Special Touches In My House

Yesterday I wrote about the little bungalow that we have called home for the last 8 years. If you missed it you can see it here.

 

Cindy Barganier at home

 

Today I thought I would focus on a few of the favorite touches that, to me, make it special.

1. Our Awesome Coffee Table

This is a love it or hate it kind of thing. People walk it and either say,

“That is soooooooo Interesting!” as in “I love it. Never seen one like it. Can you get me one.”

or they say,

“That is….. in…tresting.” Like, “Dumbest thing I have ever seen.”  LOL It’s Ok. I’m a big girl. I can take it.

You see it is an actual capital that came off the top of a column on a building in Huntsville, Alabama. We plopped a slab of glass on top and make it the focal point of our living room. We make up stories all the time about the life our salvaged pieces lived pre-us.

Here she is in all her glory:

coffee table in living room

coffee table in living room

 

Here is a shot taking in more of the room. Uhm, are those my toes in the foreground? Yep. Did I tell you it takes a gymnast to shoot this room?

 

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1.(again, because I just couldn’t play favorites).

This little door is the heart stopper for everyone who comes to our house. It was a house warming gift from the great folks up at Southern Accents. It conceals my pantry in the kitchen and I just don’t know how I will bear leaving it. We have never found another this size. Believe me. I could have sold dozens.

 

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2. Special Art

Art can make or break a room. We have really enjoyed the many different layers that went into this presentation. First the canvas is floated inside a shadow box frame. Then it is hung on top of a panel of antiqued mirror. Then that  mirror panel is hung on the wall. As the light shifts throughout the day this vignette changes with it. The mirror bounces light during the daylight hours and the painting itself comes alive at night with the artificial light.

 

custom art on antique mirror

custom art on antique mirror

 

3. Shadow play from the chandelier that turns our little center hall into a jewel box.

shadow play

shadow play

4. A Little Touch Of Paree

I was finishing the design for our daughter’s room while she was finishing up her internship. I wanted to do something special for her and knew that it included padded upholstered walls but was sort of stuck beyond that. A friend had just returned from Paris and told me about a little apartment they stayed in and I knew what I wanted to do.  Adding a chair-rail with beadboard below provided an easier to maintain bottom half of the room and also served to anchor it. The padding built the top half of wall out almost 3/4″ so to just have drywall below would have felt awkward.

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A touch of Paris

 

You can see that we also added picture mould at the ceiling that we actually use for hanging art since we can’t nail through the fabric. The bonus here: it is sooo quiet. All sound is muffled in this room the minute you walk it. I love sleeping in this room and since it now doubles as a nursery that is a good thing!  In the last 8 years this room has been the center stage for a wedding, 3 babies and lots of Gigi snuggle time.

5. Antique hardwoods

Also seen in the picture above is the antique random width oak flooring that we used throughout the downstairs. Nothing adds warmth and character to a house like old wood. The upstairs has antique heart pine that came out of the old Helena Curtis building in Chicago.

All of our interior doors are salvaged solid wood 5 panel doors.

6. Using favorite family pieces/antique linens

 

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bath vignettes

7. Heart art

Some of my favorite works of art center around things the children have done. One such piece is the fashion sketch that hangs in our daughter’s room. She designed all of the dresses for her wedding party and this was the original sketch that she drew to depict how it they would look. Sweet memories.

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special artwork

8. Little vignettes that make it home.

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bookcase vignette

 While I find myself editing more and more everyday both in my house and my client’s, I still think without personal pieces around that have been a part of your  family for many years your house can end up lacking warmth.  It is a fine line.

Well, there you have it. A little peek into my humble abode.

It’s about time for us to do it all over again so if you know anyone looking send them our way. 🙂

Have a great day!

C

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My House Tour

People have started asking me why I never write about my house and the answer is… well… it’s my house.

I never really think a lot about my house. I’m always thinking about your house. LOL

BUT, I have been told that there is like this unwritten rule or something that bloggers give a house tour of their own home and since mine is on the market and is suddenly being shown a lot I figured I better get on it.

