This month’s winston-salem monthly features a  home we recently renovated.  The article, titled Mother’s of Invention (read the article here), details the importance of creating a home that is designed around, and for, the family who resides there.

In her own words, our client wrote this about the project:

It’s not where you live, it’s how you live.  That concept has always stuck with us; whether it was living in Denver, Colorado, Durango, CO, The Bay Area in San Francisco, or South Texas along the Gulf shores all in Jennifer’s youth or just across the river from New York city in Bayonne , New Jersey or the Maplewood-in the suburbs, of New Jersey for Austin.   Home is that place where you go to find comfort and peace with those you love.  So it was when we first walked into this home that our family felt like we could live here really well…except with a few slight changes here and there.

So; the dream list began; a touch of the feeling from our past-Colorado nature, (bring the outside in with lots of windows) California casual (clean line cabinetry, concrete, fireplace), Texas expansiveness (open kitchen, living, dining)  New Jersey community, (close proximity to family within the house) , and Maplewood as place to play (boy cave/man cave).

Also, It’ not what you do, it’s who you do it with……the relationship is important…..working with those who want to collaborate, not dictate.  Who are open, not with set with preconceived ideas-creative and willing to take some risks.   So, the list began with who to have help us-architect, builder, designer.  We assembled just the right group:  Vicky Schober – the builder (who’s first reaction was excitement at doing something different and she’s a mom), Jill Spaeh – the architect  and Mom who wanted to first meet the whole family to understand “how we live” and the calm cool designer, Anne Barnhardt who was First a Mom and her priority was to help us better live as a family, but doing it with style and comfort!  Anne has since deceased and I see and feel her everywhere.  She was amazing in her talents and extended her warmth into every choice brought forth-thinking about the family first-the texture of the fabric, the feel on  the feet, the durability of 2 boys and how the space would be for their friends, on and on-it was important to her that our boys love their home and be drawn to come back in all the years ahead.

Desired end result…was for our family to walk in the door and have a rush of warmth and love awaiting, for friends to come and feel the pull of gathering, and for new friends to walk in and feel like they belong.

Photo by J. Sinclair

Photo by J. Sinclair

At Barbour Spangle our goal with each and every project is to help our clients – no matter if they are stay-at-home moms, executives, or retirees – create a sense of HOME.  Just as our client details above, that word – HOME – means something different to every one of us.  Design should be a reflection of who you are, the family that lives there, the people that congregate, love, play and eat together, not just something pretty.  It should be a place to find refuge, to have fun, to love, and to heal.

Have a good weekend everyone.

xo 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

Chalky Business

October 28, 2012

I’m not sure it its a teacher thing or not but we saw plenty of chalk and blackboard paint at High Point market!


On the back’s of chairs at Bernhardt:

Used as signage at Kalalou:

Used as decorative wall quotes:

And even as information to describe products:

Happy weekend everyone.




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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Bathroom Bliss

July 18, 2012

As many of you know, we were recently invited to be Curator’s for Joss & Main’s Designer Collections.  The sale was a remarkable success and we have you, our dedicated and loyal readers, to thank for it.

The very first item to sell out was Global View’s Carnation platter.  We used the very same in one of our residential bathroom projects and a shot from that project was featured in the “Sneak Peek” before the sale.  Due to the overwhelming response we have had to that image (and the amazingly fast sell-out of the platters) we decided we should feature that bathroom here.

The FACEBOOK sneak peek post on our project had twice as many LIKES as the average sneak peek post!  Thank you!

The project was a major master suite renovation with custom cabinets, a glass tile wall, floating tub, separate shower and so much more…

Glass and marble tile:  Walker Zanger

Sinks:  Villeroy Boch

Faucets: Grohe and Hansgrohe

Countertop:  Caesarstone

Tub:  Bain Ultra

Mirrors: Robern

Paint:  Benjamin Moore Ozark Shadows and White Dove

Shower Drain:  California Faucets

Cabinet Hardware:  Restoration Hardware

Cabinets: Custom

We appreciate your continued support and are grateful for your dedication.  If you have not already done so, please be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and share us with your friends.

xo Christi Barbour

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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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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 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

Congratulations to one of our favorite go-to lighting suppliers – Sharon Marston Studios!

We have used her products in the past and the end result is always stunning.  This is a lobby we completed last year where we used one of her chandeliers over the front desk.  Spectacular light isn’t it?

Sharon just sent out an email blast with the following information:

This week welcomes the UK launch of the film Mirror Mirror which features Sharon Marston’s gigantic Laelia chandelier.

Providing a dazzling backdrop to the Queen’s Palace in the film, the 4 metre tall Laelia chandelier sparkles elegantly over Julia Roberts’ throne. Sharon’s team spent several days on set delicately assembling 6’000 pieces of hand blown glass leaves and overseeing the full installation.

To view stills from the newly released film and view further projects by Sharon Marston please click on the below link to the website:

xo Christi

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