Designer Story: 5 Lessons Learned from Brittany Bromley

A few weeks ago, I traveled down to Connecticut to celebrate my mother’s retirement with a spa day at the Norwich Inn. We had a wonderful time — relaxing our rear ends and gabbing our jaws off for eight splendid hours.

Of course I had a wonderful time with my mom, but I also got another treat — being introduced to a designer of whom I’d never heard when I picked up a copy of the local lifestyle magazine, Serendipity.

 

5 Lessons Learned from Brittany Bromley

It is absolutely unbelievable to me that I was not aware of Brittany before, because she’s just up my eye-candy alley! Apparently her momentum is growing, because her work has been featured in Veranda, Elle Decor, Luxe, and Quintessence, all within the last 12 months.

She began designing when several acquaintances admired her own home and then asked her to help them design theirs. Word spread.

 

(Hmmmmm…. that’s how I began. Do you think that I’ll be in Elle Decor soon????? I think I may be living in the wrong zip code…. :))

 

It certainly didn’t hurt that million-dollar-decorator Alessandra Branca is a close family friend who encouraged Brittany during her student days at Tulane in that mecca of Southern-gothic beauty, New Orleans. That being said, her style is nothing like Alessandra’s, so I think she’s a true talent all by her lonesome … as you will see.

Going through her portfolio is a lesson in beautiful, happy, layered interiors. But I have 5 takeaways for you. Enjoy!

 

1. Patternful Can Still Be Peaceful

It’s no surprise to readers that I’m a pattern girl. Some people find too much pattern to be stressful, but I just think that they are using the wrong patterns together.  It’s all about scale and having a place for the eye to rest.

 

The Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

(Ok, so this kitchen doesn’t have any pattern, but I wanted to show you one of her kitchens, and this is the only place it would fit in my five lessons!)

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

LOVE this green drapery/pillow fabric.

 

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Schuamacher’s Acanthus Stripe in Haze wallpaper. Classic.

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

Sandberg’s Raphael wallpaper.

 

2. You’re Never Too Young for a Formal Dining Room!

I love our formal dining room. In my opinion, there ain’t nothing wrong with being surrounded by “pretty” and getting to act like a grown-up for the occasional meal … especially when you are one!

(And if you’re a kid, it’s a thrill to eat in the dining room, am I right?)

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

I think the tablecloth is a Brunschwig pattern, but I didn’t have time to find it!

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

Pretty sure this is Stark’s Antelope carpet. A designer favorite.

Want to know more about what makes for a good quality carpet? Read here. Here’s a less expensive Etsy version of this chandelier.)

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

A jute rug dresses down this formal dining room, complete with heirloom brown furniture. A Visual Comfort chandelier glows against the chocolate grasscloth!

Are your parents begging you to take their formal dining room set off their hands? Don’t refuse it until you’ve read 4 Fresh Ways to Use Your Parents’ Formal Dining Set.

 

3. Grown-Ups Like Dark & Cozy Spaces, Too

Things 1 & 2 (aka, my boys) are constantly making dark and cozy forts out of pillows, blankets, and various pieces of our furniture.

I don’t think we outgrow that need for dark & close, cuddled spaces as grown-ups. We just bring out the Scotch instead of the milk and cookies.

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

Repeat offender!! (Not that I mind!) Same pattern on the sofa as on the dining room tablecloth earlier and the same coffee table as the blue room above. Ha!

 Ben Pentreath like to mix Beni Ourain rugs and florals, too. Very British, indeed!

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

Yes!! Books and banquettes.

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

And here, at last, is the bar….

 

4. You’ll Never Tire of Bold Pattern in Small Spaces

It’s a pretty well-known piece of decorating advice — if you’re pattern-commitment-phobic, try it in a small space where you don’t spend a ton of time.

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

I LOVE this Schumacher grasscloth, but I don’t know that I’d be brave enough to use it in a bathroom. I haven’t found a fan that I trust that much.

Thibaut also has a stunning grasscloth that is similar, and even comes in YELLOW! Any takers????

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

Cole & Sons wallpaper, but in a discontinued colorway. Love the pale blue version, though.

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

Stop-me-in-my-tracks stair runner. One of my favorite ways to use broadloom carpet.

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

Everybody knows this Scalamandre wallpaper, but I never tire of it. Fresh classic.

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

I’m craving the opportunity to do a sunny, yellow room!

(Especially now that the temp has dropped into the 20s, and the weatherman is predicting a wintry mix for this morning. Do you know what a bummer Halloween can be when you have to wear your ski coat over your costume and you can’t rake because the snow is covering the leaves?!)

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

Laundry room loveliness and pale blue millwork. Sigh.

 

5. You’re Only a Kid Once….

So celebrate it! Brittany’s kids’ rooms pull out all of the primary-color stops. Talk about pattern on pattern in pink, red, yellow, turquoise, and blue.

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

5 Lessons Learned Beautiful Interiors of Brittany Bromley

 

All photos from Brittany Bromley’s website.

 

I hope my mom doesn’t feel slighted that I got a little sidetracked during our spa day! Really, I only took a picture of the magazine article so I would remember to share Brittany’s talent with all of you.

Mom — to say you are an example to me in so many ways sounds trite. And of course I never talk about anything very personal on this blog. 😉 No politics, religion, parenting, fashion, or cooking advice, right? That’s what I promised. 

So, suffice it to say, I love you! Happy retirement! Come visit us in freezing New Hampshire!

 

‘Til next Saturday!

-Amy

 

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  • Mom

    Awww, you are too kind. The best gift … time spent together.ReplyCancel

  • Beverly Burton

    What an inspiration. I’ve never seen such exuberant colors used in such a subtle and soothing manner. What fun. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      You are most welcome! There is so much more to deconstruct. I loved going through her portfolio and sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Great post and Saturday eye candy, I was not familiar with Brittany Bromley either, and I love all the tips! Nothing better to me than a great pattern mix, and I love that she is not afraid of color, both bright and happy and deep and bold…
    The fabric on the tablecloth you weren’t sure of is Quadrille “Les Indiennes” and it is fab! The Brunschwig fabric I think you were thinking of is on the roman shades in the blue study….and great minds thinking alike, I have shown them both to clients but never had a chance to use them…fingers crossed, someone will someday soon!
    Cheers!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Gah!! Yes, you’re right on the Quadrille, thank you! My Friday night brain couldn’t take anymore research 🙂 I have a pile of “someday” fabrics and wallcoverings, too.ReplyCancel

  • Gosh I love your Saturday posts… I know you put so much work into them and let me tell you, we all appreciate it!! Thank you for the intro to Brittany as I too was unfamiliar with her. Whenever we travel I enjoy grabbing a local magazine to see what designers are in there. Inspiration comes in the most random of places sometimes!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thank you, Jenny! The blog is definitely a labor of love, and I do hope to “pay it forward,” thinking of all those who have helped (and continue to help) me. And it pays me back, as well, in connecting with me design lovers across the globe, like you. Happy Saturday!ReplyCancel