We had the good fortune of connecting with Bridgid Coulter Cheadle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bridgid, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
One of my favorite affirmations is: “Be bold and trust your instincts.”
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a curious creative, a dreamer and activist, mother, wife, philanthropist, advocate and serial entrepreneur. I navigate a few different businesses: I am owner and principal designer of an eponymous interior design firm; a co-founder of Home+Maker, a boutique real estate developer; and also the founder and ceo of Blackbird Collective, a work and wellness community for women of color and allies to create positive change for each other and the world.
My personal and professional journey has been a long and diverse one. As an actress I had the privilege of participating in some of the most intriguing projects in theatre, film and television — not necessarily always the most high profile projects, but absolutely steeped in impact and with pretty great artists. As a designer, I quickly formulated a style that circled an eclectic aesthetic that was layered, global collected, with a modern zen feel. Later, I found myself venturing into real estate development after grad school where many of my interior design professors were architects and encouraged me to explore the holistic concept of a building. I graduated with distinction and optimistic that I could build a house, so I bought a small remodel project in Venice and did just that. Finally, with Blackbird Collective, I find that my myriad experiences have distinctively prepared me to build this impact focused community space at this particular time.
It has not been easy, but it has certainly been inspiring. I think one of the most important lessons along the way, is that entrepreneurship can be lonely and isolating, so you have to be intentional about building a village of support to protect your physical, emotional and mental health. It’s also essential to be bold and trust your instincts! If you have a vision/mission to create a product, service or experience that doesn’t exist in the way you think it should; you’re going to need to be resilient and consistent, but also take care and rest when needed to preserve your wellbeing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I have many favorite spots in the greater los angeles area. As your tour guide for the week, we would visit:
(HIKE) get out on one of the public hiking trails and try to find an active seasonal waterfall
(MUSEUM) visit LACMA, MOCA and the Broad Museum downtown
(DINE) visit Nobu Malibu and indulge on sushi with the ocean crashing beneath your feet
(DRINK) have a cocktail at any pop up hosted by mixologist “Eat Your Drink”
(SIP) Stop by for a cappuccino at Sip & Sonder in Inglewood
(FLOWERS) take an arrangement class with Domonique Rose or pick up flowers at Oldvine Florist
(BIKE VENTURE) Ride thru in Leimert Park
(SUNDAY BRUNCH) Score an invite to a private monthly Sunday brunch at Blackbird House
(MUSIC) Stop by the Blue Whale for a cultural jazz infusion
(UCLA) Walk the north campus of UCLA campus and stroll thru the botanical gardens
(DINE) Get a seat in the courtyard at Redbird and have a gourmet dinner in an historic building in downtown!
(MEDITATE) Get your feet in the sand along the coastline, listen to the gulls swooping and watch the sunset.
(SWEETS) visit SweetRose and score a indulgent garden mint ice cream or a vegan chocolate sorbet
(DESIGN LUXURY) window shop around luxury textiles and furniture makers at Pacific Design Center
(STREET SCENES) stroll various epitome of Los Angeles streets: Melrose, Abbot Kinney, Ventura Blvd, Montana Ave, Downtown LA
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my immediate family — which I consider to be my parents and grandparents and includes my beloved aunties + uncles whose authenticity and values serve as the foundation of my love for gathering in community. My boisterous extended family upbringing was filled with laughter, song, gourmet home cooking and love.
Alia Becker + Stephanie Macris.