New Showrooms Pick Up Fabric Line

We are so pleased to announce that several design firms have asked to carry Cindy Barganier Textiles in their offerings AND that showrooms are beginning to join the team as well.

DSR in Birmingham, Alabama, a “To The Trade Only” showroom, has the complete line for all of you designers in that part of the country.

They sent us some candid shots this morning of how they are displaying the fabrics around the showroom.



Also in Birmingham is “Atmosphere” in the Dr. Pepper district. The general public can buy from sweet Barri.

If you are close to  Huntsville, call Judy J. Howard Interiors.

In Tennessee call Fresh Perspectives Design  in Germantown or

Gift Gourmet and Interiors LLC in Knoxville.

We were invited to spend the day at ADAC a couple of weeks ago to meet with some interested parties. ADAC, The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, is the high end market for designers around the country and represents the leading brands in the industry.

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We have a very exciting announcement to make next week!

Headed down to the beautiful 30A to pick up samples tomorrow.

Happy, Happy Friday!!!



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Thanks For The Shout Out River Region Living!




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And The Walls Came A’Tumbalin Down.

I am super pumped with what’s taking place with the law office renovation. We have been holding our collective breath for months praying that what we thought was behind that wall would actually materialize. While I was off doing Gigi Camp demolition began.



As wallpaper and plaster crashed to the ground we were left with this heartwarming sight.

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Can you hear the shouts of praise? Whoot whoot. We are very excited.

Amazing that this is the only thing we have accomplished so far but look how close we are to my inspiration sketch.

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Give me old, a little old, a little salvage on the side. Don’t fence me in.  Ok, really REALLY bad song writing but can you feel my happy dance moment? Spin, twirl, leap. Bow.



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Update On New Projects

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The second floor went up last week and how about those columns? Don’t they make all the difference?

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This is my favorite time in a project. The walls are up and everyone is able to see/feel how the space is really going to perform.

For most folks it has been a faith walk up until now. They have simply had to trust me and the architect to assure them that we know how the space is really going to look. The walls now start to “talk to me” suggesting little changes that make all the difference in the end product. I’m not talking major changes, those take place on paper long before we ever reach this stage. It’s the little things: a wash on that beam instead of paint or a light moved a few inches to fit a planned painting at the proper angle. The re-positioning of a furniture grouping to take advantage of a view that you didn’t realize you would have, it all starts to come together slowly, piece by little piece.

The more autonomy we have at this stage the better the end result I have learned.

This is the view of the dining room, foyer, and stair hall. The door on the center left leads out to a screened dining porch.

I am so wanting to see some wood on that ceiling.

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Turn around and you see this. The large opening on the left is the front door.

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Keep panning right and you see the rest of the living room. The fireplace will be between the two short windows.

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You can’t really see it in the picture but I love the fact that these walls splay out to frame a spectacular master tub area.

It makes it much more important than straight “normal” walls would have.

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I have saved the best for last.

This is going to be the kitchen. The whole house started with this view.The ceiling starts out flat then vaults only in the center part of the room making the island and range wall the jewel box of the entire house. Topics of discussion right now are centering around marble, quartz, subway tile and hood details. It’s gonna be great y’all!

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Now here’s a weird one for you. On my way back from the inspection I saw  this on the lake.


Seriously? Pelicans in Montgomery, Alabama? What in the world?

These spiffy custom bar stools just arrived for the Enterprise project. I love the way they turned out. The inside is a low maintenance leather (read- wipe up the spilled milk) while the outside is a way cool fabric that looks like grass cloth. Very chic.

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That week closed out with a meeting about some exciting possibilities in Georgia.

Stay tuned! Big announcements coming.

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  If you haven’t yet signed up for the giveaway click over to this post and read about Teresa Hatfield’s beautiful linens.

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Introducing Teresa Hatfield And A Giveaway.


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Last month, our friend Teresa Hatfield did a post on her Blog “Splendid Sass” about my fabric line.  I’d like to return the favor and take a look at what she’s up to.

Teresa is one those people that makes me shake my head in wonder. She has an undergraduate degree in molecular biology, a masters in law, and has studied liberal and visual arts extensively.  She was a banker for eleven years and a stockbroker for fifteen years. Then, she took the blog world by storm and now she has her own Etsy shop filled with beautiful embroidered linen guest towels.  She says, “I have always loved needlework, from cross-stitch, heirloom sewing, and embroidery.  If it is not glued down it is monogrammed. ”

I ‘m almost afraid to ask what’s she’s doing today. Brain surgery???

Actually she is about to add a shoe and a flowers line.  Within two months she will hopefully be adding the heavy weight linen towels with monogramming options.  Those will be bath size and below.  They are gorgeous.  She has done some prototypes already.  They “wreak beauty.”  She is hand making the towels so they will be perfectly even with clean seams.

Take a close look at some of her offerings because WE ARE HAVING A GIVE AWAY!  Woo Hoo. Who doesn’t love a  giveaway?

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To be entered into the drawing simply leave a comment telling me which towel you prefer and share this post on Facebook. Easy!

Good luck everyone the drawing will be held the last day of  this month.


You can also order from Teresa and get a 10% discount The coupon code will be Barganier 10
 and will be for 10% off everything but custom orders. These make fabulous hostess, shower or birthday gifts for a  friend!!


Teresa’s Etsy address is:
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Happy Father’s Day.

No one loves you like your Daddy. They think you are beautiful and smart and perfect …. no matter the truth. LOL



And now.


We just spent a whole week together entertaining/loving on 6 littles ones.  We felt like Lucy in the Vitameetamejamin show.

Sheesh. We needed some vitamins!

I loved catching him in stolen moments with my two little ones.

