Trending, Painted Stairs

One of the many things trending at the moment is painted stairs. The styles are numerous and they keep popping up on my feeds.

I really like this crisp blue. It feels like it’s leading you right into the ocean. It also feels very “Mykonos.”



From Holiday Feed

The subtle tones of greige works also.



From Apartment Therapy

Centsasional Girl got very ambitious with a striped runner. She did a great job. It somehow looks like it would have the course texture of the real thing.


From Centsasional Girl


Not feeling quite that accomplished? You could use removable wallpaper like this designer did. The paper is by Hygg & West.


From Hygg & West


Apartment Therapy strikes again with a stain and stencil version.


From Apt Therapy



You could get your Boho on with these but you will have to ask Nomadic Decorator how in world they did it.


From Nomadic Decorator

Back stairs are a fun play to hide some reminders that we all need as we go through life. I think my favorite is “we give second chances” but the one that applies to our littles at the moment is

“we do really loud”….. like reeeeeally loud. Really. 🙂 Love them so much.



Feel like stepping up to the plate? Oh, that was bad. Sorry.

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Atlanta Homes and Gardens Showhouse

My friend, Kristy Woodson Harvey, did a post before Christmas on the beautiful new Atlanta Homes and Gardens Showhouse.



This looks like a great place to spend an afternoon doesn’t it?

atlanta homes and gardens showhouse


To see the rest head over to  My Design Chic and enjoy their beautiful post. OK, so all of their posts are beautiful, but check this one out.

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Southern Home Wins!

Congratulations are in order for our friends at Hoffman Media as they win a prestigious award.




Hoffman Media Executives Accept Prestigious Honor at min Awards


Birmingham, AL, December 8, 2015 – Hoffman Media has launched Southern Home, a new wide-format shelter publication dedicated to high-style southern dĂ©cor. Southern Home was selected by min (Media Industry Newsletter) for their annual list of “Hottest Launches”. On December 3, min hosted the annual Most Intriguing People + Hottest Launches awards breakfast in New York, NY.  President and Chief Creative Officer Brian Hart Hoffman and President and Chief Operating Officer Eric Hoffman were on hand to accept the award from guest presenter, Dr. Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni.


Southern Home brings some of the area’s most inviting and interesting homes, as well as the talented architects, designers, and homeowners behind them. Accents are thick in this part of the country, translating into accessible styles indicative of the surrounds, such as Lowcountry charm, Texas chic, and Carolina comfort.  So many hands go into each facet of a design, and Southern Home celebrates those who lend theirs to the process—from blueprints and build-outs to furnishings and floral arrangements. Look for Southern Home magazine on newsstands nationwide quarterly.


We were honored to be featured twice in this beautiful publication. Click on the link to read about our photo shoot and subsequent features. Rumor has it that the Cindy Barganier team might be in 5 more publications in 2016. We will keep you posted as things progress.

Southern Home Wins


If you haven’t checked out all of Hoffman’s newest offerings you are missing a treat. For a complete list visit their website.

Well done and well deserved Hoffman Family!

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Merry Christmas!

This will be my last post for the year. We are taking a week off to spend with family and just enjoy some down time.

merry christmas

found on fromupnorth

Before I wish you a Merry Christmas, I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to say thank you for your kindness this year. You have stopped me in stores, on the street, on Facebook and countless other places just to say that you enjoy reading this little blog and you will never know what that means to me. I spend a lot of time preparing posts and trying to share snippets of this wild adventure that Jeff and I are on so to hear that you actually like it is encouraging.

I pray that as the year draws to a close you will take a moment to look around you and cherish the ones who are dear to you…… and to remember, just for the sake of remembering all of the moments that touched you this year. The good, the bad and the ugly for they all work together to mold us into the people that we are and without the tough times we would forget that we need each other in this old world. I need you. My family and friends are my greatest blessings on earth. We sold our house and everything in it this year and many were horrified that I would do that… part with all of my STUFF but you see, it really is just stuff. Replaceable stuff. Not Grandmama’s buffet or Mama’s silver but the furniture, the do-dads, the extraneous baggage that we so carefully collect but that could be gone in the blink of an eye. This is a very weird message from an interior designer I guess but it is where I am. The only thing that I am not willing to let go of is…… you.

You make me laugh. You cry when I cry. You invite me to dinner or to place tennis or to share what God is showing you. You pray for me and are truly happy about our accomplishments.  That, my dear friends, is irreplaceable.

So as you travel on your merry way

From Decorateyoursmallspace

From Decorateyoursmallspace

remember the little things that made your year special. And share them. They bring smiles. They bring hope. They bring encouragement.

And let us never forget the Reason for the Season. He came that we might have life and have it abundantly.


Thank you Jesus.

Merry Christmas!

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A Super Fun Date Night

After all the wildness of the last month, Jeff planned a super fun date night for this week. We  went to Greenville to close on Mama’s house (my childhood home) Thursday morning. Now that’s a weird experience if you haven’t done it yet. So many different emotions are running through you simultaneously. Our sweet realtor is not only a childhood friend but now family since her nephew married our daughter. We spent many afternoons at 512 Forest Drive for cheerleader practice. I  could “see” all of  our school shoes kicked off and lined up by the door as I passed through the family  room. Looking into the living room for the last time memories of Christmas past flooded my mind like the year that I got the Shirley Temple wig and bike all at the same time. That must have been an amusing sight for the neighbors.  I could hear my Grandmother’s laugh as she and Mama cooked all manner of good things in the kitchen. I could hear the boom, boom, boom of the basketball next door as my neighbors/adopted brothers, Jimmy, Charlie and Bill, played adjacent to my bedroom window. On and on the memories came, how blessed I am that they were almost all good and sweet and cherished.

