from Her hand dyed fabrics, gluten free home cooking, and fixer upper projects to her backyard gatherings and love of travel, we think you'll be inspired by Bridget bohannon's devotion to the art of making!
We're familiar with your work but tell our readers a little about yourself!
Hello! I’m Bridget Bohannon, I’m a freelance creative director. I offer big and small companies copywriting, art direction, brand image and identity development, event and photoshoot styling and executive production. I’m also the Brand Strategy and Execution Director at Talespin, a Los Angeles-based startup. I’m a military wife with a bunch of fur and feather babies and hopefully a soon-to-be adoptive mama. I’m a gluten-free home cook, renovation addict, hand-dyed fabric maker and collector of cutting boards and throw pillows…and anything with a story. Design details make me happy, so do farmers markets, a cold glass of prosecco and traveling with my husband.
We love how creativity influences almost every area of your life. Did your upbringing have anything to do with this?
I’m from Pacific Northwest, my hometown, Port Townsend is a Victorian seaport, it sits on the water’s edge surrounded by beautiful driftwood beaches and stunning views. It’s a community full of artists and makers and its renowned for its wooden boat builders. I’ve traveled all over the world and my hometown is still one of the prettiest places I’ve experienced, on clear day you can see mountain ranges all around you, the Olympics, Cascades, Mt. Rainer and Mt.Baker. You can also see whales traveling alongside the ferries crossing the Puget Sound.
When thinking of your hometown or extended family what major themes emerge?
Remember that movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding? My family is the Pacific Northwest version of that, loud, funny and always together in the kitchen. I grew up surrounded by my large extended family with my grandparents’ house as the epicenter of all of our get togethers. The emphasis was always on being together as a family and enjoying fresh food like salmon caught off the beach, clams we dug and berries we picked. Home to me will always be my grandma’s blackberry pie, the smell of the sea and the damp earthy scent of Evergreen trees.
Is your hometown much different from where you currently reside? If so, how have you come to appreciate those differences?
We were living in Seattle before we moved to the South. I left my career, family, friends and a city I adored to move to a very small town. It was difficult at first to adjust, I had never been to the South before and I missed everything about the West Coast but I’ve really come to love the South. I appreciate the slower pace of small town living, seeing the sunshine daily, the warmth, the scent of jasmine and gardenia, fireflies and we’ve made friends that have become family to us.
How did you meet your spouse?
We met in a bar in downtown Seattle, of all places. We were both out with friends that evening, the bar was crowded and I stood off to the side of the packed room. That’s when I noticed the guy next to me, he was tall, handsome and had sparkly greenish eyes but that’s not what caught my attention at first. It was his pearl button dress shirt with embroidered eagles on each shoulder that make me look his way. It was very elaborate; did I mention design details always draw me in? We started small talk, I’ve never really believed in love at first sight, or soul mates but I knew something was different about him. He had this genuinely warm personality and was confident enough to wear that terrible shirt, it was the strangest feeling, I had never met him before but felt at home standing there beside him. We went out one week later, he brought me mace and flowers on our first date. He was and still is a true gentlemen and he’s still making me laugh with his choice of apparel eleven years later.
Would you agree that opposites attract? If so, how has this played out in your own relationships?
Absolutely. My husband and I are very much opposites attract, he is outgoing, can talk to anyone, is spontaneous, outdoorsy and a very grounded, logical thinker. I’ve always been the quieter artistic dreamer, always creating something, reading or writing. I’m an Aquarius, I can’t help it. I joke that I’ve got a little bit of gypsy in me, I am happiest on the move, always exploring something new. We balance out each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I find that to be true in my friendships too.
You have a home that is beautifully curated! What has the process of turning a house into a home looked like for you?
