Name: Bridgid Coulter
Location: My Design Studio/Showroom, 1419 5th Street, Santa Monica, California, 90401
Size: Entire Space: 900 square feet; Textiles Showroom: approx 450 square feet Years occupied: Since 2009
Bridgid Coulter is not just an interior designer and textile designer — she has also opened a showroom in Santa Monica offering home decor, vintage finds and design services. Her workspace, which showcases her great love of prints and color, is packed to the brim with something for everyone.
Bridgid's designs mix multicultural influences with both traditional and modern styles. She loves to repurpose vintage items and offers a great deal of smaller pieces to decorate your space. The showroom, which is by appointment only, allows any visitor a change to step into Brigid's world of bright, rich design. Whether you're in need of a custom upholstered arm chair, a revived vintage piece, table decor, or pillows, Bridgid's space has clean, functional designs for any room in your home or office.
"We apply a fresh and individualized approach to each client and aim to provide the utmost care, respect and attention to detail necessary to bring you a successful design outcome. We love to infuse inspiration into our projects, and believe that even within a classic neutral palette, you can add striking shape, form, color and art to keep it fresh…and even celebrate your cultural or creative uniqueness." -BCD
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: My style has developed into what I call “Modern Global Collected.” I love clean lines as the basis of my design, then usually lean towards an overall neutral color palette that is infused with layers of texture and tribal or global art pieces. And then I like to choose a deliberate punch of color for accent.
Inspiration: The inspiration for my studio was the idea of an urban, artistic space — I wanted a warm, modern, fresh space that wouldn’t compete with my different projects.
Favorite Element: I uncovered the original wall of brick that had been painted over by previous tenants — it is so imperfect and orange-red, and makes me smile.
Biggest Challenge: The low ceilings!!! I wish the building had high, lofty ceilings. I love the lightness you experience when a space has overhead volume. But I’ve made the most of it, and embrace the coziness.
What Friends Say: They usually say it feels warm and creative, and we’ve shared some fun gatherings. I enjoy hosting community events: I’ve hosted fundraisers, art shows, group meetings, a yoga class, tag sales, and small parties — a couple of jazz trios have played in my space. This studio loves visitors.
Area Where There Is Room For Improvement: I am always playing with space arrangements. I really like the current configuration, but every couple months I need to change it around to stay fresh to myself — so there’s a great chance it’ll look different again in March.
Proudest DIY: Good question.
Biggest Indulgence: The bamboo hardwood floors, so worth it!
Best Advice: Ha — this is a trick question for me — organizing is an ongoing process, and it evolves with the way you use a space, so keep up with it.
Dream Sources: I have so many great vendors. But I also love something at each and every mom & pop thrift store in America. It takes major patience and a time commitment, but refurbishing and repurposing found items is exciting.
Resources of Note:
Tech Hardware: Our computing is done on Apple laptops. We use a separate ginormous monitor for some of our larger design software. Scanning and printing with Epson large format & regular formats. Our new sound system was installed by Roberts Home Audio & Video company and streams Pandora or airplay from our iPhones thru the ceiling speakers. http://www.apple.com/, http://www.epson.com/, http://www.robertshomeav.com/
Appliances: Brevelle Automatic tea maker, Cuisinart Toaster Oven Broiler. http://www.brevilleusa.com/, http://www.cuisinart.com/
Furniture: BCD Canvas Chair Slip Covers, BCD Custom Covered Swivel Chair, BCD Custom Designed Eco Chair, BCD Custom Wooden Bench, BCD Custom Headboard, BCD Custom Surf Sculpture, BCD Custom Side Tables, Leather Side Chairs from BCD Studio, and our Bohemian Sofa repurposed from a remodel (http://www.bridgidcoulter.com/), Vintage Tables, SteelCase Chairs (http://www.steelcase.com/en), American Furniture System Modular Desks (http://www.americanfurnituresys.com/) , Roost Wooden Stools (http://roostco.com/), UK Coffee Tables
Accessories: BCD Linens, Napkins and Textiles, plus BCD found vintage and vendor objects Lighting: Designed by Light Studio LA (http://www.lightstudiola.com/) with BCD, Plus decorative fixtures from BCD’s shop on Boluxehome.com (http://www.boluxehome.com/)
Organizing Tools/Accessories: Baskets, Bins, etc from Container Store, Staples, Wisteria.com, Etc. (http://www.containerstore.com/, http://www.staples.com/, http://www.wisteria.com/ )
Additional Elements: Bells, Mirrors, Candles and Jewelry from Boluxehome.com (http://www.boluxehome.com/)
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