Alys Beach Designer Showhouse Preview Party

We hope you’ll join us tomorrow for the Designer Showhouse for the Arts Preview Party at Alys Beach.  Tracery is honored to have been asked to design a room for the Showhouse and we’re looking forward to opening day!  Here are the details, courtesy of the Cultural Arts Assocation of Walton County:

The Designer Showhouse for the Arts Preview Party is Tuesday, June 30, 5:00 – 6:30pm. Admission is $30 and includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, music by Bill Garrett and a first look at this beautifully designed home in Alys Beach.

Most of the furnishings and accessories in the house will be for sale with 10% of the proceeds being donated by the designers to the CAA.

If you can’t make the Preview Party, the Showhouse will be open for tours every Wednesday through Sunday, July 1 through 26, 12:00 – 5:00pm. Admission is $20 and $10 for children under 13.

Purchase tickets at the door or by visiting

For more information, call 850-622-5970.

vintage lantern comes home

Remember the great vintage lantern Doug found at South of Market last month?  [Click here for the original post] It’s finally hanging in its new home!  While the upstairs of this Mountain Brook, Alabama house is looking really close to finished, there is still some work to be completed downstairs.  Hopefully we’ll have this home installed by the end of July, so many more photos to come…

In the meantime, check out how good the lantern looks in place:

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The staircase in this home is literally like a lighthouse beacon (look at all those windows!) and we knew the fixture had to have significant presence to hang in this space.  We love how the aged iron finish of the lantern looks with the custom hammered iron railing.  The paneled walls and beamed ceiling are of pecky cypress, a type of wood prized for its distinctive holes and pock marks (which occur when a fungus attacks the swap growing trees).  We love pecky cypress for its unusual character and casual feel–here we’ve had it painted and glazed.


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There are still sconces and drapery and artwork on the way, but for now the crisp architectural integrity the space conveys is the perfect foundation for what’s to come.

ready to go

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These newly reupholstered chairs were all lined up this morning and waiting to go on a truck to head to Lake Martin for an install we’re working on.  Paige, Anna Kay, Doug and Bess will all be at The Ridge tomorrow to finish up what is going to be one beautiful house when complete.


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[The scene at the Birmingham warehouse this morning as the first truck was being loaded]

pretty things

The talented photographers that we work with do a great job capturing the interior environments we create.  They also, from time to time, capture beautiful still life images of accessories, flower arrangements and even exterior details of our projects.  Today we thought we’d share some of these lesser known images from the Tracery portfolio…no more words, just pretty pictures.  It’s Friday, after all!  Have a wonderful weekend!









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[all photos by Colleen Duffley except #3 by Karim Basha, #5 Brian Gassell, #8 Ryan Davis and #9 Michael Granberry]

shuttered porches


Shuttered porches area a great place to be this time of year.  They allow cool breezes to come in but keep the hot sun at bay–the perfect way to enjoy a hot summer day.  Shuttered porches are a distinctive feature of one of our largest projects to date–the Private Residence Club, located on the St Augustine Lawn at Rosemary Beach, Florida.


We collaborated on the interior design for this amazing building with Dungan Nequette Architects and provided furnishings throughout.

In furnishing the shuttered porches, Paige and Anna Kay selected casual teak furniture.  Recessed niches set into the stucco walls create unique ‘frames’ for salvaged architectural elements hung as art.  Bright accessories bring a tropical feel that is in keeping with the architecture of the space.








[all photography by Karim Basha]


Do you make the bed everyday?  We admit, we don’t always…but we do appreciate the way a well made and well dressed bed looks.  Here are some of our favorite beds from the Tracery portfolio:



For this home in Watersound, Florida, Paige selected a bold chocolate and white fabric for the headboard.  She paired it with graceful glass lamps topped with chocolate painted shades.  A chocolate brown linen coverlet and skirt ground all of the fun fabrics at the top of the bed and a neutral rug ties the whole look together.



Crisp but simple white bedding is punctuated by shots of bright green in this Alys Beach, Florida home.  The custom green linen headboard and four bright pillows is all it took to make this bed fresh and unique.



The pale blue color scheme of this Master Bedroom retreat in Auburn, Alabama is reflected in this display of bedding.  Elegant floral euro pillows create a strong foundation for the bed while a series of rolled pillows keep things comfortable.  A simple white silk coverlet completes the composition.



Everyone always loves this Guest Bedroom we designed for a home at Alys Beach.  We again started with a foundation of simple white bedding–this time with white headboards too, but then added very colorful quilts and shams.  Our favorite recycled aluminum side table serves as a fun nightstand.



Sometimes one pillow is all  you need to make a statement.  For this Guest Room in a Mountain Brook, Alabama home, Paige and Doug designed this giant neckroll and had it upholstered in the same fabric that makes up the bed’s coverlet.  A linen tufted headboard completes this room’s serene and restful feeling.



Fresh greens and browns make this Watersound, Florida bedroom feel fun and bright.  The striped roman shades complete the look.  When beds have to go in front of windows, we find that a open metal headboard can work well to allow light to still come in the room.



We spruced up this Birmingham, Alabama Master Bedroom with a new diamond-quilted coverlet and then added creamy leather hassock stools to the foot of the bed.  The peaceful monochromatic scheme of the space is enlivened by a richly colored rug.



When the owners of this Mountain Brook, Alabama home asked us to design a room for some very special overnight guests–their grandchildren–we responded with tall custom headboards upholstered in a citron green velvet on linen damask.  Cuddly taupe blankets warm up the foot of the bed and fun pillows embroidered with subtle dove silouhettes add another punch of color.  The windows are treated with a roll-up citron green roman shade that filters soft light into the room, and then with a room darkening linen shade above that.


[photography credits, from the top:  Brian Gassell, Eric Marcus, Colleen Duffley, Eric Marcus, Ryan Davis, Michael Granberry, Ryan Davis, Ryan Davis]