Art, Move-ins And Reveals

April has been such a fun month… cra cra crazy month but oh, so exciting filled with art, move-ins and reveals.

We are introducing a new art line built around the textile line. The look of this will grow and change as we do but here is a sampling of what you will be invited to see next week at the premier at Art In The Courtyard in Montgomery, Alabama. We think you will be very pleased at the price points.

Invitation to follow but save the date for April 26 from 5-7.

 

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Jeff and I have been in Atlanta all week setting up the display for Behind The Windows at ADAC. If you missed us talking about that you can read about it here. The big reveal is next Monday but here is a sneak peek at some of the puzzle pieces.

This is “Glory”, the latest fabric design (and one of my favorites) fabricated as a lamp shade.

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You will have to wait and see what this is. Let’s just say I call this picture “putting feet to art”.

 

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This bad boy just might be my favorite. I will be doing this again Team so get ready.

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We have a huge full house move-in starting tomorrow and then we will ready to show the reveal. Fun stuff coming your way! Prayers appreciated.

Have a great, hopefully sun-shiney week.

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Design Bloggers Conference And Nathan Turner

 

I am so behind in posting that I might never get you caught up, but this fun you have to see. I recently returned from The Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta. Nathan Turner was one of the hilarious key note speakers. You might know him from Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators from a few years back.


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One of the greatest and most refreshing surprises of the entire week was the down to earth, “we could be friends” personalities of the speakers. More on that later as I have a real treat for you in the next post.

Nathan started out his presentation with a walk back in time to his very first store in NYC which he was soooo proud of. He just found this image recently as was appalled by what he saw. As he roared with laughter he screamed, “Where is the stuff? I mean seriously one 8 x 10 hanging on the wall, one bust, one table with 3 things on it and LOOK AT THAT WINDOW DISPLAY!”

He was adorable and I could so relate. It looks exactly like my first store. Unlike him, I would only make 1 other attempt at retail. I hate it. He lives for it.

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But he was smart. He is a professional entertainer and he knows how to create a buzz. He added a long dining table to the center of that little shop and whenever the mood struck him he would host a dinner party and invite “the right guests”.  Word began to spread. Design Bloggers Conference Nathan Turner

He found himself on the front page of The LA Times and suddenly celebs were calling wanting to make a reservation for the hottest ticket in town. Only problem was… it didn’t work like that. Each time Nathan would respond, “NO! You can’t make a reservation. I never know when the mood is going to strike and when it does I just call a table full of people that I think would be interesting and I start cooking.” They were sure they could call someone who knew someone who could get them on the list. LOL

 

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As guests enjoyed dinner they would often glance around and inquire about the price of this or that. His response was always the same. “Tonight is just about enjoying each other. Call me in the morning and I will look up the price for you.”

Design Bloggers Conference Nathan Turner

Next thing you know he is chumming it up with Kathie Lee and Rhoda talking all things dinner party and the rest is history.

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Design Bloggers Conference Nathan Turner

Design Bloggers Conference Nathan TurnerThe parties became more elaborate and the book deals starting coming.

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DBC Nathan Turner Then professional athletes and celebrities started to ask if he could help with their homes.

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DBC Nathan TurnerHe had a ball working on this full house man cave for man and his dogs.

Design Bloggers Conference Nathan Turner

Design Bloggers Conference Nathan Turner

Nathan spoke with great fondness of his grandfather and the times that he spent with him growing up. I still have a hard time wrapping by brain around Nathan dirty and on a big game hunt somewhere on another continent dragging home the bloody trophy but he assured me that he did it on numerous occasions.

Granddaddy had a huge trophy room in his home that Nathan used to delight in taking friends into just to scare the bajeebies out of them as they turned directly into the face of some larger than life critter. I can just hear his contagious laugh. The room below was created for a client and was inspired by that room. The “trophies” here are in the form of beautiful photography.

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This is his shop today in Malibu. It has plenty of stuff.

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DBC Nathan Turner

You will see lots of Americana. Nathan loves our country and sources from her as often as possible.

This print is the reflection of the American flag in a swimming pool.

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I especially enjoyed seeing pictures of his al fresco events: So fresh, so colorful, so inviting.

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This was recently staged for a photo shoot. Don’t you love his grill?

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He said you can tell this was for a shoot… unless your friends always wear matching outfits when they come over. haha

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How pretty is this??? Down side (as you can see if you read his tweet) is that after this particular party Nathan, who cannot stand to waste food, worked all day long on Saturday juicing tons of citrus and freezing the juice or making relishes. I doubt he will use that much fruit next time.

DBC Nathan Turner

DBC Nathan Turner

If you ever get a chance to hear him, go! He is a cutie.

Thank you to Nathan Turner for all photographs.

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Design ADAC

Behind The windows

Fabric and Art from Cindy Barganier Textiles

 

Super excited to turn on the computer this morning and see that my work is the featured image for Design ADAC 2016.

I was waiting for them to make the announcement before I said anything but I was chosen as 1 of 7 designers from the Southeast  to create a window display for the kick off of Design ADAC this year. They call it Behind The Windows. I have a corner window similar to the ones shown here.

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This year the designers selected  design product for other designers and have their work featured at showrooms at ADAC (The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center). I can’t wait to spend a week hanging out with these incredibly talented colleagues, getting to know them and gleaning from their collective minds. I am just back from an event with  Julianne and know what a sweetheart she is.

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Behind The Windows

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Behind The Windows at ADAC

Behind The Windows at ADAC

The print here is very small but if you would like to read about the event or register to attend just click on the link. The speakers this year are wonderful. You would enjoy it.

