Designing A Floorplan That Works


fixer upper

The little house that could

Last post I told you about a cute little fixer upper that my Daddy and I are working on. Today I am going to share with you the floorplan as it existed when he bought the house and the evolution of the plan as it exists today. I will attempt to explain my thoughts  throughout this process as I worked my way not only toward a plan that functioned well but that was aesthetically pleasing AND was easiest on the budget.

So this is the floorplan we started with.


There is a nice, big living room that you walk in to with a formal dining room on the left.

Off the dining room is a small very ill-configured kitchen with a rotten floor and rotten cabinets.
My biggest concern was with the bedrooms and bath. We are expecting to rent this to three college girls.
Biggest issues?


1. One bedroom is very small with no closet and it opens directly off the living room.
2. Second bedroom is a good size but the door from the carport opens into this bedroom. Say what? And the closet is tiny.
3. Third bedroom is a thoroughfare from the kitchen to the hallway which leads to the only existing bathroom.
4.There is no laundry room and no place for the water heater.
 As you can readily see, all of these issues had to be addressed first before we could even think about aesthetics.
My first idea was this:

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I will post this several times so that you don’t have to keep referring back to see the floorplan. I tried to leave

most of the walls in place and work with what we had. I did remove the wall between the kitchen and dining

so that the kitchen could extend farther down thus creating a space for a dishwasher and the refrigerator.

I tucked the toilet into a little existing linen closet, did a small walk-in shower which left enough room to

tuck in a water heater. I closed off the old closet in the bedroom, opened the back side of it and put a full

size stack washer dryer in there.

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I then stole some space from the carport creating a good sized bath and two nice closets to serve

bedrooms 1 & 2.

To the right on the tub is a built-in chest on chest to make up for the lack of storage in Bedroom 1.

A large linen closet left of the tub provides space for cleaning products, bath supplies etc.

This was OK but I still wasn’t happy.
Then in the middle of the night….. it happened.
I love it when that happens. I suddenly realized that I should re-think everything and that by doing so

I would

eliminate everything that bugged me AND it would all fit within the existing footprint of the house which

means money saved.

Let’s back  up and look at the original floorplan again:



Let’s analyze all of the problems that were solved:
1.All 3 bedrooms are the same size and all have a large double closet. (easier to rent -no fights among tenants!)
2.No bedroom has an exterior door.
3. No one has to walk through a bedroom to reach another room.
4. By creating a hallway from bedroom three to the laundry I made sure that laundry washing could

still take place even if the bathroom was occupied.

5. We now have a nice second bathroom with double vanities and a tub to serve bedrooms 2 and 3.
6. I shortened the original hall way and took in the original bath linen closet to create the closet for

bedroom 2 thus eliminating the door to the hallway and making it a private space.

7. The original bath now just has a large walk in shower but serves only one bedroom and doubles as

the guest powder room.

8. There is now a beautiful U-shaped kitchen just off the great-room. The open concept allows for great

casual entertaining and opens the space up for more people to perform multiple tasks while occupying

the same area.

I really think this is a great solution and one that saves us money and time. I also love that because the

laundry is right by the back door the girls are close enough to campus that they could literally run home, throw

the clothes in the dryer from the washer and be back  at class on time. By moving the back entry steps to the side,

it makes a more graceful entry into the home and means that you aren’t immediately looking down a hallway

into a bedroom.

What do you think? There is still a tiny bit of time left to make changes if you see something that

would make

it even better!

Next up:
color and finishes!   I’m excited.
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Renovation Magic

Even though they are  messy and always filled with surprises (often unpleasant ones) renovations are exciting to me. It’s like taking a person who thinks that they are washed up…that life has passed them by…and helping them find purpose again. I like to think of the transformation as renovation magic.

It is hard to see your own home the way that others see it. Because we walk through rooms every day, the familiarity blinds us to what is really there, I think. I know it is true for me. As an artist, I am a messy; so, when papers and paints and inspiration photos are covering every flat surface I just think, “wow, exciting stuff is about to happen here.” Everyone else thinks, “is she ever going to clean this place up!” LOL It’s what makes the world go ’round.

Sometimes, a room can be filled with good pieces that don’t need to be replaced but because of their age or the colors used, the room feels more like a museum than an inviting place to sit and visit. It is my job to see through the visual clutter and breathe fresh life.

Such was the case with this living room.


renovation BEFORE


It has great bones and lovely family pieces that hold sentimental value but it was so dark and “stiff” that no one really ever used the room. My challenge is to lighten and brighten without significantly changing the layout or the furniture pieces used.

I started by stripping away the dated sheers and heavy window coverings, allowing the space to be flooded with natural light. The window and door flanking the fireplace open into a beautiful sunroom that we re-decorated a couple of years ago so there is no reason to have heavy drapery covering them. That change alone makes a huge difference AND saved the client the expense of new custom drapery and hardware for two windows, a considerable savings when you have 12′ ceilings.

Without really realizing what I was doing I actually just flipped the wall color and the ceiling colors.

