big sale!

We are excited to announce our STORE-WIDE SALE at BOTH TRACERY LOCATIONS! Lots & lots of fun items looking for a new home and tons of great Christmas gifts as well. The sale will extend through the weekend, but hurry out because we expect things to fly off of the shelves. He have designer fabrics, pillows, lamps, desk chairs & all kinds of crazy stuff to share with you. We will have a few different items in each location. Feel free to call either shop {numbers are above} if you have any inquiries. Hope to see you there!

The sell excludes custom art, no additional discounts, no holds & no returns on sale items.

The Hamptons Part 2

Want more photos?  I am going to spare you some… I took a ton!  Everywhere you look is beautiful classic details, shingles, hedges, and I could go on and on.  Anyway… to the photos.  A picture speaks a thousand words so I will stop typing….



Wow.  I guess I did take a ton of photos.  I haven’t even shown you our home photos….. including Martha’s…so one more post to come.



The Hamptons (part 1)

So we meant to post this weeks ago.  A little delayed but better late than never.  After the New York Market we (Mark-my husband, Doug, and our friend George) headed out to the Hamptons for a few days of R&R.  It was really fun.  We toured around, shopped, ate, and generally just relaxed.  Here are some of our photos from all over the place.  Take a look… there are so many photos.  A part 2 will be required.

This needs an explanation… they were changing a window from summer to fall at a shop.  They wrapped the manequin to take it away and had it out on the sidewalk.  We thought it just looked hilarious to passerbys…

One of our favs

So Doug is down at the beach for the weekend.  We went to dinner tonight.  We are now sitting around after dinner discussing where we found certain antiques and other pieces over the years.  Yes… this is what we sit around and talk about.  These are some of the pieces that have a story.  The find, the discovery, and the end result…. we love it all.




Photo by Colleen Duffley

A pair of sofas

When do you use a pair of sofas? This is a question we receive from friends, clients, blog readers, etc.

A few pointers on when it is answer to your room design.

1. When there is a focal point. A fireplace is the most common of these. (But we have also designed a room with 2 sofas where a TV was the focal)

2. When you want to create a room within a room. A pair of sofas creates a great gathering area but it does break up the room. (always be aware of this in small spaces)

3. When symmetry is best for the impact of the room. We love symmetry when used in the right design but it is not always the answer.

4. When you have an elongated very rectangular room. If this is the case the a pair of sofas may be the perfect solution!

Here is one of our favorite photos of ours where a pair of sofas was the perfect solution!




P.S. Bess and I are headed back to Florida from a trip to a client in Missouri. It is a crazy week for all if us. Sorry for the lack of blogging.