Gathering sticks for a marshmallow roast with her.


On the porch rocking and singing to him.


Or watching them watching him finish with the mowing so that we could move on to the next activity.


Precious time. Precious memories.

I can’t forget the father of my own children on this special day!

What a great Daddy he has been! His little girl loves him.


And her little girl adores him. (photo taken as we arrived home from hospital 3 1/2 years ago.) Now little man, who looks like his Pop, will leave me in a flash when Jeff walks into the room and I know it will be the same with number 3 who is on the way. We are richly blessed.


But even the best earthly fathers make mistakes and fail at one time or another. But there is One who never makes a mistake, never leaves us. Never forsakes us. Never has given a single word of bad advice. And it is that Father from whom we all draw our strength.

In the words of Chris Tomlin:

You crush the enemy Underneath my feet You are my Sword and Shield Though troubles linger still
Whom shall I fear?
I know Who goes before me I know Who stands behind. The God of angel armies, Is always by my side. The One who reigns forever, He is a Friend of mine. The God of angel armies, Is always by my side
Verse 3:
My strength is in Your name, For You alone can save. You will deliver me. Yours is the victory
Whom shall I fear? Whom shall I fear?
I know Who goes before me. I know Who stands behind. The God of angel armies, Is always by my side

And nothing formed against me shall stand. You hold the whole world in your hands. I’m holding onto Your promises. You are faithful. You are faithful.

Thank you to all of Abbas in my life. I love you all.


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Concrete Countertops: Pros and Cons

Layla from The Lettered Cottage did a post this week on counter tops that generated several questions  both from people who like the look and wanted to know more as well as from one person who has them and doesn’t like them. Since I have lived with them for 8 years now she suggested that I might be able to address some of these issues.


When we built our current home concrete counters were fairly new to our area but I fell in love with the look and determined to use them in both our kitchen and master bath. Then I got really wild and asked our fabricator if he had ever used concrete for interior steps. He responded “there’s always a first time.” LOL. So I became his guinea pig and I have loved them. When they were first installed and newly waxed everyone thought that they were marble. I don’t really know how to explain this but they feel very soft and warm to the touch. I know–this is totally different from how your driveway feels. But the sanding/buffing process totally changes it.

Here is a close up of the stairs today and, yes, they have hairline cracks in them. There is no way to avoid that with concrete; so if you are OCD it might send you… 🙂 ( They are not warped. I did something funky with the camera.)



As for the countertops, we  okay, The Writer, re-waxes them at least twice a year. We used to use a different type of wax but have now settled on Briwax Granite and Marble Polishing Wax.



He also just purchased a small brush that fits on his drill to buff with. It will save your elbows. The wax needs to be sort of runny to fill in any pot marks or cracks and the Briwax is plenty runny.



Concrete is porous and hates acid. That is why finishers use acid washes to stain it. It will really soak right in and change the color. Therefore, you have to be careful with lemons, or any type of acidic substance because it will change the color and leave a stain. The first day I had mine I sat a bottle of alcohol or something down and it make a perfect ring. I panicked and called my guy. He said to pour baking soda on it (to neutralize the acid) and flush it with water. It came right out.

Most people don’t realize how acidic the water is that comes from our taps. Therefore if you leave standing water around the faucets it will discolor. Easy solution- wipe the water up.

I am a patina person. I love what happens to copper, limestone and concrete as it ages gracefully with everyday wear and tear. To me, it is charming. This is a close up of my main prep area. It is here that I chop things and sit pots directly from the stove onto the surface. This is what the aging process looks like.


If you are the type that needs for it to look perfect and spotless and not change over time you will probably be happier with quartz. Concrete is more like marble but doesn’t require anywhere near that degree of care.



Cost runs about the same as granite. I believe mine was @ $75 /foot. I am not a big granite fan. The veins, flecks and color variations bother me. Would I use it again? Probably. I have now discovered several white granites and a couple of  quartzes that I really love that would be less work for the Hubs; so I guess the answer is “it depends.” It depends on the look of the next house (if there is one) and feel I want to convey. Do I still love them? YES.


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Ciao Bella

Yes, I have been AWOL. I apologize. It would seem that everyone that I know  was in Europe last week. Except for me that is.

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My sweet daughter and son-in-law were on a much deserved 10 day tour of Italy. I still haven’t heard all of the stories and can’t wait.

Looks like they were having fun though wouldn’t you say?

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Do all cars in Italy come with a dashboard rooster?

They enjoyed more cooking classes with her friends at Chiggi Palace, a lot of this

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and I feel sure some of this:


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Bobby Mc was arriving  in style in a water taxi at Venice.

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Bobby McAlpine


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Rachel sent these from Paree:



and there were two more friends besides this. Did I miss the memo???

So what, you ask, was I up to while all of this world travel was taking place?

I did a bit of traveling myself and, yes, congratulations are in order.

I survived my first solo 3 hour road trip with a two year old and a three year old.

They were actually very good except for the last 45 minutes when I threw all rules out the window and ignored the fact that she was writing all over her body with a black marker. Hey, she was quiet! We held “Gigi Camp” at my Daddy’s this year adding, in the process, 4 more children to the mix. Yep. You heard me right. 6 kiddos for 7 days. Now you know why I was AWOL. Any extra moment I could  find I was SLEEPING.

The arts and crafts this year were a major hit. Ask me, I will share. And thank you Pinterest for your input. It was awesome.



All aboard the Gigi train for ice cream.


Why just have treats when you can have happy treats ?


We celebrated June birthdays.

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And ate Daddy out of house and home… at least they did. The adults didn’t have time to eat.

This face sums it up.

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Another successful year.

Now, back to work. Ciao!

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