seeing double

[prints in Pensacola, Florida]

Bess was killing time in Pensacola this past Monday and stumbled upon the beautiful display above. We love how they hung these tree prints on each side of a corner to create an unexpected focal point. What a great idea! These prints are so amazing & are part of a numbered series which means there are only so many… these pictures do no justice to their magnificent antiqued mirrored frames and the detailed line work of the tree drawings. Its a four part series of the same tree in each season: Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter. Each measures 26″Wx33 1/4″H and retails at $1716.00 for each print. Feel free to email us at shop[at]traceryinteriors[dot]com or call 850.231.6755 for more info!

[prints in our Rosemary Beach Shop]

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The front of our Rosemary Beach Shop is looking especially charming these days thanks to Ashley over at the Blue Ming Garden in Panama City Beach. She came over personally to plant all of the beauties you see above. A few others have taken note as well….if you notice below we had a photo shoot out front yesterday. Hopefully some of the images will be used in the upcoming Rosemary Beach ad campaign?!

[tracery tips] ceiling fans

Thanks to everyone who commented on our recent Facebook post asking for ideas for our [tracery tips] series…we received a lot of great suggestions and we’ll be addressing several in the coming weeks.

Facebook fan Brandi Moore suggested we discuss ceiling fans and we were intrigued by the idea.  Ceiling fans get  a bad wrap, especially from designers.  When you get right down to it, they aren’t usually very good-looking and we admit we try to avoid them unless absolutely necessary.  There are times though when ceiling fans make a lot of sense and can actually enhance a space.  We have a few tried and true favorites that we use and as is usually the case with us; we tend to fall on the side of simplicity when it comes to selecting a fan.

The fan that we use the most is the Industry Fan, from Modern Fan.  We love the galvanized housing and old school look of this fixture.  And though these fans cost more than your typical off shelf variety from a home improvement store, once you turn one on you’ll see why–the motor is powerful and creates quite the breeze!  We’ve used this fan extensively both at the beach and lake and in primary homes in town.

A pair of Industry Fans hang in the second floor Game Room of a home we designed in Mountain Brook, Alabama.  We’re always sure to space can lights far enough apart from fan blades to avoid a strobe light effect when both are turned on!  [photo by Richard Long for Dungan Nequette Architects]

Another Industry Fan hangs in the screened living space of a Redmont cottage in Birmingham that Paige designed with architect John Hudson.  [photo by Ryan Davis]

Another retro-inspired fan we’ve used a few times is the Acero from Restoration Hardware.  The unique “cage” element around the housing is distinctive, as is the three blade design.  Doug placed this fan in the secondary bedrooms of a 1920’s Spanish style house in Birmingham a couple of years ago and they fit the aesthetic of the home really well (sorry, we cant’ seem to find any photos from the rooms in question so you’ll have to take our word for it!)

On the Dining Porch at the SpringHouse Restaurant near Lake Martin, Alabama, unassuming fans blend into the beamed ceiling.  Because the simply-styled fixtures are dark in color like the ceiling, they go away visually while still keeping a breeze moving through the space.  In a space where there’s not a compelling reason to go with a fan that makes a design statement, we think simple is always the way to go!  The Architect Series by Hunter is a good go-to for fans like this, though there are many similar items available.  [photo by Eric Marcus]

One question that comes up a lot regarding fans is whether or not to use a light kit.  Our answer is an emphatic “no!” — the light comes at a weird angle, is affected by the spinning blades in many cases and most of all; light kits call too much attention to an item that should be about utility and function.  There are many more effective–and attractive–ways to light a space, so we try to stay away from light kits whenever we can.

We hope this post helped de-mystify ceiling fans…keep  your suggestions for future [tracery tips] posts coming, we love hearing from you!

[in the kitchen with Tracery] grilled cheese

Hi, Paige here!  We are going to start including some food post with our design posts.  We love to create the rooms where you make and enjoy your dinner so we want to share with you some of our favorite recipes with you. 

I love to cook, but  I am not a chef.  I am a good cook.  I learned to cook with my mom and my grandmother.  The memories of learning to cook are dear to me and now I am teaching my daughter.  My first post is simple.  You don’t even have to know how to cook! 

