It’s Chapel Market Time… Be There Or Be Square!

The Lettered Cottage has been busy for months planning this exciting event at The Waters in Pike Road, Alabama and it is finally here.

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We are all so excite and can’t wait to meet all of the folks driving and flying in from an far away as Sunny Cali-for-nigh-a! It’s gonna be a fun day.

Need a little snack? Gotcha covered. You will feel like you at at Seaside.

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Wondering who the vendors are? Here ya go:

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AND as if that weren’t enough Mary Kay will be introducing and signing her newest book:

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All of this for the ridiculous price of Admission-Fee

Gates open at 9. Park at the soccer field behind the chapel if you are an early bird,  if not follow the main avenue until it dead ends at Bridge Street and check out the finds at

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at town square then catch a golf cart taxi up to the chapel.

See you there!!!

xoxo

Cindy

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The Lettered Cottage On The Design Network

Well this is brag on the accomplishments of others week! Thank you so much for all of your kind and encouraging comments to Megan yesterday on the launch of her first children’s clothing line.

Yesterday was a huge day for someone else. Neighbor, Layla Palmer, and her best friend/hubby, Kevin, have been running around like crazy for the last few weeks painting a gazillion cabinet doors, tearing down walls, painting sheetrock and generally beautifying a family’s life. What’s so unusual about that you ask? They do that all the time.  Well not for an audience of over 300,000 people!

Layla is under contract with The Design Network to film 5 episodes for their new network.

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How cute/exciting is THAT??? I think this needs to be a bill board personally.

But yesterday got even more exciting when Episode # 1 actually aired. As of this morning 369,720 have seen it.

ROCK STAR!!!

Check it out for yourself by clicking on this link and see if you, like I, think she knocked it out of the ballpark.

Stay through the credits. You don’t want to miss the bloopers- always my favorite part. 🙂

But no time to celebrate, it’s on to episode # 2.

So proud of you guys. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

xoxo

Cindy

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The Best Reveal Ever!!!

As you know we have been working on a master bedroom renovation in one of the historic areas of our city.

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I love, love, love this family. They have waited so patiently for this much deserved retreat taking care of the family areas, the children’s rooms, everything but their own private get away. We laughed as they told stories of the ah, interesting,  no, horrifying places that med students call home sometimes. I always especially love to create a beautiful haven for them.

Sooooo, The Lettered Cottage went to take a peek at the final product and what resulted is a post that will lead you into the weekend with a grin on your face that will not stop. My cheeks hurt.

Love ya Layla and LOVE YA  J and A.  Colleagues and clients who become family… it doesn’t get any better than that.

Y’all are now rock stars!!

 

Now! Jump on over to The Lettered Cottage and get your grin on. 🙂

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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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Sharing The Joy! A Giveaway

The Writer and I had so much fun at the photo shoot with Josh Moates, Layla and Kevin Palmer and Marilyn Heard. What a fabulous team. I love it when you are working your fanny off but it feels like fun.  To read all about the shoot go to The Lettered Cottage.

Cindy BarganierI can’t even believe I am posting that horrible picture except that it is so cute of Layla. Oh, to be twenty something again….

This one is a little bit better, not much. LOL

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Here I am taking a picture of Layla…

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who’s taking a picture of Kevin and Josh who are….. taking pictures. haha .. whole lotta clickin goin on!

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Now for the good part. As a celebration for getting this far and as a thank you to YOU for being excited for us we are having a give away.

Look at the fabrics shown below, leave a comment telling me which one is your favorite and one lucky person will receive a bolster pillow in the fabric of your choice.


If you were peeking through the front door of my shop this is what you would see today.

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The 2013 collection numbered and ready for your reaction.

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These two little guys are called 17.angel wings in turquoise and

                                         18.diamonds in pink

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On the opposite side of the store is #20 “Springtime Fun in orange.”

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So decide which number is your favorite; leave me a comment telling me your choice and be a gem and share this on your Facebook page and we will see what happens!

Winner will be announced December 14, this Friday. Good Luck!

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