The Learning Never Ends… Thank Goodness!

Those of you (especially my fellow design buddies) who know me well know that I have had a love affair with TND communities ( or New Urbanism) for many, many years. The first one I fell in love with was in North Carolina twenty something years ago. I vowed then that I would be a part of one …..some day.

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I didn’t care if it was the mountainy look of Mt. Laurel

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the southerness of The Waters

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 the beachiness of Watercolor

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or the European feel of Rosemary

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I just loved them all. Still do.

Well that day and those dreams finally came together about 8 years ago.

I was hired to work with the developers and builders at The Waters in Alabama and ruined many a pair of shoes before the streets were in but shared in the excitement of watching a community literally come out of the ground. My first visit was in Andrew’s 4-wheel drive as we drove through pasture land with him saying, “Now there will be a 200 acre lake that horseshoes around this section and the tree lined streets will be laid out in a grid here and there.”

Amazingly, we could see it all, right down to the white chapel at the top of Chapel Hill Street. We bought a house and opened a shop  there here

Then came the day that made me smile for a full year. I was hired to design a fabulous house at Watercolor on 30A in Florida, then another and another.

I felt like Walt Disney had waved his magic wand. But in my heart of hearts I knew from whence the blessings flow.

The learning curve is steep in these communities. The footprint is small. The windows are many. The walls few.

Furniture that worked last time won’t work here. Parking is tight. Streets are narrow. And never have I experienced the love of neighbors that exists here. It’s just a special kind of living. It’s that simple.

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Therefore, I am celebrating my good fortune and the lessons learned learned along the way by offering a series of seminars built around the topics of design, decorating and entertaining. We will look at everything from current trends to tackling some of the challenges unique to these communities. I will, from time to time, be sharing some of the content here.  It should be “large fun” as my neighbor, John, would say.

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The Great Adventure Unfolds

I feel as though I should begin this post,

” Dear Diary, I have missed you.  Please don’t be upset with me for my neglect of you.” haha

The middle of this week I did, indeed, feel like that steam engine I left you with last post ran over me but I am feeling like my old self again and ready to begin the process of catching you up on the great adventure called the month of May.

Two of the small kitchen renovations have been completed except for accessorization.

This was kitchen number one showing several before and afters:

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Cloverdale kitchen before

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Cloverdale kitchen after

The above wall is awaiting a series of framed architectural prints ceiling to floor.

And one final over-all view..

While this was taking place in week 1 kitchen #2 was undergoing its minor renovations which I haven’t even seen yet so pictures of that will come later this week.  Kitchen number 3 is all picked out and about to begin major demolition.

Watercolor house #2’s furniture began to arrive on the heels of this.

Here is a look at how that project is coming along.

These pictures are actually pretty far behind. They are moving in this week. It’s looking great!

Tomorrow’s post gives me chills….. my own fabric line is actually happening.

Details tomorrow! Stay tuned.

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Appetizers

I have a friend who NEVER goes out to eat without ordering a couple of appetizers for the table.

 He is fun to go out with.

So heading into the weekend I thought I would give you a little appetizer, a teaser, a tasty treat of what’s to come.

Here is the new Watercolor house in coming out of the ground.

 

 A little more framing goes up…

 

And believe it or not these are my original inspirations for the interiors.

We will see if they pan out.

 

image via travelingcolors

now don’t get scared.. haha

And my favorite…

image via crush culdesac

Stay tuned to see what gets served up for the main course!

And if you would like to say, “That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at

www.cindybarganier.com.

 

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Then Where Did We Go?

After leaving Martyn Bullard (here) we scurried home, re-packed and headed

HERE!

 Can you guess?

Does this help any?

THAT’S RIGHT!!! We are starting another new project at Watercolor and I am SOOOOO excited!

30A, most beloved corridor, here I come.

If you aren’t familiar with this wonderful place I would like to share just a few of my pictures from the last trip. These are

snippets of Watercolor, Seaside, Rosemary and Alys Beach.

Enjoy.

 

 

And of course…

Stay tuned for the frame up and build out of another great house!

And if you would like to say, “That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at

www.cindybarganier.com.

 

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