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On Day 5 the ditch from the new septic connection for the added bath was filled.

We reminded each other for the hundredth time to duck.  LOL


The dragonflies completed their flight to their new habitat.

They brought some butterflies with them.

We finished hanging the last of the heavy mirrors. (That man can do anything.  ANYTHING I tell you.)

Jeff made a run into Jacksonville to pick up some art from local artist John Beard.

We cleaned up all of the mess.

We finished unpacking all of the glassware.

Then, at last, it was time to show off our work.

Since the owners had the advantage of knowing what everything looked like before (we even had fun reviewing the pictures before they went inside)

I am going to break this into two parts.

I will show you their expressions as

they see things for the first time then I will do a separate post and allow you to see before and after pictures for yourself.

Checking out the killer kurtain. 🙂

People ask me why we are willing to do so much, work so hard on move-ins. This is why.

And this..

And when tears start, I would do it all over again … right then.

NO, that’s not really the bedding. I was just trying to cover up the mattresses.

Time to see for yourself. Let me go find the befores and I will be right back.

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It would appear that my post on COLOR really struck a chord with people. It has opened an entire dialog on my professional Linked-in site.

Here are some of the comments that folks have made:


I have been an Interior Designer for over 35 years. Your information explaining how colors relate (or don’t) to each other is the best I have ever read. You speak in a way that professionals or a beginner can understand. Thank you for sharing!
Posted by Joan Craven

Thank you Joan!

And then there’s this from Lynn Long

 •” When I was about 12 years old (long ago), my mother (very non-artistic) took a class in color and learned a system called “Color Key” where colors were organized into two groups based on whether they had a yellow or blue base tone, resulting in a warm or cool impression. For instance, even a yellow could have a blue base and be cool toned, almost a brittle yellow. The idea was that you could not combine colors from these two groups because they would clash, almost imperceptibly. The other main idea was that people’s preference, and even their skin tone and the clothes that looked good on them, always ran to warm or cool tones – they would feel uncomfortable in a room or in clothes with the opposite color base. There was a paint chip fan with the two color groups.

Funny how I have remembered this, and it has proved very true and more useful for Interior Design than all the art and color education I have received over the years. It goes along with Cindy’s blog and this topic somewhat.”


 This is the kind of dialogue that I desire from our little community.
Tell me what you think, what you struggle with, what you have discovered that works.  When we share ideas we all learn, we all grow.
Sharing keeps us from getting all tangled up unnecessarily.
"Oh, I see you're home early."
What’s on your mind today?
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Albert Hadley, High Society’s Decorator, Dies at 91

“Mr. Hadley was the creator of residences for a roster of clients with names like Astor, Paley, Rockefeller, Getty, Whitney and Mellon.” ny times

What an inspiration this man was to so many.

Below are some examples of his iconic work:



The famous red lacquered library for Brooke Aster.

Bessarabian rugs, bessarabian rug, Albert Hadley

Thank you Sir, for the training of the eye that you afforded all who would pay attention and for your humble demeanor.

You made us proud in the South and around the world.

images by Elle Decor, New York Times and House Beautiful

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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

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