With over 20 years experience designing interiors all over the country, it’s no wonder Susan Jamieson of Bridget Beari Designs has been a source of design advice for newspapers and magazines like Traditional Home and Southern Living. With a focus on both style and comfortable living, Susan knows how to infuse each client’s personal taste with her distinct vision of a space’s ultimate potential. Susan’s one-of-a-kind eye for pieces that blend bring a space to life means that all her interiors have distinct character while maintaining a feeling of reserved grace and elegance. We hope Susan’s Luxlist and designs inspire you to make every space in the home your own!
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Susan’s LUXList Picks
Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
I like to start the design process with the architecture of the home and the needs of the client; therefore, all my projects are different. Different styles and different feelings are created for each project. While you may be able to see a common thread, I don’t believe I have a “signature look”. My goal is about enhancing the architecture and if there are no architecturally significant features, I will create them. From here, it is all about scale, proportion, and layering with furniture and accessories that look like they were meant to be and work functionally for the client’s lifestyle. I love being creative, so I always try to add something unexpected to each project as well.
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
I love mixing and layering the old and the new. Using antiques is the perfect way to introduce this element. Being from the South, most of my clients have pieces that have been handed down to them by their families throughout many generations. Finding the perfect spot for those pieces or adding to an existing collection to make a statement are fun ways to help clients learn to appreciate and love antiques.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by everything – travel, books, nature …. I always keep a sketch book nearby to capture little images that may turn into wallpaper or furniture design pieces. I’m currently obsessed with all things Moroccan or Scandinavian. More specifically, the colors, patterns, tiles, and furniture of these design styles.
What is your favorite LUXList piece and why? How would you use it?
Stunning Pair of Large Barovier and Toso Sconces, Italy, the 1950s – I’d love to use these in a formal powder room on top of a floral Gracie wallpaper.
Award-winning interior designer, Susan Jamieson is founder and principal of Virginia-based design firm, Bridget Beari Designs. Since launching in 1992, Susan has earned widespread acclaim from the design industry and media as well as devoted clientele worldwide. Her diverse design portfolio features projects from Atlanta, Washington D.C. and Palm Springs to New York and Mexico. Drawing from her studies and travels abroad along with her degrees in Art History and Interior Design, Jamieson takes a holistic approach and considers every element of a project. She is known for her ability to create spaces that capture the essence of each client’s unique personality in harmony with their home’s architectural style. Working together to choose a beautifully balanced blend of art, antiques, fabrics and furnishings, Susan curates materials, periods and styles to create richly layered interiors that feel as if they have always been.
Jamieson is also quickly becoming known for her growing collections of branded Bridget Beari® home furnishings products, which are inspired by the ones you love and created for the way you live. She developed Bridget Beari® Colors paint collections from formulas she created over the years for her own design projects, mixing straightforward palettes based on colors that clients continually respond to and are not easily found on the market. Bridget Beari® Colors is offered in four collections: Classic, Modern, Exotic, and Metallic — 76 sublime hues designed for contemporary to traditional architectural spaces and available at retailers nationwide.
Bridget Beari® Papers are designed to coordinate with Colors in timely yet timeless patterns to compliment interior styles from contemporary to traditional. Made in the USA, Bridget Beari® Papers are printed using only the finest high-quality inks and papers in both matte and metallic options and available through Bridget Beari at www.bridgetbeari.com and in Bradley USA Showrooms and online at www.bradley-usa.com.
Bridget Beari® Colors & Papers have also allowed Jamieson to contribute to another great passion of hers — the well-being and care of animals. Not only does Jamieson give a portion of all profits to the support of animal rescue organizations, she also names all Bridget Beari® product after beloved pets she has met along the way. Her hope is that all of her designs and products inspire others to live creatively.
Jamieson’s Bridget Beari® interior designs and products have been featured in leading shelter magazines and publications including Coastal Living, Southern Living, This Old House and Traditional Home as well as many regional publications including Home&Design, Home Styles, House Trends, R.Home, Virginia Living and the Washington Post. On the web at www.bridgetbeari.com.