I am grateful that we have Mama close and that she is happily settled into her new assisted living home and I am grateful that the estate closing is behind us and we can look only forward now.

I am most grateful in this season of thanksgiving for my precious husband and best friend who always seems to know exactly what I need usually before I do. So on to the point of this post! He sort of kidnapped me after the closing and we headed off for a super fun date night!

First we went to see the incomparable, Terry Gilmore, for a massage at Auburn. That would have been enough right there! But no! He had reservations for us at the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center and the really cool part of it was that this was the night of the Auburn Christmas Parade AND the unveiling of the gingerbread village which I wrote about wanting to see here. How cool is that?


That’s still not all. There is a fabulous new restaurant in Auburn called The Depot. It is located downtown in…… wait for it….. the depot. haha

This is a picture during renovation.



The hostess station is especially clever.



The bar is made from the old heart pine boards that made up the platform.


You have to go!!!! The atmosphere is very cosmopolitan and the food is amazing.



We were seated in one of these cozy booths




and because we ate early to avoid the parade crowd we got to have a nice long chat with Richard, one of the owners. (on the right)


As nice as the people are and the atmosphere is, the real star of the show is the FOOD and boy, did it live up to our expectations.

The appetizer list includes about 6 different types of oysters. We went with the Rockafeller and thought we were in New Orleans.



We then moved on to the Rainbow Trout with pecans and maple roasted carrots. For a side we got the cauliflower and yukon potato au gratin.



I am glad that we split this so that I had room for dessert: Three chocolate filled beignets perfectly dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with an espresso sauce.


I didn’t share. Jeff got a fruit cobbler cooked in its own cast iron skillet and served with vanilla gelato.  Goooo!! You will be so glad that you did.

You can go to their web site for a sample menu and to see the Catch of The Day.


Thank you sweet Jeff!! You are the best. One day I am going to figure out how to surprise you…. but I don’t think it will include hiking and camping. Just sayin’.


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It’s Party Time

It's party time


I just had a conversation with my “hair gal” today about how people aren’t having as many Christmas parties as they used to. Remember when you couldn’t fit them all into the schedule? Maybe we just aren’t  popular. haha But TONIGHT….

It’s Party Time.


Everyone is bringing a heavy hors d’oeuvre so I hit Pinterest for some inspiration. What looks/sounds yummy to you?

I am always a sucker for a good cheese ball. This ones looks yummy and I love the touch of red for Christmas.



 This is elegant and would make a statement. My man eats olives by the gallon so he would love it.


I have served this before and it is always a hit! Hard to beat olive oil, Greek seasonings and feta with anything.


This sounds awesome and I know the fellas would like it…. hearty eats. Recipe here.



And this looks way above my pay scale but WOW… yes, PLEASE!





Now I’m hungry. See y’all on the flip side.


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NYC Christmas Windows 2015

We can’t leave the first week of December without talking about the NYC Christmas Windows.

There are many places in the world that become truly magical at Christmas with all the twinkling lights, piped in music and joy on people’s faces. One of my favorites is New York City. There is nothing quite like being snuggled up in a white horse drawn carriage for a clippedy clop through Central Park followed by tea at The Plaza and the Christmas Show with The Rockettes (which I have yet to see!).  And don’t forget attempting to ice skate at Rockefeller Center, you can always spot the Southerners. We are the ones grabbing everyone else and creating a domino fall!


NYC Christmas Windows




Like Texas, here it is go big or go home and I love it.


NYC Christmas Windows



Nothing does it for me like a million tiny white lights…. oh and tons of fresh greenery.





 I mean, who wraps their entire building like one big lovely package???




How about a little bling from the famous blue box?








So is the “grand” staircase tiny or is the diamond huge? hmmm  It could be either, right?


















What about you? Do you love the city or the country for Christmas? I love both!

Merry Christmas.

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Paula Dean’s Lovely Estate

I am drooling over this lovely estate in Savannah owned by Paula Dean. Not only does the architecture hit many of my favorite elements like the roof lines and materials chosen but the setting is spectacular.

Image Sources: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn and Seabolt Brokers



I mean, how beautiful is that?



The landscaping alone is worth a fortune.


The boathouse sits  on the Wilmington River and looks like its own little idyllic getaway.




Yes please to every part of this.




I’m guessing this might be the pool cabana but I’m not sure.




Yes, I am correct. And it would appear that there is a drop down movie screen for viewing at night from the pool.


I bet some delicious meals were served here. Don’t you know! Bring on the buttah, Honey.



Who really even cares what the inside looks like but here are a few rooms that I found. You know I love that ceiling and floor but throw in the shutter walls and I am sunk.


Her bathroom is a house in itself.



This is what I would want! Just give me this little guest house and I am happy as a lark.

There are two of these on the property.


Did you enjoy day dreaming with me? I love Savannah.

See ya later, Y’all.

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Dear Carolina Is Born



I am such a believer in this sentiment. Perhaps that is why I feel  a connection to my sweet, blogging buddy Kristy Woodson Harvey.

Kristy and her Mom, Beth Woodson, pin one of my favorite blogs: Design Chic and as fellow Southerners we became fast friends a few years ago even though we have never met in person.

Today is a very special day in Kristy’s life. It is the launch of her first novel, Dear Carolina, and I was privileged to get an advance copy to review.

This is the teaser that drew me in:

Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…

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