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Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality is having a link party today so I thought I would share a vignette we did for clients earlier this month. As some of you saw when I posted  the sneak peek I had just had my decorative painter paint a tone on tone forest scene on their walls.

tone on tone sepia painting

faux finished walls

I decided to stay with that theme for the Christmas decor.

After delivering their new French chest I discovered these happy reindeer who looked like they would love to be nibbling grass under the trees on the wall so they found a home as the centerpiece of the vignette.

Christmas vignette

Christmas vignette

Don’t you love the organic feel of their driftwood forms?

Their “bed” was made of fresh Frazier Fir branches mixed with pine cones,pine boughs and snow. That stuff is hard to come by in Alabama these days but we forced a White Christmas with a lot of cotton and little spray stuff. ūüôā

Next, I took some blocks of foam, cut them into small squares and covered them with pieces of left-over fabrics and ribbons to make small gifts for a pop of color.

Simple but elegant just like I like it.

So how’s all that cooking, shopping and …… coming along? I am reminding myself to “rejoice with great joy” over The Star as the song says and not get overwhelmed by the business.

Have a cup of eggnog and enjoy your night!


Here are some ideas for that special hostess gift.

Simply Sophisticated Wine Wrap


love these for stocking stuffers!

Gracious Hostess Gifts

Hostess Gifts

Easy Hostess Gifts

gift wrap /gift idea

They will love it!

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I gave up on a lot of picture taking in order to simply finish on time but I think all trees, bows, garlands, tables etc. are up…… except for mine. Alas. LOL

Note those two giant trees happily soaking in the background. Oh yeah, Baby.

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Don’t you love¬†that awesome jeep. There is quite a love story surrounding it.

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Cindy Elf had it loaded to the gills with fresh greenery. I am pretty much a purist in that regard.

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cindy barganier

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Color they scream. What color is it? All soft blues, whites, bronze with tiny pops of red, yellow and orange on the birds that make their nests in the tree.

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I am leaving you for few days as we spend some Christmas time with family.  See you in a few.

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I’ve been doing a lot of shopping and have seen some fun decorating and gift ideas this year; so if you need some inspiration maybe these will trigger something for you.

Happy decorating.

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I am working on some landscaping plans for a couple of projects and have been dreaming of gorgeous gardens. It’s funny how much you absorb of your Mother’s taste. When it comes to gardens I always fall in love with formal ones. And if they involve stone and lovely gates and statuary, so much the better. Here are some of my favs.

The iron gate and entrance to the Small Cloister at Westminster Abbey, London.

via Westminter Abbey, London, England


via Life of Polarn Per on Instagram

my favorite table for two -

via All the Kings Houses and Men


House Beautiful

via Mark D Sikes, Inc

Montecito home of designer John Saladino

via katy

Abbey House Gardens, England


Can’t you just feel the stress falling away when you put yourself inside those pictures? Well, if you have an army of gardeners that is. A girl can always dream.

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It’s that time of year again.

You better get some rest while you can! It’s baking time.


We have a full day of Christmas tree buying, garland buying, house decorating and choir practice. Hope yours is great.

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I know that I told you I would show the finished dining room today but I just have to save it for next week. There are “happenings” too good to miss.

However, I will tease you with some shots that we took during the set-up.

A little ceiling love going up.

Experimenting with accessories

oh yeah


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It is truly amazing the difference a wide angle lens, light umbrellas and …hmmm-know-how make in the results of a picture. Thank you Scott Smith for these beautiful shots.

I still think it is so much fun to see before and after shots -this time with the professional advantage.

The Ponte Vedra Beach Project

kitchen before

kitchen before

kitchen after

kitchen after

great room before

great room before

cindy barganier interiors
great room before

blue and turquoise family rooms

great room after

dining before

Dining After

Dining After

foyer before

foyer after

foyer after

foyer before

foyer after

foyer after

Cindy Barganier Interiors

foyer after

Yep, that really is a buffalo head hanging on the wall.

guest room before

guest room after

guest room after

Cindy Barganier Interiors

hallway leading to guest room

master before

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom After

Master Bedroom After

Cindy Barganier Interiors

master vignette

Thanks E and R for another great project. We love working for you!

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We are in the final stages of a few kitchen renovations and the beginning phase of a new one. The new one has me stumped today. I can’t find an image to adequately convey to the builder what is in my head for the island. It will for sure be a painted finish. It will be a blueish-gray with an umber glaze but we are thinking about painting something on the end like an old stenciled sign look. I don’t know. Any ideas? I need some help here!

These are a few of the million images I looked at yesterday on Houzz and Pinterest.

I liked the hardware on this one.


Love the end panel and the stools being in-set.

Mixed door styles and finishes. Traditional kitchens often use multiple finishes. Sometimes you'll see one color or style cabinet on the perimeter and another on the island, for example. And you don't have to stop at just two; feel free to mix in a tall cabinet with a natural stained-wood tone. Even a section of cabinets such as a breakfast bar or butler's pantry can be done in a third or fourth color. Mixing finishes gives traditional kitchens a collected-over-time fee

Like that there’s no wasted space.

Great Kitchen Island!

LOVE the rounded ends

III DomA Architects, Inc. III - traditional - kitchen - san francisco - Doma Architects, Inc.

Kinda digging the old wood added in…hmmm

Antique Kitchen Islands

Like the simpleness of this.


SEE, I’m all over the board on this. Help me out people. What am I trying to say!!!! LOL

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Yesterday I had Marilyn painting a tree branch on a ceiling, today I asked for an entire forest. I am just going to offer you a sneak peak of what is to come. This wonderful old Tudor in the historic  Idlewild area of our city is getting just what it deserves: a large loving family to fill it with joy and laughter again. Those eight tiny feet and four more substantial ones had long ago outgrown the tiny breakfast room so we are giving them a dining room that will make all ages want to linger and linger around the table.


Inspired by a photograph of a house I saw years ago in Southern Accents we set out to provide a backdrop against which the children would sit at the table each night and create stories concerning what was taking place in their magical woodland picnic room. I can already see my own little furry friends rustling through the leaves, rolling down the hills and bidding me come play. I just love it. I know they will, too.

Thank you Marilyn Heard. I love you.

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