Before and After Living Room

Before and After posts are my very favorites. Today we’re talking Living Rooms.

Don’t you agree that seeing a room go from unused and unloved – because it is just not “you” – to something that makes you do the happy dance every time you walk by is something worth celebrating???  I do! And so does the sweet family who lives in this home. We have been slowly working our way through the house making each room a special place designed just for their family and I can’t even tell you how much fun we have had.

So…… I give you the Living Room…… BEFORE

living before

The room was dark and oh so serious and did I mention never used? “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

After much discussion with the owners I learned that what they really wanted was an adult space where they could close those double bi-fold doors to the den and actually have a conversation without Dora’s input. (You would have to have kids or grands to understand.) They wanted bright and happy and sophisticated. They wanted to be able to sit in a pleasant environment and watch the kids in the pool which is just beyond that big window that was BEHIND the sofa.  (Think jump up and turn around at every scream. Not good.)

 

Sooooooooooooo,  we did this.

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I’ve Got A Hankerin’ For A Hootnannie!

 

As my circle of friends continues to widen to parts unknown I find myself giggling at words/phrases that slip out of my mouth or the mouths of my southern brothers and sisters during public speaking engagements.

 

funny sayings

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Roof My Rafters!

I am at the beginning stages of design with several families who are having to make lots of decisions including what roofing products they will use.
One has already chosen to go with a standing seam metal roof for their low-country style home which is a perfect solution. I don’t know what  the other will choose but I wanted to talk with you a little today about my favorite roof- slate.
When The Writer and I bought our very first home – an adorable little cottage in one of the historic old neighborhoods of our city- it had a slate roof and a love affair was born. The house was built in 1920 and, because it was slate, this was the original roof.
I know what you are thinking. “WHO can afford to use a slate roof today!”  Obviously you have to weigh the cost but if you are building a new house and if it is, as the McAlpine group would say, an inheritable house and you factor in the fact that you will NEVER have to replace that roof then it becomes a little easier to swallow.
Rachel Grace from Houzz just published a well documented piece on roofs and I am borrowing some of their pictures and info rather than reinvent the wheel. How beautiful, romantic, charming is that roof. Imagine the same house with asphalt shingles… I would rather not, thank you.

Slate quarried for roofing is a dense, sound rock that’s exceptionally tough and substantial.

Cost: 
Most slate roofs are expensive, running between $15 and $30 per square foot installed. This figure is at least five times more than conventional roofing materials. However, a slate roof can last 150 years or more — at least five times longer than a conventional roof.
 Slate is available in a variety of sizes, natural colors and thicknesses, allowing for architectural customization. Some homeowners choose to create a pattern with slate roof tiles by mixing slates of different earthy colors. The color of a particular slate has to do with the quarry it hails from. Hues range from dark gray to green to purple.Slate roofing is built to withstand even the worst weather, making it an excellent roofing choice for all regions across the U.S., even those that experience a wide variety of weather patterns. Large flying debris picked up by tornado- and hurricane-force winds is all that is known to possibly damage a high-quality slate roof.Slate is also a fireproof material. While the wood decking installed under slate is obviously not fireproof, fires that affect entire neighborhoods are consistently transferred from roof to roof, and homes with slate roofs are typically spared.
 Slate often outlasts buildings themselves and can be recycled. Today many slate roofs are constructed with reclaimed slate. Besides the recycling benefits, reclaimed slate is often less expensive than new slate.A slate roof’s longevity also is an environmental plus, especially because slate rarely adds toconstruction and demolition debris like conventional roofs do. Plus, slate is a 100 percent natural material. Slate often outlasts buildings themselves and can be recycled. Today many slate roofs are constructed with reclaimed slate. Besides the recycling benefits, reclaimed slate is often less expensive than new slate.A slate roof’s longevity also is an environmental plus, especially because slate rarely adds to construction and demolition debris like conventional roofs do. Plus, slate is a 100 percent natural material.
Here are some of my personal favorites:
Cindy Barganier Interiors
Slate with terra cotta chimney pots… ummm… yes!
Cindy Barganier Interiors
A residence in Birmingham, Alabama
McAlpineTankersley

McAlpineTankersley

 

