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 Whatever made me think that there would be time for posting during move-in??

The next several posts will be re-caps told as though it is in real time. Hopefully you will feel like you are with us… minus the tired part.

So did you follow the clues in the last post and did they lead you to the correct assumptions?

If you guessed COLOR you are correct.

via Dungan-Nequette

If you picked up on simple, clean spaces with vibrant punches of energy …

good for you.

Here’s the 411

The house has a lot of beautiful trim: deep crown moulding, chair rails, wainscoting etc all painted pure white (read expensive to change).

Instead of fighting it, we decided to embrace the direction that we were given and keep the white trim but wipe away all of the heavy gold and green. By painting almost every wall in the house the same shade of white as the trim we will end up with a gallery effect that will allow art to be the star.

I am so moved right now by some of the great contemporary art that is on the scene we decided to let the entire design scheme be driven by art and rugs.

Here are some of the early pieces we considered.

The amazing thing about this project, and the most difficult part, was that I only had access to the house for about 4 hours. The previous owners had small children and in order to honor their wishes that their schedules not be too disputed we literally had to go in, take a lot of pictures, take as many measurements as I could think to take and get out.

I knew that we were doing a total demolition on the existing kitchen so that part was fairly simple and  I arrived with plans in hand for the new layout of the kitchen. That helped tremendously. We then went back to my hotel and said down with the pictures I had loaded on the Ipad and talked through some possible scenarios.

The next day was spent traveling all over Jacksonville with a granite broker. That was a first for me but I liked it. This guy, Roger, had relationships with each of the granite and stone yards in the city and he had a working knowledge of what each of them had in stock so after I explained to him what we were interested in he literally escorted us to 4 or 5 yards and helped us select the best slabs available for our project.

With slabs “in hand” we were able to double back and select tiles for backslash etc and even had time to make all of the plumbing and lighting selections.

I flew home the next day and began to formulate a plan.

A short time later my clients drove to Montgomery and we did an all day presentation.

Can you even believe that we were able to nail down every single decision in a single Saturday.

I am telling you, if you find a designer that you love and trust stick with them for life. Every house/project gets easier and more fun because you know each other so well. It is pure bliss.

I don’t want to give away too much but I will tell you that these fabrics play a leading role in the great room where I have designed a custom banquette in the white leather and that gorgeous blue ikat that will back up to the white, honed granite island on the kitchen end thus becoming the anchor for that space.

The gray flannel covers two sofas that flank the fireplace at the opposite end and the “Chanel” fabric will be on a pair of swivel chairs.

All of this will rest happily on a large custom sisal with a smaller rug on top that repeats the ikat pattern and coloration from the kitchen.

One of the new patterns from my fabric collection has now been dubbed “A….’s Blue Delight” and it will make an appearance as pillows on the sofa.

Is that not the worst name ever!! Help me out here folks. I stink at naming all of these patterns.

Here she is in paper form as I sent her over to the mill:

And this is what showed up on my doorstep yesterday printed on white linen.

(The color is more true than it appears here.)

What do you think? The initial response has been very exciting.

Springboarding off of the gorgeous Mediterranean blues and teals, we moved  to the living and dining areas with these fabrics.

The Chandelier on the left will hang over a  contemporary glass dining table that is 6 ‘ square.

These are for the breakfast room.

Varying textures is so important in the creation of a beautiful room.

The visual roughness of this sisal (though it is soft to the foot) will play off of the different woods while the

marble, lacquered pieces and linens add the sheen.

Another of my fabrics will anchor the tall wall of the foyer.

New pottery will rest on an antique chest from Italy to create the tension that makes a space fun to be in.

Well, that is an appetizer.

The last few items arrive tomorrow. We load the big truck and head out bright and early Monday morning.

It’s about to get exciting.

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

www.cindybarganier .com.

As I approach post number 50 I thought it would be fun for me to look back at the very first post and see how things are progressing. Am I getting better at this thing called blogging? Has my “voice” been consistent? Readership has certainly expanded and includes 5 countries now but  am I working everyday to give you information that is useful, interesting and worth the time that you so generously allow me? I really hope so. 

I found two of the paragraphs from  #1 to be interesting. It’s fun to read  what you said about yourself a year ago and see if you agree. LOL

This is what I said back then,

“I am an artist. Not one who paints with oils but one who creates worlds. I am an interior designer/decorator by trade but I also sing and dance a little. I love using beautiful flowers in the worlds that I am creating but can’t grow one for the love of money and I just recently started designing fabrics and furnishings. My first pattern is now available world-wide through Duralee Fabrics. I will post a picture of it later.

Mainly though I am a collector of people. One of my favorite parts of this world that I live in is that I get to interact with the most interesting and highly energized people on the planet. We don’t believe in the word no. We don’t like to hear, “that can’t be done”. We get frustrated, yes even sad, when the people around us give up or get overly pessimistic about the days that we live in. We are the eternal optimist. Things will change for the better. The day will return when we actually have clients again and yes, projects will get approved again… some day.”

I love that last paragraph. It is still true to me. And the phone did start ringing again. The sun still shines every morning. I used the down time to learn new skills which I am now using in the business. I actually had TIME to have long lunches with friends that I had neglected for several years. Yes, we all still face challenges but life is good. God is good and He holds me. Therefore, I will fix my eyes like flint on His face and I will walk every day in the knowledge that I have a destiny to fulfill. Part of that destiny is to be an encourager to you my dear friends. For you, too, have a calling to fulfill.

So when times look bleak remember to look around at all of the good that surrounds us everyday and to rejoice! And I will rejoice with you.


photo by linen and velvet

Let’s choose to enjoy the journey.

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


In Crans Baldwin’s  blog,  A Glass Half Full, an April  entry includes this statement:

“You know, I am not a designer, just an ordinary client involved in the design business. However I value what designers, real designers, bring to the party. They do the homework so I don’t have to think about it. They plan, they envision, they draw, they select and specify, they measure, and they consult me when it matters. They deal with late shipments, wrong shipments, mistakes, finish problems, difficult installations, problem suppliers, last minute substitutions, etc. Buying at retail is different, with different expectations. Working with a designer is like working with any other profession, and it has little or nothing to do with retail….”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Cindy Barganier Interiors

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

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