St. Patty’s Day

March 16, 2012

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (and my daddy’s birthday) I thought I would put together a little “GREEN” inspiration for you!  Enjoy your weekend everyone…and don’t forget to wear GREEN!

1.  Green table lamp by one of our favorite vendors Bungalow Five

2.  Converse Shoes

3.  Four Leaf Clover Charm

4.  Wegner Wishbone Chair

5.  Clover Table by another top pick Regina Andrew Designs (available through us)

6.  Green Trellis Pillow

7.  Jonathan Adler Tray

Happy Birthday Dad!

xo Christi

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I am a sucker for a good awards show.  I suppose it all started when I attended the Daytime Emmy Awards Show in LA in the late 90’s.  {All fashion disaster photos have been destroyed to protect the innocent!}  It was there that I watched star after star win an award and sat at a table with interesting Hollywood celebrities, pretty exciting for an NC gal.  At the much later Hollywood After Party, I spotted giggly girl Kelly Ripa and her then new hubby Mark Consuelos making out in the corner ~ completely oblivious to the wonderful world of fame and fortune surrounding them.  I was mesmerized.

I have to admit, I was thrilled to learn that the very same night I’ll be arriving in LA for the Bloggers Conference, the Oscar’s will be in full swing not to far from my hotel! In the spirit of good design I thought I would share some of the best sets from this years Oscar top contenders.

The Artist (Weinstein Company)
Production Design: Laurence Bennett
Set Decoration: Robert Gould

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Production Design: Stuart Craig
Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Hugo (Paramount Pictures)
Production Designer: Dante Ferretti
Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo
Midnight in Paris (Sony Classics)
Production Designer: Anne Seibel
Set Decorator: Hélène Dubreuil
War Horse (DreamWorks)
Production Designer: Rick Carter
Set Decorator: Lee Sandales
Architectural Digest is featuring all these movie sets, as well as interviews with the production and set designers.
It’s fascinating to read about their thought process and design direction.  Read more HERE.

xo Christi

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Note:  As noted above, all images came from the Architectural Digest website, to see many more images visit their website here and the Oscar’s page here.

Pantone Color Trend Report

February 17, 2012

Pantone Color Institute has announced their color trend report for Fall/Winter 2012 and it’s pretty exciting!

Overall the announcement includes lots of great neutrals however they are accentuated with pops of bold and fun colors. Leatrice Eiseman (Executive Directore of Pantone) says this about the announcement: “By playing to consumers’ practical side with versatile neutrals, and boosting their confidence with bold, spirited hues, this skillfully balanced palette has something for everyone.”

This announcement is geared toward fashion and you are sure to see it popping up in stores everywhere.  We all know fashion influences home design so I encourage you to get a headstart on what you will see popping up in home decor later next year.

So what’s on tap for this fall?  Here is a list of the selected colors, their designers and rooms featuring these great fall colors.

Rachel Roy

{see our Kate Spade post here}

Carmen Marc Valvo


Tracy Reece


Pamella Roland

{Live, Breathe Decor}

Tommy Hilfiger


Rebecca Minkoff

{Metropolitan Home}

There are many other great colors so to learn more check out Pantone Color Institute.

xo Christi

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Do you ever wonder how (or WHY?) designers pick the color combinations they do?  Well, sometimes it’s based on client preferences but many times it derives from some source of inspiration.  A good example of this is our post on fashion inspired rooms – if you look at those images you see how the color combination in the outfit inspires the room colors.  You can see that post HERE.

I am admittedly a neutral-holic and color phobe in my own home and wardrobe.  It’s probably one of the reasons I am so excited to share this post with you!  If you are nervous about selecting and committing to any combination of color – or if you are gunshy on what color to put with what – then be ready for your bleak colorless world to be ROCKED.

One of our new favorite sites is Design Seeds.  It’s like a Garanimals (remember those?) for color shy adults.  Color Genius Jessica shares with us her lifelong passion for color and (with beautiful imagery) gives us an enormous amount of color inspiration.

Go on.  Be bold.  Be brave.  Be colorful.

Life is lived best in color.

xo Christi

Golden Glow

July 28, 2011

These days when in am getting dressed it seems that I am reaching for my gold jewelry more often than some of my favorite silver pieces. Perhaps it’s the sun-kissed golden glow my skin has right now that’s influencing my choices. Or maybe it’s the sunny days…or it could even be the projects I have going on right now!
Take for instance this brass hardware we are using in a kitchen by EMTEK. It is lovely and the brass is a refreshing change from the chrome and nickel we have been using for the last several years.

I love the gold banquette and band of brass in this otherwise all white kitchen by Sally Markam featured in House Beautiful June 2011.

She also did a fantastic all white dressing room that showcases gold accented sconces.

Yummy hardware on a chest from kindle

This new Ralph Lauren lamp by Circa is so pretty with the soft brass and marble base.

I love the gold accents on this chandelier I found on 1st

Kelly Wearstler’s fantastic library at the Santa Monica Viceroy:

In the bathroom – gold can add some old world glamour. Who can’t use a little dose of that now and then?  This THG widespread lavatory set in polished gold is lovely.