I can’t write about my home without first talking about my awesome neighborhood. Can I tell you how much I love this neighborhood? No, I mean seriously LOVE it.

We live in a TND (traditional neighborhood development) called The Waters. You can read all about it here. We have been a part of the development from the very beginning and to say that these folks are like family would be the understatement of the century. If there was a fire and you asked me what I would grab there is a fair chance I would say my neighbors.

We have had snow twice in the 8 years that we have been here (yesterday was the 2nd-pretty cool) and we REALLY sparkle in the snow.

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photo by Durwood Henderson

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That is the beautiful white chapel at the top of our street. Rather Norman Rockwell isn’t it?

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photo by Walter Corbitt

 

 

At Christmas all of the houses put garland and white lights on their porches.

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Every season is special. This is our little bungalow ready for The Fourth Of July.

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Porches are very important here. We are always ready to share a glass of sweet tea and each others joys as well as sorrows…

all on the front porch. (unless it’s snowing, of course.)

bungalow style

I will talk more about specific features later but for now, here are the major rooms in our little corner of the world.

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Photo credit: Macy Walker

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photo by Macy Walker

 

 

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Photo Credit: Macy Walker

 

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The upstairs is ummm, shall we say, not camera ready. Know what I mean?

 

 

 

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Let It Snow

I am in Alabama. Three days ago the weather man started talking about the S word.

No REALLY. The S word. Here. In Alabama.

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See??? Lead story!

Do you know what happens when the weather man does that?

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Yep, shelves are already empty. 🙂 Hey we were all Girl Scouts.

So while we dream of this.

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In reality it may be more like this.

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With a lot of this thrown in.

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Just the same, I am standing at the back door nose to pane dressed in long johns with carrot and scarf at hand. Hoping.

I feel like my sweet Grandmother who got more excited about a snowflake than any kid I have ever known.

And if my snowman mirrors my week it will look a lot like this.

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See ya!

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Looking For A Seminar Speaker?

Cindy Barganier Seminars

Cindy Barganier Seminars

I am a teacher at heart.  After writing the curriculum for and teaching a decorating course geared toward DIY’s for a decade I began to get so many calls for small speaking engagements that I finally had to stop because it wasn’t fair to my family.

Time passed. We became empty nesters. The work that I was attracting became more and more interesting. Jeff joined the firm as business manager and suddenly I find myself with a lot to offer as a  seminar speaker.

The general public loves to hear the stories of  the really fun places we get to visit and the dreams that we make come true.

Students have questions about how to start your own design business and what it takes to be successful.

Design/Blogger Conventions need speakers on various topics ranging from small business challenges to breaking into the product design category.

Builders can benefit from programs on what women are looking for in a house and why they better pay attention. Hint: the women make the decisions.

We also offer a package deal. Jeff and I usually travel together. He brings a unique perspective with a background in law and finance – all the things I don’t enjoy thinking about. Small design firms are especially vulnerable to the changing face of the business world as we have known it. Jeff covers topics like contracts, time management and communication.

 

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So if you are looking for an experienced speaker for your next event, contact us at jeffbarganier@knology.net.

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Yikes! I’m On You Tube.

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words of wisdom

 

Granted, I don’t have a shy bone in my body but there is something about “putting yourself out there”  in a big, vulnerable way that makes me a bit weak in the knees.

Like going on YouTube and having a video camera stuck right in my wrinkles, wisdom lines.

And hearing my voice… is that REALLY what I sound like?

And being reminded that even though in my head I am still that 20 something little thing that bounces everywhere she goes and makes everything into a song … annoying, I know….

 It’s hard to admit but I really am not that girl anymore.

But ya know what? That 20 year old didn’t know what I know now so I have decided that I am going to brave the comments and just go for it because I have a lot to say, I love to teach and I think I might be able to help you feel more a part of the process if I take you along with me.  So these videos are going to be raw and real.

