Monday, May 29, 2017

Southeastern Atlanta Designer Showhouse


Bridget Beari Designs was trilled to have participated in last month's Atlanta Showhouse sponsored by Atlanta Home and Lifestyles Magazine.We have been working in Atlanta our the past few years so this seemed like a perfect fit.  We were given the little boy's room and chose to create a space that paid homage to handcrafted items as well as a nod to the historic nature of the home. 

You can see some Scandinavian influences in the design through the use of texture and materials. I wanted to create a room showcasing our Bridget Beari Colors paint but do something more creative than paint a wall so I designed this wood headboard in 5 of our Bridget Beari Colors - Rambo, Maddy Tingy, Caesar, Beebop, and Snowball. It became the anchor for our design. 


From the headboard came handcrafted items from Tate Pray, a Charlottesville craftsman who made the bed and the Poof Chair in Walnut. A beautiful and simple design that coordinated so well with the antique chest and leather chair. 





Touches of texture in the Kat Kozy quilted throw in raw Murino wool, the Moroccan wool black rug with super long tassel edges, wool draperies, and linen sheeting. 




Handcrafted clipboards with map art were a perfect choice for changing art in a kids room. Our selection of Baltimore artist Theresa Bauer kept a simple image with white void space and natural framing. 




Following the geometric shapes of the headboard came the off centered light fixture - again with space voids. You can also see from this angle the wool draperies are made of 3 different patterns sewn together to create a trapezoid shape when the two panels are closed together. 




The theme of the room was "A Boy and his Dog in Springtime" everything a boy might do or enjoying doing - walking his dog, canoeing, archery, hiking in the woods, and enjoying a comfortable and cozy room when he returned home. 




Our African dog collar and dog trophies continued our theme. 






Accents of brass to hint at the historic nature of the home and give warmth to the room. 





Black and White Dog Portraits by Amanda Jones, a renown photographer from Boston. 



I find a designer hour is the perfect place to experiment with ideas. Mixing shapes and patterns was a big part of this rooms dynamic.  



Only measuring about 10' X 16' the room packs a punch but is also relaxing and cozy. 
























The Pierre Frey sham was the perfect combination of shapes and colors to accent the bed and the round ball Designer Guild wool a perfect distraction from all the angles. 


Black iron frames of feathers seem to float on the white walls. 



Adding the pop of yellowrod leather gives the room energy as well as nod to antiques. A home that has collected items and history. 

A little whimsy in the bathroom filled with hand painted bulls eyes to continue our theme. 





Thank you to all our vendors, craftsmen and women, carpenters, movers, and fans! We had a great time in Atlanta meeting new and old friends!










Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kips Bay Showhouse 2017


Welcome to New York and another fabulous Kips Bay Showhouse full of 18 designer rooms! 
I've highlighted some of my favorite rooms in this year's home on East 65th Street. 

Savage Interior Design from Nashville tackled the foyer with a black and white wallpaper by M J Atelier. The mix of mirrors and pattern united the architectural arches. 


             The paper was looked as if the design was hand cut. 


My favorite room was by Susan Ferrier of McAlpine from Atlanta. Always the master of the dark moody colors, this is an example of that style. Large scale art, a collection of archaeological prints, floating bed in the center of the room, tone on tone walls and fabrics all help to unite the room. 


Luxurious but also thoughtful in the placement of items. I'm obsessed with finding the perfect accessories and this room does it so perfectly. 



The Ken Fulk Dining room was fantastical with its kelly green paint and zoo creatures from the De Gournay wallpaper. It's all about the amazing flowers and colors in this room. 


Even the place settings carried on the zoo theme. Beautiful raspberry accents on emerald green velvet. 




Notice there was no center chandelier but smaller hanging lights around the room. Perfect for the large scale florals that graced the tables with their petals flooding the floor. 





I loved the Scandinavian inspired room by Neal Beckstedt with its sherpa covered arm chair and mid century vibe. As  any of you know I am currently obsessed with this style. 



       The fireplace with its metal sculptural hood was incredible. 


      Cement tiles cover the floor under a brightly covered Moroccan rug full of purples, creams and oranges. 


Beautiful and creative landscape in the courtyard by Janice Parker. A nod to the origin of the house to the Chinese Institute of America. She created a Zen like atmosphere with bamboo and stones. 



                                                    Amazing stone work within the patio


                    A final look at the facade of this year's showhouse. Always a must see for great design! 



Thanks for reading! 


Friday, May 5, 2017

Bridget Beari Trends at Highpoint Spring Market

Highpoint Furniture Market is the place to spot the trends in the furniture industry for the next year. I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Highpoint after our Atlanta showhouse room opening which I will be posting next. 

Here are a few of the trends I found: 

1. SHAPES - round, hexagon, triangles. Geometric shapes for pillows and furniture are big. 

           Hickory Chair's plum sofa, another big color


Verellen's ottomans



Highland House - triangular tables ( Again that plum fuchsia color ) 


2. SCANDINAVIAN INFLUENCE - texture, organic, handcrafted

Amazing hide rugs from Verellen and Sabine


Wood walls from Jamie Beckworth for Windsor Smith in Century

natural grey tones


Shiplap walls but with a more modern touch


3. METALLIC DETAILS - accents as well as upholstery
rose gold, copper, gold

Amazing upholstered chair from Jamie Drake at Theodore Alexander


Bridget Beari Papers even had a shout out in this category as Century used our Chika wallpaper in Bastille Brass for their display


Metal Fretwork on this Century cabinet - mixing metals and tones 


4. RIBS AND PLEATS - texture and pattern

Henredon bench with bold ribs 


Windsor Smith for Century - pleated back of her sofa





These are a few of the new trends I saw at market and you will begin to see in Magazines and furniture stores. If you like them start incorporating these styles into your own home! 

Happy Designing ......






Thursday, March 23, 2017

Domino Papers - the birth of wallpaper


Domino papers were single sheets of paper printed by the Dominotiers in France during the 18th century. 




The original purpose was to line trunks and books.



 Usually a single sheet made with a woodblock technique and stencils.





 The intricate and colorful patterns gradually made it onto walls as an inexpensive and available form of decoration. 






The patterns are amazing as some have been preserved in the Smithsonian museum for display. A little history lesson on wallpaper for this week! Follow us on instagram @bridgetbeari every Wednesday for #wallpaperwednesday



Saturday, March 11, 2017

What's Bridget Beari Dreaming about.... Josef Frank!

I am loving everything Scandinavian right now and while researching furniture pieces I stumbled upon a brilliant collaboration between Swedish interior designer Estrid Ericson who collaborated with Austrian architect Josef Frank (1885-1965) to create some amazing pieces. He designed the pieces and the fabrics. It was her presentation and attention to detail skills that made this collaboration work for decades!  These pieces are still available today through the Svenskt Tenn website.

I would love to use one of these pieces in an upcoming design scheme!

Fabric wrapped chest in a Joseph Frank signature pattern:



                                                  all photos via Swenskt website

Bombshell yellow chaise with a tufted top cushion




Signature green side table



Amazing leather ottoman in a dimensional cut pattern



Greenery pattern on the same chest










Oh how I love a rattan settee!



A perfect side chair in Zebra - Brilliant and stylish! 



                                                        Happy Dreaming......