A Little Make-Over Magic

We are getting ready to launch a new e-design option for clients near and far and thought we would show you a little make-over magic that is possible today thanks to the awesome strides in technology. I have to tell you that I have been working on learning how to do this for over three years. I know. But I am over 12 remember?

I am still on full time duty taking care of Mom right now so my posts will be short and sweet and hopefully you will enjoy the sneak peek of what’s happening behind the scenes these days.

Here is a picture of my living room as it looks today.

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I played around with several different looks showcasing fabrics in my 2014 collection. See what you think.

First up is drapery done in “Dribbles” and the arm less “Stan” chair from last year’s furniture collection.

Dribbles by Cindy Barganier Textiles



Big difference, huh?

So how would  it look if we threw in a little pink and turquoise?  Let’s see. “New Turquoise Chain” as drapery.

room makeover with New Turquiose Chain by Cindy Barganier Textiles

This is too much fun.

One more:

This is a room sent to me by a client as an inspiration photo.




Let’s see how “Angel Wings in Blue” would look like in here and I think I will take the formality down a notch.

house with angel wings drapery


I don’t claim to have mastered this yet but it is definitely enough to help visualize a change of scenery.

Neighbor, Layla, is the pro. I was 90% of the way into these when she posted her video teaching how she does make-over images. In just a matter of minutes she introduced me to about three tools that I had never heard of. They made a huge difference.  Check it out at http://shootflyshoot.com/room-makeover-info/

BTW, we just sold our house so you might be seeing lots of these “wonder how I would like this” photos in the future as we draw plans for a new house that will include an apartment for Mama. Change is good.  Happy day to you.



Hope In The Darkest Hour




In all of our lives we hit seasons that are hard… really hard. I got slammed last week. My beautiful little Mama who is the most active, vibrant 82 year old you will ever meet had a stroke.

After a week in the hospital we are now at the rehab hospital relearning how to walk, talk, swallow and other things that you and I take for granted every minute of every day. It is devastating. Yet in the midst of darkness God’s light shines through. Precious family members from near and far have been here for the week taking the night shift so that I could sleep. (I am an only). Health-south is such a place of encouragement and hope. Those people are truly used of God to work miracles in the lives of people everyday. So we have great hope for significant if not full recovery. I personally am pulling for full! :)

God knew and went before us. Our house sold last week but we don’t have to be out for a year. I know. Amazing. I am starting to try to draw plans for another home that will include an apartment for Mama. The lots in TND neighborhoods are small and have many stipulations so if you run across any great little plans with the main house at @1800-1900SF and the Mom part at @800-900 please send them to me!!!

It is weird going from being the daughter to being the Mama and I know Mama is HATING it as she worked so very hard to insure that this would never happen; but it has and His grace is sufficient. It’s amazing the love that floods your heart when a loved one is in distress.

Thank you for letting me share. I just wanted you to understand if posts are a bit random… maybe even seldom. Please don’t forget us over here at Forever Design as we so love and cherish your friendship and readership. I know many of you are in similar situations so we can support each other. Prayers are coveted. Take care of yourselves folks and go have your carotid arteries checked TODAY.

Here’s believing for brighter days as the Light shines brightest in the darkness.


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Many blessings.







Tuscan Gardens In Alabama

As promised, here are the Tuscan gardens created by Mark Montoya behind the Montgomery, Alabama firestation.

If you missed part one on the artist go here.

If you missed part two on the station converted into a home go here.

NOW, we are all caught up and continue this journey to the heart of Italian alfresco dining spots without ever leaving our fair city.

Walking out the back door of the station I was greeted by this ancient looking, supposedly crumbling brick and stone wall with arched windows providing a sneak peek into the real garden and a rustic trellis just begging for grapevines.

cindy barganier/mark montoya


The juxtaposition of rusting iron candelabra and fuchsia hydrangea blossoms against that stone backdrop had my creative juices churning.  You see I am a gardener at heart but not in actuality. I love the planning and planting but hate the maintenance… therefore my gardens are always one color…..brown. Not good.


And then my little pea picking heart followed that pea gravel path and encountered this.

I almost ran to the back to see what was behind that hedge.


Mark Montoya/Cindy Barganier



Would you like to see?

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Wait for it.

walled garden, urn, ancient


mark montoya gardens



mark montoya,cindy barganier


gardens, cindy barganier, mark montoya


And then I turned around.

montoya garden, cindy barganier




Imagine: the party lights are on, the tables are spread with white farmhouse tea towels and those enchanting little folding metal chairs that you see all over France and Italy are place haphazardly around.. not too perfect you know. The candles are glowing, the wine is flowing, the bread is hot and the figs and cheese fresh.

The tree frog symphony tunes up but does not clash with the violins playing in the background……………..

oops, I think I left you.

You should come along to this charming party in my mind and when it is time to say buonanotte enjoy the flip side of that beautiful wall as you stroll into the night.

tuscan garden in Alabama

mark montaya cindy barganier


Thanks guys. I feel like I had a mini-vacay in the middle of the week.



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