AN INTERVIEW WITH GERRIE BREMERMANN
With summer right around the corner, white is trending. But no matter the trend or time of year, white has always been and will always be Gerrie’s color. Born in colorful New Orleans, she grew up in Palm Beach and naturally gravitated towards the pristine palette of the sandy white beaches. As a young mother, she was a beautiful seamstress sewing clothes for herself and her daughters. She dreamed of one day owning an all-white store with custom-made clothes by Gerrie Bremermann.
As one thing lead to the next, she found herself back in New Orleans volunteering her time to support many great causes. She became the go-to event chair for the best and most elaborately themed fundraisers in town. The Junior League of New Orleans called upon Gerrie to help launch their inaugural Decorator’s Showhouse. She agreed to the project, and she, along with her two daughters Ann and Kim, transformed the powder room into a masterpiece with walls covered in fabric. People went wild for it, and her career in interior design launched.
Gerrie became one of the most sought after interior designers across the country. The demand compelled her to open an office on St. Charles Avenue and hire a staff to assist in the many projects. Gerrie, along with Mel Hickey and Penny Saer, expanded the business into antiques. Together, the three established HBS, an acronym for their last names and synonymous with the best French antiques in town. The girls had a blast traveling Europe and scouting the best finds, but eventually Mel and Penny moved on, and Gerrie, moved her shop to Magazine Street.
Bremermann Designs, located at 3943 Magazine Street, is the “can’t miss it” store for design enthusiasts. Gerrie is always there, she never tires. When you visit, make the most of it. Introduce yourself, ask questions. She is eager to share her insight, teach the trade, and help you cultivate your own personal style. It’s an opportunity not to be missed and don’t you always want to learn from the best?
GERRIE’S DESIGN ADVICE
Gerrie’s style is timeless and classic. Using white as the primary backdrop, she admits she loves a splash of color. She mixes shades of white fabric and furniture with French antiques, contemporary art and a beautiful mirror, chandelier or lamp for a stunning sparkle.
Read books and educate yourself. She recommends the decorators at the beginning of the 20th century. Elsie de Wolfe, Billy Baldwin, Ruby Ross Wood and Rose Cummings.
Train your eye. Visit the finest shops in town. Ask the store owners about their style and the pieces they feature in their store.
Determine your budget. Decorating doesn’t have to be costly. Design consultations provide great guidance and a foundation to build on over time.
Budget for one new piece a year so when you wake up at 40, you have something. Start with a chair if you really love it. It’s a collection, and your collection will grow.
Decorate once, and after that, its nips and tucks.
“Support the local businesses. Give New Orleans a chance. Magazine Street is the street of dreams.” - Gerrie Bremermann
WHITE WITH A POP OF COLOR
Stop by Bremermann Designs, introduce yourself to Gerrie and don’t forget to tell her SCOUT sent you!
3943 Magazine Street
All items are available in store or through her website: www.bremermanndesigns.com