THE PROFILE: All about Susan Jamieson who is the founder of Bridget Beari Designs, Inc., a high-end residential interior design firm, with projects throughout the U.S. and internationally in Costa Rica and Mexico. Her work has been featured in national publications such as Traditional Home, Southern Living, Virginia Living, Washington Post and Washingtonian. Susan’s projects have also been featured on HGTV, TLC and NBC.
Susan found the time to create a custom
paint line called Bridget
Beari Colors that offers 200 custom paint colors
available nationwide. Her brand new
wall paper collection has dynamic designs
and creative names like "wah wah", "keebit" and
"Wellington". Susan is an avid animal lover whose
home and design studio are full of furry companions. Bridget and Beari were her beloved dogs and each Color and Paper is named after the pets of family, friends and clients with a portion of all proceeds benefitting animal rescue groups.
Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider significant in your career
Finishing a three-year project in the jungle of Tulum, Mexico. It is a piece of paradise! I am also so proud of our paint line, Bridget Beari Colors with 200 custom colors and Bridget Beari Papers, a custom wallpaper line, which is shown in Chicago, Atlanta and New York at Bradley USA.
What are the rewards from your work
Working with amazingly talented professionals from artists and architects to builders and craftsmen. You learn something different from each new person you work with on a project, no matter how large or small.
If there was a movie produced about your life – who would play you
Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada! Not in her harsh way, but because my friends tell me I am very “exacting!” Always moving from one project to the next...the ultimate multi-tasker!
Which philanthropic organizations have you been connected to
I give my time to a local non-profit arts organization called 1708 Gallery. I have helped them raise over 300k for a city-wide art project called GO Fish!
The gallery supports cutting edge contemporary artists from all over the country as well as local events that benefit schools and communities.Bridget Beari Colors, my paint line gives a percentage of sales to local animal rescue organizations. We are pretty passionate about animals…in fact, all of my products are named after beloved animals and Bridget and Beari are dogs.
Early morning. It is my time to relax and get my thoughts ready for the day.
Do you know your heritage
I am a FFV, First Family of Virginia. My family came to Jamestown Virginia in 1609 from France and eventually settled in Orange Virginia at Somerset Plantation. We are related by marriage to James Madison, the 4th President of the United States!
Are you fluent in other languages
In college, I studied in Florence for a semester and picked up some Italian and also took French for many years. Fluent? Not so much, but I can get around! I’m working on my Spanish now since I have current work in Mexico and Costa Rica.
Do you follow astrology- What is your zodiac sign
I don’t really follow it, but I do fit my sign -- a Leo, strong-willed for sure!