Vintage with a little flair

Here at Tracery we love finding old, tossed aside pieces of furniture and turning them into magnificent one-of-a-kind treasures. Case in point: the bright, fun & quirky chair photographed below that will be placed in the Southern Living Idea House we are getting ready to install!


We were lucky enough to find the pair of chairs below in great condition. They just needed a little TLC and they transformed into gorgeously glamorous seating fit for any diva that will be shopping at the soon to be complete Doree boutique on 18th Street in Downtown Homewood, Alabama.



Art Quest

Tracery is proud to be a participant in this year’s 21st annual Art Quest ‘Gallery Quest’. This event got it’s start as a simple one-day art show in Grayton Beach, Florida in 1989. It has since blossomed into a week full of events supporting artists from around the world. Art Quest’s transformation in the past 21 years was only possible with the support and leadership of the CAA and countless volunteers and supporters.


[image via CAA website]

Tracery will be open and serving complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres from 10am-5pm and showcasing works by artists Teresa Cline, Courtney J. Garrett and jewelry from Olaria to simply name a few. Please check out the Art Quest calander of events by clicking here for more details.

**Update: Oh yes! How could we forget!? Our ENTIRE STORE (minus a few pieces of art) will be 25% OFF!!! ONLY FRIDAY May 1!**

Equinox Armchair

The May 2009 issue of Coastal Living features the editors’ favorite resort destinations with outdoor furniture picks that are stylistically inspired by these places.  One of their selections, the Equinox Armchair by Barlow Tyrie happens to be one of our favorites too!btwhite

[Equinox Armchair – Barlow Tyrie, image courtesy of Barlow Tyrie]


In fact, we used this chair in a project last year.


In this amazing treetop outdoor room located in the Redmont neighborhood of Birmingham, we paired the Equinox Chair with a coordinating Barlow Tyrie dining table.  Elsewhere in the room, lounge seating from the same collection features cool grey upholstery fabric that blends with the pale teak and stainless steel accents.  To keep things from getting too slick, we added gauzy white grommet top drapes that billow in the breeze and put a seagrass rug on the floor for texture.  The little steel drink table is by Birmingham artisan Darren Hardman.  The galvanized fan is by Modern Fan and has to be one of the best looking ceiling fans out there.  All of the pieces featured here are available through Tracery.


You may remember this home when it was featured in Birmingham Home and Garden in the January 2009 issue.





[photography by Ryan Davis]

more photos from the Decorators’ ShowHouse

Here are some additional (and better!) photos of our room at the Birmingham Decorators’ ShowHouse.



The chairs and sofa are from Tracery, as are the aluminum side tables, the carved wood cocktail table, the pillows and the lamps.  Our friends at Henhouse Antiques generously loaned us the carved wood chair (which we’ve been in love with since last summer!), the clawfoot bench and the convex mirror above the sofa.  The rug, made from vintage carpets patchworked together is from Paige Albright Orientals.



The wingback chair from our shop is a vintage piece we had reupholstered.  The wood transom panels, woven metal mesh lamp, accessories, embroidered pillow and books are also from Tracery.  The antique French table and Belgian laundry basket are from Henhouse Antiques and the Oushak rug from Paige Albright Orientals.



[Another view of the room]

Thanks also, for a couple of the pieces not pictured here, to Village Firefly for the antique iron chandelier and to Circa Antiques for the pair of upholstered stools.

The ShowHouse opens today and runs through May 10.  Please join us in supporting the Alabama Symphony Orchestra!  And remember, everything you see here (and in the rest of the house too) is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting  the ASO.

Showhouse feature in Over the Mountain Journal


Sunroom Reflects Casual Comfort

Over the Mountain Journal, April 23, 2009

by Lucy Merrill, Journal Features Writer


A solarium is often a prized feature of old, stately homes, a luxurious indoor garden conjuring images of ferns, afternoon tea and Oscar Wile-style repartee.  Also called a conservatory, it is a room perhaps best known to Americas as the scene of murderous doings by Col. Mustard or one of his crew.

In contrast to either image, stuffy or felonious, the sunroom at the 2009 Decorators’ Show House is pretty and inviting, without a hint of hoity-toitiness.  Less a plant room and more a sunny sitting room, the space maintains the flavor of a traditional solarium rethought for a modern home and its occupants.

According to designer Doug Davis of Tracery Interiors, the room was built around the idea of comfort.

“Because the house was so formal, we were trying to create a more casual and comfortable space,” Davis said.

Bur first, Davis has to bring the room into the 21st century.  Down came a big ceiling fan and oversize track lighting that gave the space a disco-era feel.  Then Davis went about creating his vision of comfort.

“Everything in the room was painted yellow–beams and walls,”  he said.  “The first thing was to paint the overhead wood beams dark to get some contrast.”

White walls ensured a light feel, leaving the room’s sunniness to its eponym–the sun.

“Because much of the room is glass, we wanted to bring the colors (of the outdoors) inside,” Davis said.

The leafy green view is echoed here and there with green accents in the sunroom.  Many of the furnishings are green in the environmental sense, as well.

“One of our themes was ‘going green’ ” Davis said.  “Almost everything in the room is eco-friendly.  For instance, the cushions and upholstery are soy-based (fabrics).”

Recycling, long the linchpin of workaday ecological concern, has found its way into upscale decor, as well.

“The aluminum tables on either side of the sofa are made from recycled aluminum cans,” Davis said.

The sofa and tables rest on a unique recycled rug–a patchwork crafted from squares reclaimed from otherwise unsalvageable antique oriental carpets.  Elsewhere, an antique Oushak rug demonstrates the convergence of classic style and modern consciousness.

“One way to be eco-friendly is by using antiques,” Davis said.

Weaving classic pieces into the rooms’ decor also gives the space a sense of depth, while conserving the wood an craftsmanship of the past.

“We used an antique French work table as a console,” Davis said.  “It could also be used a desk.”

The room is bisected by a natural traffic pattern, so Davis created two rooms in one.  The table is the anchor of one side room of the room, providing a bit of practicality with space for work or crafts.  Adding local color here is a painting by Courtney Garrett, a young artist from Atlanta.  The painting was inspired by a photo taken in Alabama.


The window side of the room is the main conversation area, featuring a sofa upholstered in natural linen, a pair of green upholstered chairs and an elaborately carved dark wood chair.

“We used a heavy carved wood table to anchor the grouping and give it weight,” Davis said.

The sunroom’s position position adjacent to the master bedroom helped Davis’s conception of the space as a casual retreat from the formality of much of the house’s architecture and appointments.

“I think it is a comfortable and relaxed room in a very French house,” he said.  “It’s nice to come into a kind of secret room that is more casual.”


[photos by Emil Wald for Over the Mountain Journal]

Earth Day

In honor of today, Earth Day, we are featuring another of our favorite ‘green’ furniture lines. Lee is an upholstery staple for our interiors and our shop. They have been manufacturing quality, American-made furniture since 1969. Many people do not realize that Lee started making an effort to protect our environment long before the recent ‘green craze’.


[image from Lee website]

As far back as the 1980’s they introduced their Ecology Plus program that used products that eliminated chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases from their manufacturing components, and these have been identified as gases that eat away at our Earth’s Ozone Layer. We are getting scientific today!

They now offer naturalLEE products featuring soy-based cushions, recycled fiber fillings for pillows and organic & natural fabrics to simply name a few. The icing on the cake, however, is that for each piece of naturalLEE furniture sold a tree will be donated to American Forests!

Happy Earth Day from the entire crew at Tracery!