[5 favorite things] Doug Davis

Our series detailing 5 of our designers’ favorite things continues today with Tracery’s Birmingham-based designer, Doug Davis.

1.  my iPhone

(not an actual photo…mine is a lot more scratched up at this point)  iPhones have changed the way we work. All of our designers have them and we are all hooked.  It’s so easy now to see something in a shop, email or picture-text it to a client, get a response and walk out with a purchase in the time it used to take to download pictures from a digital camera back at the office.  Additionally, I can check our blog comments, update our Facebook page (or mine!), read Twitter updates and make sure my Netflix queue is up to date–while at a stoplight.  Cell phone, email, camera and iPod in one device?  How did I live without this thing?

2.  whole house music

I remember when if I wanted to listen to some music at home I’d crank up the laptop really loud and try not to go to far into another part of the house.  Then I moved and got a whole house audio system.  iPod playing in the shower?  Yes, please!  I am hooked…I don’t think I’ve ever listened to so much music before.  My television and Blu Ray are hooked into the system too, so I can have the news on in the background while I work from home or cook or do laundry and not miss part of  a movie.  It’s addictive, I don’t know how I could not have it in my house now that I’ve lived with it. 

Kevin and Jared at RadioActive in Pelham, Alabama installed my system (which utilizes controllers by Russound) and they are amazing at what they do.  We’ve worked with them on a couple of our projects (much larger than my tiny house) and I can’t say enough good things about them.

3.  Clarks’ Desert Boots

I’d like to take credit for this one, but a friend of mine turned me on to the wonders of Clarks’ Desert Boots and they’ve hardly left my feet since.  Comfortable, classic and they look good with jeans or something dressier (although I do strive for the former whenever socially acceptable).  I’ve had more than one woman ask me where I got mine so that she could get a pair for her husband, which is always a sign of a successful clothing choice for a man.

4.  Taziki’s Friday Special



It’s hard to live in Birmingham and not be familiar with the Friday Special from Taziki’s.  Penne pasta and chunks of chicken are tossed with feta and chopped tomatoes and served over mixed greens and coated in Taziki’s amazing vinaigrette; this is absolutely one of my favorite things to eat in Birmingham.  I live very close to Taziki’s Mountain Brook Village location, so I confess to eating this meal pretty reguarly…okay, weekly.  Available every Friday, it’s a well-known secret you can actually get the Friday Special on Saturday and Sunday too (though a true local knows to always call it the ‘Friday Special’ no matter what day it is).

5.  Sawara Cypress candles by Voluspa

People always ask me what the good smell is when they walk in my house, and the answer is Sawara Cypress candles from Voluspa.  It’s a nice clean, not too sweet (I hate floral scented anything) and very earthy and natural scent.  I love Volupsa because their thick oil scented wax candles tend to smell great even when not being burned.  And the simple clear glass cylinder looks good anywhere.  I keep several around the house at all times.  Voluspa candles are available through our shop.  We ship anywhere in the United States so if you’d like to try my favorite scent in your home, just give us a call at (850) 231-6755 or email shop [at] traceryinteriors [dot] com

his & hers

Hey everyone, Bess here…  It may be a vast generalization, but for the most part siblings are competitive.  It seems like my little sister and I could turn a McDonald’s Happy Meal toy mistake into WWIII,  back in the day of course. The siblings that live in this family beach retreat seem to get along pretty well, but, Paige and I still felt like we needed to give this brother and sister the same thing, but different.  Children’s rooms are always exciting to design because of that underlying element of whimsy, even if the ‘child’  is not so little anymore.

‘His’ room is masculine and nautical. The horizontal wood planked walls  feature a 1/4″ reveal. To create a fresh and clean space, we had all the walls, trim, soffits and ceilings painted a crisp clean white.  The roman shades were custom made from white linen with an accent of red to tie in the decorative pillows on the bed.  The headboard actually consist of three custom upholstered panels we had fabricated to match the chocolate shade in the bedding from Serena & Lily.  Each panel is attached to the front of the wall creating a ‘display ledge’ that features boating accessories behind the bed. We loved the idea of using antiqued nickel desk lamps for his bedside in lieu of standard bedside lighting.  Our client discovered  the needle point swordfish pillows and  the vintage side tables.  We really feel like we designed a room that will grow with its occupant for several more summers.

‘Her’ room should look very familiar by now, we already featured it here.  We painted these rooms the exact same color, yet they look so different.  For her custom romans we stuck to simple white because we really wanted what other color we did use in this room to really pop.  The headboard panels received the same treatment, but instead of a nailhead trim we used button tufts for a bit of a feminine touch. Once again we deviated from standard bedside lighting and opted for more modern pendants.  She has a great eclectic art collection growing behind her bed featuring pieces from our shop and even a few by the space’s dweller herself.  The funky euros were custom made and feature a vibrant pattern that is also repeated in her bathroom’s shower curtain.   The Thomas Paul Birdcage pillow is available through our shop along with the aluminum side table.