Our home was a fixer upper so it’s been a process, a long one! The renovation took us about 2 years because we did much of the work ourselves. Our home is a little mix of West Coast modern, industrial and farmhouse and its full of objects that carry stories. I’m a big believer in things that are made with love, care and good materials bring those qualities with them wherever they go. I would rather sit with blank walls than just put something up that doesn’t have a personal meaning to us, that’s why everything in our home has been collected from our travels, been made by hand or found at junk shops or estate sales. There is a little bit of our story in each of the pieces that make this house a home.
What brings you joy in your home?
My kitchen is my happy place; it really is the heart of our home. One of my favorite things to do is have my morning cup of coffee watching the sunrise come up over the lake we live on. Our home is full of activity, we love to entertain, we always have friends coming over to enjoy a meal, a glass of wine, a boat ride or a bonfire. More than anything, I find joy in sharing our home with our friends and family.
What were your impressions or ideas on what military life would be? Has your experience been different than your expectations?
Honestly, I had no idea what I was getting in to. I did not grow up around military, I had no real exposure to the lifestyle or what it really meant to be a military wife. My dad’s job took him away from our family for months at a time so I had some benchmark for how marriages can work when one spouse is hardly every home. Thank goodness for that, in some ways having my husband gone all the time felt normal-ish. Looking back, having no real expectations was a blessing for me, I learned as I went, sometimes it was hard but it’s also surprised me in so many positive ways.
What advice would you give to a new military spouse?
Continue to pursue your own goals, dreams and ambitions. Military life can have a way of overshadowing all your own goals and aspirations if you let it. It’s important to find something you can take with you wherever you go that’s just yours. I also think its really important to make the most of where you are no matter where you live, military life can be filled with ups and downs, being able to adapt and find the best in every situation is key. Lastly, get involved in the community on and off base, make an effort to meet other military spouses, they will be your biggest source of support and guidance.
In a world that is often chaotic what is one thing that grounds you?
My faith in the Lord. It’s the one thing that always brings me back to center, grounds me and points me in the right direction. There are two things that our pastor reiterates over and over that really stick with me when I start to feel untethered. Number one, the Lord has you exactly where he wants you, no matter what the situation is, you are not alone. Number two, Christianity is a marathon, not a sprint and you have to be in the word and make time for it every day. These reminders keep me pointed to the cross and focused on what’s important in life.
You also seem very intentional with nutrition and sustainability, could you tell us more about that?
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2002, it took two years and countless rounds with specialists to figure out what was going on with my body. It was actually a physician that incorporated natural medicine into her practice that finally identified that I had Celiac Disease. I had no idea what that meant but she explained it was an autoimmune disease and that I would have to change my diet entirely. No more gluten and gluten was in everything! At the time, all those years ago, gluten-free did not have the mainstream presence it does today. There were hardly any products available. Learning to cook gluten-free was a necessity for my overall health and well-being, which developed into a passion of mine. I am happiest in my kitchen, in my early gluten-free days I experimented with so many recipes, my poor husband was subjected to some pretty awful meals thankfully I’ve come a long way,
Describe the most delicious meal you've ever had or your go-to recipe.
Oh this one is hard for me, I love food and have enjoyed so many amazing meals. I do have an obsession with the brown sugar and butter grilled oysters from the Hamma Hamma Oysters, it’s a farm store and oyster saloon located on the Hood Canal in Washington. It’s the most amazing place for fresh oysters, it’s an outdoor courtyard with a view, fire pits and delicious seafood. The best is to grab a glass of Washington wine and sit around the fire while you eat perfectly salty, briny oysters. For my go-to recipe, it’s shrimp tacos. I could eat tacos every day. I keep it simple and either grill or sauté the shrimp then pile into corn tortillas with roasted purple cabbage, sliced avocado with a drizzle of Mexican crema and Sirracha.
How do you make space for creativity?
In my professional and personal life I’m always working on something creative so creativity just feels like part of my daily routine. I do make time in the evenings and weekends for my personal projects or they tend to get away from me, even if it’s just 15-30 minutes at a time to focus on accomplishing some progress.