Legendary makeup artist, designer sells his collection

Billy Brasfield
ABERDEEN — For Billy Brasfield, the objects and artifacts packed seemingly into each inch of the previous B and B Furniture constructing in his native Aberdeen type a story of his life.

Each lamp shade, previous portray and eclectic piece of house decor tells a distinct piece of Brasfield’s superb story. Now the cherished memorabilia and classic items sit ready for the general public to peruse and buy.

Brasfield, 59, often called Billy B., established himself as some of the extremely wanted makeup artists within the nation all through a profession that spanned 37 years. Many of Brasfield’s treasures are that can be purchased in a residing property sale that ends Monday.

“There are tales to all the things in that constructing and I do know each single piece that’s in there,” Brasfield stated.

Vintage antiques sit within the previous B and B Furniture constructing in Aberdeen, that are amongst these out there on this weekend’s property sale. Caroline Beach/Dispatch Staff
Brasfield, who now lives in Tupelo, left the South after ending his educational profession and moved to New York the place he labored behind the beauty counter at Macy’s. There, he discovered the way to excellent his approach earlier than catching the attention of a lady who directed him to work with a modeling company. After leaving his job at Macy’s, Brasfield started to flourish in an expert, artistic setting and would find yourself working with A-list celebrities, together with Britney Spears.

While Brasfield was working as a profitable makeup artist, he was concurrently gathering objects to furnish his two properties and two flats. He amassed a large collection of classic objects that vary from clothes to house decor and located himself overwhelmed with his collection however had no time to decelerate and cope with the piles of artifacts.

After years of fame and laborious work, Brasfield was able to downsize and provides his large collection a brand new house.

“It simply doesn’t make sense for me to carry on to it and it took me endlessly emotionally to get to a spot the place I’m able to let it go,” Brasfield stated. “It’s emotional for me to do away with it however it’s also liberating. It is such nice stuff and I’m excited for brand new individuals to present it a brand new story.”

He known as Jeanette Beard — proprietor of Beard’s Furniture and Antiques — who has coordinated property gross sales up to now and requested her to assist him with his personal sale.

“I got here and it was overwhelming,” Beard stated. “It was stacked to the ceiling, virtually, and I didn’t know if I might deal with all of it. I informed him he needed to do some clear up after which I accepted the job.”

Although Brasfield spent most of his profession in makeup, his love for magnificence extends past the strokes of his makeup brush. The quirky artist has a robust ardour for inside design.

“If I had not by chance change into so profitable as a makeup artist, I undoubtedly would have labored in design like house decor and renovation. I had that keenness that ended up resulting in a six-hour mini sequence that I had on HGTV known as Hometown Renovation that came about in my hometown,” Brasfield stated.

Brasfield’s present aired in 2011. After gathering objects for his two properties, two flats and the properties he redesigned for the present, he ended up with sufficient to fill 10 full-sized tractor-trailers.

With hundreds of items, this property sale is the most important Beard has taken on in her profession.

It consists of collector objects from Brasfield’s mid-century condo in Manhattan, eclectic Aberdeen house, beach-themed condo in Destin and Nineteen Twenties themed arts and crafts bungalow in California. It showcases all the things from an eccentric collection of house decor, classic garments from Hollywood film units, previous furnishings to an intensive collection of vintage lamps that satisfies Brasfield’s “lamp fetish.”

“I simply can’t say no to a lamp so I ended up with 100 of lamps and solely a fraction for my private use,” Brasfield stated.

All objects vary in worth from $2 to $5,000 and are consultant of varied types.

“There are simply so many distinctive issues right here. Everything is so distinctive, he has superb style,” Beard stated. “There is French, Boho, country-French, Mediterranean. There are so many issues for therefore many types right here.”

The four-day sale started Friday. It continues from 1-4 p.m. immediately and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. Beard will conduct a Facebook Live from the Beard’s Furniture and Antiques Facebook web page on Tuesday to promote the remaining objects within the retailer.

Pictured are among the objects makeup artist and designer Billy Brasfield is promoting in his residing property sale. The four-day sale started Friday. It continues from 1-4 p.m. immediately and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday. Caroline Beach/Dispatch Staff


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