Grilled cheese, it may sound simple but it doesn’t have to be boring.  First select great bread; in the above photo, I used Sourdough.  I also use rye, whole wheat, etc.  Then comes the cheese.  Try different cheeses and see what your family thinks!  I used a mozzarella, mixed with a little parmesan, and goat cheese.  Yum!  And of course I sliced the fresh Florida strawberries that I just picked up at the market.  And I like to always use one of my vintage plates and a fabric napkin, even for just a weekday lunch.  Try it… make your grilled cheese different!

thinking outside of the box

The passing of Spring Break has left an exciting energy behind here in Rosemary Beach and we took full charge of it to get the Shop back in order. Sometimes we just have to dig in and take a full day to put it all back together like a giant puzzle. This always involves a little ‘thinking outside of the box’ because we love to keep you all on your toes. Lots of thinking & lots of boxes!

The best way to add character to a grouping is to incorporate vintage finds. This bright yellow box has a million possibilities. It’s charming here combined  with the old tool box & rusty tackle box. It could be even more charming as a small toy box. And imagine the possibilities if it had a table base! [vintage yellow box $89, rusty tackle box $35, metal tool box $79]


This vintage box hails from Birmingham’s The Lamsons & Sessions Co. and is oozing with charm. It would make a great planter indoors or out. It could be filled with fire wood by the hearth or magazines by a sofa. We love the idea of using it as a safe place to show off all of the ocean’s treasures we have in stock. [vintage Lamson & Sessions Co. Box $98]

A pair of boxes were the perfect touch to this dining center piece. Roast Beef….its what’s for dinner! This small box would be a great way to keep cook books in one place or to store countertop produce. The larger box below would also make a great planter or catch-all. [roast beef vintage box $39, Product of Netherlands vintage box $75]

Lets be honest-sometimes in life things don’t always work 100% the way we plan them to. Sometimes we just need a little boost here or a few more inches there. Vintage wooden box to the rescue!

What would YOU do with our vintage wood boxes?

Doug’s bedroom

Hey everybody, it’s Doug…back with a few more photos of my house.  My house continues to be a work in progress and this room is probably the most ‘not complete’ of any of them, but since you’ve seen pretty much everything else inside my tiny 530 square foot attached bungalow I figured it was time to let you see this room too.

My bedroom is a long and narrow space…almost too long for the space which is surprising because when I first heard about this place I figured I’d be dealing with a tiny 10×10 bedroom.  At any rate, the room is big enough for not only a bed and dresser, but also a chair which is a nice ‘extra’ place to sit and relax in the house.  My bedding, pictured above, is from Dwell Studio (available through Tracery).  The piece over my bed (which is begging for a big white lacquered frame!) is actually by my brother, graphic designer and artist Ryan Davis, and was a Christmas gift a few years ago. 

I really struggled with deciding if I was going to paint this room the same color as the rest of the house–and even after moving in I have debated painting it a pale grey–but for now it’s Benjamin Moore ‘China White’ just like everything else–trim, walls, ceiling and millwork.  I did balance all the white in here with charcoal grey cotton drapes.  The drapes are pulled back with vintage ties that I inherited from my wonderful uncle–a very snappy dresser–who passed away a couple of years ago…I rarely (okay, never!) wear a tie so I thought this would be a much more useful way to enjoy the them everyday.

Opposite the bed wall is my dresser and the chair I mentioned earlier.  The dresser is actually part of my mom’s baby furniture…it survived in my grandparents’ house and later my parents’ barn for years until I rescued it in college and refinished it (it used to be bright orange maple and very shiny with big wooden knobs). I’ve never sealed the new finish so it’s slowly rubbing off over time and gaining a really nice patina.   I love having family pieces like this in my home.  I found the Mission-style rocker at a vintage store in Irondale, Alabama not too far from where I live…it need some serious reupholstery work (I’m thinking white crocodile vinyl for the seat!) at some point, but for now it’s hanging in there as-is.

In my old apartment I covered one wall of my Living Room from floor to ceiling with frames and made a giant collage of photos I’d taken in my travels.  In this house I went with a much more scaled-down version of this idea, but mixed in three pairs of vintage antlers for something a little different.


Probably the smartest, most space-saving/storage-making feature that was accomplished in the entire renovation of my house is this wall of cabinetry which replaces a pretty lousy little bedroom closet and even tinier hall closet that existed here previously.  The left side has two hanging rods for shirts and pants and the doors and drawers on the right hold all of my out-of-season clothes plus office supplies, shoes, and various other items that won’t fit anywhere else in the house.  I LOVE having all of this storage…this wall of cabinets is probably the only thing that made it possible for me to downsize from 1100 square feet to 530 without giving away most of everything I owned.

The bell jar fixture hanging in the center of the room is a great little money saving secret we like to employ occsasionaly…at $269 it looks a lot more expensive than its price tag implies, and since it’s almost always in stock you can usually have one in a few days.  Get your own here.  As with every bedroom we design, I had a recessed can light on a dimmer switch installed in each corner of the room.