Tracery mentioned in Bham News article about ShowHouse

Saturday’s (4/18/09) issue of The Birmingham News featured an article about the Symphony Volunteer Council’s upcoming Decorators’ ShowHouse.  The Sun Porch, furnished by Tracery Interiors was mentioned in the article.  Excerpt below, or link to the full story [here].

The subtle color scheme continues in the sunroom, decorated by Doug Davis and Paige Schnell, where a pair of celadon-green chairs add color to the cream, taupe and brown palette. A circular carved wood cocktail table, an antique patchwork rug and a pair of intricate wood transoms, which hang on a wall, provide interest in this secluded retreat.

The ShowHouse opens to the public Friday, April 24 and runs through May 10.  Tickets can be purchased online [here]or at the ShowHouse.  Discounted pre-sale pricing is available through April 23. 

Please help us support the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and join us for this event.  Sneak peak photos of our room coming Tuesday!

Artist Spotlight: Teresa Cline

Teresa Cline is an abstract expressionist painter that calls South Walton home. Her paintings have become a staple in our shop and many reside in our interiors as well. During the March 21 Trunk Show here in Rosemary Beach we had her latest exhibit, “Ponds”, on display along with Teresa herself to answer questions and give a little insight to her method. If you are interested in anymore of Teresa’s work feel free to call our shop at 850.231.6755 or check out her website and blog. We still have a few pieces on display if you see something you can’t live with out below.


[ “new shoots”, all images from T.Cline website]


[ “pond 7” ]


[ “pond 8” ]


[ “pond 9”]


[ “pond 4” ]

Lake Chic

Speaking of Lake Martin…here are some photos from a project we are about six weeks away from completing.  It’s a private residence located at The Ridge, not too far down the road from Russell Crossroads and The Springhouse.

We think this beautiful home is going to be the epitome of chic and stylish lake living when completed.  As good as it looks empty, just wait until you see it full of the wonderful pieces we’ve been collecting over the past couple of years for it!


The interior architecture of this home is all about the contrast between crisp painted planking, wonderfully textured old reclaimed wood and natural sandstone.  We especially love the fact that there’s no sheetrock anywhere in the house–just wood everywhere!  The antique oak floors have been treated with a distinctive grey wash which is going to really make the rugs and furniture stand out when they are installed. 



The dramatic mantlepiece and all the other cabinetry in the home is by Burnham’s Fine Cabinetry of Birmingham.



[the view looking down the main staircase]



The giant iron sphere fixtures are a Tracery favorite.



In one of the children’s bathrooms, an iron chandelier dressed up with pink bobeches stands out against a white Cararra marble tub surround.



We found this wonderful blue-grey chandelier at Les Trois Marches in Mountain Brook and had the iron bracket custom fabricated to hold it.  The dining room table will eventually be situated in this area.  Custom designed laser cut steel panels, designed in collaboration with one of our sister companies, The G Brand, will make up the railing above.

Lots more to come from this home…stay tuned!

A look around the SpringHouse Restaurant at Russell Crossroads

As promised, here’s a first peak inside the SpringHouse Restaurant we’ve just completed.  The SpringHouse is a collaboration between Russell Lands and renowned southern chef Chris Hastings.  It’s located in a new town center development that Russell Lands is creating near Lake Martin in southeastern Alabama, near Alexander City.


Jeff Dungan, of our sister company Dungan Nequette Architects, designed the SpringHouse to look like a collection of old stone farm buildings.  The main portion of the building, shown here, houses the Dining Room.  The huge lawn you see in the foreground is designed for outdoor events — we’re co-hosting something here later this summer and think it’s going to be the perfect place for a early evening lawn party!



The Waiting Hall is the first thing guests see upon entering the building.  Displayed throughout the room are images we collected from Russell Lands’ photo archives.  We love to display collections in big groups like this and with nearly every person entering the building stopping to check the photographs out, so far it’s proved to be a very popular feature of the design!  Built-in benches and comfy leather chairs create a cozy spot to have a drink  and wait for a table during the busiest times of day.  The hostess stand you see here is actually an antique English church pulpit we found at Robert Hill Antiques in Birmingham.



We worked with our friends at The Loretta Goodwin Gallery in Birmingham to select artwork that is all created by Alabama or Georgia based artists.  In the Waiting Hall is a beautiful piece by Alabama artist Janet Lucas.  The stone walls, which continue from the exterior, were built with materials quarried locally.




Each corner of the main dining room features an L-shaped banquette, creating intimate areas within the larger space.  We selected oversized burlap shades to hang over each banquette area to make these little corners feel even more special and distinct.  The small, rural-themed painting here is by Millie Goesch.  The wall sconces which are placed throughout the main dining room are all antique.  Village Firefly in Mountain Brook Village helped us locate fifteen distinct pairs — we thought mixing up the fixtures would be more fun than just using the same one thirty times.  We selected the cream leather chairs to bring some lightness into what could have been a very brown space.  We think their sleek silhouette is a sophisticated contrast to some of the more rustic elements in the space.



