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

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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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A Look Back At 2013

I think it is healthy to always look back at the year that is behind us and reflect on all that we, with the help of all the amazing people God puts in our path, were able to accomplish. I don’t know about you but I am hard on myself thinking that I could have/should have done more. Looking back sometimes becomes an eyeopener when you are able to see in one “envelope” all of the wonderful things that were accomplished in one 12 month period. I am humbled, grateful and energized when I realize how close I am to reaching some milestones. Thank you for the part that you played in that.

Now, for a little walk down memory lane:

In January, we launched Cindy Barganier Textiles.

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Springtime Fun


Cindy Barganier Textile LIne launch picture

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Sunset, Shields and Palette Knife from Cindy Barganier Textiles


I spoke at a Women’s Conference.

Cindy Barganier Seminars

Cindy Barganier Seminars



CEB Textile Collection

CEB Textile Collection

I helped these great guys put on Southern Makers in downtown Montgomery. It was a blast.

Garlan Gudger  Southern Accents

Garlan Gudger
Southern Accents


Lucy's Lockets

Lucy’s Lockets

In February I started Tuesdays With Cindy seminar series in the studio. We had some fun times together.

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I also met one of my favorite composers, Ken Medema.

March brought this fabulous project.

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We came out of the ground not long after.


And saw this beautiful kitchen getting close to being finished.

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In April we continued to work on a fabulous house in Montgomery. You saw the dining room in December: This is a watercolor rendering of that shot. (Surprise Jen!)


dining room

watercolor rendering of dining room

In May,  DSR Showroom in Birmingham, Al picked up the fabric line.

Cindy Barganier Textiles

We had a really great mastermind brainstorming session with some of the best minds in the industry on New Urbanism and development.

Thank you for your generosity of time and spirit Nathan Norris.

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I literally watched a movie being made from my back door. Can’t wait to see Layla Palmer featured on American Blogger this year.

American Blogger

June and Travis and Co. ( a premier showroom at The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center) says “Yes!” to my fabric line.  Breath. Hyperventilate.

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Travis and Co

And suddenly, we have road representatives!

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I had a feature story in River Region Magazine.

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In July, the fabric line was picked up by these fab peeps in Florida:

Geoff Chick and Associates

Geoff Chick and Associates


Libby Baker

Libby Baker


Lovelace Interiors

Lovelace Interiors


Doodle Home Blog featured the house I did in Watercolor, Florida

Cindy Barganier Interiors

We were the Editor’s Pick on Room Reveal for the Sawgrass Project


Cindy Barganier Interiors

Cindy Barganier Interiors


In September we were featured on The Lettered Cottage for this bedroom renovation.

Cindy Barganier Interiors

Cindy Barganier Interiors


In October I worked for these awesome peeps (Evan and Co and Layla Palmar)

The Chapel Market

The Chapel Market


as they presented  The Chapel Market.



The Chapel Market

The Chapel Market

and I became forever friends with these cutie pies and many others.

AND we had a new little pink bundle of love arrive. Sorry, the fam is camera shy or I would be deluging you with adorable shots. 


In November I was featured on The House Of Turquoise Blogagain for the Sawgrass Project.


Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

We made this

before renovation

before renovation

become this

Cindy Barganier Interiors

Cindy Barganier Interiors


AND we found out through Twitter that Springtime Fun fabric has been presented by Lee Olive Interiors for the renovation of Lullwater Clubhouse in Columbus, Ga and that it was approved by Woodruff and Co. SOOO excited! Thanks y’all.


Lee Olive Interiors

Lee Olive Interiors


Kind of makes my head spin. REALLY makes me hit my knees in gratitude. Cannot wait to see what 2014 holds.


We would so love to be a part of your new year! Email me at

Oh, and


happy new year

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Let The Fun Begin.. Opening The Doors For The Chapel Market


It’s 7:30 am Saturday and the early birds have arrived. I think this happy group was from Jackson, Mississippi (correct me girls) and they were fired up about meeting

Miss Mustard Seed.

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By 8:00 every golf cart we could get our hands on was called into service as a taxi to shuttle people from the town square parking. Chapel parking was full.


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The line was now wrapped around the building and extended to the soccer field.

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 They came from near and far.

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Every age bracket was represented.

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Thistlewood Farms has us all smiling. Can I tell you how much I love that girl. Thanks for spreading the joy Kariann. (on left)  and Heather (right) from The Picket Fence.

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I was the favorite person around for a short moment when I surprised the early birds with a hug from Marian (Miss Mustardseed).