The blue walls became white and the white ceiling became blue. Blue ceilings always feel like you are inviting the sky to come inside and bring its sunny effect with it. I am getting very happy!


The only “before” picture of the foyer I could put my fingers on was one snapped in the process of decorating for Christmas last year but you can see the important stuff. The bones are fantastic but the dark brown and burgundy of the wallpaper and the niche felt a bit like Grandmama lived there. (Did I just say that out loud?) The marble floors were a bit dingy from 90+ years of feet walking on them. Hey I would be a little tired too wouldn’t you?


renovation BEFORE

We carried the same color scheme through to this area to create a lovely visual flow that automatically makes everything feel larger. A soft cream and blue paper replaced the original everywhere except for the front half of the foyer where the walls were left white to open it up and allow it to breath.

The marble floors were cleaned up and no longer have a yellow tint. The wall niche was marbleized by Marilyn Heard to match the paper and now feels much more authentic to the space.


The transformation of the library speaks for itself. Sorry about the grainy before.

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renovation BEFORE

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Stay tuned as this Southern Belle gets dressed up for the ball!

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Ugly Switch Plate Covers And Renovation



We have been working on the renovation of this grand belle of the ball and ran into the age old problem of what to replace the ugly switch plate covers with. You know, the cracked ones yellowed with age that scream, “look at me”!

As you can see from the below picture, some of the original walls have hand painted paper that is staying and for those I brought in an artist to paint the plates to match the design. But what if the job is too far away to fly an artist in to paint a bunch of switch plates? Surely there is another solution!




I think I may have found it!

There is a company called   Forbes & Lomax that makes replicas of the old high end switches that you can still find in period hotels and some homes.

Established in London 20 years ago, Forbes & Lomax have created an elegant alternative to the ordinary light switch. They realized that the elegant glass, nickel and brass switches of the 1930’s were no longer available and what was being made to use for high-end projects were unsuitable.  So Forbes & Lomax launched an aesthetic light switch, in which they pioneered the screwless, flush to the wall plate, creating a sleek look. The toggles and buttons come in many finishes, including unlacquered brass, nickel silver, brushed stainless steel and antique bronze switches.”

I love the antique bronze toggle. And the buttons remind me of the push button ones I used to see a lot.

black togle light switch

This brass one allows you to fully automate your home, opening blinds, controlling night lights etcetera from one master control.




brass switch plates

I might stand around playing with the light switches if I had these unlacquered brass toggles.

brass toggle switches

But the ones that really captivated me for my project were the clear acrylic ones.

acrylic switch cover

Even if you cover the old plates in wallpaper matching the pattern across the wall (now that wallpaper is back in a big way) it is still messy sometimes and you have those two screws to contend with. These are screwless!

 A 3mm thick clear acrylic face plate with a 1mm thick primed aluminum under plate make up the assembly. You affix your wallpaper to the backplate (or paint it if wallpaper is not being used) and the o ring that goes around the switch screws onto a mechanism on the switch box to hold it securely. The plate is then almost invisible. Love it!

It also comes as convenience outlet covers but these do use screws.

invisible outlet plugs

This is how it would look installed over wallpaper.


Sooo much better, right? And the best part? They now have a showroom in New York.

To see more visit

or contact them at

Happy Day!





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The Difference Between Men And Women

The difference between men and women is real y’all. Seriously real. LOL Several months ago we had the need to move my work table from the mezzanine of the shop to the main floor. My first thought was to round up a bunch of guys from the neighborhood and “make er happen”. Right? Wouldn’t that have been yours?

Not Jeff’s. Nope. Don’t ask for help when you can engineer a wildly creative way to do it on your own he always says.

So I left and he got creative. Wildly.



It all started with an giant extension ladder and some rope.






Looks scary to me.




He covered the ladder with a packing blanket so the table wouldn’t get scratched. He is always thinking.




The rope held the ladder securely to the iron railing.




Don’t ask me how he lifted the front end of that heavy heart pine table over the railing. I don’t want to know.




And yes after each step he did actually run down that spiral stair and snap a picture to show me how real men do things.


Said table was eased over the rail and voila!  it floated to the ground with the greatest of ease.




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Difference between men and women blog


Difference between men and women blog


Men and women are different. Very.

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Southern Style Magazine Features

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There is absolutely nothing better professionally than walking up to a newsstand and seeing your work validated by being on the cover of a national publication.

Thank you Southern Style.

The room chosen for the cover is the dining room of Max and Sally Byrd of Brantley, Al and it has struck a chord with people from all over the country. Calls and emails continue to pore in asking about the paint colors, the fabric on the chairs, the light etc and we are happy to oblige.

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The walls are 1566 Stoney Brook by Benjamin Moore in case you, too, were curious. It is a lovely smokey grey blue that shifts throughout the day with the fading light. It really shows off at night under candlelight.



I knew that I loved the library but this image stunned me.



Behind the scenes images still make me giggle. The headboard arrived in the wrong color (the day before the magazine shoot) and I had to faux finish it as the photography team was pulling into the driveway. Never a dull moment!



