inspiration is planted
I grew up in a traditional colonial home in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago with a Mother who loved both traditional and modern decor.
When I was 10, my mom’s cousin’s husband (we called him cousin) Bernie, who was an interior designer re-decorated our house to magnificent effect. And that, sparked a flame inside of me…
the bari J. “style”
I was enamored with everything Bernie did: A sleek Milo Bauman brass and smoked glass table matched with fussy upholstered Queen Anne Chairs. Walls covered in a floral chintz accented with windows draped in billowing, heavy moire fabric with pink on one side and green on the other. Both offset by a brass chandelier and the traditional millwork of the house.
The whole house was a study in opposites: flowery, maximalist 80s decor mixed with modernist furniture.
It’s no surprise, I can pinpoint my style today straight back to fond memories of that house.
Florals go with stripes, and animal print goes with everything
- Bari Ackerman
From Painting to product
At Bari J., all of our dreamy products, from fabric and wallpaper to pillows, phone cases, and scarves, start with a hand-created piece of art by Bari herself.
She gets her inspiration from nature and history, and usually draws or paints her designs on canvas or paper.
Then, she scans the art into her computer and uses it to make beautiful fabric, wallpaper, stationery, and more.
Because it's digital, she can experiment with all sorts of colors and palettes.
That's why our products have that special handmade touch - because they really are handmade!
a formal introduction to our founder:
A leading designer in the fabric industry for over a decade, with more than 20 collections of fabric and hundreds of print patterns on the market.
With a background in advertising copywriting and design, Bari has used her creative skills to build an art and decor brand beloved by enthusiasts around the world.
Her popular collections feature her celebrated signature floral style and are instantly recognizable on products ranging from fabric (Art Gallery Fabrics), rugs (Loloi Rugs) to furniture (Joybird), and beyond.
After being raised in Chicago and living in both San Francisco and Scottsdale, AZ, she recently settled in Charlotte, NC with her husband Kevin.
She immediately fell in love with the city's charming historic architecture and lush southern surroundings, which have only nurtured her imagination and inspired her creativity even more. Follow along on her personal Instagram account to see how: @barijackerman.
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