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

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

What better day to talk about Kate Spade’s new Spring Campaign then Valentine’s Day!  It’s full of black, white and HOT PINK paired with Florence Broadhurst’s famous Japanese Floral!!  Kate Spade is known all over the world for her classic, bold and colorful designs.  She is one of those designers that I LOVE pretty much everything that she designs but will probably never splurge on any of them.  A girl can dream, right??  Her latest collection has hit a soft spot in my heart with it’s bold mix of large floral patterns, black, white and hot pink!!

Here’s a few photos of the collection:


images via kate spade

Here are a few beautifully designed rooms with the crisp color combo:

now that's fun!

Pink, black and white kitchen.

black white and pink bedroom

Black, white, and pink.

black, white and baby pink

black, white, pink!


color combo: white, hot pink, black

images can be found and researched via my Pinterest board: Home Base

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a very happy PINK filled Valentine’s Day!!!



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No, you are not having deja vu from last October when I blogged about Aqua and Lime.  This little color combo was still around during the High Point Furniture Market and making sure that everyone knows about it!  I’ve just given them new names! Everywhere we turned during furniture market there were fun punches of Peacock and Chartreuse.

Made Goods: Velvet Tuffed Mirror

Wendover Arts: Peacock Framed Prints

Robert Abbey: Color Glass Lamps and Pendants

Global Views:  Peacock inspired rug and accessories

Global Views: Peacock inspired accessories and pillows

Cyan Design: Vases

Hickory Chair‘s neutral room with pops of Peacock and Chartreuse

Schumacher Fabrics Fall 2011 Chroma Collection – Peacock & Chartreuse

Every October during the High Point Furniture Market, Barbour Spangle Design is hired to design and execute the centerpieces for the American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation Banquet.  This year we went with a Peacock and Chartreuse inspired theme after referring to the Pantone Fall 2011 Color Report.  We pulled out the dark teal and added bright green!

What’s your favorite color combo this fall??


The Reception – Part II

November 15, 2011

You didn’t think that I could just leave you hangin’ without showing you the best man/maid of honor embarrassing speeches, bouquet toss, funny dancing photos and a good time being had by all, did ya??  I am going to let these pictures speak for themselves.  I hope that these make you awwww,  laugh and possibly even tear up like they do every time I look at them.

What was YOUR favorite part of your wedding or another wedding that you have attended??  Was it the ceremony?  Reception?

-MRS Brianne Verstat

The Reception – Part I

November 11, 2011

The celebration…….the party……. The RECEPTION!!  For some people the reception is the main reason to go to weddings.  Where else can you dance with good lookin’ wedding guest, drink for free, dance with your tie around your head (this happened…..well it all happened!) and make a fool of yourself in front of out of town guest that you will probably never see again?!?

Floral centerpieces.

We wanted to make sure that all of our guest had A LOT of FUN!!  One of these little beauties sat on every table.  The back of the tag said “Sip and Share with your table!”  Once a table finished theirs…..

this happened…..

and this happened.  Until everyone was finished.  It was definitely a FUN way to start a reception.  Our guest are still talking about it! 🙂  The next day we noticed that Facebook was covered with pictures of these jars by friends and family.

Dinner Menu.  Our menu was completely personalized.

I grew up in Maryland and Ryan grew up outside of Chicago so our menu was full of our favorite foods. I wish that there was a photo of the sweet message that we had on the back for our guest.

To be continued……

The Ceremony

November 11, 2011

Two people who met each other and fell in love, brought to the most intimate and special part of their day.  The Ceremony.  When two people join there lives together.  Walking together through the journey of life.  Hand in hand.

Although the barn loft at the WinMock was filled with our family and friends, it felt like we were the only ones there during our vows.  This was OUR moment.  Just the two of us……and 140 of our closest family and friends. 🙂

Upon entering the WinMock guest first stop at our Wedding Tree Guest Book.

Candles in mason jars filled with dried split peas lead guest upstairs to the barn loft.

The moss covered B & R that I spent countless hours gluing moss on.

Our wedding program that I designed just day before the wedding.

Bright green granny smith apples lined the aisle.

Ryan, his bestman/younger brother Brandon and our officiant Holly Marion.  If you or anyone you know is looking for someone to officiate your wedding we highly recommend Holly.  She is very kind and took the time to meet with us and get to know us.  She personally writes all vows for couples.  We loved this about her.  Our ceremony was 100% about us.

Headed upstairs to head down the aisle.

Doors closed for the big reveal!

The moment we’ve waited for our entire lives!

The hand off 😉

I love how our photographer  Lauren and her photographer hubby Dave captured sweet moments like this.

Our Vows.

Making sure his ring fits and stays put! 😉

Ryan grew up in Illinois and I grew up in Maryland.  For our unity ceremony we wanted something that was a little different.  Most people light candles or combined sand.  We got soil from our home states and combined it together.  We will be using the soil to plant a tree  in the future when we build our forever home.

The KISS!!


This photo was taken by a family friend so the quality is not as fabulous as Lauren’s but we love it!

Onto the cocktail hour and reception!

We are very thankful that Ryan’s aunt video-ed parts of our ceremony.  It flew by so quickly and love having that to look back on.

-MRS Brianne Verstat

Finally got it to load!  Enjoy…….

