ASFD Pinnacle Award

June 21, 2013

This week I had the distinct privilege to serve as a Pinnacle Award judge for the American Society of Furniture Designers.  It was such an honor to be in the company of the furniture industries leaders.

photo (138)For those of you unfamiliar with the Pinnacle Award, their website has the following statement:  “The Pinnacle Awards were created in April 1995 by the ASFD board of directors to promote design quality and encourage the recognition of furniture designers within the retail home furnishings industry.The purpose of the Pinnacle Awards is to promote better design quality and to encourage the recognition of furniture designers within the retail home furnishings industry.”  To learn more click here.

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Our meeting took place at the Conference Center of High Point University.  It was a long day and as a designer that enters other design competitions (not the Pinnacle Award), I found myself being critical that each submission adhered to the strict guidelines the ASFD had in place.  I mean, if we have to follow the rules, shouldn’t everyone else?

There were some FANTASTIC entries and I can’t wait for the winners to be announced this fall at the October Furniture Market.  I am told it’s like the Academy Awards for the furniture industry.  Great.  Now I have an excuse to go buy a fancy new dress.  Do you think sequins would be too much?

Have a great weekend everyone. xo

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Heaven has a new Angel

November 13, 2012


It is with heavy and grieving hearts that we share with you our dear friend and colleague Anne Kirby Barnhardt peacefully passed away yesterday morning at home.  Anne has bravely been battling her second bout of breast cancer for the last nine months and made the choice last week to spend her final days at home surrounded by those she loved.

We cannot adequately express the love, gratitude and sheer admiration we have for our friend.  We also want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your heartfelt concern, calls, emails and texts about Anne.  It is clear that she has touched so many lives with her love, friendship and talents.

Helen Keller once said:   “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” 

Anne will forever be a part of us.

A memorial service to celebrate Anne’s life will be held on Friday November 16 at 2:00 PM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 N. Greene St, Greensboro, NC 27401; or the Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network, 5836 Bur-Mill Club Road, Greensboro, NC 27410.

On line condolences can be made at  Many of you have shared special stories with us that her family wants to hear, please be sure to send a note to the family for placement in their keepsake book or sign the online condolence book through this link.

Our office will be closed on Friday to mourn the loss of our friend and celebrate her special life.

Christi and Christi

We realized many years ago that when we told friends – even relatives – that we were “working market” they didn’t have the slightest idea what we were talking about.  Years and many markets later, they still don’t get it.

After exhaustive attempts at explaining what we do, we decided we needed to give you guys an eye into our world.

Enter our friend and Über talented David from Red Letters Media.  David spent some time behind the scenes with us at market to capture our world, so we can introduce it into yours.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – we couldn’t agree more.  I just can’t figure out how many words a video are worth…millions?

Rugs America from barbour spangle design on Vimeo.

Our very first video stars are Zac (call him Superman – he can do most anything) and Chelsea (one of our talented past interns and freelance designers).  The showroom is Rugs America and our call to duty is the fall market window display.

Let us know what you think!

xo Christi

High Point Market Wrap Up

October 27, 2012

The last month-plus has been exceptionally busy at Barbour Spangle. There were many busy days, late evenings and sleepless nights for all of us. Once our showrooms were completed – we were off and running to find the latest and greatest products on the market introduced by our favorite vendors.
The following images are the hightlights of our shopping days. To see more, be sure and visit my Follow Me on Pinterest page: HP Market “A-List”.

New sectional from Hickory Chair has already been tagged for a current project.

What a perfect home office this would make!

Currently looking for a home to put this in!

Modern History always gets mid-century modern just right.

OLY’s showroom always makes my heart swoon…

Bernhardt Interiors black room was pretty dramatic.

CR Laine always gets it just right!

If you like want you see but it leaves you wanting more…don’t forget you can go to my Follow Me on Pinterest page HP Market “A-List” finds!

Have a great weekend everyone!




A Decade of Design.

August 9, 2012

It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago this month, I had just graduated from HPU and scored an internship with BSD.  I couldn’t have imagined 10 years ago that I would be where I am today. Who knew that the blonde recent college grad would work her butt off (and come to her senses about the blonde) to become a NCIDQ Certified Senior Designer.  The past 10 years have definitely been a story of starting at the bottom and working/learning my way up.

