Beautiful Doors Are The First Step Toward Hospitality

Beautiful doors are so important to me. They are almost the first design element that I consider when planning a new space. Doors invite our family and friends into our offered hospitality. They set the tone of the home. Doors weigh on me until I get them right.

We have been in the planning stages for a design/build for a family we have known since college days. Basically, I was asked to take the plans for their existing home which sits on a large lot in a neighborhood and re-work it so that it would fit on a pie-shaped lot that has amazing water views on three sides.

I can’t wait to take you along on the construction journey. We just came out of the ground last week!

Houzz

Houzz

Of course, I immediately started talking about the doors. I knew that I would be using them to add character and a sense of age to the new house but I needed to explore several style options to see what resonated with everyone. The first one considered was the door shown above with lovely old stained glass and a rather modern styled wood panel at the bottom. It reminded me of doors at Huntingdon College, a local university here in Montgomery, Alabama. I have wonderful sources for fabulous architectural salvage so I am always confident that I will be able to find what we need.

Then I found this one:

french door

a completely different look… basically just a badly painted French Door. haha  That one didn’t last very long on my mental board.

This one I love.

decor de provence blog

decor de provence blog

The proportion and scale, the way the arched transom hugs the door, the wavy glass and the finish all stopped me in my tracks. The fact that it is in on a French house didn’t hurt either.

I am always a sucker for Tudor especially if it looks like it came out of an old church like this one does. I probably would have roughed it up a bit though so that it is not so spit polished… know what I mean?

Doors by Decora

Doors by Decora

My friends at McAlpine Home never disappoint. This is from one of their projects.

McAlpine Tankersley

McAlpine Tankersley

Just that one simple curve added to the bottom made all the difference.

In the end, my choice was the one with the arched top and transom and happily the clients agreed so the mill-works folks will be starting on it tomorrow. Can’t wait!

Next up: stair talk. See you soon.

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Making A List And Checking It Twice

It’s that time again! As I prepare to host my extended family for Thanksgiving and help several clients prepare for their gatherings I am making a long list and checking it more than twice.

Making my Thanksgiving list

From My Home Ideas

 

Since so many families are scattered and only able to gather once during the holidays many are putting at least some of their Christmas decor up for Thanksgiving so that they feel like they were together with their loved ones at Christmas.

To me…. it’s just a good excuse to get going early and celebrate for two whole months! I love Thanksgiving and Christmas!!

How about you? Is that list getting started?

 

I hope to attempt this look. Thank you Pinterest.

making my Thanksgiving list

From Decorateyoursmallspace

 

Can you even believe it has already snowed in the SOUTH! I wish I had been in Highlands, N.C. this weekend.

Here we go, ready or not.

 

making a Christmas list

 

 

 

making a christmas list

 

And even tho we’ve many places to go,

Let it snow.

Let it snow.

Let it snow.

 

Gotta run. See ya!

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Living Large In A Small Space

I find myself thinking more and more lately about how I would design a really small house to live large. I have ideas but none that have meshed in my head to form one cohesive plan. Now mind you, we have done this before. As a matter of fact the three of us lived for the better part of fourteen years in a 915 sq ft home. It was an experiment. The Writer loves the woods and I love the city and all of its people. I know… Green Acres. He was afraid that I would freak out on him once we moved in so we built what was supposed to be the guest cottage first and never moved on. Then, I found my dream spot. The Waters (where we now live and work) is a TND or traditional neighborhood design community like Seaside in Florida or Ion in South Carolina. We moved from 15 acres to a postage stamp and I am in hog heaven. But I am still trying to find that perfect plan. The  one that allows us to have a home base but frees us from all of the “stuff” that prohibits free travel to parts unknown. It seems that ship design is the logical starting point. I just found this one on Houzz. I would really love to know if you have a plan or snippets of a plan that I need to see. Here is the one from Houzz.

Enjoy.

A loft-like apartment that’s 650 square feet but feels spacious, has generous light and is efficiently designed is a rarity in urban sprawls. For this reason, you might have to pick  your jaw up off the floor after seeing how architect Robert Garneau has transformed what was a rundown prewar studio into a modern and adaptable open space.

