This year’s Miami Design on a Dime was properly held in the Design District in February. The interior designer event united Miami’s renowned interior designers to create and design a room which raised funds and awareness for Housing Works, an organization missioned to end AIDS by 2025. b+g design inc. Husband and wife, Brett Sugerman and Giselle Loor Sugerman, owners of b+g design inc. took part in this creative event and share their experiences below.
When did you get into interior designing?
Giselle started working in the industry in 2001 while Brett started working in 1988.
Where do your inspirations come from?
Our inspirations come from our travels. You never know what will inspire us; it could be a piece of art, fashion or music. We have the advantage of being a husband and wife team that share work & play together. Fortunately, we get to share many experience to create a unified point of view.
How long does it take you to come up with a concept?
Not long, one thing we are both not short of is our ideas.
What is the research process like?
We like to tackle the “wants and needs” first of whatever client or project we are working on. We then move to the floor plan, lighting and furniture selections. We’ll pull inspirational images of the feel that we are trying to transmit and make it our own by applying our signature B+G style.
Can you tell us about your room details for Design on a Dime and what vendors did you work with?
B+G wanted to create a woman’s boudoir that evoked the feelings of fantasy. We wished for the room to be representational of the lifestyle of a glamorous Florida woman since this is the first time it was being held in Florida (Miami). We used light lustrous fabrics, iridescent leather and various shimmering textures with touches of light blue to represent Florida’s beautiful skies and ocean. We added a few whimsical touches such as a swing with a translucent acrylic seat topped with a pale blue plush lambs wool cushion. The ropes of the swing donned details of leather cut in the shape of feathers and were added specifically to our vignette by Flower Child. Behind the swing, hung a very large-scale piece of art of a woman’s delicate face donated from our personal collection.
We were fortunate to have designer Rosita Hurtado make a custom dress exclusively for Design on a Dime Miami! We met with her at her studio to select the fabrics and to create the design of the dress. It was an amazing experience! The dress was exquisitely displayed on one of the designers dress forms. Neiman Marcus generously donated a gold YSL clutch with a snake detailed clasp and gold Stewart Weisman strappy heels to compliment the dress.
Custom Couture rugs donated a luxurious/plush warm white shag area rug stretched over the floor of the entire vignette creating a welcoming and cozy sensation.
The ivory vanity was topped with polished Calcutta and detailed with organic gold & quartz drawer pulls-this created the perfect throne for any queen. The swivel make up chair made by LeCorbusier was upholstered in iridescent light blue Spinneybeck leather. The vanity was accessorized with touches from Opi make up & jewelery by Charlie Lapson, thus creating another layer of detail and sparkle. Above the vanity hung 2 intricate crystal pendants from Ligne Atelier and were the perfect touch of sparkle to add the element of glitz!
A large custom floor mirror by Tonesco defined one of the walls entirely. One can’t be without a fabulous mirror in a dressing rom. A seating area donated by Holly Hunt sat in from of the very large floor mirror. The two clean lined and very elegant chrome and ivory leather lounge chairs and beautiful glass and bronze occasional table created a harmonious layering of finishes.
The dreamy shimmering window treatments that were donated by Donghia added volume and texture to the rear wall from end to end. Each of the side walls were dressed with Innovations silver metallic wallpaper.
How has your style progressed since you began working?
Our union has influenced our styles. We both had a strong sense of design but with different strengths. Our design only became stronger once we started designing together. Brett was very influenced by architecture. His dad was Barry Sugerman, a renowned architect & Penny Sugerman a well know interior designer in Miami. Giselle has been influenced by fashion and her worldwide travel.