Paige featured in VIE this month

[our friend Stephanie Nichols appears on the cover of this summer’s VIE magazine in a great story about her stylish clothing boutique, Deja-vu]

Our blog readers who don’t live near or visit the beautiful part of Walton County, Florida that we call home might not be familiar with VIE magazine.  According to the magazine’s website “VIE is a French word meaning ‘life’ or ‘way of living.’  VIE sets itself apart as a Northwest Florida regional, high-gloss publication focusing on human interest stories and celebrating the ‘people and places’ ” in the area roughly between Apalachicola and Pensacola.  The first time we picked up a copy of VIE we were immediately impressed with its quality of content, photography and just what an overall good looking magazine it is!

We’re honored this month because Tracery’s very own Paige Schnell is featured in a great piece that focuses not only on Paige and her family but also Tracery’s work in general.  The article appears below and you can click [here] to read this summer’s entire issue of VIE from cover to cover online.  Enjoy!





[click to enlarge each image]  Images courtesy Vie, text by Eleanor Lynn Nesmith, photography by Jean Allsopp, Michael Granberry, Sheila Goode]

[before & after] Rosemary Beach master bedroom

We’ve already shared some of the dramatic before & after photos from a home we designed a renovation for in Rosemary Beach, Florida.  Today, here is the Master Bedroom.  Paige and Anna Kay created a new look for the home’s master bedroom using whites and chocolate browns.

The chandelier in the center of the room creates drama and a bit of romance in this bedroom.  The blue from the ceiling in the master bath [here] is repeated in the rug in the master bedroom.  The white linen chair creates a place to sit and enjoy a book while looking out at the Gulf of Mexico.  The heavily embroidered pillow adds a bit of detail in this simple white linen chair.  The bed is upholstered in a  faux white leather.  It is soft while still keeping a modern edge that is a design element throughout the home.

[the ‘before’ view of the room]

We changed the fireplace surround to a simple stone surround with a plaster covered wood brackets to complete the room.  Don’t you love the artwork from the ‘before’ room?!  As you can see from comparing the before and after, changing a few simple details and selecting the right furnishings makes all the difference.

[‘after’ photo by Michael Granberry]

Tracery in Birmingham Home & Garden

Our work at Silverock Cove, located on Alabama’s Smith Lake, is featured in this month’s Birmingham Home & Garden Second Homes issue.



The feature outlines some of the amenities at Silverock (which was master planned and designed by our sister company Dungan Nequette Architects) including the Pool House, which we furnished.

[click to enlarge each image]





The story also features the interior of a home we furnished for one of Silverock’s founders, Carter Hughes.  The furnishings are natural, comfortable and durable–musts for a lakeside home.  Sourced mostly from our shop, the pieces are complimented by artwork from Birmingham’s Loretta Goodwin Gallery



[all images courtesy Birmingham Home & Garden, article text by Cathy Still Johnson, photography by Jean Allsopp]

ocean treasures

Can’t make it to the beach this summer? Let us send some to you! Below is just a taste of some of the natural beauties that come from our sea each year, all found in our Rosemary Beach Shop. All items can be shipped! Call 850.231.6755 for inquiries…..

[Natural Finger Sponges $12.00 each]

[Barnacle Cluster $20.00 each]

[Murex Ramosus Shell $5.00 each]

[Large Sandollar $6.00 each]

our room at the Designer Showhouse for the Arts….revealed!

We’ve been teasing you with photos of our room at this year’s Designer Showhouse for the Arts for a few days now.  We’re excited once again to be a part of the Showhouse.  Each year a house along Scenic Highway 30-A is selected to be the location for the Showhouse.  The 2010 house is located in Seaside, Florida.  Seaside is considered to be beginning of the New Urbanist movement.  The home is owned by the founders of Seaside, Robert and Daryl Davis.  Robert designed the home for his family.  The proceeds from the tickets sales from this year’s event, and a portion of the goods sold, go to benefit the Cultural Arts Association (CAA).  The CAA is the umbrella arts organization for Walton County.

Our room in this year’s Showhouse is the library.  The library is located on the second floor and overlooks the living space below.  Each Designer was asked to find a person or persons from the past 100 years as the inspiration of their room.  Paige selected Truman Capote and Harper Lee.  Both were/are authors and lovers of books.  Truman Capote grew up in South Alabama as did Paige! Capote and Lee were neighbors and best friends when they grew up in Monroeville, Alabama.  Throughout the room you will see hints to our inspiration.  It added a layer of personality and whimsy to the room.

The Library has 3 distinct parts.  Let’s start in the seating area which we’ve named Truman’s Corner.  This area is located at the far end of the room.  The 4 chairs and upholstered ottoman give the room a warm cozy feel.  The Chairs and Ottoman are from Lee Industries (available through Tracery).   Under the seating group is the beautiful antique rug from Paige Albright Orientals in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

The drapery panels soften the room and add a level of drama.  Paige custom designed the striped drapes using 2 and white and black linen and cotton fabric. The black and white colors were inspired by Truman Capote’s famous black and white parties!

[a scene from one of Truman Capote’s black and white parties, via here]

The antique console table serves as the bar for this cozy respite.  The room is ready for Truman to come in and make a martini!  The bust lamps from Barbara Cosgrove (available through Tracery) are one male and one female another hint to our inspirations.  The vintage decanters add a bit of a feeling of a by-gone era…  The Justin Gaffrey painting with the black background adds the last bit of drama needed for this area.

OK…. Let’s talk fabric and pattern.  The chairs are in ‘Kennland Green’ from Lee.  The pillows are custom made 22” pillows.  The fabric is Schumacher ‘Ming Dragon’  The drapes are a black and a white fabric sewn to create the dramatic horizontal stripes.  The ottoman is in a faux white leather.  We do not like “faux” usually but with this it allows easy cleaning and durability needed in a white ottoman.  The rug adds the last bit of pattern and color.  We like to mix unexpected patterns and colors together.  It gives the room a warm unique feel.

Stay tuned for our next showhouse post!

busy bees!

It’s been a busy week at Tracery. We have lots of great things to share with you next week but until then-enjoy a few images from around our Rosemary Beach shop recently.  As always, feel free to call 850.231.6755 for any inquiries.  Happy Weekend all!