“Although size was definitely a challenge, this project isn’t what many typically call a micro apartment. It’s a compact space that has a loft-like feel, one that requires the client to be selective in what he brings into the space,” says Garneau. The apartment and everything in it are extensions of the values behind the design: multifunctional, compact and thoughtfully designed.


Who lives here: A couple in the design industry
Location: Chelsea neighborhood of New York City
Size: 650 square feet
Design challenge: Finding a private placement for the bed that was unobtrusive from the living room and the kitchen

 

small space lives large

A floor-to-ceiling sliding door creates privacy for the sleeping nook. White on the outside and a luxurious oiled walnut finish on the inside, the wall instantly warms up the largely white bedroom canvas.

“We engineered the sliding wall and the surrounding interior walls to be soundproof; they’re made of high-tech acoustic products, which has the added benefit of creating a robust wall,” says Garneau.

Now you see the bed and the sliding wall …

loft living

 

 

 

loft living

 

bathroom storeage ideas
living small
small space with great storage
loft living
big closet small space
loft living
So what do you think? Any ideas worth hanging onto? Or am I just having a mid-life…. whatever. LOL
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Color Trends According To Benjamin Moore


Benjamin Moore says that these colors make up one wave of the color trends for this year. (caveat: none are true on my screen. ie coral essence is way too pink)

Even so,  “The Writer noticed a distinct similarity in something. Do you see it?

 

benjamin moores color trends 2014

cindy barganier cottage design color trends

Photo Credit: Macy Walker

 

Cindy Barganier Interiors coral colored hallway

 

 

great use of color trends

It would appear that we were 8 years ahead of the trend. LOL Time to move on.

Have a happy day.

Cindy

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Some Of My Recent Favorite Light Fixtures

custom lanterns

custom lanterns

Two things are joining forces right now: market is next week and I have various projects underway that all need light fixtures so I thought I would share with you some of my

recent ponderings. I warn you, they are all over the board because my projects are all over the board. That is what makes my life so fun. Never stale or boring.

 

I start with some good ole lanterns.  I used some like these in a foyer last year and loved the contemporary twist on the old standard. [Read more…]

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How Did You Make Those Lamps Float??

A little background on Friday’s  bedroom reveal. If you missed it go here to catch up. I was so pleased with how the wall sconces turned out but getting there was no small feat.

I found these great lamps at Tuesday Morning for $9.99 and knew instinctively that they would be perfect but then had to put on my engineer’s hat (which doesn’t always fit real well) and figure out how to retrofit them since I didn’t want them to just hang over the headboard.

 

 lamp1

lamp2

 

At first I planned to hang them by this really beautiful antique chain from the canopy but the lights flopped down since they are bottom heavy so it was on to plan B. Then C. 🙂

In the end I had Jim at Gowan Iron (who made the bed for me)  clip off the hooks that were on the top and craft what amounted to a very heavy duty plate hanger that hugged the back of the lamp at the top and bottom.
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The bed projects out from the wall 6″ so I had an extension bar welded to the back of the “plate hook”. We made this as small in diameter as possible because we had to make a slit in the bed hangings for this bar and for the cord to pass through.

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Then we had a plate made that would screw into the wall that also had an extension that would slide over the other extension and be secured by a little screw.

That multi-talented man of mine (OK, I confess, he is the real brains behind figuring out how to make all of this stuff work) then secured them to the wall.

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They fit like a glove. (Thank  you Jim)

And voila! Lights that float on scrim.

floating lamps

Traditional-Master-Bedroom-Canopy-Bed-Cindy-Barganier-The-Lettered-Cottage-copy

Don’t get any ideas about having Jim make some for you. He told me in no uncertain terms that he would kill me if I ever walked in the door with lamp shades again.

I sent him a text the next day saying I would like for him to make 6 more pair more me.

tee hee. Wasn’t that MEAN???

What magic tricks do you have? Let’s talk.

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