• Gerrie Bremermann

    by  • 22 Jul ’09 • gerrie bremermann, New Orleans • 24 Comments

    It all started with a little book. Accents on Accessories: Ideas and Inspirations from Southern Accents, published in the fall of October 1995, to be exact. It was then I fell madly in love with the work of New Orleans designer Gerrie Bremermann.

    I have followed Gerrie’s career for years, collecting every possible image of her work. So, you can only imagine my delight when we were invited to her shop on Saturday. Gerrie, a friend of Quinn and Michael, welcomed us with open arms. Despite suffering a cold, she was completely delightful and gracious. It was a true gift to hear Gerrie talk about her latest project and be given the chance to photograph her shop.

    Still whirling from all of the weekend excitement, my joy was only elevated today after a long morning phone call with Gerrie and promises to meet again.

    Often referred to as the Grande Dame of the “new” New Orleans, Gerrie masterfully mixes warm fruitwoods, airy antiques, contemporary art and stunning chandeliers. Whites, creams and ivories, with a punch of color from artwork, are hallmarks of her inimitable style. “Some people ask why I choose the same colors over and over again. The answer is simple, because they are timeless and they work.” I absolutely agree. If you are in New Orleans, Bremermann Design on Magazine Street is not to be missed. It’s one of the very best.





    Bremermann Designs
    3943 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    USA

    Phone: 504-891-7763
    Fax: 504-891-7765

    Photos by Christopher Carman

    24 Responses to Gerrie Bremermann

    1. Cote de Texas
      22 Jul ’09 at 9:07 pm

      NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Rhonda – I am the biggest G.B. fan in the world!!!!

      I am sooo jealous of you, I can't stand it!!!!!!!! A personal meeting with my idol???????

      Aw, she had a cold? I hope she feels better now. Loved this so much, it brightened up my entire day. She's the best ever.

    2. Southern Aspirations
      22 Jul ’09 at 9:20 pm

      What a fabulous experience! I adore all of the chandeliers too… so gorgeous!

    3. Chic Coles (Cole Design)
      22 Jul ’09 at 9:47 pm

      I love Gerrie Bremermann! Her Design store on Magazine Street is just stunning not to mention her work on interiors. Her artwork is unbelievable as well, the two women I work for, Ashley Longshore and Amanda Talley (Ashely's work is behind the picture of you and Gerry, which I am sure you know) and Amanda's is the pinky swirled one. Did you go into either of their studios? Hope you had a nice stay in New Orleans. Thanks for this amazing post!

    4. sharon taylor designs
      22 Jul ’09 at 9:52 pm

      I was just there in New Orleans too!!
      I was opening up my cherished 2004 Southern Accents issue with Gerrie in it just last night…what a weird coincidence!!! Anyway, LOVE this lady and your post dearly!

    5. La Maison Fou
      22 Jul ’09 at 10:00 pm

      Oh what pretty things…
      I do not know her, but what a beautiful store!
      L

    6. ALL THE BEST
      22 Jul ’09 at 10:53 pm

      Joni I too have been a fan for years!!! It was SUCH a thrill to meet her in person. I had to pinch myself. She was unable to attend the cocktail party on Saturday but is feeling better now. You would LOVE her!!

    7. ALL THE BEST
      22 Jul ’09 at 10:57 pm

      Southern Aspirations it really was a a fabulous experience! New Orleans is THE place for chandeliers!

    8. ALL THE BEST
      22 Jul ’09 at 11:01 pm

      Yes!! I did meet Amanda Talley! We were at her studio on Saturday and she was at the cocktail party Michael and Quinn hosted on Saturday. She is a doll!

      How funny Sharon!! Gerrie is just wonderful!!!

    9. The Consummate Hostess
      22 Jul ’09 at 11:50 pm

      What a treasure trove of delights! I go to New Orleans often and will have to stop by. Thank you for the information!

