On The Road Again

August 21, 2012

Here we are:  another week gone by and I find myself on the road again…this time to the great city of Atlanta Georgia.
Last night my head found a pillow at The Glenn, a great boutique hotel in downtown Atlanta. It was such a quick trip that I did not get the chance to photograph my room for you (sorry guys).   As we were walking out of the hotel I snapped a few shots of their lobby so I would have something to share with you!









It was another great trip full of inspiration.



Hello to all!  While my blogging schedule has been quiet overt the last month, my travel schedule on the other hand has not.  Out of curiosity I looked at the calendar this morning and discovered that I was in town – safe and happy at home – TEN days out of the entire month of July!

One of my July trips was to the design-filled city of Las Vegas.  A city I like to say for designers, is like sending a kid to a theme-park made of nothing but candy, sugar and sweets with free rides and no lines.  It’s a city is filled with inspiration, over-the-top ideas and not to mention some really x-rated, card-flicking peddlers.  During my latest trip (there were two in July) I spent some time walking around the World Market Center during the semi-annual trade show.

One showroom I found particularly interesting was Four Hands.  We see so many tradeshows, retail stores, and design inspired interiors that sometimes it really is hard to hold my attention.  Four Hands did just that.  Why?  Because everything they used for display was recycled.

This wonderful wall was made out of paper bags!

These wrapping paper tubes make a great wall statement.

Ever wonder what to do with extra egg-crates?

Empty paint cans are a hazard and difficult to dispose of – this is a clever way to deal with them.

These books (with clever oragami-like page folding) look great as wall art.

Chicken wire and tissue paper – what a combo!

We are ever searching for the next great idea, color or source of inspiration for both existing and future projects.   It’s important to us that we stay fresh and current while remaining timeless and classic for our clients.  We remain committed to creating spaces as unique as the individuals that inhabit them and exceeding all expectations.

If we have exceeded your expectations please leave us a comment and tell us how.  If you like our designs, how about “LIKE” us on FaceBook?  Whatever trips your trigger…we just want to feel the love!


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One of the things we are loving right now are the floor-to-ceiling steel-framed doors from Bliss Nor-Am.  Their chic windows let an abundance of light in and have the perfect industrial and modern combination.

The great thing about steel windows and doors is due to the materials strength, they have a very small frame thus allowing for more glass – you know we love glass!!  The clean lines are a welcome addition to any home….traditional or modern.

I love this setting – in the photo above the window wall is closed.  The next shot shows the same wall wide open, perfect to bring the outdoors in!

Remember I commented steel windows and doors are ideal for modern or traditional?  Here is a perfect example:

Ready to let some light into your house?  Give us a call and we can help you bring the sunshine in….

xo Christi

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Images from Bliss Nor-Am website.

As part of our ongoing commitment to High Point’s Core City program, we recently submitted a new design for Jackie’s Place, a new jazz venue in downtown High Point on Washington Street.  The building is currently being used as a daycare and meeting space and is named after our client Jackie’s late sister Lois Haizlip Powell.

Jackie’s vision for this building is to transform it into a fun and lively spot for jazz enthusiasts to come and enjoy live music from local and regional artists.  She plans to have an outside patio as well as a bar and stage on the interior.

Jackie’s Place as it currently is on Washington Street, 2012.

Jackie’s enthusiasm for this project and her description of what she wanted led to this inspiration board:

Our final submitted design:

Jackie’s Place
By Barbour Spangle Design

To our delight, once Jackie received the design she singing our praises (and it wasn’t the blues!):

“WOW!  Don’t know what I was expecting, but this is absolutely fabulous…  Love it!  Love it!  Love it!
Many thanks for all your time and efforts.  You truly nailed it.”

xo Christi B

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We are incredibly thrilled to be participating in the Joss & Main curator event this week!  It really is an honor and the people we have worked with at J&M have been fantastic.

I have had many people ask me “What is this Joss & Main event all about?”  In short – Joss and Main is a website that hosts short sales (typically four days or less) similar to the concept of Rue La La or One Kings Lane.  The Curator Event is when they ask guests (designers, authors, editors, people in the fashion industry and the like…) to hand select products that convey a certain look.  Our Curator Event was focused on projects we have done in the last year.  The lookbook J&M created used images from our portfolio and those images were our guide in selecting products for J&M to sell.

Even more exciting than the sale is being featured in the online magazine PLUME.  Plume magazine contributor Donna Garlough interviewed us before the launch of our Curator Collection and a portion of that interview can be found here.  Due to space constraints, Donna couldn’t include the full interview so I thought I would share the rest of it here:

PLUME:  I notice you handle both residential and commercial projects. How is the process different between the two?

Barbour:  I would have to say the biggest difference between the two is the people and the human emotion tied to the decision making.  While in commercial projects our clients are very involved and enjoy the process, they don’t have the emotional connection that our residential clients do.  When working on commercial projects it’s important that we convey their brand message or corporate culture correctly ~ but they still do not have to live and breathe the design like you do if it’s your home.  Our goal with every project is to ensure that each home we work on is a reflection of the homeowner’s taste and incorporates things that “say home” to them.

PLUME:  Are there any principles you’ve learned in commercial/corporate design that have made you a better residential designer, and vice versa?

