House Tour

Robert Pattinson is selling his Los Feliz private residence for $6.75 million. Let’s take a house tour, courtesy of David Gray of Partners Trust Beverly Hills.

I just love  tours. Don’t you?

 

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How To Hang Pictures On A Stair Wall

It seems that everyone is in picture hanging mode this week.  I have a really neat trick that I have used/taught for decades on how to hang pictures gallery style.

 

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I thought it might be helpful to you; so we cut a little video to try and explain the process fully. Hope it helps!

 

This is for when you are hanging single pictures side by side as you would see in an art gallery. It works on a straight wall or on a stair wall.

 

Here’s the video. Please leave a comment and let me know if you like videos or if you prefer written instructions.

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Announcing The Color Trend Of The Year

According to Coastal Living Magazine and Dering Hall, the coastal color trend of the year for 2014 is

drum roll………………..

Turquoise!!!

 

Cindy Barganier, turquoise

Photo Credit: Derring Hall

I am not surprised by that for several reasons that you can probably guess. (Hint, recent projects seen here)

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Do You Know What Design Wood Is?

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Design wood. Never heard of it until a few months ago when this client’s husband arrived on site with a truck full. Have you ever heard of it? I think it is a great business idea if you are looking for one since apparently it is no longer on the market. Keith says that it used to come in all sizes from smaller than shown all the way to railroad ties. It is such a cool product.

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They work like a mortise and tenon joint. One end is square and has a tongue with a hole in it. The other end is rounded  and has an opening that receives the tongue. This end also has holes.  They just snap together allowing you to create shaped beds or to lay out a driveway, pretty much anything that is large scale and hard to visualize. Because one end is rounded it allows you to make serpentine curves rather than just straight angles.

 

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Once you have the layout just like you want it you simply drive a stake or in our case a piece of PVC pipe into the holes to secure them in place. As shown, you can stack row upon row to create level changes. Then you simply back fill the space with dirt and you are ready to plant.

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Pretty neat, huh?

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I also love that the walk way leading from the patio to the barn was created by randomly laying antique brick from their old homestead in a sand base. It is so much more enticing than it would have been if perfectly positioned and mortared in place.

 

cindy barganier landscaping with designer wood

What fun spring projects are happening around your house this month?

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Living Large In A Small Space

I find myself thinking more and more lately about how I would design a really small house to live large. I have ideas but none that have meshed in my head to form one cohesive plan. Now mind you, we have done this before. As a matter of fact the three of us lived for the better part of fourteen years in a 915 sq ft home. It was an experiment. The Writer loves the woods and I love the city and all of its people. I know… Green Acres. He was afraid that I would freak out on him once we moved in so we built what was supposed to be the guest cottage first and never moved on. Then, I found my dream spot. The Waters (where we now live and work) is a TND or traditional neighborhood design community like Seaside in Florida or Ion in South Carolina. We moved from 15 acres to a postage stamp and I am in hog heaven. But I am still trying to find that perfect plan. The  one that allows us to have a home base but frees us from all of the “stuff” that prohibits free travel to parts unknown. It seems that ship design is the logical starting point. I just found this one on Houzz. I would really love to know if you have a plan or snippets of a plan that I need to see. Here is the one from Houzz.

Enjoy.

A loft-like apartment that’s 650 square feet but feels spacious, has generous light and is efficiently designed is a rarity in urban sprawls. For this reason, you might have to pick  your jaw up off the floor after seeing how architect Robert Garneau has transformed what was a rundown prewar studio into a modern and adaptable open space.

“Although size was definitely a challenge, this project isn’t what many typically call a micro apartment. It’s a compact space that has a loft-like feel, one that requires the client to be selective in what he brings into the space,” says Garneau. The apartment and everything in it are extensions of the values behind the design: multifunctional, compact and thoughtfully designed.


Who lives here: A couple in the design industry
Location: Chelsea neighborhood of New York City
Size: 650 square feet
Design challenge: Finding a private placement for the bed that was unobtrusive from the living room and the kitchen

 

small space lives large

A floor-to-ceiling sliding door creates privacy for the sleeping nook. White on the outside and a luxurious oiled walnut finish on the inside, the wall instantly warms up the largely white bedroom canvas.

“We engineered the sliding wall and the surrounding interior walls to be soundproof; they’re made of high-tech acoustic products, which has the added benefit of creating a robust wall,” says Garneau.

Now you see the bed and the sliding wall …

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So what do you think? Any ideas worth hanging onto? Or am I just having a mid-life…. whatever. LOL
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Vignettes, Important Design Elements

I had a great time last week when Jean Allsop came to town. Jean is the acclaimed photographer of the book 30A Style written and published by Lynn Nesmith. She is also a magazine scout and spent the day photographing several of my projects.

 

 

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Photo shoots are always exciting but they are also a bit nerve -wracking for me; trying to make sure everything is just right and second guessing what an editor might be looking for. Frankly, that part is exhausting.

I learned a trick a long time ago that is still so interesting to me.  I found that when I am standing in a room that I have looked at for a long time I don’t really see it the way that it is. If I take a picture of it and look at the picture the “holes” become glaring, the books crooked, the flowers dead etc. etc.

It’s the same for accessorization or new construction.

I am trying to train my eye to see like a magazine photographer. That calls for vignettes.

For instance,  my tendency is to try to show the entire room in a picture because, after all, I worked hard on the flow and I want to tell the whole story. That’s not the way they do it.  They let you in on the story one tiny bit at a time. I have to admit, it is much more charming. I started experimenting.

This simple image tells me a lot about the person who lives here if I pay close attention.

 

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Or how about the beauty of morning’s light dancing into this bathroom.

The black and white image allows me to focus on the texture of the smooth stone against the nubby silk bench. I can actually feel the coolness of one and the tactile quality of the other just by looking at it. And… it makes me want to see more. Right?

 

Cindy Barganier garden tubs

Cindy E Barganier Interiors

Next, I don’t really care what else is there. I am just blown away by the beauty of this.

Taken from Mydesignchic.com

Had they shown me the entire space I might have missed it.

Do you agree or disagree? I am still trying to figure it out.

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