The Bald Mermaid

A Memoir
By Sheila Bridges

Interior Design / Lifestyle
September 2013
ISBN: 978-1-938461057
352 Pages / Over 130 Illustrations

$35 USD

Sheila was photographed by her Dad at a petting zoo in the Pocono when she was four years old. She was always happiest when surrounded by four-legged creatures.

Left, Sheila was photographed near her sun porch in Philadelphia with her grandmother Azalia and brother Sidney. Right, Sheila’s Mom thought she was pretty in pink— with her matching hat, patent leather purse, and shoes—in front of their pink azalea bushes.

Sheila’s hairdresser kept these photographs of her in her “hair file.” She demonstrated what Sheila looked like with her mane intact, showing it to “hair people” when they went hair shopping.

Sheila celebrated her birthday with a single candle and a red velvet cupcake from the Make My Cake bakery in Harlem, New York.

On the walls of the dining room and bedroom in the guesthouse, Sheila used her Harlem Toile De Jouy wallpaper. The Piero Fornasetti dining chairs are from Italy.

Sheila was photographed for Domino magazine in 2007, sitting on the back porch of her guest cottage in one of her favorite Catherine Malandrino summer halter dresses.


The inspiring memoir of interior designer Sheila Bridges, The Bald Mermaid comprises engaging and deeply personal vignettes that explore questions of identity, femininity, race, success, and what it means to have it all. A very successful interior designer with her own television show, when Bridges lost her hair due to Alopecia, she lost it all: This is her story of coming to terms with prosperity and happiness, the cost of independence, and staying true to herself. Beautifully illustrated, The Bald Mermaid is a delightfully candid, insightful, and often humor­ous narrative of Bridges’ ups and downs, and how she ultimately found balance and peace in her multi-layered life.

About the Author

Named “America’s Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time magazine, Sheila Bridges founded her own interior design firm in New York in 1994. She has been a regular contributor on NBC’s Today Show, hosted her own network television show, appeared on Oprah, and has been profiled in numerous national and international publications.


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