A view of the Dining Room from the Balcony area.  A huge stone fireplace defines the space — and the SpringHouse chefs prepare a specialty dish inside the fireplace each day.  The smell of woodsmoke and wonderful food cooking on the fire really adds to the experience of dining here!



A view of the Balcony dining area and Upstairs Bar.  There is an identical bar on the first floor as well.  The feeling up here is great because you really feel tucked up in the timber framing of the building.  During the winter season, the Balcony will serve as the main dining area.



The views from the double stacked porches on the back of the building are amazing!–you can see for miles across beautiful rolling hills.  Russell Lands is in the process of adding a stable and riding trails and by the end of the summer, horses will graze in pastures just beyond the edge of the porch.  On the Downstairs Porch there are two corner fireplaces, one featuring a grouping of teak furniture that’s the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail on a  summer evening.


One of our favorite things to do in a great restaurant is to check out the restrooms!–and we kept that in mind when we designed the ones at The SpringHouse.


We chose this great glass tile from Kenny & Company because its tones reminded us of the lake.  A huge concrete trough sink features motion activated bronze spouts — no handles!  The driftwood twig mirror (from our shop) is another fun reference to the woods and lake.  We’re still on the hunt for a vintage taxidermy fish for the mens room!


Hidden in the lower level of The SpringHouse is an underground tunnel that features private wine storage for guests.  At the end of the tunnel is a round, brick-walled private dining room.  We aren’t completely finished outfitting it yet, but we are sure it’s going to a favorite spot for special dinners when it’s complete!



And yes, we havebeen lucky enough to try the food and it’s AMAZING.  We are so excited and pleased with the way this project has turned out, and we hope that you’ll have a chance to visit the lake soon and check out Russell Crossroads and The SpringHouse soon.

Russell Crossroads Grand Opening

Are you a fan of Tracery on Facebook? — [click here if you’re not to go to our Fan Page]  If so, you should recall the picture  below of the SpringHouse Restaurant at Lake Martin back in January. The space has been completed and SpringHouse is having their grand opening this Saturday.  Hopefully Doug will get us a few sneak peaks of the completed space soon!


Catherine’s Market is also having it’s grand opening in the Russell Crossroads this Saturday. Tracery provided interior design services for both projects and they have turned out great!  Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat, a little market shopping or an evening of dining in ‘casual elegance’–Russell Crossroads at Lake Martin is the place to be this weekend.



Cottage Living did a feature on Simple vs. West Indies dining ensembles back in their May/June 2008 issue and featured Tracery as the contact to special order the circled table [above left]. We thought we would share two installations of the table in our work.


[photo by Eric Marcus]

The Thorson 6-foot Dining Table was the perfect companion to the reclaimed red gum wood cabinetry in this Alys Beach model home. Nestled between the open kitchen and living areas, this dining table is long and elegant making it a great spot to host fanciful dinners yet simple enough for the kids to gather around to do school work.

[photo by Colleen Duffley]

The same dining table was also utilized in the cafe [above] of a Birmingham, Alabama based law firm. The use of benches instead of chairs softens the corporate atmosphere and gives employees a place to sit and relax as they enjoy their lunch or an afternoon snack.

Tracery goes Green

We know the importance of taking care of this planet we call home. Therefore, we try to utilize green or eco-friendly products whenever possible in our design work and our Rosemary Beach shop. Highlighted below are a few items we currently have in stock or could easily order from one of our vendors. If anything perks your interest please don’t hesitate to inquire at 850.231.6755.

lamp-and-table-in-shop-for-blog[Left] The Katie Lamp is handmade by artisans using papermache and old cement bags. The base is available in an assortment of colors that are all painted with low VOC paints. The lamps are crafted in Haiti to give native villagers a source of income. [Right] The cast aluminum Marlow Table is a long standing favorite of ours. You may see it along with various other styles scattered through out many of our designs. It is crafted using up to 70% recycled materials. The table itself is recyclable as well, thanks to the light weight aluminum.


Another way to ‘go green’ is to find new uses for old objects. For instance, this pair of Antique Chestnut Normandy Armoires [Above] would make a gorgeous closet in an open Loft space or an ideal pantry in a large kitchen.


This vintage Barristers Bookcase [Above] was stripped of it’s old paint to reveal a new industrial metal finish. This could be a great way to display a number of things.


Looking for an interesting sculpture for a special spot? Try a reclaimed Primitive Wood Sculpture [Left] or an old Rice Paddy Tiller [Right] mounted on iron stands. They make wonderful conversation pieces in any environment.


Frames made of reclaimed woods from old homes and barns can add character to any family photo and also make great gift ideas. Each frame is completely unique and crafted from different wood scraps found all over the state of Alabama.