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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