Bathrooms rarely make it into the magazine but these are two of my favs so I had to show you.





You can see the rest of this house on pages 63-74.

We also had the inside cover which was a teaser from the dining room of the Alford Home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl.

Southern Style Magazine

That home covers pages 6-18.


Southern Style Magazine

Photo shoot days are my very favorite even though they are some of our longest days.  You wouldn’t believe how hard we work to get the shot and how much patience it takes.

Southern Style Magazine


Marcy Black is my height. Ladders are our friend.


Southern Style Magazine


We loved it when the sun broke though the painting illuminating the colors of the sunset.




Southern Style Magazine


Southern Style Magazine


Go grab a copy today while you still can and see the rest of the features. Available at most booksellers, Walmart,Publix etc.

Thank you to Stephanie Welbourne, photographer for In With The Old, and Lisa Frederick for the text.

Thank you to Marcy Black, photographer for Seaside Serenity, and Elizabeth Bonner for the text.

Also, a big thank you to Editor Kathleen Whaley and Becky Goff.



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Behind The Windows



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Some of you have asked for more pictures and the story behind the Behind The Windows event.

Every spring 7 designers from across the South-East are selected to create a very large window display that kicks off Design ADAC and the spring market. The window stays up for 6 months and people from all over the country come to visit the market center and check out the displays.


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I was honored to be a part of this esteemed group. Only 5 of us were able to make it back for the reveal party. You must check out these peeps!

Hutton Wilkinson with The Tony Duquette Studio,Julian Taylor from Taylor Burke, Matthew Quinn, Dee Simmons, John Hall Nelson and Rivers Spencer

This is Hutton. It’s really too bad he couldn’t come back for the party. He IS the party. LOL



So we arrived that afternoon and I was thrilled to see that an image of my design work had been chosen for use on the poster advertising the event.

Thank you to Layla Palmer for the photo.

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And then it was time to rip off the paper and reveal the windows.

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This is the photo ADAC chose to use for the vertical.

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And for the horizontal.

adac behind the windows


A bit wild for me, right? It was fun to step outside the box… OK LEAP outside the box and have fun with a commercial space. That is why hospitality design work is so exciting because you are expected to surprise and inspire.

Obviously the wow factor was the floor. We literally had designers on their hands and knees feeling of it and trying to figure it out. Jeff and I painted it. And we have the bruised knees to prove it. And it is plywood. Yep. Thank you for partnering with us Home Depot on the wood and Benjamin Moore on the paint. I think we make a pretty great team!

The pattern was based on a new fabric design.
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My favorite aspect was the upholstered doors to nowhere. They theoretically led to a high end restaurant while the actual window was the area where you waited, drink in hand, for your name to be called. The doors are covered in our newest fabric called Stonewalled. Those gorgeous handles are horns that I worked with Gowan Iron to fabricate into handles. Jim Gowan came in on a Sunday morning to finish those bad boys so that we could get them installed on time. Thank you Jim!! You are a pretty awesome partner also.

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The hanging lights were fashioned from drum shades covered in “Glory.”


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The art is a gallery wrap of our fabric called Autumn Rain which is Jeff’s design.

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This was a crowd favorite. We cut three sections out of the fabric “Sipsey” also a Jeff collaboration and made a triptych from it and hung as art.

I love how it looked.

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Jeff left first to join the party while I tweaked. Soon he sent me this text and I decided I was missing out on all of the fun.

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These two got the cutest dress award from Moi.



It was a very fun night that continued for me for 3 more days and nights.

Jeff, on the other hand, hit the road the next morning leaving the city to return to Montgomery to represent us at another event.







We launched our line of art created from the textile line at Art In The Courtyard in Montgomery on Friday night. I will try to get better shots of that soon.


So there you have it.  Behind The Windows At ADAC is in the books.  FYI. The exhibits are open to the public so if you are in Atlanta drop by.









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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.


art, move ins and reveals



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.

art, move ins and reveals


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


art, move ins and reveals

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

art, move ins and reveals


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.

Design Bloggers Conference Nathan Turner


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.

Design Bloggers Conference Nathan Turner

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


Design Bloggers Conference Nathan Turner

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.

Design Bloggers Conference Nathan Turner


Design Bloggers Conference Nathan Turner

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


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

DBC Nathan Turner

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.

Design Bloggers Conference Nathan Turner


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

DBC Nathan Turner

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.

DBC Nathan Turner


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


DBC Nathan Turner

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

DBC Nathan Turner

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

DBC Nathan Turner

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.

Behind The Windows

ADAC design center

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.


Behind The Windows

Behind The Windows
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


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.

Chip and Joanna Gaines

It started out looking like this.


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


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

Chip and Joanna Gaines

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



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




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.



The master bedroom feels very peaceful.

Chip and Joanna Gaines

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

Chip and Joanna Gaines

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


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.

Chip and Joanna Gaines

The boys’ bedroom is my favorite room.


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.

Magnolia House Chip and Joanna Gaines


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



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

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