When I am headed to a muddy work site I don’t dress up. I wear clothes that won’t get destroyed because….. I am ACTUALLY doing the dirty work.  No make-up artist just off camera etc, etc. This is the real world. Am I stalling? Yeah, I think I’m stalling.

OK!!!!! Deep breath, sweaty palms… here we go. Be kind please.

 

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So there you have it, a day in the life of. LOL

Thanks for stopping by. Come back to see us!

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Sneak Peek

I know, this is nothin’ but a big ole tease but here’s something for you to look forward to. 🙂

Sweet Mary, at it again. Can you say RAINY day move-in?

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Yep, builder is not finished. Yep, we’re movin’ in anyway.

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What a GORGEOUS space this is. I just love it when a plan comes together. Don’t you?

new house move in

new house new furniture

Coming together…

turquoise leather

Well, we have the bare bones in. Give us a few to pull it together. 🙂

casual elegance, beachy,

If you stay tuned you might, MIGHT catch me talking about this design process and how we did it, on a video… MIGHT!

Follow along on Instagram.

More pretties on Pinterest.

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Thank You Southern Hospitality

I met Rhoda from Southern Hospitality at The Chapel Market last year and what a sweet heart she is! Rhoda was one of pioneers of the blogging world so when she emailed me yesterday to say that she was writing a feature on me today you can imagine how honored I was. I haven’t even seen it yet so jump over to Southern Hospitality with me and let’s check it out! Thank you so much Rhoda.

Rhoda is the beautiful blond in front with the black top on. She just looks like she would know a thing or two about Southern Hospitality doesn’t she?

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Bloggers Dinner On The Veranda

 

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Ceilings… Have You Thought About Them?

Spanish Synagogue - Prague, Czech Republic

 

I am working on plans for a new client this week and one of the many important details that I am concentrating on is the ceilings. Have you thought about them? I mean they make up a HUGE portion of your home so why do we always make them white sheetrock?

Surely we are more creative than that?

Aren’t we?

Of course we are!! As my friend, KariAnne, tells me all the time- we are ROCKSTARS so we need to design like we are!!

Granted, I am drawing coffers, beams and planks more that solid gold and precious metals but nothing inspires me like visiting amazing places and these definitely qualify as

ah                    may                  zzzzziiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnggg

so come along for the ride and be inspired to do away that can of  ceiling white and rock your ceilings.

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Doodle Home Features Another Cindy Barganier Project

I received an email yesterday from Doodle Home letting me know that they were going to be running a story on one of my projects. Those are always fun emails to get!

Thanks Doodle Home!

DESIGNER INSPIRATION: CINDY BARGANIER


 

Being very busy parents of three small children can become very taxing on a couple and their lives. It becomes difficult to find a peaceful place to go to escape the madness. One couple approached Cindy Barganier because she had designed a previous home for them, and they knew she could take on this particular challenge.

 

 

bedroom before

 

 

“She has always wanted a romantic canopy bed,” Cindy Barganier noted. “One that allows you to fall into down pillows with a good book and pull the sheer curtains around you and escape to your own little world for awhile.”

 

This project posed two minor challenges:

1.  Although the room was large, it had a low ceiling.

“I knew that using a four poster bed with canopy would make it feel even lower so I custom designed a ceiling mounted canopy that drew the eye up as far as possible,” said Barganier.

The chandelier is larger than you would expect for a bedroom, but it’s visually light. Barganier incorporated this chandelier to fool the eye and create the illusion of a higher ceiling, while the blue ceiling above it is meant to suggest an open sky.

 

 

bedroom after

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Maxwell, Well Loved

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Gregory Peck with the ladies of Maxwell back in the day.

I must admit that I am humbled and surprised by the response to yesterday’s post about the O’Club at Maxwell AFB. I really struck a nostalgic cord with so many of you. Of all the beautiful places and things that I have written about over the last three years this one received more shares and comments than any. I thought you might like to see a few more pictures and hear some of the stories that I didn’t tell last time.

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