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Sheila Bridges – Bio


In 2023, Adelphi Paper Hangings asked Sheila Bridges to create custom colorways for five of our historical wallpaper patterns; we were thrilled by her eager response.  We’ve long been fans of her slyly playful approach to wallpaper design – bringing in elements of traditional patterns, as well as her seasoned structuring with color.

Featured in our Designer colorway project are five of the patterns. Learn more about Sheila Bridges inspiration, and her story below.

“I have always been a huge fan of Adelphi’s block printed wallpapers, so I was very excited about the idea of collaborating with them to recolor five existing patterns. In addition to my own original designs ( i.e. Harlem Toile De Jouy,) Adelphi is the only other wallpaper brand that is represented in my own Hudson Valley home. My intention during the recoloration process was not only to put together fresh, modern color combinations that people might not think of, but also to showcase ones that commonly exist in nature. I also was inspired to use colors and textures that I often find in contemporary art, fashion, jewelry design and the home furnishings sector.

It was such a pleasure to work with Steve and his talented team of skilled artisans, who take tremendous pride and care to produce such beautiful hand crafted papers.” – Sheila Bridges

Named America’s Best Interior Designer by Time magazine and CNN, Sheila Bridges is a creative visionary and design tastemaker. Residing and working between Harlem, Hudson, NY and Reykjavik, Iceland; Bridges has been globally recognized for her classic yet versatile design aesthetic and critical eye.

For the past 30 years, Bridges has created beautiful spaces for a diverse group of high-profile clients, including the Harlem offices for former President Bill Clinton and his staff, and the redecoration of One Observatory Circle, the official residence of Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. Her masterful, multi-layered interiors have earned her inclusion on Elle Decor’s A List, Architectural Digest’s AD100, 1stDibs 50 and most recently, Forbes magazine’s 50 Over 50.

Sheila’s professional expertise extends well beyond her thirty-five-year tenure in interior design, including hosting four seasons of Sheila Bridges: Designer Living on the Fine Living Network, authoring two books, being a former contributor on NBC’s Today show and a monthly contributing editor at MORE Magazine.

Her visual cultural translations have been showcased in museums internationally, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Museum of the City of New York, Musée Des Beaux-Arts Montreal and the Musée De La Toile De Jouy in Jouy-en Josas, France. Bridges is also honored to have her designs included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, RISD Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.



Samples are available for all Adelphi Paper Hangings patterns. Standard pattern samples are 12 inches by 23 inches and are available for $15. for each pattern. Small samples, business envelope size, are available on request, at no charge (limited to 10 per customer).

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Pattern Reproduction

Color choices for our patterns are not limited to those shown.

All Adelphi patterns can be custom colored to better acknowledge the paper's context. Additional lead time is required for all custom work.

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