    10. Kelsey B.
      23 Jul ’09 at 12:47 am

      I love her work and what a shop! What I wouldn't give for one of those gorgeous chandeliers!!

    11. An Aesthete's Lament
      23 Jul ’09 at 12:54 am

      Gerrie Bremermann is a goddess. I have admired her work since the 1980s and distinctly recall (I hope memory serves) a wonderful canopy bed, very modern and severe, made of Formica. White Formica. It was brilliant.

    12. ALL THE BEST
      23 Jul ’09 at 1:05 am

      The Consummate Hostess you WILL have to stop by Gerrie's!

      Oh Kelsey, the chandeliers are amazing!!!!!

      An Aesthete's Lament she is certainly a Goddess and a gracious one a that! White Formica?? I need to see that…do you have the photo?

    13. style chronicle
      23 Jul ’09 at 3:06 am

      I love Gerrie Bremermann. She recently helped a friend of mine with her house in Nashville. Thanks for the eye candy.

    14. alice
      23 Jul ’09 at 3:09 am

      Her shop is one of the prettiest I've ever been in. What a thrill to meet her in person!

    15. Things That Inspire
      23 Jul ’09 at 7:38 am

      I wonder why there has not been a book on Gerrie, with the amazing body of work that she must have? I still go look at Joni's post on her from time to time, as it seems to be the most comprehensive collection of images of Gerrie's work out there.

      Great post, thoroughly enjoyed seeing the store!

    16. Hill Country House Girl
      23 Jul ’09 at 11:28 am

      Wonderful post! I, too, have followed her for years. I remember searching for the book the minute it came out after reading about it in Southern Accents.What a gorgeous shop and treat for you to have spent time with her!

    17. mary
      23 Jul ’09 at 1:36 pm

      Her shop, her taste, her eye, her design work–all amazing and inspirational. An antiques shop this gorgeous makes me feel as if I were in heaven. Thanks so much for this super post.

    18. Down Pillow
      23 Jul ’09 at 2:24 pm

      Great stuff! Thanks for this little treat!

    19. ASHLEY Longshore
      23 Jul ’09 at 2:58 pm

      DEAR RONDA,
      WHAT A FABULOUS MORNING! MY FRIEND EMAILED ME YOUR FABULOUS BLOG ON GERRIE AND I WAS SO FLATTERED TO SEE TWO OF MY SWIMMER PAINTINGS! GERRIE IS TRULY AN UNBELIEVABLY INSPIRING LADY ASIDE FROM BEING A DESIGN GENIUS! MY PAINTINGS HAVE NEVER LOOKED BETTER THAN IN THE OPPULENCE AND BEAUTY OF HER STORE! I AM FLATTERED TO NOT ONLY HAVE MY WORK IN HER STORE BUT TO HAVE MY PAINTINGS ON YOUR INCREDIBLE BLOG!
      SINCERELY,
      ASHLEY LONGSHORE
      P.S. MY STUDIO IS ON MAGAZINE STREET TOO! COME VISIT ME SOMETIME. I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU.

    20. Karena
      23 Jul ’09 at 3:11 pm

      What a treat to meet Gerrie. I too have such an admiration for her style. Your weekend gets better and better. Amanda is one of my favorite current artists. I wish she would have an exhibit in KC.

    21. cassandra @ coco+kelley
      23 Jul ’09 at 3:19 pm

      oh my. OH MY MY MY. i am completely drooling over this post – i want every single chandelier, please!!!

    22. Sabina
      23 Jul ’09 at 11:34 pm

      That is just too wonderful!!

    23. Tina
      24 Jul ’09 at 3:26 am

      Totally happy for you that you met Gerrie at long last. I am living vicariously through you! Enjoy!

    24. The Antiques Diva™
      24 Jul ’09 at 9:08 am

      I posted this blog of yours today as my DivaScovery-de-Jour on Twitter!!! Hope you get lots of hits!

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