The Pas­sion­ate Col­lec­tor

Country Sampler - BOHO Style - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - WRIT­TEN BY Bar­bara Jack­sier. PHO­TOGRAPHED BY Mark Lohman. STYLED BY Fifi O’neill.

In­spired by her love of hippie style and her fa­vorite travel des­ti­na­tions, a Cal­i­for­nia de­signer cu­rates a vi­brant home.

OP­PO­SITE: Al­though it ap­pears to be a valu­able sculp­ture, this terra-cotta fig­ure was made in a mold. Brid­get Schwartz bought it be­cause it re­minded her of Cleopa­tra, the Egyp­tian queen. THIS PAGE: To bal­ance the laven­der walls and acid-yel­low sofa, Brid­get uses rich blues and dark reds. Above the sofa, two modern prints flank an early Amer­i­can folk-art paint­ing from her grand­mother’s house.

In­spired by her love of hippie style and her fa­vorite travel des­ti­na­tions, a Cal­i­for­nia de­signer cu­rates a vi­brant home.

The first thing you no­tice in Brid­get Schwartz’s Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, apart­ment is its play­ful mix of col­ors. The liv­ing room is painted laven­der, the din­ing room mint green, and the bed­room a rosy pink. All are dec­o­rated with fur­nish­ings in a rain­bow of wild hues.

“Clearly, I love sat­u­rated color in un­usual com­bi­na­tions,” says Brid­get, who shares her 800-square-foot home with her cats, Her­shie and Minky.

In­spired by in­flu­ences near and far, Brid­get re­lies on her fa­vorite flea mar­kets, an­tiques malls and on­line shops, as well as shop­ping sprees in for­eign lands, to gather a mix of ex­otic fab­ric pat­terns, ab­stract prints and di­verse an­tiques. She aug­ments the finds in her care­fully cu­rated home with freeform cro­cheted wall hang­ings she cre­ates us­ing odds and ends of yarn. Brid­get dis­cov­ered freeform cro­chet when her fam­ily lived in Den­mark for a year among the coun­try’s hip­pies.

With no set plan in mind, Dan­ish “hippie” women let the ma­te­ri­als dic­tate the shape of their de­signs. Al­though Brid­get was very young at the time, she was in­trigued. Years later, she adopted the tech­nique her­self.

“Peo­ple ei­ther love them or hate them,” she says. “My mother is an artist—and she hates them.” Brid­get, who also works as a stand-up comic, uses hu­mor to ti­tle her cro­cheted creations.

“I name them af­ter men I have dated. One is called ‘Greg is be­ing a to­tal jerk,’ an­other is ti­tled ‘Jim didn’t

“At this point, I con­sider Laven­der a neu­tral color.”

call,’ and so on,” she says. Brid­get trav­els to India once each year to ex­pe­ri­ence the con­ti­nent’s rich cul­ture and ri­otous col­ors. She also shops for fab­rics for her line of vin­tage-in­spired boho dresses, yarns for her cro­chet work, and goods to re­sell.

“Even though my home is com­pletely fur­nished, I am al­ways on the look­out for some­thing truly unique,” she says. She loves dis­cov­er­ing a bar­gain, like an un­ap­pre­ci­ated modern Amer­i­can print she found in a shop spe­cial­iz­ing in fine Euro­pean an­tiques, or an eye-catch­ing ar­moire from India she pur­chased at a Cal­i­for­nia flea mar­ket. The carved and painted ar­moire now re­sides in Brid­get’s liv­ing room and holds im­ported items she sells.

“Once a year, I buy a re­ally nice thing that is not trendy, which I will keep for­ever,” she ex­plains. “I bought the buf­fet in my din­ing room at an an­tique shop. It was ru­inously ex­pen­sive, but it was hand­made in Goa and I fell in love with it.” The Ital­ian fix­ture hang­ing nearby was forced upon Brid­get by a friend mad for mid­cen­tury every­thing. It’s an eye-catch­ing piece fea­tur­ing iri­des­cent hand-blown glass bulbs and the orig­i­nal or­ange-fin­ish met­al­work.

“I hated it un­til I saw it in the room,” she says. “It doesn’t match any­thing else in there—which makes it ab­so­lutely per­fect.”

