It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s …. A House In Malibu???

If you follow my Pinterest boards you know that I have thoughts whirling around in my little brain about an Enchanting Retreat.  I dream of being given free rein to work with my fabulous friends/colleagues to create a house using a LOT of architectural salvage and found objects that feels European rather than country. I have been walking around in it for months now in my head and it is quite fab…. you would love it. I thought my dream was pretty…. worthy,  inspiring,  lofty. But now it sounds just downright frumpy once you hear this story.
Who dreams of going to the Mojave Desert to the aircraft graveyard of the world, buying parts of a commercial 747 and building a house out of it??????????????? I mean really?
Apparently Architect David Hertz’s client, that’s who. And unlike me, with all of my dreaming, they actually did it!
Yep, bought a bunch of big ole wings and other stuff that they thought was cool (like windows) for $50,000, if you were wondering,
                          disassembled the whole thing
                                        rented a bunch of trucks (had to close down the highways) and a…..ah….. helicopter
                                                        and moved that baby to Malibu, Cal -i-for-ni-A.

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                                                                                        Los Angeles Architects & Designers David Hertz & Studio of Environmental Architecture
It took ’em 5 years to complete the 4700 sf home and they had to jump through more government red tape than I even want to imagine to get permission to do this. It had to be documented in such a way that pilots didn’t mistake it for a downed plane.
But here it sits. Proof positive that if you can imagine it… someone can make it happen.
                                                             Los Angeles Architects & Designers David Hertz & Studio of Environmental Architecture
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                                                                  Los Angeles Architects & Designers David Hertz & Studio of Environmental Architecture
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                                                             Los Angeles Architects & Designers David Hertz & Studio of Environmental Architecture
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                                                                      Los Angeles Architects & Designers David Hertz & Studio of Environmental Architecture
                                                                                                                                 Is that a propeller on top of that column?
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                                                     Los Angeles Architects & Designers David Hertz & Studio of Environmental Architecture
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                                                                     Los Angeles Architects & Designers David Hertz & Studio of Environmental Architecture
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                                                                                Los Angeles Architects & Designers David Hertz & Studio of Environmental Architecture
If you are interesting in reading the whole story click over to Houzz.
Now, about my lil ole dream. It suddenly seems quite ….. doable. 🙂
What dreams are whirling around in your noggin?
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It’s The Weekend!

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Don’t even ask me why I started with this picture today except that I am going to see my babies this weekend for the first time in a long time and I am happy and this made me smile.

The minute they see me they ask what projects we are going to do, so colorfully dyed sheep just fit right in with our rituals. haha

Maybe Randal Farms will let us use their sheep? Don’t write me nasty comments. I am just kidding.

But they WOULD love it, I assure you. Maybe we will just toss powdered paint bombs at trees. That OK, Mom? You wanted a little color in your garden.

I am getting in such trouble. Maybe we will just settle for this:

cindy barganier playing with grands

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Sigh, it feels a bit boring after all that color. 🙂

 

Hope you have a cheerful weekend as well.

xoxo

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Thursday Is For Texture

Today, for our look at texture, I have chosen to examine two bathrooms I happen to love.

 

cream baths with double vanities

Photo from Mydesignchic.com

This is such a timeless look. But it is the details that made me stop and take notice. The room itself is very simple. Soft, neutral colors repeated everywhere. Simple Shaker style cabinets and a granite top. But what sets it apart is the play of light created by the Lucite and silver towel bars in front of each sink… love! The glass knobs beautifully repeat that detail. Then the sheer fabric used as underskirts just perfectly soften the entire look. I would not have expected the Venetian mirrors but they so elegantly continue the feminine look of the room. And what about those pendents? I am not sure what material they are made from but the airiness is great. (I do have to wonder about the lack of task lighting over those mirrors since the sconce would throw you into total shadow.)  Delightful room.

 

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If this is your image please let me know so that I can properly credit you.

 

And then we have this…ahhh. May I please just leave you now and go for a long hot soak in that tub? I have to tell you that my prayer that is repeated every day (after ones for my family) is “THANK you Lord for hot water. I am so grateful.”

Yep. I am a soaker-tub kind of girl. I love the look of all those fancy showers and I love to design them but at the end of a hard day….. where is my tub? What about you?

I have looked at this picture a lot and I’m completely convinced that this would look like a plain old spec-home bath were it not for that marble detail and that tub.

The small mirror adds just the right old world touch and the copper adds the texture, patina and color needed to take it up a notch.

In your head, replace the tub with a white porcelain with hardware on the deck and no marble wall. Doesn’t work does it?

 

So go ahead, add a little texture to your world. You will be glad you did.

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Color Trends According To Benjamin Moore


Benjamin Moore says that these colors make up one wave of the color trends for this year. (caveat: none are true on my screen. ie coral essence is way too pink)

Even so,  “The Writer noticed a distinct similarity in something. Do you see it?

 

benjamin moores color trends 2014

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Photo Credit: Macy Walker

 

Cindy Barganier Interiors coral colored hallway

 

 

great use of color trends

It would appear that we were 8 years ahead of the trend. LOL Time to move on.

Have a happy day.

Cindy

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New Fabrics For A New Season

It is hard to believe but we are already on our second season with Travis and Co. Showrooms in Atlanta so we have been in overdrive painting, designing, running strike-offs, tweaking and re-running until we felt that we had the new fabrics just right.

Then it was time to print all of the yardage. Then, you know what comes next…. sewing samples.