[photos by Michael Granberry]

shop reveal

If you follow us on Twitter then you probably remember  that we had ‘something exciting’ happening here in our Rosemary Beach Shop two weeks ago.  Some of our magnificent local handy men came to help give Tracery a little boost for the pending Spring.  Bess snapped a few pictures of the process & has finally gotten them ready to share.  We love our new look and hope you do too!

room with a view

When we  teamed up on this project with Dungan Nequette Architects, everyone agreed on one concept: the view comes first.  This home, located at The Retreat which is found along Scenic Highway 30A, is near our home base of Rosemary Beach.  It sits on a magnificent piece of land that overlooks a natural dune lake surrounded by lush local vegetation, white sandy dunes and the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico just beyond.

The space changes beautifully throughout the day as it reflects the sun.

The mostly neutral palette features accents of light blues and sea greens to pull the tranquil colors of the ocean inside.  There was no need for over the top draperies on this large bank of windows-why would you ever wish to cover that view?

This second story living space also features a beautifully finished pecky cypress ceiling by Jan Hale of Jan Hale Studios. She is so talented and even camouflaged pesky speaker faces located in the ceiling.   You will notice there was no need for an distracting vent cover either.  Paige & Bess were lucky to have an on-site general contractor, Dan, who was a genius with a rotary tool and carved the vents directly out of the pecky panels by hand.


[exterior photo by Eric Marcus, interior photos by Michael Granberry]

[tracery tips] cabinet hardware

It’s time for the third installment of our [tracery tips] series and today we’re focusing on cabinet hardware.  Before we share our recommendations, here are a few guidelines we generally follow (of course there are exceptions).  Typically, we like to use pulls on large drawers, knobs on smaller drawers and knobs on cabinet doors.  We’re always on the lookout for specialty hardware that we can use when the situation fits, suchas file card label pulls or recessed pulls.  Often, we’ll use two or three different types of hardware on the same section of cabinets–we think it’s more important to have proportionately sized hardware in relation to the door or drawer it corresponds to–and we like the variety of having a couple different styles of hardware used together. 

[a mix of hardware in a Mountain Brook, Alabama home we designed]

Of course we use the same finish for everything when mixing knobs and pulls (although we do occasionally mix glass knobs with metal pulls).

There is a HUUUUUGE selection of cabinet hardware available.  Naturally, we love the authenticity of European made hardware but we just as often find ourselves shopping at Antropologie or Restoration Hardware when outfitting a house.  Regardless of how much it costs, we prefer hardware that’s classic and rooted in tradition, but with a unfussy aesthetic that matches our signature style.  We’ve sorted our recommendations below into two categories, Knobs & Latches,  and Pulls.  We’ve provided web links for each item, though some are available To the Trade Only.

Knobs & Latches

1.  Traditional Clear Glass Knob — Restoration Hardware

2.  Hanson Knob — Restoration Hardware

3.  Lipstick Knob — Rocky Mountain Hardware

4.  Coiled Rope Knob — Anthropologie

5.  5201 Knob — Bouvet

6.  Adeline Knob — Restoration Hardware

7.  Mercury Glass Melon Knob — Anthropologie

8.  Mushroom Cabinet Knob — Rocky Mountain Hardware

9.  Duluth Knob — Restoration Hardware

10. Cabinet Catch — VanDyke’s Restorers




1.  Cabinet Drop Pull — Rocky Mountain Hardware

2.  Aubrey Pull — Restoration Hardware

3.  Duluth Pull — Restoration Hardware

4.  128mm Pull Bar Pull — Amerock

5.  Chatham Pull — Restoration Hardware

6.  Front Mount Sash Cabinet Pull — Rocky Mountain Hardware

7.  Elexia Pull — Anthropologie

8.  Label Holder Pull — VanDyke’s Restorers

9.  5001 Drop Pull — Bouvet

10. 5008 Drop Pull — Bouvet

[all images courtesy of their respective owners]

girls getaway weekend

Did you know that Rosemary Beach hosts a ‘Girls’ Getaway Weekend’ every year on Super Bowl weekend as an opportunity for women of all ages to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy some quality time with girlfriends old and new?  Each year Tracery puts together a special vignette just for these ladies to enjoy in Town Hall during their Check-In Reception and to let them know that we are excited they are in town.  Everyone at our Rosemary Beach office has taken a turn at designing the vignette and this year  Bess took on the challenge.   She designed this whimsical space for the working woman, mother, or techno-queen to sit and collect her thoughts.  In this space perhaps she could pen a letter, plan a menu or write in her journal. This was a space where you would turn off the cell phone and step away from the computer for a moment of relaxation and reflection–surrounded by a few of your favorite things.

For more information on Rosemary Beach’s Girls’ Getaway Weekend, click [here].

flash back

Remember these pendants…

…from this house we designed….

Guess what-we have more!  The vintage industrial pendants we used in the Tarpon Run Southern Living Idea House have been the number one item in that entire house we have had requests for.  For so long all we could answer with was an apology and the hopes that we would find more.  Though we do not have a matching pair, we do have four hanging in our shop at the moment that retail at only $390.00 each.  Each is unique and beautiful in its own way and will bring character into your space.  Where would you put one of these unique finds?

call 850.231.6755 for inquiries