at it again


We have so many tricks up our sleeves at the moment and are just dying to get them all completed and ready to share! Enjoy this special sneak peek at a current work in progress. Bess is sporting the manicure to match this week whilst trying to get this beauty out the door. Just wait until she gets back from the upholsterer….going to sparkle & shine!

fun for fall

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It’s Fall and the weather is finally starting to reflect that here at the Beach. This is the time of year to head outside with a good read and enjoy your surroundings! Need a new throw pillow or blanket for your favorite reading spot? Stop by our Rosemary Beach shop or give us a call at 850.231.6755 if you see anything on our blog you just can’t live with out. We have lots of new pillows, throws, pottery and candles arriving this month and they all need a good home.

the rest of the room

We know, we teased you yesterday with that amazing photo of the draped doorway from our Tudor Revival restoration project in Mountain Brook, Alabama.  Let’s see the rest of the room today, okay?


This formal Living Room is in the original 1929 portion of the house, and is one of the few rooms in the house to retain its original shape and layout, post-renovation.  Like many 1920’s era homes in the Birmingham area, the original house is one room deep in most places–this space located at one end of the house is therefore surrounded by windows on three sides.


Though spectacular today, the room wasn’t always so breathtaking.


[the Living Room in 2006, pre-renovation]


When the homeowners who undertook this rather massive renovation first purchased this home, it lacked the architectural detail one would expect in a home of the era–particularly one as beautifully detailed on the exterior as this home was (and is).  Our goal in first fixing the ‘bones’ of this room was to bring authentic 1920’s era detail into the room.  Doug worked with architect Jeff Dungan to design features like a cove ceiling, beautiful hand-troweled plaster walls, and a properly scaled limestone fireplace for the room; which  now looks as if it’s always been as it is today.


Because the room is so large, Paige and Anna Kay placed two high backed sofas facing each other in the center of the room to create a feeling of intimacy and enclosure.  The unbelievable vintage rug, which looks and feels like velvet, is from Paige Albright Orientals in Mountain Brook.  The Italian-style chandelier in the center of the space helps to emphasize the ‘room-within-a-room’ feeling of this grouping.


Along the front wall of the room we placed a pair of museum-quality antique Italian console tables.  We admit these pieces are more ornate than the kinds of antiques we typically select–but that’s what we love about them–in this elegantly quiet room the intricate gilded legs of the consoles stand out like sculpture.


Above each console we hung a pair of abstract pieces by artist Hyunmee Lee, which Paige found with the homeowner at The Lowe Gallery in Atlanta.  The stylistic contrast between the very fine antique consoles and the equally fine modern abstracts is one of our favorite things about this house.



[A limestone vessel on the coffee table is carved in the shape of a quatrefoil, an architectural motif that appears throughout the interior and exterior of this English Tudor style home.  Bittersweet-colored glass balls sparkle in the afternoon sun.]


One of Paige’s first ideas for the space was to drape the end wall of the room from floor to ceiling.  We preserved the two Tudor-arched french doors which lead to a screened porch and had decorative iron tie-backs made to hold the drapery above the openings.  An exquisite gilded cross from Robert Hill Antiques in Birmingham is suspended from the ceiling in front of the drape.







Between the pair of consoles, another set of french doors leads to the home’s front terrace, part of which features a wooden overhead pergola that will eventually feature climbing roses.  In this outdoor room we placed a grouping of McKinnon Harris outdoor furniture.


Lounging on this daybed in the afternoon sun, one can overlook the Birmingham Country Club golf course across the street, and Shades Mountain beyond.  We selected wonderfully soft fabric for the furniture which feels like an indoor texture, but performs outdoors (and sheds water) remarkably well.

We love the combinations of old and new, elegant and textured in this room–and the way it communicates the feeling of the rest of this incredible home.  More to come soon.


[‘after’ photos all by Colleen Duffley]

new photos!


Our Facebook Fans see it first…visit our Fan Page to see 40 NEW photos from our recent photoshoot with photographer Colleen Duffley at a Mountain Brook, Alabama home we designed.  We’ll be featuring photos of this home on our blog in the coming weeks but our FB Fans can check out everything right now.

Patterned Pillows

Pillows are the perfect place to introduce some pattern into a room…especially if you are hesitant about committing to a bold pattern on a big scale.  We like to use patterned pillows to liven up neutral upholstery and to bring instant color to a space.

We always have a variety of patterned pillows available in our Rosemary Beach shop, here are some shots taken last week from some of our current selection:



[Brown and white pillows add contrast and punch to a neutral linen sofa in our Rosemary Beach shop]



Remember these fun pillows from the room we designed at the Alys Beach Designer Showhouse this summer?  We still have a few available for sale — we think they’d work just as well on a bed or piece of upholstery with darker tones as they do here on this neutral coverlet.


If you’re interested in anything you see here, please contact us at (850) 231-6755 or shop [at] traceryinteriors [dot] com

another vintage chair

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Did we ever show you this vintage chair?  We found it at a vintage store and had it reupholstered several months ago and it’s been waiting for the perfect home ever since…looks like it’s headed up to a cabin at Smith Lake, near Crane Hill, Alabama.  More photos from that to come later, but for now enjoy another vintage chair re-envisioned by Tracery!

painting antiques

Some people regard antiques as sacred objects that should never be altered or changed.  While we have a healthy respect for things from the past and prefer a piece with history and character to something new whenever possible — we’re not afraid to paint or change an antique when the situation calls for it.


In Tracery principal Paige Schnell’s Seagrove Beach cottage, a heavily carved and very quirky Victorian-era cabinet was given new life with…grass green lacquer!  Placed in the dining area of the home, provides storage for barware and extra dishes, and acts as a serving area for  the nearby table.



The cabinet was originally a very heavy and dark stained wood color.  Lacquered in the grass green color that serves as an accent color throughout Paige’s living and dining space, the piece takes on a sculptural quality against the bright white walls.  And yes, those are carved lions holding up the twisty columns on the upper hutch of the piece–we told you it was quirky!




[Details along the upper portion of the cabinet stand out dramatically after being lacquered grass green]

The moral of this story?  Don’t be afraid of changing furniture to suit your space.  A coat of paint can do wonders in totally transforming a piece into something new and exciting!