The sewing week always feels like we are back in college pulling all nighters.

Why was it sooooo much easier back then to pull all nighters?  LOL

I know. Don’t answer that question.

At any rate, we ended up adding 10 new patterns and we are thrilled with all of them.

I took one look at this picture and said, “Tired!” Yep, it kind of shows. But it was a good tired.

New Turquoise Chain by Cindy Barganier

A wildly happy thing happened during the production of this season’s line. I was up against a major time crunch and there simply wasn’t enough of me to go around so Jeff decided that he was going to try his hand at doing some paintings. (Each fabric starts out as a painting and I then take that image to the computer for the actual design work.)

The stinker has been holding out on me!!!

Four of the final ten patterns that made the cut are from his original art!

How totally cool is that?

fabrics by cindy barganier

He is so proud.

fabrics by cindy barganier

Aren’t they beauties? I have told him for years that he missed his calling. Those Barganier genes are just full of creativity. He should have been an architect like Jim.

So sit back and enjoy the line. We would love to know what you think–good or bad. It is input from you that helps us to grow and get better every year.

fabrics by cindy barganier: New palette knife

fabrics by cindy barganier: trees

fabrics by cindy barganier: Addie

fabrics by cindy barganier: autumn Rain

cindy barganier fabrics: Leigh

fabrics by Cindy Barganier: blue swirls

fabrics by Cindy Barganier: dribbles

fabrics by cindy barganier: turquiose chain

fabrics by cindy barganier: angel wings white

fabrics by cindy barganier: angel wings blue

Thanks for reading! I appreciate you.

xoxo

Cindy

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Learning A New Language Is… Difficult.

I had a conversation with a friend yesterday about how we both wish that we had spent those four years of school learning Spanish or French rather than the oh so useful Latin. (Ok, I’m a singer so actually I did use it.. a lot, but it makes for a better story to pretend that it was totally useless, right?) She works for a company that is owned by a family from Spain and the President only speaks Spanish. That’s awkward. But learning a new language is hard!

 

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Another friend has a child who is a missionary and they could all really use the ability to communicate in more than hand signals.

My language barrier is off a different sort. This is how my conversation went with my daughter this week. It’s great for a good ole belly laugh if you need one.

I did. 🙂

I sent her an old picture from her time in Italy that I thought she might enjoy having. This resulted:

 

“Love it and can I help you out for a sec..the whole TBT thing works because it’s throwback Thursday.

 

FBF works because it’s flashback Friday.

 

FBT doesn’t work because it stands for flashback Thursday. And also because today is Wednesday. 🙂

 

Bahaha”

 

I laughed for three hours. Sometimes I think those old rotary dials worked real well. All you had to know how to speak was “southern”.

 

Y’all come back now… ya hear?

 

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Thursday Is For Texture

Today we continue our discussion about the important role that different textures play within a space.

 

the importance of using texture in design

 ( I am not sure whose image this is. If yours, please let me know so that I can credit you.)

When I first looked at the above picture I got very excited because I thought these were really old doors and you know about my love affair with  old doors.

However! Once again it is paint. I don’t know what kind of refrigerator this is but I think I might be in love. Look at all the different compartments!

My Marilyn the Magnificent Faux Finisher could so paint those doors! Marilyn is awesomeness in an ice cream cone.

Personally, I would prefer wood floors with this. The tile seems to be a bit of a disconnect with the business of the refrigerator and then the old wood on island.

Photo: Dust Jacket Attic

Photo: Dust Jacket Attic

This is a great example. They basically started with what I would call a cloud white frame work: ceiling, walls, cabinets and range hood. the cabinets appear to be glazed but that in itself would not have been enough to achieve this beautiful European look. The rustic feel of that old hand mould brick on the floor makes me want olive oil and bread… like right now. Notice that there is just a hint of brick repeated on the chimney stack and it looks to be whitewashed making it ever so subtle while teasing the eye upward.

The black lanterns play off of the eyes on the range and the soapstone countertops. Then speaking of olives, how about those magnificent baskets and wine jugs?

I am swooning.

BTW,  I didn’t say this but there might be an opportunity for a European architectural salvage buying trip for my readers and clients in the future. Just sayin’.

smooch.. love you guys.

 

For more inspiration click over to Instagram.

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It Started When They Said “I Do”.

Once upon a time, I was asked by a Grandmama to design a special bedroom for 5 little princesses who loved all things pink and green and sparkly and fun.

We had such a great time. I turned the dormers into kaleidoscopes with crystal chandeliers.

 

pink and green bedroom

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And there were dress up clothes and jewels and art supplies and all things pinkalicious.

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It’s Time To Party

Join daughter, Megan Plummer, today over at Heidi Rew’s Party For Pennies as they talk partying with St. Patty.

 

I have no idea how these young Mama’s handle all that they handle. It’s true, God give us babies when we are young for a reason. Great job Megan, Cam and Heidi.

Lucky Duck St Patricks Day Party | Project Housewife

To read more about Project Housewife’s journey click here.

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The Important Role That Texture Plays In Design

Candice Olson, in her talk to the Design Bloggers this week, stated that she felt that it was  the balance of textures in a contemporary room more than anything else that kept it from feeling cold. I couldn’t agree more but I will go a step further and say that the same careful juxtaposition of rough against smooth, dull vs reflective, soft beside nubby is what gives life to any room. It’s like a dinner party. Everyone there can’t be the life of the party. You invite a few quiet people and a few who are great at leading the conversation and you end up with a lovely evening.

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