To recap from earlier this week:  the office turned into a flower cooler and we loaded box after box into my truck to transport them over to WinMock

I left off explaining our friend Sami Price from  Just Priceless met us bright and early to load (more) flowers for the wedding party.  The next four or five hours were a complete blur.  We arrived at the “barn” just after 9:00 a.m. and jumped right in!  It was important that we stay true to Bri’s vision so her “binder” was our guide throughout the day.

When we arrived – we had a pretty blank canvas.  Ok.  Well, it felt actually empty.  How on earth would we ever get this looking like a dream wedding??

We unpacked box after box of mason jars – yes that’s right, mason jars – that had been painted in chalk gray.

and there were more….

Did I say lots of jars?

And I really did mean mason jars. 

Here we are – I think we might actually be counting….  “Hey Kelley!  Did someone sneak more of these things in the back door??

There were all kinds of other goodies in our boxes – what a bag of tricks!

The inspiration for many things came from the wedding invitation.   The letters B & R were used throughout:

Our mason jars turned into fun, simple floral vases with all white and green flowers.  Granny Smith apples were a nice pop of green on the table linens.  Family and Friends were assigned a table number for dinner.

In the end (many nail biting, curse murmuring) hours later ~ we were pretty pleased with the result.  Bri won’t let me share all the pretty photos – yet – you will have to check back to see the completed end result but suffice it to say it was pretty magical.

We left exhausted and exhilarated.   We ran back to the hotel room to shower, change and make a toast to Bri and Ryan and were back at WinMock just a short hour later!

Our talented friend and photographer did a fantastic job catching the entire night.  Stay tuned for those images!

xo Christi

Anytime we have lots of flowers in the office its a pretty special day.  But when those flowers are for one of your very own – it takes your game to an entirely new level.

The day Bri told us she was getting married was probably one of the happiest days our office has seen.  You can imagine lots of gals – all of whom consider themselves like older sisters – whooping and squealing with delight over this good news.  Needless to say it was never a question or discussion of WHO was going to handle the wedding; it was simply a matter of HOW.  Bri had a very clear vision of what she wanted {note: we love to have clients who have clear vision of their likes/dislikes} and that made it easy because she knew what she wanted and didn’t mind the time and effort it required to create it.

Our job was pretty simple:  support and show up.  The rest just worked itself out.  Now don’t get me wrong:  on wedding day there were lots of – shall we say – superlatives used (and not the kind your grammar teacher taught you) to go along with the pounding hearts, racing time clock and stressed out team.  This is when a video crew rather than a few photos for a blog would have been priceless.  But not for why you might think.  The moments of  pyscho-holy-crap-are-we-ever-gonna-get-this-done kind of crazy minutes throughout the day were not from lack of direction or design; we simply wanted it to be perfect, and just the way Brianne imagined. So you could say it was a labor of love.  Literally.

Our Wedding Day Setup began weeks before with “The Event” meetings.  Brianne went over her notebook and the orders she placed, we brainstormed about ideas on what could be done and how to pull it off in the time we had to do it and we made suggestions on things to get or how to do it for less.

Next stop:  Logistics.

The day before the wedding we started with transporting the large floral delivery from our office over to WinMock to see the space inside {I knew I would sleep better after knowing what I was facing!}  We had been by a couple of times while they were renovating but I have to admit – when we pulled up and all the landscaping was complete, the flowers planted, the fresh new paint….my breath was taken away.  This was going to be nothing short of spectacular.

If you know Bri you know she loves GREEN so it was no surprise her flowers were all green and white.  Here is our handcart with the fresh flower delivery ready to be taken to my car:

(sorry for the bad iphone photos!)

You can’t go wrong with Maggie B’s sweets – a large delivery was exactly what we needed to get the party started!

Maggie B’s cute packaging {I’m convinced} is what sold Bri first, then one bite and she discovered heaven on earth!

After loading my car the next step was to head to WinMock.  The staff there was incredibly friendly and helped us unload my car and safely store all the flowers and other wedding goodies.

The next morning my first stop was our friend Sami Price at Just Priceless.  She was in charge of the boutonnieres, corsages and bouquets {thank goodness}!

Sami was kind enough to meet me very early {it’s so nice to have friends – it makes the world a better place} and even help me load the car!

Having just loaded my car we evaluate the situation and decide the box is pretty accurate!

Stay tuned – wedding day set up to come!

xo Christi

Photo credits:

All really crappy iphone photos I will proudly claim.  All the lovely professional images from WinMock came from their website photo page which you can find here.

Window shopping in Beverly Hills is an experience all on it’s own.  In fact, its so great it makes not buying anything not so bad….

Before getting started – we stopped by The Beverly Hills Hotel so I could get a quick peek at the lobby design.  (Pssst – while we were there I saw Ryan Reynolds!)

Then – off to Rodeo Drive…


Louis Vuitton


Stuart Weitzman

I really can’t remember this one but loved the two story front window and models up in the air.

Or this one but aren’t the mannequins great?



Harry Winston

My preferred method of travel (and lust list auto) was on every street corner!

Last but not least!!

Truth be told…this place was not in Beverly Hills.  It was on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood but look!  This place seriously cracked me up:  The Dry Bar!  Its a styling salon specializing in blow outs!  The decor was too clever!  Check out the blowdryer chandelier.

So like I said…the window shopping IS so great that it makes not buying anything not so bad!

Happy shopping!

xo Christi