Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Inspiration - Sheila Bridges!

What can I say, Sheila has been and will always be one of my all time favorite designers. Before I became a decorator I watched Ms Bridges on HGTV faithfully, and I became enamored with Morocco by watching her special on that country. I also recall a few years back as I was rifling through the hanging fabric at Lee Jofa  someone suddenly caught my eye. I would be lying if I didn't say it was because I suddenly noticed a gorgeous women with no hair! Yes, I  said it! I did a double take and then realized I was staring at one of my Interior Design Icons, Ms. Sheila Bridges.  Suddenly, I was awkwardly star struck and this time not because she had no hair but because she radiated an energy and a style that was just beautiful! I admit it, I wanted to follow her and see what extraordinary things she might be pulling for a client, but I didn't.  I wish I had the the guts at the time to tell her how much she influenced my decision to give up an Intensive Care Nursing career and follow my true passion for Art and Design... but I didn't.  Instead I went on with my work and she with hers and I wondered if there would be another TV show and when would I see more of her fabulous work published for all to admire. 
Now, just a few years later she had something even better in store for us! "The Bald Mermaid". I am just about to read this book which according to the New York Times has much more than just her life in design. Sheila bares her soul "if you will", and I for one cannot wait to get to know this remarkable lady. Even if it's only through a book!

Here are some of my favorite rooms designed in a classic yet eye catching way that only Sheila could achieve. Enjoy and  remember its Martin Luther King's Day tomorrow, try to remember all the amazing African Americans who have made a difference in America and in our lives, I know Sheila influenced mine, and I thank her!



  1. Thank you for sharing your story of influence and passion. The pictures are inspiring!

  2. Thank you for introducing me to Sheila's work, she is so incredibly talented!! I'm so glad she helped inspire you to follow your dream!

    The Glam Pad

  3. Karolyn,
    I enjoyed m'y visit and so inspiréd. I am not so much a super big fan of animal art, but those framed pieces in black ink of the dogs charm me dearly, so much so I am encouraging my daughter to do one of our little Pia, will see what we come up with.

    I am so great full that you find something exciting in what Icreate over at my place and all I design around.
    Thank you for adding your beauty to my posting comment list.

    I am leaving once again inspired.


  4. She has always been a favourite of mine too! I love her fearless use of pattern and colour!!

  5. I love her use of colour and especially like the shades of blue she uses.

  6. Thanks for sharing.. It takes a lot of inspiration and time to this master.
    inspirational articles

  7. I love her work, she is amazing! Thanks for sharing!


  8. Cleaning out the inbox and noticed this posting that I never opened. So glad I found it. Her work is so beautiful and perfectly edited, These pictures took my breath away.

    I watched her show as well. Really miss those early days of HGTV and Food network :)

    Great blog!

    1. Thank you I am glad you opened the post, and enjoyed it! I am glad there is someone else who watched her as well!! Appreciate the nice comments!!


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