rectangular sinks

When it comes to bathroom lavatories, we are definitely not round sink people.  Oval is okay, but we think rectangular is where it’s really at.  Rectangular sinks always look crisp and tailored and when undermounted (we aren’t big on sinks that ‘lip’ over countertops either), they really draw attention to stone countertops and make a very sharp impression.


These wonderful rectangular sinks by Marzi (through Kenny & Co.) were just installed–literally today–in a house we’re working on in Mountain Brook, Alabama.  We’re pairing them with some beautiful faucets from Waterworks (coming soon).



These sinks fit into an entire wall of cabinetry we’ve designed that will make this Master Bathroom a luxurious retreat.  The towers on either side of the vanity will be outfitted with antiqued mirrored glass behind the ‘X’ pattern grills on the doors.  Mirrors will also be installed (clear in this spot, so you can see yourself) below the leaded glass windows–which were hand-built in a Birmingham workshop with authentic blown glass imported from Germany.  We’re even having a television installed behind two way mirror in the center panel, so the homeowners can catch up on the morning news while getting ready.  This bathroom is going to be absolutely stunning when complete–check back for more pictures soon!

Meet the faces behind Tracery

We recently had a photo shoot here at our Rosemary Beach, Florida location with one of our magnificent local photographers, Michael Granberry. Be sure to check out the August issue of Southern Living [on news stands this July] to see which picture we selected to accompany the Idea House publication!


Here we are hanging out in front of our store in Downtown Rosemary.
[from L to R: Anna Kay Porch, Bess Marshall, Paige Schnell, Doug Davis & Heather Day]


Here we are perched on a bench just off of the Western Green in Rosemary. This is just past our front door & makes for such a gorgeous view in the spring & summer months.


And last, but not least, is a shot of all the designers here at Tracery hanging out in our shop. Don’t you love the new Pablo Mekis pillows we recently received in?! [ Green with Ring Pattern ]

Making laundry more fun

Boring and utilitarian are two words you’d never use to describe the laundry room of this Rosemary Beach home that Paige designed a few years ago.  Bright red cabinets and wall tile make this room cheerful and exciting–and best of all unexpected! 


We believe that every room should be special in a home.  Areas like laundry rooms, pantries and walk in closets get a lot of day to day use so we like to add unexpected touches to make the spaces more interesting and pleasant to be in.  Little touches like the Moroccan style lantern and the glass cabinet hardware used here make this space feel custom and help tie it back to the design theme present in the rest of the house.

You can see more from this home on our website by clicking [here].


[photograph by Michael Granberry]

Southern Living Update

No pictures for this post just yet-sorry! We wanted to let everyone know that Paige & Anna Kay are pack from the install in Texas and from what we have heard everything turned out to be amazing! Do not forget to get your copy of the August issue (on stands in July) of Southern Living to check it out.

It’s also a very exciting weekend here in Rosemary because all of our designers are in one town & ready to have some fun raising  money for the REP. We took advantage of the time together to have a little photo shoot for the Idea House issue as well. Hopefully you will get to see the faces of all us here at Tracery very soon!


While pink isn’t a color that we use everyday, we always love the way it turns out when we do.  Of course, pink makes any space feel feminine and pretty, but it can also be a very sophisticated color.  In the right tone, it’s very soothing and peaceful — we love to pair it with white or grey for a crisp and clean look.

Last year, we completed a house in Auburn, Alabama where pink plays a big role in two spaces.


In an upstairs bathroom, we painted the walls a subtle shade of pink.  Partnered with crisp white cabinetry and beautiful white marble countertops and mosaic tile floors, the room is incredibly soothing and peaceful.


Elsewhere in the house, we used an exquisite pink and blue silk fabric for drapery in the homeowner’s office (the house actually has His and Hers offices, and this is obviously Hers!).


The clawfooted wingback chair was an existing piece the family had owned for years.  We updated it with a crisp white slipcover piped and skirted in pink.


We are designing a bedroom right now for the most stylish four year old we’ve ever met and while pink seemed an obvious choice, we wanted to make sure the the room would be able to grow with her over time and not look like a nursery in a few years.


While this iPhone photo might not do these great fabrics complete justice, you can hopefully tell that the pink we’ve chosen for this room is a little more sophisticated than a typical ‘baby pink’ bedroom.  The center fabric, which will be drapery panels, is a linen and features a cream and grey background which tempers some of the sweetness of the pink.  The pattern is very graphic and chic and we think it’s going to be really striking in big long drapery panels, especially against crisp ‘China White’ walls.  The sheer fabric to the left will go behind the patterned linen on the windows and has sheer pink stripes with hemstitch trim which will cast a great soft glow into the room.  The fun fabric on the right will be a shower curtain in the adjacent bathroom with, you guessed it:  pink pom-pom trim.


[project photography by Colleen Duffley — click here to see more of this home on our website]

Boutique Sneak Peak

We’ve been working for the past couple of months on a new space for Doree, a women’s clothing store that’s moving from one side of downtown Homewood, Alabama to the other.  Construction is almost complete and movers are busy delivering everything to the new space.  We aren’t ready to show you the finished product just yet, but we had to go ahead and let you see this very fun chandelier that’s just been installed.

doree chandelier

The overall feel of the new store is chic and sophisticated.  The color palette is very tight, just two shades of white and a watery blue color.  We knew the unexpected shot of this purpleish red fixture would be perfect.  The fixture is new, from a line that we carry. 

That fun pair of black and white chairs piped in pink that we showed you last week is going in this project as well–check back for the finished space soon!

more from Theory by Tracery

We’ve already showed you a few pieces from our exclusive line of furnishings, Theory by Tracery, but while going through some portfolio images this weekend we found some more pictures we should have included the first time!  When we furnished a model home for Alys Beach last year, we used a few pieces from the Theory collection.

In the Living Room, two Theory Stools sit on either side of a linen slipcovered sofa.  The Stools can be used as durable drink tables (no need for a coaster on an aged piece of antique oak) or can be impromptu seating for a large group.  While we’re looking at this room, notice the pair of paintings by artist Courtney Garrett and the custom laser cut steel panel designed by our sister company G: Branding & Design (more on that piece in an upcoming post).

theory stool_alys


In one of the bedrooms, we placed the Theory Bench at the foot of a bed.

theory bench_alys

We love the way the antique oak bench blends with the clear sealed cypress wall behind the bed. 

Remember Theory pieces are available only through Tracery — we’re about to have another edition of these pieces made so if you are interested contact our shop to place an order.