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A Blog by Cindy Barganier

Renovation Magic

Even though they are  messy and always filled with surprises (often unpleasant ones) renovations are exciting to me. It’s like taking a person who thinks that they are washed up…that life has passed them by…and helping them find purpose again. I like to think of the transformation as renovation magic.

It is hard to see your own home the way that others see it. Because we walk through rooms every day, the familiarity blinds us to what is really there, I think. I know it is true for me. As an artist, I am a messy; so, when papers and paints and inspiration photos are covering every flat surface I just think, “wow, exciting stuff is about to happen here.” Everyone else thinks, “is she ever going to clean this place up!” LOL It’s what makes the world go ’round.

Sometimes, a room can be filled with good pieces that don’t need to be replaced but because of their age or the colors used, the room feels more like a museum than an inviting place to sit and visit. It is my job to see through the visual clutter and breathe fresh life.

Such was the case with this living room.

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renovation BEFORE

It has great bones and lovely family pieces that hold sentimental value but it was so dark and “stiff” that no one really ever used the room. My challenge is to lighten and brighten without significantly changing the layout or the furniture pieces used.

I started by stripping away the dated sheers and heavy window coverings, allowing the space to be flooded with natural light. The window and door flanking the fireplace open into a beautiful sunroom that we re-decorated a couple of years ago so there is no reason to have heavy drapery covering them. That change alone makes a huge difference AND saved the client the expense of new custom drapery and hardware for two windows, a considerable savings when you have 12′ ceilings.

Without really realizing what I was doing I actually just flipped the wall color and the ceiling colors.

The blue walls became white and the white ceiling became blue. Blue ceilings always feel like you are inviting the sky to come inside and bring its sunny effect with it. I am getting very happy!

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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!

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The Difference Between Men And Women

The difference between men and women is real y'all. Seriously real. LOL Several months ago we had the need to move my work table from the mezzanine of the shop to the main floor. My first thought was to round up a bunch of guys from the neighborhood and "make er happen". Right? Wouldn't that have been yours? Not Jeff's. Nope. Don't...

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Southern Style Magazine Features

There is absolutely nothing better professionally than walking up to a newsstand and seeing your work validated by being on the cover of a national publication. Thank you Southern Style. The room chosen for the cover is the dining room of Max and Sally Byrd of Brantley, Al and it has struck a chord with people from all over the country. Calls and...

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2016 Southern Living Inspired Home

This week I was invited out to Hampstead to tour and  write about their 2016 Southern Living Inspired Home. The house was designed by Matter, the brain child of Anna Lowder and Harvi Sahota.  Harvi explains the theory behind the house this way, "We approached the design of this house by focusing on its location in the Hampstead community. Located on...

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ADAC Video

Just as I hit the publish button yesterday on Behind the Windows, ADAC published this video so I decided to share it with you since it has snippets of all the windows and tells a little about all of the designers. I hope you enjoy. [embed]https://issuu.com/adacmarketing/docs/spring_2016_-_behind_the_windows_bo?e=8848619/35720348[/embed]   Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. Cindy...

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Behind The Windows

    Some of you have asked for more pictures and the story behind the Behind The Windows event. Every spring 7 designers from across the South-East are selected to create a very large window display that kicks off Design ADAC and the spring market. The window stays up for 6 months and people from all over the country come to visit the market...

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Design Bloggers Conference And Nathan Turner

  I am so behind in posting that I might never get you caught up, but this fun you have to see. I recently returned from The Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta. Nathan Turner was one of the hilarious key note speakers. You might know him from Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators from a few years back.   One of the greatest and most refreshing...

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Design ADAC

[caption id="attachment_8963" align="aligncenter" width="352"] Fabric and Art from Cindy Barganier Textiles[/caption]   Super excited to turn on the computer this morning and see that my work is the featured image for Design ADAC 2016. I was waiting for them to make the announcement before I said anything but I was chosen as 1 of 7 designers from the Southeast  to create a window display...

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