Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Design Tourist blogs on Bridget Beari Papers


If you don't follow the Design Tourist Karen LeBlanc you should. Karen's visits all the hot design shows and events. She gives you weekly design finds and exclusive interviews with the design industry's stars! 


This is one of my favorite episodes from the London design show! 



Not only is she creative, a brilliant writer, and a marvelous host she is so genuine and sweet too. 


She also looks flawless. I followed her around one day at Highpoint and she never touch up her hair or makeup even before she went on air - Amazing! She even gave me some TV makeup tips. 

I was so honored when she asked to do a blog on the Bridget Beari Colors and Papers. It was brilliant.

Here is Karen's Blog post......




Great Taste in Decor & Good Deeds Inspire New Wallpaper Collections by Bridget Beari Designs

Bridget Beari Papers by Susan M. Jamieson, ASID owner of Bridget Beari Designs
The wallpaper renaissance I’m seeing in home fashion is fueled by strong hues, bold graphics and creative applications. The latest looks in wallpaper are elevating wall coverings to wall art with texture, sheen, color and interesting imagery. I also think today’s wallpaper enthusiasm is gaining traction as a fresh alternative to faux finish fatigue. How many more marbleized and aged patina painted walls can we stomach, seriously?
Bridget Beari Papers by Susan M. Jamieson, ASID owner of Bridget Beari Designs
Bridget Beari Papers by Susan M. Jamieson, ASID owner of Bridget Beari Designs
 Interior Designer Susan Jamieson, ASID  is a color expert with her own line of custom paints, Bridget Beari Colors, and designer wallpapers, Bridget Beari Papers. In the interest of full disclosure, Susan is a dear friend but I objectively admire her work tremendously.
Design TV Host & Blogger Karen LeBlanc with Susan M. Jamieson, ASID owner of Bridget Beari Designs
Susan agrees that wallpaper these days  is not just flowers and scenes but geometrics and textural finishes. “In general, pattern is back but the use of wallpaper allows for walls to take on a whole new look. They can be accents or bold statements,” says Jamieson. As a go-to design tool, wallpaper revives a tired, outdated room and hides imperfections in the wall.
Bridget Beari Papers by Susan M. Jamieson, ASID owner of Bridget Beari Designs
Bridget Beari Papers features geometric designs created for a bold dramatic look. Susan says Buscemi (the agate design) has already been used on ceilings, accents walls, and furniture. The latest uses of wallpaper aren’t about pasting the walls with paper from floor to ceiling but rather clever, creative, original applications. I asked Susan to share her Top Five Wallpaper Ideas:
Bridget Beari Papers by Susan M. Jamieson, ASID owner of Bridget Beari Designs

1. Use wallpaper as an accent behind shelves in a bookcase
2. If you are afraid of too much wallpaper, then frame out the wallpaper into sections with molding.
3. Accent a fireplace wall or cover a piece of furniture.
4. Use wallpaper on a ceiling for maximum drama
5. Textured wallpaper should accent your design while floral and geometric should be the focus of the design scheme. Always pick one item whether it is fabric or wallpaper for focus in a room.

Bridget Beari Papers by Susan M. Jamieson, ASID owner of Bridget Beari Designs
Bridget Beari Papers by Susan M. Jamieson, ASID owner of Bridget Beari Designs
Picking the perfect color or wallpaper for your living space is tricky business so Susan created an app to help with hue selection. You can download the app by clicking here.
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Her Bridget Beari exclusive colors number more than 200 and are available in four collections: Classic, Modern, Exotic and Metallic. On her blog, Susan offers 66 color rules to help with hue selection.
Here are Susan’s Top Five Paint Color Rules:
Temper Hot Colors with Cool Colors
A Perfect Match is Not Always the Best Choice
Create your Own Crowning Moment
Go Mono
Always Save paint for touch ups
Susan’s color and wallpaper lines are a distillation of more than 20 years tweaking colors and patterns to get the perfect look for her clients. When I first met her, I asked why her color and paper collections don’t carry her namesake.
Susan M. Jamieson, ASID owner of Bridget Beari Designs with her dog LulaBelle
Susan M. Jamieson, ASID owner of Bridget Beari Designs with her dog LulaBelle
It’s because Susan wanted to draw altruistic attention  to animals. She named all of her paints and wallpapers after pet names—animals that she has met through her clients and friends and she donates 10% of sales to animal rescue groups. (Bridget and Beari are dogs.)  Other quirky names include “Ting Tong”, “Loki”, Touch Pooch Penny” and more.

                    I hope you enjoyed the post and will watch Karen on the Design Network. It's a great show for all you design fans!  


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