






SJ: Do you have a pet? What color reminds you of him/her? Do you have a nickname for this pet? 


LLNo, still working on trying to keep our house plants alive!


SJ: What is the Now Neutral? 


LL Navy Blue








SJ: What is your prediction for the next big color trend? 


LLTurquoise






SJ: What are the best color combinations? 


LLRed/Gold/Black - Navy/Green/White- Spa/Tan/cream- Teal/Gray/ Navy






SJ: Best advice when it comes to picking paint colors? 


LL- Choose colors with more gray undertones than you think, it may look dull on a paint chip but a super clear, bright color on a paint chip can read like a kids playroom fun house when you actually get it up on the wall.  Also, don't paint a million test patches on your wall, you will never know what it looks like from that, if you're working with an interior designer trust them, they know what it looks like because they've probably used it a million times and can send you a picture of it in a room.  Otherwise look at your paint color and Google if you can see what it looks like in a space or see if the paint company has a virtual tool where you can see it in a room.  




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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Bridget Beari Color Rule #8 - Always Consider the Finish

                                     Bridget Beari Color Rule #8




                                              

                                      Always consider the finish

After you have decided on a color, it is very important to remember that the finish or sheen of the paint will change its look. In general these are your choices: 

High Gloss or Brilliant

Flat 

Eggshell 

Semi-Gloss

Satin 



Fine Paints of Europe makes the best brilliant finish similar to that of a gloss lacquered finish. This finish can be very reflective and manipulate the light differently than a flat finish. 


Tory Burch Foyer from Pinterest

As a general rule I paint all walls eggshell (because I like a sheen on the paint), semi-gloss on the trim and cabinetry and flat on the ceilings. I have been changing it up a bit now that I'm part of the FPE family. I love a gloss ceiling or a high gloss front door! 

To achieve that green wall, try Bridget Beari Color

Pickle No. 37



Furniture can also be given that lacquer look. It is great as an accent because it will really stand out in the room. This look is easy to achieve with the FPE Hollandac Brilliant. 


Photo from Pinterest

Shakin Jakin No.24 is a great coral! 




Farrow & Ball makes an interesting flat paint. It is actually their specialty - a dead flat paint, almost caulky. It is extremely interesting the way the light reacts to this paint. Even their estate emulsion can change tones between the different walls in a room. 




Sidebar: Pickle is the name of my office manager's terrier dog. He was actually a client's dog and he barked too much so Jayne adopted him. Very cute but high maintenance! 

Shakin Jakin is the name of the dog next door to Joe named Jake. Poor Jake doesn't get much attention from his owners and lives outside most of the time but Joe sneaks him treats when he can.



Tip: Always stir your paint. It makes the color more uniform. 




Happy Painting.......

Friday, July 20, 2018

Hue Are You? with Paige Hull

Welcome to HUE ARE YOU




A weekly blog series exploring different creatives' views on color and its use in interiors, art and design. We will dive deep into their obsessions with color. How and why they use color. You will get to know their stories and you may even gather some tips for using color in your own home. What is better than learning from the experts!





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Hue Are You? 

Designer Spotlight: Paige Hull of Vintage Round Top

Designer and founder of the Vintage Round Top brand and vacation resort homes in Round Top Texas, Paige, along with her contractor husband Smoot have created a lifestyle brand which is based on creativity, hospitality and design. Her love for antiques combined with a unique sense of personal style makes Paige a perfect guest for our Hue Are You? series. I was lucky enough to stay in their 1450 cottage which it full of found and repurposed antiques she purchases abroad and locally.  She has a very specific vision and opinion on color and I can't wait to share it with you ...



Susan Jamieson:  What one color represents your design style? 

Paige Hull: Wow, that's a hard question. I'd have to say white and it's the base color of all our walls. Our design is to treat our walls like there in a museum so we can display our vintage and found objects and collections. 




                                                           photo by Haylei Smith

SJ: Do you use color as a dominant role in your designs or as an accent? 

PH: We do use color as a dominant role, but our colors are neutral- mainly black, white and brown. Our bedrooms have a bit more color. Each one has a color toned theme: blues, olive green, rose. 




photo by Haylei Smith


"LIVE WITH INTENTION" 

- PAIGE HULL


SJ: How do you feel about matching colors in a room? 

PH: It depends on the room. 



                                                            Photo by Haylei Smith

SJ: What color represents your personality? 

PH: I'm a Pisces, two fish swimming in different directions. So I'd say, neutrals represent my calm side, and metallics represent the more fiery side. 




SJ: What color comes to mind when you talk about: 

Your favorite City ....... White, black, and brown for Amsterdam ( we're headed there this week - eek! )




The House You Grew Up In ......... Yellow - my mom changed wallpaper from time to time and it somehow always had some shade of yellow in it. 

Last Fabulous Dinner You Had ........ French Blue - we dined at a new restaurant in Round Top Texas named Lulu's that our good friends just opened - it's beautiful and delicious. A must try if you are in Round Top Texas. 



Your favorite Flower ....... White - wild flowers or flowering branches, it's all about the texture. 



photo by Hannah Haston


Your favorite season ...... Green for Spring. 

Your Favorite Art ...... Rust - our favorite art is the weathered, rusted and patinaed pieces we've hung on our walls from travels we've made with our family. 



Your Favorite Room in Your Home ..... Olive Greens for the Master Bedroom in Boho. It's a super calming room. 




Your Favorite Beauty product .... rose Quartz or Lapis - Herbivore Botanicals. 

Your Favorite Article of Clothing ...... Black - it's 90% of my wardrobe. 

SJ: Name a color you never use? 

PH: Yellow, maybe I had too much of it growing up???

SJ: Name a color you use frequently? 

PH: Pip for all the walls. However, it's been discontinued. It was a Martha Stewart color we found at Home Depot of all places, but I think you can still find the recipe at some locations. 



SJ: If you could pick a name for a color what would it be? 

PH: The Vintage Round Top - Smoot and I were just talking about the conversation we had with you while in Round Top and loved the idea of our white paint named after our property. Keeping fingers crossed! 




SJ: Do you have a pet? What color reminds you of him/her? Do you have a nickname for this pet? 

PH: Not yet, but we are getting one when we return from Europe in  few weeks. 
We are planning on getting a Bernadoodle - guess what color they are? White, black and brown. 

SJ: What is the Now Neutral? 

PH: Metallics that have a raw sheen. 



SJ: What is your prediction for the next big color trend? 

PH: It's looking like shades of Violet and Purple. 

SJ: What are the best color combinations? 

PH: Of course, white, black and brown, but I also love blues, greys and browns; and rose gold and rust (this just may be the color combo for our new cottage being named after our youngest daughter - The Eisley.) 




SJ: Best advice when it comes to picking paint colors? 

PH: Put a whole lot of options on the wall and look at them at different times of the day as the color will change. I think we had 9 or 10 different shades up before we picked Pip. 



                                               photo by Haylei Smith



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