Or “Apalach” as the locals call it is a fun weekend getaway. Yesterday was our anniversary and with our crazy lives lately we had not made any plans for the weekend. So…. yesterday when we woke up my husband, Mark, suggested a one night getaway to Apalachicola. I love the town. The cute dowtown with shops, restaurants, b&b’s, oysters(I love oysters) and great architecture makes it the perfect 24 hour escape. Put the two of us together in a place like that and our architecture school nerdiness comes out in full force. We are discussing details in the buildings, streetscape, what makes a good storefront, and how we would renovate the turn of the century homes. We are snapping photos and just having a great time discussing architecture and design. We are currently headed back home (don’t worry mom and Anne I am not driving and blogging) and thought I would share a few photos I snapped on my iPhone while in Apalachicola.












We stayed the night at the Gibson Inn. Which is a classic inn downtown. It supposedly has ghosts(just ask my friend Rebecca about Sunshine) but we did not have any encounters. It was a nice quiet room in the middle of town which is exactly what we needed.



Happy Anniversary Mark!



Coffee Table and Cocktails

Wow what a few weeks.  We have been here and there and everywhere.  We have new projects that we are sooooo excited about and can’t wait to share photos as the homes develop.  I even snuck in a few days at my family’s 1950’s beach house nestled in the dunes on the Gulf of Mexico.  There is a sleeping porch where 8 of us slept.  Sleep not so good, but fun very good.  Today Doug is headed to Montgomery to review cabinets for our project at Lake Martin with our client while the rest of us are working on various projects in the stuios.  Doug will catch us up on the cabinet process with a few photos when he returns.  It is going to be a fabulous kitchen…. we are VERY excited!  Ok…. so I got sidetracked… I am doing that a bunch lately…. to many thoughts… too little time….so back to coffee tables and cocktails.

AK and I recently finished a home in Rosemary Beach for our clients (and now friends!) Sean and Byron.  We showed you their dining room before and thought you would enjoy seeing a few other corners of the beach getaway.  We had fun pulling together all the of the accessories for the coffee table and and bar.  We always mix textures and sizes of items to create balance in any space.  Also, books are always good anchors when working on shelves and coffee tables.  There are very few times you will find a coffee table or a shelf in a room we design without a book.  But be careful what books you display on your coffee table because they are definintely a reflection on you.  So, select beautiful books that reflect your interests, loves, places you have seen, or that are just plain pretty.  Now that your coffee table is ready…. grab a cocktail put your feet up and enjoy the weekend!\



P.S.  Come back Monday for a give away…. what a better way to start the week!

care to join us?


Thanks to the continued growth and popularity of our shops, we are now hiring for retail positions at both our Rosemary Beach, Florida and Mountain Brook, Alabama locations.  The positions we are looking to fill are retail spots, but would include some assistant duties supporting our design staff and the general operation of our business (running errands, going to the warehouse, picking up supplies, etc).  We are not hiring any additional designers at this time, though we’d gladly consider someone with design experience for the retail spots we have open (or not, it’s certainly not a requirement).

In Rosemary Beach, we are looking for someone to work in our shop 20-24 hours a week–every Saturday and Sunday and one other day during the week.

In Mountain Brook, we are looking for someone to work in our shop around 16 hours a week–every Saturday and one full day or two partial days during the week.

Interested candidates should email us at shop@traceryinteriors.com  Please no phone calls, we’ll follow up with you upon receipt of your email.  It’s an exciting time at Tracery with two vibrant shops and exciting design projects all over the country–we’re looking forward to adding some more great people to our team!

New location in Mountain Brook

Things are starting to come together at our new Mountain Brook shop(just around the corner from our old location). Tomorrow, Weds, is our re-Grand Opening Party. If you are in the area come by from 4-7 to celebrate with us!
Here are a few photos we shot this morning while setting up the shop… Got to love Doug being handy with the drill! There should be a class in design school about how to hang art, collages, drills, hanging drapes, etc…. Because sometimes you just have to do it yourself! For those of you who aren’t in the neighborhood we will catch you up with party pics in Thursday!


Traditional Home July/August 2011

We were so excited to be included in this month’s Traditional Home  magazine with our Master Bedroom design in the Showhouse for the Arts in Alys Beach, Florida.  Have you ever seen Alys Beach…. if not take a look.  We have loved working on designs in this town dripped in white.  The showhouse was so fun to work on.  AK, Bess and I designed the room using the existing neutral colors of the architecture accented with neutrals and blues.  Below are a few pics from this issue.

Also, take a look at their website for additional photos of the home.



Birmingham Home & Garden party feature

Remember last fall when we hosted a get together for Birmingham-area bloggers and design friends at Doug’s house Birmingham Home & Garden was there to photograph the event and a feature on the party appears in this month’s issue!


Thanks for the feature, Birmingham Home & Garden!