Hi all!  AK here.  Orange is my color for the week.  I have to admit… I am an Auburn fan.  I am an alum and love when fall rolls around and it is time for cool weather and college football.  But before we get carried away with football let’s see a design photo using orange.

This photo is of the second floor foyer at the 2009 Southern Living Idea House we designed in Cinnamon Shore, Texas.  In this space we used this beautiful painting by Courtney Garrett along with the glass lamp and custom orange shade.  We love changing the shade color (any Benjamin Moore paint color!… how cool is that).

Check out this orange bell pendant.  How fun is this?  This could add just the perfect amount of color in a room.

This dress is from Deja Vu.  We just finished designing their new office.  They have the cutest clothes.


OK….. I could not help it… WDE!

navy & indigo

We use a lot of blues in our work since so many of our projects have been on or near the water and it is one of the most versatile of nature’s colors. For instance, the boys’ bedroom above from Paige & AK’s Lake Martin residence. The blues are a fun ‘pop’ of color and are dark enough that the room isn’t too juvenile to grow with these boys. I’ve come to realize I have moved out of my Green phase of life into my Blue phase. I may be a little obsessed…


I’m loving this Moroccan inspired graphic rug above designed by Jill Rosenwald. It’s available in 2’x3′, 5’x8′, 8’x11′ and a few other sizes. Of course it’s not available until late October. If you would like more information it will be available to order through Tracery {may need one for my home!}.

How fun is the scarf above?! I’m actually wearing it as I write this post with a full length navy jersey skirt that is so light weight and comfy I may need it in every single color I can get my hands on. Back to the scarf-it’s from Forever 21 so you know it’s a good price! I’ve also found the perfect carry-all leather bag {there could be a small person living in there it’s so big} for the fall in a subtle go-with-everything shade of blue. And to add to my summer obsession with blue…thanks Essie for my royal ‘Mesmerized’ toes!

Stay tuned for our next color feature tomorrow-have a great week!


Color Week!

Today is the first day of color week at Tracery!  We will feature a different color every day this week!  This should be fun so visit us daily for our take on our favorite colors.  Today is saffron… tomorrow navy.

Have a colorful week!






We love Saffron.  It is a great color for fall.  Here are a few of our favorite things in saffron.

This barn door is from the Southern Living Idea House 2009 that we designed in Cinnamon Shore, Texas.  The color was perfect with the Dwell Studio bedding we used in this 2nd Master Bedroom.

We love this lamp.  It adds the perfect amount of color to a room.  The height and the shape of the lamp is great in so many designs.  In our designs we like to mix lamps with a more modern design with antiques and vintage pieces. 

I just bought this cardigan from Anthro.  I can not wait to wear it this fall.  I have a feeling it will be one of those items I wear toooo much.

Have a great Monday!



P.S.  Today is Doug’s birthday!  Happy Birthday Doug! 

shoes and more

We just finished designing a renovation for a very talented fashion designer.  Stephanie is a friend and a very talented one at that!  Have you ever been to Dejavu in Seaside?  If not visit it online here.  It is her shop.  She also has an awesome clothing line Judith March.  Click on location near you and find a shop in your area with her really cute clothes.  Anyway…we just finished  the renovation it was a really fun project.  Here is a glimpse at her closet.  We will have more photos soon.

photo by Jean Allsopp



Setting your table

We love a beautifully set table.  I woke up this morning thinking about the upcoming holiday season.  I know it may be a little early but it was on my mind.  We have a big Thanksgiving dinner at our house every year.  Last year we hosted 22 people.  I can not wait until the holidays…. cool weather, sweaters, beach bonfire, etc.   In the heat of August it is so nice to think about fall.  OK back on subject….do you remember our holiday table setting with Seleta?  It was really fun.  Here are a few table settings that we have done over the years.

photo by Colleen Duffley

photo by Colleen Duffley

photo by Colleen Duffley

photo by Colleen Duffley

photo by Colleen Duffley

Here is my thanksgiving table from last year.  I have an idea for this year.  I just need to start collecting the pieces.



New York….one more post.

So…. I am sitting here going through our photos from our trip to New York and then the Hamptons.  There are looootssss of photos.  So I wanted to share a few with you today from the New York part of the trip.  Living in a small beach community I LOVE to head to the city.  We had days of shopping at flea markets, market (The New York International Gift Fair), visits to job sites, and great dinners with friends.  At this point it seems like a whirlwind…. and it was…

After we checked in The Standard the beer garden was an afternoon stop.

Here we are enjoying a drink on the top floor of The Standard.

Headed to dinner. My friend Christi joined us in New York. She is going to LOVE this picture of her from behind walking down the street.We were headed to Minetta Tavern. It was great. Mark(my husband) and Doug enjoyed the black label burger and highly recommend it.

 There were some good finds at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market on Saturday Morning.

Love this booth

My friend George found this vintage Auburn belt buckle.  As an alum I had to buy it.  Now I just need to get a belt to go with it!


I see drapery tie backs...

Then on to market.

We loved this bedding at market. How gorgeous is this?

Dinners and drinks were a must after walking all day.  Our friend George picked some cool places.

Tiny's in Tribeca = LOVE

Dinners with my husband and friends at Raoul's

After we went to Raoul’s we headed across the street to The Dutch.  My design nerd came out.  I went to the bathroom and thought they were cool.  I stayed in the stall until the bathroom was clear so I wouldn’t look like a total crazy person shooting photos. So here they are… toilet and all!

The blue tile and unlaquered brass and red trash can was great.

It was all so clean and classic. more bathroom stalker location

On the way out of my bathroom stalking a snapped a shot of the hallway.

I love the lights in the restaurant.

After our meeting at CORE we headed over to ABC Kitchen for lunch.  Yum and beautiful a great combination!

this was our table.

Obviously we were eating an early lunch. is was packed about 20 minutes after I took this photo.

Then of course we had to walk through ABC Carpet and Home….

I just drool over the merchandising every time I am in this store.

I want it all....

a close up detail.

The rest of the afternoon was spent shopping and meetings at a couple magazines.  After our last stop we strolled (well sort of limped) over to Chelsea Market.  It is such a fun place.  We had to stop for a late afternoon snack (yes that is macaroni and cheese).

Afternoon snack!

Friedman's Lunch in Chelsea Market.

Chelsea Market.

Have you seen the Ace Hotel?  I love it… all the colors, patterns, etc.  We had to stop by the Breslin in the Ace Hotel for a drink.  Here are a couple shots

Such a fun place!

That is my husband above ordering me a drink.  Again everyone is going to love these odd photos.

The green paint is to die for!

Doug is just going to love all these random shots of himself.

So New York was fun and a lot of work!  After New York we spent a few days in the Hamptons to decompress.  We will follow up with a blog post about that.  It was AWESOME!  The vacation was a much needed getaway.

Back to the grindstone!  Happy Monday!