Archives for the month of: November, 2011

I am about to enter family mode so I wish you adieu until after all of the

 thanks have been expressed,

the turkey eaten

 and

the ballgames won!

Whether you are going over the river.

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via flickr.com

or through the woods

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photo from underspanishmoss.com

I pray that yours is wonderful and blessed.

See you soon.

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

www.cindybarganier.com.

 

 

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A newlywed couple takes a sampan ride on a canal inside a shopping centre at the Marina Bay Sands integrated resort in Singapore Marina-Bay-Sands-Convention marina-bay-sands-skypark111- marina bay pool marina bay pool Marina-Bay-Sands-Casino2 Marina-Bay-Sands end viewI just learned of this astounding project yesterday and after researching it I had to share it  with you.

Designed by architect Moshe Safdie the Marina Bay Sans Hotel and Casino in Singapore opened in April 2010 to the tune of a whopping $5.5 billion (with a B).

I’m going to feed this to you slowly. Get ready now.

This is a picture of the architectural model being viewed by a mother and child.

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And here is the real deal.

It’s like a dadgum cruise ship resting on top of three sky scrapers!!!

I’m sorry but whose mind thinks like this????

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Here it is during the laser light show at night.

The smaller orange building in the left foreground is a lotus-inspired museum.

This overhead shot of the casino looks like a work of art.

The casino with 600 game tables and 1500 slot machines actually  occupies less than 3% of the gross floor area.

This is a close-up of the lotus with a few of the extracurriculars in the background.

 Yes, I guess you can sky dive here also.

Inside is 800,00 square feet are retail and dining  spaces.

There is a ballroom the can accommodate 6,600 for a banquet- that’s 660 tables set up for a wedding.

They can actually have three weddings going on simultaneously.

Retail stores include Cartier, Prada,Patek Phillipe, Feragamo,, and Chanel.

Some of the boutique shops are so exclusive that they are only offered in Singapore making it a world-class shopping destination.

Finally, you reach the bottom floor of the mall. This is a young honeymoon couple being rowed through the mall canal in their on gondola.

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 You even get to row around the big fountain. How romantic. Oh, except for the paparazzi.

  The hotel boasts the world’s largest crystal chandelier with 132,000 Swarovski crystals.

 It is suspended 40 up into the ceiling and weighs 7.1 tons. Don’t stand under it! LOL

OK, I’ve saved the best for last.

We are going to make our way up the escalator ( the slow way to go)

The hotel lobby of the Marina Bay Sands on its opening day in Singapore.

The hotel lobby of the Marina Bay Sands on its opening day in Singapore. Photo: AFP

 Past amazing walls of art

up,up,up

 all the way to the 57th floor

to this!

The skypark observation deck from which you can see all of Singapore.

Visitors take in the view from the SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Visitors take in the view from the SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

 But wait… you “ain’t seen nothin yet!”

Get a load of THIS

 The world’s largest ( of course) rooftop infinity pool!!!

 

Don’t close your eyes during this swim.

amazing

This is what it looks like from above

and from across the way

 Pretty mind boggling if you ask me.

I need to think bigger.

I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as I did.

Thanks to Place and Food website for all of the amazing photos except those already credited.

If you would like to say, “That was fun!” at the end of YOUR amazing project contact me at

www.cindybarganier.com.

 

It has been brought to my attention that I inadvertently credited this photo to Tobi Fairley.

 

This is actually the work of my good friend Phillip Sides for the Coastal Living  Seawatch Idea House.

My apologies to both Phillip and Tobi.

I greatly admire both of you.

 

If you would like to be able to say ,”That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at

www.cindybarganier.com.

 

I had a wonderful time today helping my friend and long time client, Charlotte, get her fabulous cabin in the country ready for Thanksgiving.

Every year we begin at Thanksgiving to get ready for Christmas because that’s when their largest gathering takes place.

Because this is their “get away” home we have to mix some artificial in with the fresh so that by the time all of the parties roll around the greenery won’t all be  rooootttteeennn.  (rotten)

When we were all children my precious  little red-headed cousin,David, went out in the back yard and picked some pretty purple weeds that were growing and hid them in his closet to surprise his Mama  for Mother’s Day.  When he woke up the next morning and went to retrieve his gift he came running into the kitchen with his little bouquet wilting over his tiny hand and declared that they were rooottteeennn. LOL We have used the expression ever since.

Hobby Lobby has these great little twig cone shaped baskets that are just right for door arrangements.

The ribbon is sheet moss ribbon.

 

I had a little Pinterest fun with the mantle but let me tell you… Martha lied…

there is NOTHING easy about those pinecone trees!

Her instructions were to “just use some wire picks on the cones and stick them in at an angle”.

Yea, right!! 50 glue sticks later I finished. haha

Just go straight for the glue- forget the picks.

 

 

The blue berries on the Juniper this year made me do a happy dance. They are gorgeous!

 

I don’t know why this picture is fuzzy but you need to see a close up of those berries.

We decided to pretend like the deer were hiding in them.

 

We had this cabinet custom made several years ago and it remains one of my favorite pieces.

 

Martha lied again… when will I ever learn???

Those wheat stands require 15 hands.

 

Wheat and berries speak of the bounty for which we are thankful.

 

And never able to resist the call of the tiny white lights, the garland must at least partially go up.

Forgive all of the junk lying everywhere. We were busy elves!!

I wish I had a picture of sweet Grandbaby Samuel who came to visit while I was there.

