Southern Living publication update


Welcome to everyone who is visiting our site to find out more about the Southern Living Idea House we’ve just completed at Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas, Texas!  Yesterday was a record day for our visitors on both our blog and website.

The very latest word from Southern Living is that the full issue featuring photographs, interviews and resources will hit newstands the third week of July, with most subscribers receiving it by the end of the month.  A printed resource guide will be available around the same time.  You can currently visit Southern Living’s website to see a preview video of the home and online resources should be added on line in the near future.  [Click here to see the preview]

Of course the best way to find out about the Idea House is to see it in person…the house opened earlier this month and tours are available through September 27.  Click [here] to visit Cinnamon Shore’s website for directions and tour hours. 

If you are just finding us for the first time, our blog features information on our shop at Rosemary Beach, design ideas from our staff which highlight past projects, and exclusive looks inside some of our projects currently underway.  Our Facebook page features similar information and our website has even more photos of past Tracery projects.  You can find links to those pages in the right hand column of the blog. 

Thanks for your interest in Tracery and the Southern Living Idea House…check back often for more information and photos!


[photo of Idea House courtesy of Cinnamon Shore’s website]

Coastal Living photoshoot at Paige’s house!

We are very excited to tell you that Tracery principal Paige Schnell’s Seagrove Beach cottage is being photographed tomorrow for an upcoming issue of Coastal Living.  Paige and her husband Mark literally picked up and moved a house from Point Washington to Seagrove a couple of years ago and then completely renovated it.  It’s a very fun and eclectic coastal cottage and we can’t wait to share it with you…hopefully Paige will sneak a few preview pics tomorrow during the shoot that we can share on the blog.  Our friend Colleen Duffley will be shooting the house, which will run sometime in the late spring or summer of 2010.

Alys Beach Designer Showhouse for the Arts


We’re excited to be have been selected to participate in another Showhouse, this time at Alys Beach–just down 30A from our Rosemary Beach studio and shop.  Benefitting the Cultural Arts Association of Walton County, the Showhouse will open July 1.  We’ll be furnishing the Master Bedroom in the home, using subtle blue and grey tones blended with white walls of the space.  Tickets are available NOW online, click [here] for all the details. 



[The Courtyard of the Designer Showhouse, located at 35 Ladybug Court in Alys Beach]


[images courtesy of the Cultural Arts Assocation of Walton County]

sunburst mirrors

It seems like sunburst mirrors are everywhere right now–in all the shops we visit, in every magazine article we pour over and on all our favorite design blogs.  We love these pieces for their dramatic presence and timeless style.


A small antique sunburst mirror brings big style to a cozy entry space we designed for a cottage in Birmingham’s Redmont neighborhood.  Paige and Doug found this piece at one of our favorite shops, Henhouse Antiques.



In a conference area we designed for a Birmingham law firm, a dramatic silvered-wood sunburst mirror steals the show.  [photograph by Colleen Duffley]



In the guest suite of a Homewood, Alabama house, a dramatic double sunburst mirror from the homeowner’s extensive collection of antiques hangs over a demilune chest.  Doug collaborated on the interiors for this space with designer (and homeowner) JB Hopkins.  [photograph by Colleen Duffley]


What do you think?  Is this trend one that we’ll keep seeing a lot of, or is it destined to be retired for the next big thing?  We love reading your comments, so don’t be shy!

Back to work…

Did you enjoy your weekend?  They seem to go by very quickly when the weather is nice, don’t they?  Nevertheless, it’s Monday and we’re all back to work…

…speaking of work, we thought we’d share a non-residential space with you to start off the week.  While homes are our speciality and our passion; we believe that every space should be beautiful, functional and reflection of the people occupying it.  We’ve already shared some of our other work on the commercial side of things with you, most notably the SpringHouse Restaurant at Lake Martin.  Today though, we wanted to highlight a completely different kind of space–in a setting far removed from an Alys Beach villa or a stone barn at the lake!

Working with our sister company, Dungan Nequette Architects, we helped design and furnish several floors of highrise downtown Birmingham office space for one of the Southeast’s leading law firms.  Charged with the goal of creating a space that reflected the progressive culture of the firm, we created a space that looks different from what you might expect to see in an established southern law firm.


On each attorney work floor, we designed two ‘living areas’ where staff can congregate for conversation, get coffee and catch up on news programs playing on flat screen tvs.  These spaces also allow everyone to share equally in the sweeping views of Birmingham.  Outfitted with a distressed wood table and tall upholstered stools, the space isn’t furnished much like a typical law firm either.  A cypress planked art ledge casually displays the firm’s art collection.  We added accessories unique to each space and oversized pendant fixtures to keep things casual and comfortable.


[photograph by Colleen Duffley]

Southern Living Idea House opens Saturday!

Tonight’s the opening party for the 2009 Southern Living Idea House, located at Cinnamon Shore in Port Aransas, Texas.  We are honored to have been asked to design the interiors for this project and are so excited that the big reveal is almost here!   The house opens to the general public this Saturday, June 6.  Tickets are $5 at the door with proceeds benefiting the Port Aransas Education Foundation.  We’re about three weeks away from the issue featuring the house hitting newstands…and you know we’ll keep you posted on when exactly you can look for a copy!

Here are  a couple of photos from tonight’s event:


[the scene at tonight’s party]



[Tracery principal Paige Schnell with Frank Craig, Director of the Southern Living Idea House Program]