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Evan Cooper has the place smelling awesome with his  beautiful flowers. He and Layla give the high sign: Let’s open those doors!

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Chapel Market!! Let the games begin.

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These Urban Farmgirls came all the way from Illinois.

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How cute is THAT? You rock Evan Cooper.

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And you made these little cuties happy with their sunflowers, too.

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Meanwhile, Heather and Lucy kept up a steady pace in the Southern Accents booth. I heard a rumor that Heather even sold their cash register. LOL.

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Mary Kay Andrews was here signing her latest book, Christmas Bliss, and she broke a record according to Books A Million.

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I totally agree with this.

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At the end of a long day we began the happy/sad goodbyes as new friendships had been forged and new dreams shared.

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Many of you are close enough to visit Shauna’s lovely shop in Troy, Alabama:

Perfectly Imperfect. She is your go-to source for Annie Sloan Chalk Paints and Miss Mustardseed’s Milk Paint.

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This “letter” in Karianne’s typewriter sums up my emotions from the weekend.

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Love you guys to the moon and back.


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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.




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.


Wondering who the vendors are? Here ya go:


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


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

Charleston House, ML Bailey and Cindy Barganier Interiors

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

See you there!!!



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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.

the tdn


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.


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.



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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.



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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The Big Announcement

We are thrilled to announce that the Cindy Barganier Textiles Collection has been picked up by one of the premier showrooms at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Better known to the trade as ADAC this is the site of all of the major fabric and furniture showrooms. It caters to designers not furniture stores so it is a great fit for us.

Which showroom?

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I have worked with Travis for years as they also carry Designer’s Guild, Sister Parrish, Amanda Nisbet, Jack Lenore Larson, Cowtan and Tout and Manuel Canovas to name a few.

We spent the day with their great staff hanging the wings and generally getting to know the showroom from a vendor’s perspective.

Dennis is the showroom manager and has been great to us.

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But I am ahead of myself. This is how the day went.

This is one of the views of the showroom as you enter the second floor where we are located.

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We immediately set to work deciding the order that the fabrics would hang in.

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Then Dennis had to decide where in the showroom he wanted to feature us.

I was more than a little bit excited with his decision.

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Amanda is one of my personal favorites so I am honored to literally rub elbows with her.

Then it was time to hang and for that we needed the pro… Earnest!

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That man is lightning fast. He has hung a few wings before!

In no time at all they were all up.

Then we had to tag everything and get the memo samples ready for the designers. (Yes, they were laughing at us for taking all of these pictures. We were not very good at being cool. Hey, this IS our first time around and we’re enjoying it. LOL)

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Mission accomplished.

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A HUGE thank you to Betsy, Becky and Traci for helping with all of the sewing and surging. It took a full two days to ready all of these samples.

We appreciate you!

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This is where the samples now live, Girls. If I weren’t the eternal optimist I would freak that there are so many beautiful fabrics competing with mine but ya know what? There is a reason God had me do this so I just place it all back in His hands and trust that He knows exactly what He is doing. I’m just enjoying the ride.

Tonya on the left and Allie, along with Joey who was busy at his desk are in charge of the library. Good thing they are super organized!

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Then it was all over but the pricing and educating.

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Thanks again Shoot Fly Shoot/The Lettered Cottage for this image. (The original is clear. This is printed on a pumpkin colored handmade paper) 🙂

Jeff and I returned the next afternoon for a meeting with the delightful

Dotty Travis, founding owner of the firm that bears her name.

She and Dennis had been working like ants all day getting ready for the

Cashier’s Decorator Showhouse in Cashier’s N.C.  and threatened bodily harm if we pulled the camera out. LOL

She did, however, make me cry with her kind remarks about the line and how pleased she was to welcome us to the family.

“I love this line. The colors are fabulous. I am really pleased with it and I want big hunks of it lying around. I’ve looked at it three times today.”  Thank you, sweet Dotty. We will do our best to make you proud. Thanks for giving us the chance.

And thus ended the set-up as we placed sample sets into the hands of the traveling sales reps…

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Go get em Kathy!  Mark, yours are on the way.

And the happy, tired couple rode off into the sunset to get some seafood at

The Atlanta Fish Market. We couldn’t stop smiling.

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I would be very remiss if I did not save the biggest thank you for my partner in all things, Jeff,  for everything that he has done to help make this possible. No one knows the hours he spends cutting samples, taking pictures, writing stories, writing contracts, placing orders, billing etc, etc, etc.

You, JB, are my rock. And then to my biggest cheerleader, Martin Choate. You know how much I love you.



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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.


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.)



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.



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.



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.


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.



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

                                in pink


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


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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