What a doll he is.

 

Have you started your decorating yet? Better get busy.

The pilgrims are coming!!!

 

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And at my house there are lots of them. 🙂

Hope your week was wonderful.

If you would like to say,”That was fun!” at then end of your project contact me at

www.cindybarganier.com.

 

Wow! I always forget how busy this time of year is.

 I am burning it at both ends of the candle right now trying to help clients get ready for the holidays so forgive me if posts are a little sporadic.

These shots were in my in-box this afternoon and are Highpoint Market’s take on some of the trends and fashions that they observed this market.

I thought you mind enjoy seeing them.

mid-century meets moderne

 I feel like I just flashed back to my parent’s home in Pensacola when I was three years old.

They had both of these pieces I’m pretty sure. haha

There are still lots of bold graphic prints  hitting the market which is good for me. That means my fabric is still on trend.

 

There is also a trend toward hand-painted pieces both fabric and furniture that is being referred to as brush strokes for obvious reasons.

 Old Hollywood glam is making a comeback both in fashion and decor.

  

 

Lucite clear and colored is everywhere.

 

So there you have it.  A very teeny tiny peek at what the spotters spotted at what is known as

The Fashion Week of Furniture.

Have a wonderful rest of the week and hopefully I will see you soon.

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

www.cindybarganier.com.

 

There are so many questions that have to be answered in the construction of a new home. Important questions. It can become overwhelming.

One category that causes great confusion is the placement of wall lights.

Here are some general guidelines:

For standard wall lights the junction box placement should be @ 5’6″ above finished floor (AFF)

Phillip Sides Interior Design

Swing arm lamps near sofas should be @ 42″ AFF

Design by James Michael Howard

Above bookshelves lights are placed just above the trim at top of top shelf.

Above a mantle the junction box should be 15-18″ above the shelf, unless you have very tall ceilings and a very large painting; then you adjust accordingly.

Veranda

Above beds:

21″ above top of mattress or 42″ from floor if standard 21″ mattress

45″ from floor if 24″ mattress

48″ from floor if 27″ mattress

Some beds today are extremely tall- mine is 40″ so lights by my bed would need to be mounted at 60″.

Buy your mattress before you place your lights!

In alcove settings like the one pictured you have to “tweak” to make sure guests don’t hit their heads on the fixtures.

I find that once you hit 10′ ceilings you sometimes have to stop and reconsider so that they don’t look too low but in bathrooms the danger is that you get the light source too high and the face is thrown into shadow.

It’s just a little bit tricky.

If you need someone to handle these questions and you want to say, “That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at www.cindybarganier.com.

Way past ready for the weekend!

I think I’ll go hide out here with a really good book.

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Hope yours is great! See ya Monday.

 

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

www.cindybarganier.com

I am shopping for rugs today for a client.

There are so many beautiful choices available right now

but

none

can compare

 to this:

 

 

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That’s all flowers folks… in Brussels, Belgium.

How many hours? How many hands? How long will it last? What must the aroma be like?

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

www.cindybarganier.com.

 

Here are some other dining table facts that you might find useful:

• The maximum height that you’d want for a dining table is 31″ (30″ high for a dining table is about average).

• A critical measurement, especially with antique dining tables that have very big aprons is that you need at least 25 3/4″ for roomy leg clearance and to cross your legs.

 You need 30″ for a person 5′9″ tall–generally.

• A light fixture over a dining table should hang between 28-32″ from the top of the table to the bottom of the fixture.

 Table with no apron:

 

Table with apron: 

I’m sorry I can’t remember the source of these lovely photos. Please let me know if they are yours so I may give  proper credit.

If you want to say, “That was fun!” at the end of your project please contact me at www.cindybarganier.com

 

There are certain questions that come up over and over; so I thought I would spend some time trying to provide answers to the most common.  I hope they are helpful to you.

So here are some general seating rules. Please know that the configuration and size of the legs will affect these numbers.

• If rectangular, and the table length is 5 feet: sits 4-6 comfortably; if it’s 5 feet round, up to 8 people comfortably;

• If rectangular, and the table length is 6 feet: sits 6-8 comfortably; if it’s 6 feet round: up to 10 people comfortably (if you use banquet chairs, you can squeeze 12 people);

• If rectangular, and the table length is 7 feet: sits 8 very comfortably; if it’s 7 feet round: 9-11 people comfortably;

• If rectangular and the table length is 8 feet: sits 8 very comfortably; if it’s 8 feet round, up to 12 people comfortably;

• If rectangular, and the table length is 9 feet: sits 10 comfortably; if it’s 9 feet round: up to 14 people comfortably;

• If rectangular, and the table length is 10 feet: sits 10 comfortably; if it’s 10 feet round, up to 15 people comfortably;

• If rectangular, and the table length is 11 feet: sits 10 very comfortably and 12 comfortably;

• If rectangular, and the table length is 12 feet: sits up to 12 very comfortably and up to 14 with narrower chairs;

• If rectangular, and the table length is 13 feet: sits 12-14 comfortably;

• If rectangular, and the table length is 14-15 feet: sits 14 very comfortably and 16 if need be;

• If rectangular, and the table length is 16 feet: sits 16 very comfortably and 18 if need be.

If your table is bigger than that I pray that it came with a chef  ’cause you’re gonna need one!

I can’t remember where I got this image. If it is yours please let me know so I may give proper credit.

If you want to say, “That was fun!” at the end of your project contact me at www.cindybarganier.com.

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