Susan Jamieson is founder of and artistic force behind the award-winning interior design, paint, wallpaper and home furnishings brand, Bridget Beari®. Born with the soul of an artist and raised in the effortless beauty and graciousness of Southern style, Jamieson’s designs are infused with warmth and imagination.
Jamieson launched her Virginia-based interior design firm Bridget Beari® Designs in 1992; today, she is widely sought for her ability to create comfortably elegant and thoughtfully layered spaces that capture the essence of each client’s unique personality and lifestyle. Her stylistically diverse interiors share a beautiful balance of distinctive art, furnishings, color and texture — always with impeccable attention to scale and architectural detail. Holding degrees in both Art History and Interior Design, Jamison is skilled in a broad spectrum of periods and styles, with projects ranging from historic Southern restorations to modern Mexican retreats.
Inspired by the colors, objects and memories of her Southern milieu as well as her travels and studies abroad, Jamieson began creating custom paints and wallpapers for her design projects. Increasing client demand bore Bridget Beari® Colors and Bridget Beari® Papers. Bridget Beari® Colors are 200 perfected and richly pigmented hues curated into four flawless palettes. Bridget Beari® Papers are at once playful and elegant in colors that coordinate directly with Bridget Beari® Colors and are printed using the finest quality inks on deluxe grasscloth, matte and metallic papers. Bridget and Beari were Jamieson’s Shar Pei rescues and all Colors and Papers are named after the pets of family, friends and clients. A portion of all Bridget Beari® Colors and Papers proceeds benefit animal care and rescue organizations.
Jamieson is well-known for her charitable accomplishments. Recipient of Richmond’s prestigious ‘Woman of the Year for the Arts’ award for spearheading the city’s largest outdoor public art exhibit which raised over $300,000 for multiple charities including American Lung Association and Cancer Research. As exclusive paint sponsor for the 2018 Designer House benefitting the Richmond, VA Symphony Orchestra, Jamieson donated Bridget Beari Colors paint for the entire 27-room home. Jamieson often designs for fundraising events including: Housing Work’s Design on a Dime benefit, Traditional Home Southern Style Now Show House, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Southeastern Designer Show House and DC Design House.
In 2018, Jamieson opened her first retail location, Bridget Beari® Home Store in Richmond, Virgina, which offers a hand-selected mix of periods and styles in art, accessories, furniture, lighting and rugs from around the world, as well as Bridget Beari® Colors and Papers and bespoke furniture designs. Home Accents Today magazine selected Bridget Beari® Home Store for its 2019 “Top 50 Retail Superstars” nationwide list.
Jamieson and her Bridget Beari® designs and collections have been featured editorially in national publications including Coastal Living, Southern Living, Southern Home, Ocean Home and Traditional Home as well as regionally in Home&Design, Home Styles, R.Home, Virginia Living and The Washington Post. Jamieson has been a guest designer on the popular home makeover TV show, “Fix It and Finish It” and her designs have been featured on HGTV, TLC and NBC. She was selected by American Standard to design a bath for their DXV 2016/17 national ad campaign, which was featured in Architectural Digest, ELLE Décor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Veranda magazines. Jamieson travels across the country presenting her expertise to both the design community and consumers.
2016/2017 DXV National Campaign Designer
2016 SEDY Award Southeastern Designer of the Year Finalist
Voted Best of Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine for 2014 and 2015
2001 Richmond’s Woman of the Year for the Arts
Member of the Southern Living Designer Network
ASID Certified Interior Designer since 1992
President of Bridget Beari Designs, Inc. since 1992
B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Interior Design, 1990
Studied Interior Design in Florence Italy, summer of 1989
B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Art History, 1987