Born and raised in Philadelphia, Sheila Bridges embodies the eclectic spirit of the city wherever she calls home, always referencing her African-American ancestry in both large and small ways. Her new farmhouse, which is about 3 hours up I95 and beyond, boldly combines everything she loves in just 1,600 square feet. It may seem tiny to some, but those who grew up in a Philly-area rowhome know it’s plenty of space if you know how to work it.
And she does. Sheila packs style in every square inch. Colorful art and textiles abound, adding personality to this newly-constructed home. Quite simply, it’s a bowl full of eye candy. Every picture of the space has something to love no matter your aesthetic. In fact, of all her designs I can readily remember, this one may be the most balanced between traditional and contemporary, bold colors and earth tones, sleek and shaggy.
Sheila’s home is like a visual journey through her life’s experiences and passions. Her philosophy, “If you buy only what you truly love, then the things you buy will last forever,” is on full display as she brings together pieces from her past under one, new shiny roof.
Images: Frank Frances for Elle Decor