EDI­TOR’S NOTE: To learn more about Brid­get’s orig­i­nal wall hang­ings, de­sign con­sul­ta­tions, and boho fashion de­signs, fol­low @di­nakardress­mak­ers on In­sta­gram or email Brid­get at bb­schwartz88­[email protected]

ABOVE: A sparkling disco purse hangs on the door pull of an an­tique Chi­nese cabi­net. OP­PO­SITE: Tex­tiles abound in Brid­get’s home. She stores stacks of them in the bed­room in a bam­boo ar­moire cov­ered with an Ori­en­tal print. The Ra­jasthani-style tie-dye silk pil­low is from Jaipur.

ABOVE LEFT: A pair of 1980s mo­hair chairs look dreamy set against the laven­der walls. The cush­ion clos­est to the win­dow was made from hand-blocked fab­ric Brid­get pur­chased in Jaipur, India. LEFT: A vin­tage Marimekko rose-cov­ered pil­low adds bold con­trast to a dark blue chair. TOP LEFT: Brid­get’s cro­cheted wall hang­ing grows or­gan­i­cally from the ma­te­ri­als she works with. TOP RIGHT: A col­lec­tor of di­verse items, Brid­get ex­plains that fur­ni­ture pieces that dou­ble as stor­age space, such as this brass chest, are pri­or­i­ties for her.ABOVE: An ar­moire carved and painted in India pro­vides a much-needed closet to Brid­get’s 800-square-foot home. The chaise lounge is up­hol­stered in fab­ric from Jaipur.

OP­PO­SITE: A burled-wood bar by mid­cen­tu­ry­mod­ern mas­ter de­signer Milo Baugh­man makes a dra­matic state­ment. LEFT: Her­shie, a Rag­doll, and Minky, a Per­sian mix, ap­pre­ci­ate their room­mate’s fond­ness for comfy chairs and balls of yarn. In ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing unique wall ta­pes­tries, Brid­get de­signs one-of-a-kind dresses from sump­tu­ous silks and hand-loomed fab­rics she brings back from India. TOP: “When you have odd taste, you can get real bar­gains at white ele­phant sales,” Brid­get says. “No one else wanted this beau­ti­fully made head­piece. Even its feath­ers and flow­ers are made of pa­per.”above: A rare 1960s poster, ti­tled “San Fran­cisco: the Liv­ing City,” de­picts life on Haight Street. If you look closely, you can see poet Allen Gins­berg and philoso­pher Ti­mothy Leary in the scene.

OP­PO­SITE: Her­shie sur­veys his do­main from a metal-frame chair re­uphol­stered in green vel­vet and ikat-dyed fab­ric. A mid­cen­tury-modern tulip ta­ble found on Craigslist sits un­der an Ital­ian light fix­ture dis­cov­ered at a flea mar­ket. The wall art re­flects Brid­get’s love af­fair with bold state­ments. BE­LOW: The apart­ment’s gal­ley kitchen of­fers a loosely de­fined retro vibe. The floor tiles, cab­i­nets and farm­house sink hop­scotch from one vin­tage style to an­other with aban­don. RIGHT: Sil­ver and turquoise glass can­dle­sticks perch on a carved chest from Goa in western India. BE­LOW RIGHT: A large yarn ta­pes­try in­cor­po­rates Brid­get’s beloved metal­lic yarns.

“Ro­tat­ing your table­top dis­plays and wall art is less ex­pen­sive than re­dec­o­rat­ing.”

TOP LEFT: A brass mush­room lamp sits atop a chi­nois­erie chest, which does dou­ble duty as a bed­side ta­ble and a hid­ing place for fab­rics, mag­a­zines and more. TOP RIGHT: Lace­work, solid cro­chet, wrapped yarn, and tas­sels memo­ri­al­ize Brid­get’s past re­la­tion­ships. ABOVE: A pink, turquoise and red pal­ette in­fuses ro­mance into the apart­ment’s bright and airy bed­room. Carved African masks and a quirky painted por­trait hang above a con­ti­nen­tal bombe dresser. RIGHT: A ham­mered-cop­per water pitcher holds a ca­sual bou­quet of pur­ple stock. ABOVE RIGHT: Shiny and matte met­als—an an­tique bed, curvy bench and mush­room lamp—add a hint of Euro­pean luxe to Brid­get’s bed­room. A heart pil­low co­or­di­nates with an Ital­ian du­vet de­signed by su­per­star model Olatz.

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