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design-star-sheila-bridges175x175Let Sheila Bridges help you turn your design daydreams into reality. Named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time Magazine, she has designed offices for former presidents and been named one of House Beautiful‘s Top 100 designers. Sheila hosted four seasons of Sheila Bridges: Designer Living on our sister network, Fine Living, and continues to reach new audiences with her 2002 book, Furnishing Forward (also out in paperback). She has also designed fabric, bedding, wallpaper and plates featuring her Harlem Toile de Jouy pattern. Check out what Sheila had to say about her sought-after design.

What’s your favorite design style?
I love classic furnishings combined with modern art, as well as mixing antiques or old furniture with newer, more contemporary pieces.

What’s the essential home accessory (or piece of furniture) you use in your designs?
Side chairs and ottomans are my favorites because of the flexibility they offer a room.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
I don’t have one specific vacation spot. I love to travel and try to visit at least one new place a year for inspiration! Morocco, Paris, Havana and Buenes Aires are some of my favorites.

Show us a picture of the room you most enjoyed designing and tell us why you love it.
I enjoyed decorating this room (which is the dining room in my guest cottage) because I got to play around with my Harlem Toile De Jouy wallpaper and these colorful Fornasetti chairs. I love mixing antique pieces with more contemporary things in the same space, even if it is small.

design-star-shiela-bridges-dining-room291x400Sheila’s Hudson Valley dining room

design-happens-bridges-toile-greenOne of Bridges’ Harlem Toile designs

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18 Responses

  1. laura wiggins says:

    I wish people would realize what the word "unique" means. It starts with "uni" as in unicycle (one wheel), and uniform (one style), then there is universe (guess) – anyway, unique means ONE OF A KIND. It can't be very unique or somewhat unique – it means the only one like it. It doesn't mean different or unusual. As in perfect, it either is or it isn't. People have messed up the meaning of this word to the point that when they really mean "only one of its kind" they feel they need to say the whole phrase so people will know what they mean. Sad loss of a perfectly good and useful word.

  2. AUDREY M. JACKSON says:

    Born and raised in Harlem l really love the Harlem Toile Ms Sheila. Where may I buy?

    Ms AUDREY M. JACKSON

  3. Karyn says:

    Have admired Sheila's work for many years. Love the Harlem Toile–the first of its genre that I'd consider using in my home!

  4. Debbie Dozier says:

    I love your designs. Just discovering you and love it! The toile is fabulous, I have always like it even as a little girl and now with people of color…awesome

  5. LINDA FERRELL says:

    would like to orderthe African American wallpaper toile

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