Named "America's Best Interior Designer" by CNN and Time Magazine, the Ivy League-educated, Harlem-based designer Sheila Bridges has made quite a name for herself. And deservedly so. Bridges has designed spaces for countless high-profile figures, including the Harlem offices of former President Bill Clinton.
Sheila Bridges' work is unquestionably high-end but not ostentatious or fussy. And while her aesthetic could be described as "traditional" it is never staid, predictable, or conservative. Rather, Bridges artfully mixes old and new, elegance and comfort. And, as you see in these images, Bridges is not afraid of making bold statements with color, especially robust shades of blue and green. The rooms she decorates have a refined tone but are also very personal and original, full of artwork, unique accessories, and sumptuous textiles.
Bridges describe her eclectic style in the Washington Post:
"I would say that it is pretty classically driven but with many twists and turns that are a lot more modern. I'm a bit all over the map when it comes to my love of furniture — I am equally attracted to that cowhide Eames chair as I am to that neoclassical English sideboard."
Making Her Mark:
Screen: Bridges hosted four seasons of Sheila Bridges Designer Living on the FINE LIVING Network and continues to pop up on countless TV shows.
Print: Rooms designed by Bridges have appeared in pretty much any design magazine you can think of. She graces "top designer" lists and "designer spotlight" features in mags like House Beautiful and Elle Decor. Bridges is also the author of Furnishing Forward: A Practical Guide to Furnishing for a Lifetime.
Product: In 2007, Bridges launched her own line of furniture and home furnishings, Sheila Bridges Home, Inc. Her renowned Harlem Toile De Jouy wallpaper is a clever reinterpretation of the classic toile design. According to Sheila, the pattern "tells a rich yet satirical story about African American life through the often distorted lens of the media. I designed it to remind people of many of the stereotypes that have historically been and continue to be associated with African Americans living in rural parts of the country as well as urban areas like Harlem. " Also, while perusing the Tastemaker Tag Sales on One King's Lane this week I stumbled across Sheila's inspiring selections.
1. Elle Decor; Sheila Bridges; Sheila Bridges; Sheila Bridges
2. New York Social Diary
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Images: As linked above.