I still remember getting the chance to stylize my first showroom vignette like it was yesterday.  It was the 350 “Metro” maple finished youth collection by Vaughan.  I was so proud of that room.  South Park dolls, tie dye and all!  I also remember being scared to death the first time I was sent out to select wallcovering.  Sitting there flipping through book after book thinking “OMG, I have no idea what I’m doing!”  Boy, have times changed.  In the past 10 years as a designer at BSD, I have not only successfully taken and passed the NCIDQ but I also have had the honor of receiving several ASID design awards.  None of those would have been possible without the support my BSD team and our fabulous clients.

Throughout the years we have learned from each, learned from our mistakes, been each other’s biggest cheerleaders, been each other’s biggest critics, a shoulder to cry on, a friend to laugh with and have always, always, always had each other’s backs.  We challenge each other to be better designers, better friends and better citizens in our communities.

Christi & Christi have taught me not only how to use my creative mind to the best of my ability but they have also taught me how to be a better daughter, wife, friend and one day working mother.  It’s not often that a person can say that they truly respect, love and care for their bosses.  I’m also lucky enough to call mine my friends as well.

It’s not just Christi and Christi on my side but my dear friends and co-workers Kelley, Anne and now Julia that make work feel more like play!  Each member of our team throughout the years have become my friends and will always hold a special place in my heart even though they are no longer here.

Thank you to C & C for seeing something in that young HPU graduate.  I will be forever grateful, honored and humbled that you chose me.  I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years have in store for all of us!!

xo- Bri

One of the things that I love about my job is the diversification of my days.  Take for instance Tuesday:  I was called downtown to the site of this year’s High Point Cycling Classic in High Point.  My call to duty is to help the event planners create a Corporate Tent area that has a little style and ambiance – a bit of a challenge when it’s in the middle of the street!

I met with the hospitality tent coordinator David Thompson to discuss the location of the corporate tent as well as the layout of the other race day areas.  If you are interested in a tent for yourself or your group click here.

Here David is pointing out the course map and where the individual food vendors will be located.

The location for the corporate tent (along with public/private bleachers and food vendors) is under the bus terminal on Commerce Street in front of the IHFC building in downtown High Point.  This will also be the site of the finish line for the race!

I have tons of ideas and once presented to the committee, I’ll be sure to share them with you too!

xo Christi

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We are pleased to announce that we were officially the first entrant for the NC Design Online 2012 Kitchen Design Contest!

Our entry can be found  h e r e in the July 2nd blog post on NC Design Online Blog.

We would appreciate your support so please take a few seconds and cast your vote!  Here’s how:

Once you are on the NC Design Blog page, there will be a comment box at the bottom.

To Vote:

Enter your name and email address – then in the comment box enter:  I Vote for A Room With A View.

The officials assure us this will be anonymous and comments will not be visible to viewers.

It’s that simple!  You can vote every day from now until July 31st.  We appreciate your time and your vote!

xo Christi

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We are so excited, we are giddy!!  Why?  Our Joss & Main lookbook is live!

Take a peek:

Be sure to visit Joss & Main on Tuesday evening, June 19th to catch our sale for all kinds of great deals!  If you are not a member already, you can sign up for Joss & Main through our special invitation link:

Joss & Main Barbour Spangle Curator Event

xo Christi B

We very excited to be partnering with Joss & Main to bring you a fabulous Artfully Edited Curator’s Collection Event! We gathered a cohesive collection of inspirational décor so Joss & Main’s members and our followers can easily integrate new and tried-and-true aesthetics into their homes and lives.

Joss & Main offers an inspired selection of home furnishings, décor, accents, lighting, tabletop, cookware, and entertaining essentials at up to 70% off retail prices. From household name brands to up-and-coming designers to small business artisans, their buyers and curators hand select every item, every design, every piece of inspiration.

We hope you will tune in June 19th for the launch of our Artfully Edited collection!

If you are not already a member of Joss & Main, signing up is easy ~ and it’s FREE!  Use our special invitation link here:  Sign me up for the Joss & Main Barbour Spangle Event!

xo Christi B

In just a few weeks our office, along with countless friends and family, will be walking in the Komen Race for the Cure.  Will you join our team?  If yes, please click the logo below or here for a direct link to sign up.


We will be walking with thousands of others to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for breast cancer.  This year we dedicate our team to honor our friend and colleague Anne Barnhardt and in memory of our beloved friend and mother Michal Miller.

The race is Saturday morning, May 5th.  Please consider sponsoring our team with a donation or signing up to walk with us.  We would love to have you, and we mean that from the bottom of our heart(s).

xo Christi

PS.  We would like to give special thanks to our friends at IMC for sponsoring the Barbour Spangle team this year.  Thank you!!!