Pictured top right: Armchair, CB2; Vintage Sconces, Regan & Smith; Heritage Red Paint, Benjamin Moore. Pictured above: Vintage Armchairs; Rug, One Kings Lane; Ottoman, Pintura Studio; Sofa, Hammertown; Throw Pillows, Walter G; Waterbury Green Paint, Benjamin Moore.
Pictured left: Good Bad Dog Collage, Louise Laplante; Mobile by Volta, Finnish Design Shop; Untitled Painting by Winston Roeth, Galerie Gris; Vintage Side Chair. On Bridges: Shoes by Converse x Union LA, Converse.
Then about a month into construction, New York’s shutdown began, bringing her off-to-the-races project to a screeching halt. Even when COVID-19 mandates eased several weeks later, by law Bridges could still only have one contractor on the job site at a time. Worried that the house wouldn’t be ready for her renter, her expert design instincts kicked in. “I really wasn’t working otherwise,” Bridges says of her day job, which also was on pause because of the pandemic. “It was challenging, but I just felt that I needed to get it done.”
So while her contractors plugged away at renovating the home’s layout, Bridges took to the decor, which would revolve around a blue and green color scheme, all inspired by a vivid rug she scored at a sample sale. Now in the living room, the woven wonder anchors the open-format living-kitchen-dining space, which Bridges visually expanded with cathedral ceilings and seven windows. The blue-green throughline also appears on the wall via Benjamin Moore’s Waterbury Green and onto the backs of the living room chairs, courtesy of Pierre Frey yardage she obtained from a fellow designer. (She didn’t have enough to upholster the entire chairs, so she got creative and added it only to the backs for a contrasting, one-of-a-kind look.) “I love working with rich colors,” Bridges says of the sea and sky palette, noting that she added pops of sunny citrus shades to keep things interesting.