Barbour:  That’s easy:  Listen To Your Client.  No matter who they are or what the project is, everyone wants something.  That basic want or need can be as simple as a paint color preference or as complicated as a high tech meeting space – but at the end of the day if that request is not met, the project isn’t successful.

PLUME:  Tell us about 5 pieces of furniture and accents. you absolutely can’t live without, and why.

Barbour:  Just five?  Wow, with so many great products and elements for a room that’s tough!  Can I have seven?

My can’t live without #1
Artwork!  Above and beyond anything else, I believe artwork gives personality to a room and insight to the people who live there.  My current crush is on Sally King Benedict out of Charleston, SC (one of my favorite cities).  I have high hopes to find a spot for a piece of hers in my own home.

Can’t live without #2
There is nothing better as a family than to snuggle together at the end of the day and what better way to do so than on a great sectional?  This one piece of furniture can change any room into a Family Room.  We were just with friends last night who have a sectional in their den and everyone was piled up together watching the US Open, it’s such a cozy friendly feel.
I am partial to the Belgian influenced styles from Verellen Furniture.

Can’t live without #3
I can’t resist a little bling in a room and gold accents always catch my eye.  I have had my eye on this bronze trestle table from BDDW out of NY for some time now and can’t wait to find a home for it in a future project.

Can’t live without #4
Since we are in the South, so many of our homes have hardwood floors and we use a ton of area rugs!  There are many styles we incorporate into our home designs such as natural fibers and woven area rugs;  Beni Ourain rugs are my current go to fave.

by Barbour Spangle Design, Anne Barnhardt

Can’t live without #5
Every space could use a little sparkle therefore I adore using acrylic pieces.  You don’t need a big piece, just a small accent will do the trick.  Vintage acrylic pieces are my favorite way to incorporate this element however they can be hard to find so this Timber Table from Gus Modern is a good size and adds just the right bit of funky chic to any space:

Can’t live without #6
Lighting is such an important element and can totally change the way a room feels – all with one little switch!  I like to layer tone on tone’s then give a room it’s punch with accessories and fabrics.  That’s why I like this Alabaster Quatrafoil lamp by Regina Andrews (to the trade only):

Can’t live without #7
I am a sucker for a little animal print in every home we design.  Not over the top ~ it can be a small pillow or a even a bench but I often use an animal hides as rugs to break up seating areas.   I have this one from Wayfair.com in my Living Room:

More of my favorite things can be found on my Pinterest page “Products I Love”

PLUME:  The residential projects in your online portfolio have such cohesive, pulled-together color palettes without being overwhelming to the eye. How do typically build a room’s palette? Do you start with textiles, nature, pieces of furniture, etc.?

Barbour:  Thank you!  I find that the greatest source of inspiration for any one of our projects is from our clients themselves.  We have been incredibly lucky to have worked with some truly amazing people!
Our designs revolve entirely around their desires, wants and needs since our goal is to create a home that is a reflection of them.  Therefore when we start a project we will typically take one dynamic piece and build the room around that item.  It could be a fantastic piece of art, a perfect piece of furniture or even an incredible fabric.  Whatever it is, we build on that item and go from there.  That is one of the many ways we ensure that the end result is a true reflection of them!

Thank you so very much to the kind and professional staff at Joss & Main for asking us to host this Curator Collection Event!  It has truly been an honor and we are so very excited to be part of this talented team of individuals!
Christi Barbour

Meals On Wheels

April 5, 2012

The other night while at dinner with friends, we started talking about the increasing popularity of food trucks, especially those that are specialized.  I quickly took a look online and came across Saturday Night Foodies a blog written by husband and wife team Jason and Kim.  Their travels have taken them all over and in the process they have experienced some fun and (ahemm) u n u s u a l food trucks.

There is the Burger Bus.

The Crepes Bus – Oui Oui!

The Waffle Truck.

The Scottish Truck.

The Greek Truck.Then there is the (confused) Sushi Burrito Truck.

Patrons flock to these trucks for both the food and the experience.

As we talked about the increasing popularity of these trucks we came up with the idea:  What if someone created a really cool restaurant experience and combined it with the mobile ability of specialty food trucks.  We were convinced this was a genius idea!  All we needed was a motor coach, a great chef and a good design team (hmmm….wonder who?)

Sadly we were much too late.  The very next morning I was flipping through a magazine and you are never going to believe what I spotted!  No, Brad and Jenn are not getting back together.

A mobile restaurant!!  Wow oh Wow!


xo Christi

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Lately it seems that I am surrounded by all things equestrian.

Close to home for instance, is our very own Madison Spangle (Christi’s daughter) who recently won the title of Sedgefield Showgrounds Medium Pony Division Year End Champion (way to go Maddie!).  Her horse Gracie goes by the clever show name of “Connect The Dots“, can you guess why?

I adore this photo of Madison (and Gracie) ~ at just twelve years old, I find her grace and dedication awe inspiring.

Spring flowers and warmer temperatures remind me that hubby’s birthday is right around the corner and every year on (or about the time of) his birthday is the Kentucky Derby at the beautiful Churchill Downs.  About eighteen months ago our office had the pleasure of visiting the Churchill Downs facility.  When you combine the grandeur and history, the wager process and the mint juleps ~ its an experience you will never forget!

As I was shopping the High Point Furniture Market last fall I came across a number of equestrian inspired designs.

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