This bubble chandelier from PEELE reminds me of gold Christmas balls:

I love this collection of gold frames over a bed (found on Elle Decor):

Since we all have wedding fever around the office you can imagine that table settings have been a hot topic!  I think this setting from Martha Stewart is spectacular:

And speaking of weddings…this ring found on ETSY is perfect:

Even her mom’s name is on target with the them:

Whether it is a gold rush or golden glow I hope you find something that brings a little gold in your life too!!

xo Christi

Friday’s Favorite: Rugs

January 7, 2011

Rugs are an easy and affordable way to change the look of your room.  Whether it’s to add a pop of color to your space, create a sense of area in a large room or hide those stubborn old carpet stains rugs are the perfect solution! I was inspired to write this blog after flipping through West Elm’s most current catalog.  LOVE IT!  I was thrilled to see all of the new product options that West Elm is offering for the winter.

Here are a few of my favorite rugs that I have recently seen:

This rug was the inspiration and has me seeing hearts!   Lourdes Sanchez Bull’s Eye 8′ Square rug from West Elm

Although the name is Plain Tin Charcoal from Dash and Albert.  This rug is anything but plain.  So beautiful and serene.  Love it.

Add a pop of color with Tortola from Dash and Albert!

I love how the pattern of this Surya Rug is off centered so that you can see it even if a cocktail table is placed on top.

Feeling creative?  Design your own rug with Flor carpet tiles or purchase a pre-cut rug like Fez 2 shown here.

Shut the front door!?!  This rug from CB2 cracks me up.  If anyone seriously buys this please let me know because I would love to see where it goes and meet who ever buys it.  🙂


One very quick and inexpensive way to totally change your space or furniture is to paint.  Paint can turn a boring beige room into a beautiful bright space that you love to relax in or it can turn an old tattered cabinet into a fun accent piece.  Here is a selection of all of our own personal favorite colors:

Anne’s pick:  Sherwin Williams 6006 Black Bean

It is perfect for accents like banister rails, stair runs and window molding for an updated look—it is just the right combo of black and brown!

Christi S’s pick:  Sherwin Williams 6415 Hearts of Palm

It isn’t necessarily a new color but it is the color of my daughter, Madison’s bedroom and I always love hanging out in her room (when it is actually clean and you can see the floor).  It is a very calming and soothing color which helps out with an 11 year old daughter! 🙂

Amber’s pick:  Benjamin Moore 2019-60 Lemon Sorbet

I like it because its light and feminine. It looks nice with creamy whites, wood tones and natural green accents.

Brianne’s pick:  Sherwin Williams 6416 Sassy Green

The name of the color says it all.  It is sassy and that is why I love it!  Bright, colorful and cheery with a little sass!

Christi B’s pick:  Benjamin Moore AC-25 Harbor Gray

In the past people have considered gray as boring or dull but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  A color like this feels fresh and modern.  It’s a perfect neutral for people who are tired of beige and taupe!

What’s your favorite paint color?  Please share!


Heads Up.

November 2, 2010

In honor of the start of deer hunting season this past weekend, I have rounded up a variety of faux animal hunting trophies.  Animal hunting trophies are not limited to Man Caves, Lakeside Cabins and Mountain Getaways.  They can now be mixed into your modern home or loft.  Here are a few of my favorites:

How cute is Ferdinand from Stray Dog?- Gentle Ferdinand is handmade of papier mache from recycled materials by artisans in Haiti.  He also comes in a variety of colors!

Robbie Rhino from West Elm– Robbie is made from recycled paper and can be painted to match any decor.  Although, I like him in his natural state.

Carved Wooden Moose from Roost – This guy is definitely a moose, measuring in at 32″ x 32″

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth- Cyan Design

A variety of hand glazed ceramic animal trophies- Williams Sonoma Home


ps- No animals were harmed during the writing of this blog.

Friday’s Favorite: Lamps

October 15, 2010

So many lamps…so little rooms to use them all.  Here are a few of our favorite lamps:

Large Ring from Visual Comfort

Paxton from Currey and Co.

Ennis from Arteriors Home

Elisabeth from Stray Dog Designs

Anaheim from Arteriors Home

Hint:  Fill glass lamps with fun, unexpected objects like we did last market in Belle Meade Signature‘s High Point showroom.  Can you spy our lovely Betta Fish friends?




Please note that all lighting shown can be ordered directly through Barbour Spangle Design at designer discount pricing!




Friday’s Favorite: Magazine

September 24, 2010

I have a friend we like to call “Scoop”.  She waits by the mailbox for the mailman on days when her [People Magazine] subscription is due for delivery – you can probably guess why we call her Scoop.

Well I have days like that too only it’s not for the latest update on Brangelina or Elin Woods.  I am brimming with excitement to get my hands on our friendly neighbor’s ultimate home magazine:  Canadian House & Home.  Each month when I get my copy I cheat the kids bedtime so I can curl up on the sofa to soak up each and every page – it evokes a blend of Elle Decor,  Domino,  Metropolitan Home and Garden Design.  This month New York designer [Brad Ford] dishes his delights and the recipe section is fantastic too!

Christi B.

Pssst…be sure to try the Mango Salsa Salmon from earlier this summer!