Have I convinced you ?  Then please call  me so that I can be a part of birthing a new slate baby. You can name it. 🙂

 

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Excitement Is In The Air As We Prepare For My Fabric Photoshoot

We have been scouting locations for a photo shoot for my new fabric line that will hit the market the first of January but in my heart there was really only one place that would do. We paid a visit today with the Governor’s representative and discussed the possibilities. Not only does it thrill me to simply walk the grounds but tears fill my eyes as I remember the kindness of Mr. Red Blount. He made his fortunes the old fashion way- hard, hard work and long hours. Then he spent his latter years giving back. And, oh, how he gave. Without this precious man there would be no Shakespeare Theater in Montgomery. The Montgomery Museum of Art certainly would not be what it is today. There would be no Blount Park and now the state is the guardian of the incredible home, conservatory and chapel that Mr. and Mrs. Blount built and their children donated for the State’s use.

As you drive onto the estate you cross this charming bridge/

Looking to your right you see this lovely bridge.

The trees still had some pretty color.

There were no trees at all on this property when the Blounts bought it. Don’t you love people with vision?

Just being on the property made me happy.

From the motor court you walk down a couple of steps into a formal garden.

And then… the pièce de résistance…. the conservatory

Be still my soul.

Bobby McAlpine, you out did yourself. Josh Moates of Kim Box Photography tells me the light in there is amazing.

Then you walk inside… and lose your breath.

David Braly did some amazing work also in the painting of the walls in the stair hall.

The pool and pool house are beyond the conservatory.

I really hope we can make this work. I can’t quite figure it out in my head yet but I have some talented friends that I am sure will help me.

Thank you Blount family for making my city beautiful. We appreciate you.

If you would like to say, “That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at

www.cindybarganier.com.

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Kudos!

Congratulations are in order for  my friends Greg Tankersley and John Sease whose architectural firm,  

McAlpine Tankersley,

was named to Architectural Digest’s AD100 list.

“First published in 1990, the AD100 is known as “the list that Matters,” and features an international fellowship of trailblazers and standard bearers whose work is imaginative, intelligent and inspiring.”

What an incredible honor.

Pictured here are architects  Chris Tippett, Greg Tankersley and John Sease with Architectural Digest’s Margaret Russell.

The party was held at the Guggenheim Museum and included an A-list in the world of design.

Among those in the design world honored were: Martha Stewart, White House decorator Michael Smith, and architect, author and dean of the Yale School of Architecture Robert A.M. Stern, whose firm boasts the George W. Bush Presidential Center as one of its latest projects.

According to Deborah Hayes Moore in Southern Hospitality: “Other design world luminaries in attendance included interior, garden and furniture designer and author Bunny Williams; Martyn Lawrence Bullard, a favorite interior designer to Elton John, Cher and Sharon and Ozzy Osborne; and Mario Buatta, a fixture in the world of residential design, who was long known as the “Prince of Chintz.” Observing his 50th year in business in 2011, Buatta is developing something akin to a Southern drawl as he works on several current projects in Alabama, South Carolina, Texas and Florida.”

Pictured with Greg is his equally talented wife and fellow architect Mary Robin Jurkiewicz. They are standing in front of one of the white custom columns that bore the names of the honorees. (I’m sorry this picture is so grainey. The original was so small you couldn’t see it.)

 I am so excited for y’all and so happy that once again the spotlight shines on some of the talented folks that

Auburn’s design schools produce every year.

Well deserved.

And if you would like to say,”That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at

www.cindybarganier.com.

 

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House Tours

The only thing that makes a weekend at the lake more perfect than normal is the opportunity to visit Bobby McAlpine’s newly finished private residence. From the massive black planters filled with boxwood balls out front to the mirror frames constructed from corrugated cardboard (that’s right) each room offered something that made you stop and reflect.

I loved this not so kid friendly table in the entry hall. The top was formed by layers of black river rock; An orchid  in front of the black art photo the only pop of “color”.

I don’t know who had the patience to make this mirror but I have to tell you that the chair I had to make in school out of corrugated cardboard looked NOTHING like this. LOL

Thanks for sharing Bobby.

 Auburn turns out some fine designers.

And if you want to say, “That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at www.cindybarganier.com

 

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