One Day Closer To Move In

 

Back in Brantley today for the very LAST workday before the full move-in! Woo Hoo. We couldn’t be more excited.

The fireplace wall that no one believed we really had a plan for came rapidly together today. The cabinet crew did an amazing job of executing my vision for the concealed TV.

 

 

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The Tv is recessed into the wall so that it is flush with the face. The doors are then double hinged with concealed brackets and fold all the way back flat against the side walls. The opening around the firebox will be the same product that is on the floor for a seamless transition.

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Tasty Tile Selections

There are so many incredible stone, marble and tile selections on the market now that you have to work really hard to create an ugly bath or kitchen. Below are some of my favorites.

Bianco Carrara subway tile polished

Bianco Carrara subway tile polished

Bianco Carrarra subway tile Honed

Bianco Carrarra subway tile Honed

Bianco Carrarra marble Polished Marble Herringbone Mosaic Tile

Bianco Carrarra marble Polished Marble Herringbone Mosaic Tile

 

 

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Happy Independence Day America. Remember From Whence You Came!

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Franco Pace

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Have a safe, happy celebration and we will continue the party this weekend!

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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.

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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!!!

xoxo

Cindy

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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.

 

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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.

Later…

Cindy

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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!!

 

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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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