2012 RIchmond Symphony Designer House
Well, it has been 20 years since Bridget Beari has done a Designer House and September will mark the 20th year BBD has been in business so I decided "why not do something different" that I had not done in a long time to promote the Bridget Beari Colors: I'll do a room at the 2012 Designer House.
When I first received the request the address did not seem appealing, only because I really like older homes and this neighborhood is fairly new. I went on the first viewing and I was so surprised to see one of the house that I have always driven by with envy. I have a couple of clients in that area and have seen the house. I could not wait to get inside.
Here is a photo of Pinifer Park, built in 1910 by Edwin Laird as a summer retreat from their Richmond Park Ave. home.
Here is the Colonial Revival style home as it stands today with its Queen Anne styling even a little Bavarian Hunt lodge styling in the grand foyer. Unfortunately the house is in
disrepair as it had been used as a rental home.
Here is a video from Richmond Magazine on the history of the home:
Here is a picture of the grand foyer. Interesting interior for a Virginia farm house - 2 story interior with an almost Arts and Crafts fireplace. Can you imagine the parties?
I did not choose one of the main spaces. I really wanted a room with no furniture. This was going to be all about the paints, wall treatments and fabrics. You were asked to pick 3 spaces. I chose 2 staircases, and the music alcove in the second floor. I was asked to design the back staircase which of course was the most involved space and really my favorite.
Here is a sneak peek of the before pictures of my hallway:
Wait until you see this door again!
The beadboard will be gone!
I am always inspired by other designers I admire and their spaces in the Kips Bay Showhouse in NYC. I really want this space to be unlike anything you would expect in Richmond. When I go to a Designer House I want to see things that inspire me and are creative not just a pretty room. My hallway will showcase all that Bridget Beari Colors and Fine Paints of Europe products can do in terms of finishes, techniques and striking elegance.
I hope you will come see it in October! I'll be teasing you with products and renderings for the month of August until the big reveal!!
Happy Painting ......