After four seasons of hosting her own show on the Fine Living network, designing former President Bill Clinton’s 8,300 square foot Harlem office, and being named “America’s Best Interior Designer" by both CNN and Times Magazine, it’s safe to say that Sheila Bridges is a standout in the field of interior design. She has designed spaces for many high profile clients, contributed to NBC’s Today Show and appeared on Oprah, and has been featured in countless publications such as Elle Décor, House and Garden and Martha Stewart Living to name a few. And those are just a few of the countless accolades she has received for her work.
Bridges interiors are characterized by their use of color, texture, and pattern, and mix both classical and modern elements. She designs her own furniture and home furnishings under the brand Sheila Bridges Home, Inc., and her covetable Harlem Toile de Jouy prints have achieved such success renown that they are now available in bedding, fabric, wallpaper, and even kitchenware. Traditional French toile is characterized by repeating pastoral or romantic scenes, but after Bridges searched for years for the perfect toile for her own home, she decided to take matters into her own hands. “I created Harlem Toile de Jouy initially as a wallcovering and later as a fabric to thread my own satirical story that lampoons some of the stereotypes deeply woven into the African American experience,” she says. The result is nothing short of a stunning success.
For a look at her aesthetic, where better to start that in her own home? Below is a look at her chic pad in Harlem.
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