Auburn and Lake Martin site visits

Hey, it’s Doug…I actually started writing this post yesterday morning as the tornado sirens started going off here in Birmingham.  The power eventually went out and after a day of scary storms I never got back here to finish the post.  Luckily my neighborhood is okay (and so is our shop here in Mountain Brook) but other parts of Birmingham–and of course our neighbors in Tuscaloosa and elsewhere–were not so lucky.  We’re all sending lots of Tracery love out to our friends throughout the Southeast who were effected by yesterday’s weather.

Okay, so on with what I wanted to show you yesterday.  On Tuesday, Paige and I met up in Auburn to check in on a project of ours that’s nearing completion.  Some clients of ours who we’ve worked with previously contacted us a couple of months ago with an interesting challenge:  they were in the process of purchasing a large, almost-finished home in Auburn, Alabama and needed our help completing the project so that they could move in.  We started by addressing the home’s interior architectural issues, selecting new paint colors, changing out some tile in places, and selecting right around FIFTY light fixtures (this very large didn’t have any when our clients purchased it!).  Once we had the finishes and fixtures under control, we started to select new furnishings to complement pieces the family already owned.

The home is about two to three weeks from completion and is really starting to look great.  Here a few shots we took yesterday…

This beautiful limestone fireplace was already in the home...we had the walls repainted a custom color to match (they had been a minty green) and added an antique iron chandelier. A pair of chairs will eventually settle in front of the fireplace to create a cozy spot to hang out at one end of this kitchen space.

We thought it would be really fun to do a HOT PINK ceiling in the daughter's bathroom to contrast the existing black and white tile. We love how this turned out!

We showed you this crystal chandelier a couple of weeks ago after our buying trip to Atlanta. It's in place now in the Master Bedroom and looks great!

Many of the home's bathroom vanities were stained a pretty bad shade of "cherry" when our clients purchased this home. We are having all of them repainted in charcoal grey to fit into the home's new color scheme.

After we left Auburn, we headed to Lake Martin to attend a job site meeting a new construction project we are designing the interiors for.  The exterior of the home is really starting to come together, although the interior is a few months from completion.

A view of the home from the Motorcourt...the exterior siding is a custom blend of three different stains that we worked with the home's architect to develop

The lakeside facade of the home

The view of Lake Martin from the home's dock...ahhhhh!

Under Construction: Alys Beach

Happy Monday!  I meant to get this post up this morning but I was in jury duty (I was not selected)  and I just had a minute to sit down and catch up.  We wanted to show y’all a new project (well… new to you, we have been working on it for quite a while) .  It is a home for a family in Alys Beach.  It is currently under construction.  It is going to be a REALLY cool house.  We are working on drawings of all things interior, as well as paints, plaster, wood, tiles, stone, cabinets, lighting, plumbing, appliances, custom furniture… just to name a few.  AK and I made a trip(trip is a strong word for the 1 mile distance between this home and our studio) to the site on Friday and wanted to share a few photos.  It will be fun to see the home come together and share the process with you.  We are working with Jeff Dungan of Dungan Nequette Architects on this home.  It is a fun, collaborative process with this design with really fun clients…. and Alys Beach… what can I say.  We love designing at Alys Beach…. the white background and natural materials is a dream for any designer.  So take a look around…..

a great setting... is a great way to start!

This is the future kitchen and living room. That is the terrace beyond...

This is the future living room windows.

The beginning of the tower. How cool are the oval windows??

View from the top terrace. Sunset anyone?

So just imagine all white… We will post more pics soon!

Have a great week!


it’s just around the corner

The grass looks greener & the children seem happier because Summer is just around the corner! Here in Rosemary Beach there are hints of it everywhere you turn. The bike racks are suddenly full again…

The Beaches are buzzing with activity…

And our Rosemary Beach shop is full of goodies to help you bring that excitement into your home!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

We are so excited to have one of our projects featured in this month’s Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles!  We think AH&L is absolutely one of the best magazines out there–as good as many of the national shelter publications–and it’s an honor to be included in its pages.  Check out the story below, or pick up your own copy!


Thanks to photographer Erica George Dines and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles editor Clint Smith–we had a great time working with both on this feature!

[all images courtesy Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles]

Under construction in Seagrove

Hi!  Paige here.  AK and I are working on a renovation in Seagrove Beach.  It is for a young couple, their son, and their 3 dogs.  I went by this morning to check on the progress and wanted to show all of you a couple photos.

The kitchen is under construction. We designed new cabinets and are using soapstone countertops.

This piece will be used in one of the bathrooms downstairs. It is going to be beautiful!

We have a pair these slipcovered in grey velvet for the living room... they are going to be yummy!

The floors are oak with a whitewash. LOVE these floors!

We can not wait to see the house come together!  It is going to be great! We will share more photos soon.

Have a great weekend!



Atlanta, part 2


As Paige mentioned the other day, she and I spent most of last week in Atlanta.  We got so much accomplished!  We were in town first and foremost for the always amazing Scott’s Antique Market, where we picked up literally a truckload full of goods for various projects we’re working on as well as some great new pieces for our both of our shop locations.

Want to see some of our finds?

This beautiful beaded crystal chandelier is headed to a Master Bedroom of a house we are designing in Auburn, Alabama.



This pair of mis-matched crunchy leather chairs are headed to the new Sales Center at Silverock Cove on Smith Lake in Alabama.  How cool are they?



One of our favorite things to do at Scott’s is to browse the HUGE tables full of vintage prints.  There are so many!  We picked up a great collection of these botanical prints to frame in a giant grid in the Living Room of a lake home we are designing, also at Silverock Cove.

Our trip wasn’t all work…Paige’s birthday was this past Saturday (Happy Birthday P!) and it was also the 10th year anniversary of when Paige met her husband Mark.  Paige and Mark were living in Atlanta at the time, so they invited their friends to rejoin them at Taqueria del Sol where they first met on her birthday.  We all had a great time!


After Taqueria, we walked across the bridge (if you haven’t been to the Westside Provisions District in Atlanta, you MUST go…such a cool place!) and visited what’s become one of our favorite places to eat (and drink wine too!), Abbatoir.  The atmosphere at this place is amazing…we always leave kind of wishing we’d designed it because it’s just so good.


I have this slightly dorky–okay, REALLY dorky habit–of taking iPhone pics of public restrooms that I think are cool…here’s Abbatoir’s contribution:

That sink is pretty amazing, right?

Until next time, Atlanta!

– Doug