The Fabulous Beekman Boys

I had the pleasure of interviewing the Fabulous Beekman Boys last weekend at the Baltimore Book Festival—and they certainly lived up to their name. They were uber-friendly from the moment we met pre-show—and they were so easy to talk to, fielding audience questions with grace and enthusiasm.

 {That’s me, chatting with the Beekman Boys at the 2015 Baltimore Book Festival!}

{That’s me, chatting with the Beekman Boys at the 2015 Baltimore Book Festival!}

2015 Baltimore Book Festival Beekman Boys Inner Harbor

The Beekman Boys, a.k.a. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, shared their thoughts on their newly-released book “Beekman 1802 Style: The Attraction of Opposites.”

 {Beekman 1802 Style, the Beekman Boys latest stylish book about home decor.}

{Beekman 1802 Style, the Beekman Boys latest stylish book about home decor.}

One of the biggest themes I got from the book is that people need to give themselves permission to experiment with design. In the book, the boys discuss displaying objects in unexpected ways—for example, in Josh’s writing room, they have photos tacked up in a grid on the wall. No fancy framing required —just photos and tacks. And the end result is so unexpectedly stylish!

 {The walls of the “writing room” in the Beekman farmhouse.}

{The walls of the “writing room” in the Beekman farmhouse.}

I also loved hearing that the Beekman Boys, who have a stunning Mercantile where they sell their wares, look for design inspiration from store displays. What a simple, but genius idea that everyone can use! Sure, they may be looking at the merchandising displays at Bergdorf’s in NYC, but I am willing to bet you could also glean quite a lot of design inspiration from your local Pottery Barn or West Elm store. I know that I personally still love to flip through the latest furniture catalogs when they arrive, because they always have creative color scheme or funky display idea that I can draw inspiration from.

 {Brent & Josh wearing their B. 1802 Muck boots and looking oh so stylish!}

{Brent & Josh wearing their B. 1802 Muck boots and looking oh so stylish!}

On a side note, several people inquired about the boots the Beekman Boys were wearing at the festival. They are actually their signature boots, B. 1802 Muck Boots, and they wear them everywhere—at their farm, while filming their recent television series and at public appearances. These are no ordinary boots – they spent SEVEN years researching and designing them! You can find the boots (and lots of other elegant merchandise) in the Beekman online store.

 {Josh, me & Brent after our interview at the 2015 Baltimore Book Festival.}

{Josh, me & Brent after our interview at the 2015 Baltimore Book Festival.}

Inspiration really is everywhere, images in books, stores and possibly in your own home! Just open your eyes to mixing items in new ways to add a personal touch to your home.

April Pardoe