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I Have A Couple Crush On Chip And Joanna Gaines

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I have a couple crush on Chip and Joanna Gaines. Is there anyone who doesn’t love those two? I mean, if you don’t you really shouldn’t admit it ’cause they are just so stinkin’ cute together. If you have been under a rock somewhere and don’t know who they are check out HGTV’s Fixer Upper and introduce yourself. They are the hosts. I must admit, as a design professional, I am not a fan of most of these shows because they set unrealistic expectations for the general public who are not equipped to discern what is real and what is just good TV but I love Fixer Upper.

I was putting my name in the hat to try to win a trip to stay at their new guest quarters, Magnolia House, when I got sucked into their web-site and found the pictures of the farmhouse. Oh my.

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It started out looking like this.

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I think this is such a beautiful quote to feed our children’s minds with every morning.

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This feels like The Price Is Right…  what’s behind those doors, Joanna?

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So much to love here: herringbone brick floors, white ship lap and black iron.

 

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Just give me a little bit of architectural salvage everyday, Baby. It’s as good as a vitamin.

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I think this would be a perfect house for a family getaway: easy care finishes, lots of places to run around and wait till you see all the possibilities for art projects! The first thing my three little ones ask as soon as they see me is “Do you have an art project for us,Gigi?!?”… every time…without fail.  Love it.

 

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The master bedroom feels very peaceful.

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And talk about a grand entry into the bath! Yes, please.

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Now you will see what I meant. This is the children’s craft room.

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And this is Joanna’s! Heavenly. Actually I would like to add one more area. I want a big open space-heated and cooled but with floors and walls that I don’t even have to think about. I would sling paint to my heart’s desire. Then I want a bunch of mega-large canvases… oh, and the knowledge to know how to produce great works of art. Where did that come from? See last week’s post.

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The boys’ bedroom is my favorite room.

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The girls’ is sweet.

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I got so wrapped up in the farmhouse that I forgot all about The Magnolia House. Sadly, I didn’t win or I would have taken you with me. 🙂

It looks pretty cool. SHIPLAP.  Nuff said.

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They have also converted some old silos into what I hear is a must-visit marketplace.

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I think I see a trip to Texas in my future! Road trip anyone?

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Meet Thomas Darnell

Y’all, I have known a lot of gifted artists in my day but Thomas Darnell has stopped me in my tracks. I have spent considerable time the last few weeks staring at his paintings, awe-struck by the gift that is within him.

Meet Thomas. (Yes, the orchid is a painting.)

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 The peonies have captivated me like nothing else.

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Lococo Architecture- Before and Afters

 

I love a good before and after image of design projects. As a matter of fact, my own before and afters are some of my most popular posts (see the Maxwell AFB renovation here); second only to surprise reveals. A week or two ago I stumbled upon a Washington based architectural firm that I was not familiar with and found some real gems.Please join me in a tour of homes by Donald Lococo Architects -before and after projects.

This is renovation done righ

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before and after architecture

Talk about adding curb appeal! That went from ice cold and scary to “Please! May I join you for porch time?”

 


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This house had great bones but its talented team took it from a house that could be found in any of our neighborhoods to a house ready to grace the cover of a magazine. Replacing the windows with French doors gives  the home a friendliness while visually increasing its size. The mortar wash and stone headers continue the effect. Best of all, the addition of the small walled garden makes you forget about the street which seemed way too close to be able to enjoy the yard. It now feels like a sanctuary somewhere in France.

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Amazing what color can do. Watch this outdoor living space transform before your very eyes in its before-after reveal.

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Talk about a room I don’t want to spend time in.

 

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Not any more. Just give me some tea and a good book and I am here for hours.

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Great job Mr. Lococo. Thank you for allowing me to share your work with my readers as a shining example of how it is done right.

To see more of their work or to hire them for your project go to http://www.donaldlococoarchitects.com

Until next time,

Cindy

 

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Spring In The South Cover

I was very excited to receive this sneak peek at what will be hitting the news stands this week.

We made the cover of  Spring In The South!!!

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You can’t even believe how precious Bo the wonder dog was as he sat for long stretches of time not moving a muscle while we adjusted lights, changed angles and generally gave him the whole movie star, this is not really very glamorous work, experience. At one point the crew actually walked up to him, adjusted the bandanna around his neck and re-positioned him and he acted like he had been doing this his whole life.

They wanted to add him to the pay roll. Every house would then have Bo as a fixture. His Mama and Daddy said no.

The interiors of this beautiful home were featured last year in Southern Home magazine. You can read all about the shoot here.

Here are the images from that publication:

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Thank you Spring In The South! You made this girl’s day.

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A Step By Step Guide To Renovating A Kitchen

If you missed the last post on how to begin a kitchen renovation go here to get caught up.

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Cindy Barganier Interiors

Now that we have a plan in place and have agreed on a budget, it is time to start the serious business of renovating a kitchen.

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How To Plan Your Kitchen Renovation

We are about to start on a couple of major kitchen and bath renovations and it suddenly occurred to me how many people are involved in that process and how overwhelming it could be to someone who doesn’t do it every day. I thought it might help some of you if I simply documented the steps that we go through just to get through the estimate phase. If you can conquer that beast you are good to go.

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This will be a two part post so that you don’t fall asleep reading. I will throw in some pretty pictures for good measure.

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Bath Renovations

I am working on a dozen bath renovations at the moment. There is no time to write about it but these are some inspiration photos that I will be presenting this week. If you find some great ideas…. send them our way. I am never above asking for a little help. It makes the projects better… every time.  Enjoy.

 

 

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From Homebunch blog

 

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From Houzz

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From remodelista blog

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From Pinterest

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