looking back at 2011

Hey friends–it’s Doug, can you believe it’s almost 2012? Before 2011 got away from us, we wanted to take a few moments and look back at the past year. As always, it’s been an exciting year for us and lots of great things have happened at Tracery. Here are a few highlights:

We started off the year in Atlanta, where our design staff (and Heather, who handles our purchasing and keeps everything happening) visited Market.

All of us at Market in Atlanta

In February we were beyond excited to see a project we designed here in Mountain Brook featured in the pages of House Beautiful!

A portion of our feature in House Beautiful

Of course we celebrated our feature in House Beautiful with a party!

Paige, AK and Bess at the Rosemary Beach House Beautiful party

In March, Paige and I traveled to New York to visit the job site for a new corporate office we designed for Core Real Estate (one of the firms featured on HGTV’s Selling New York)

A new corporate office for Core Real Estate, under construction in New York City this spring

March also saw the debut of 30A Style, a great new book featuring homes along beautiful Scenic Highway 30A–where our Rosemary Beach studio and shop is located. Our dear friends Lynn Nesmith and Jean Allsopp are responsible for 30A Style, and they kindly featured three projects of ours in the book, including Paige’s own home!

We held several book signings of 30A Style at both our Rosemary Beach and Mountain Brook shops

In April, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles featured a home we designed at Lake Martin. This house has probably been published more than anything else we’ve designed–it’s always a favorite (we’re pretty fond of it too, for the record!)

A Lake Martin home we designed featured in the May 2011 issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

In May we received an exciting package…it was the sample of our new custom fabric! Our first design, ‘Rose Window’ features a stylized version of our logo, printed in a driftwood color on white linen. We’ll have the fabric available for purchase by the yard in early 2012.

AK with our new fabric

In June, we all gathered together at the beach for the opening of the 2011 CAA Design ShowHouse for the Arts. We designed the Living Room of the house.

Bess, Paige, Doug, Hannon and AK at the opening night of the 2011 CAA Designer ShowHouse for the Arts

A detail of our room at the Designer ShowHouse

In June, a previous year’s Designer ShowHouse was featured in Traditional Home. We were excited to see the Master Bedroom we designed make an appearance in the feature.

The Master Bedroom we designed for a previous year's CAA Designer ShowHouse featured in the July 2011 issue of Traditional Home

July brought big changes to Mountain Brook…we moved our studio and shop to a new location! Our new location has been a really positive experience so far, we are loving the increased traffic–and more space to showcase our merchandise!

Our new shop in Mountain Brook on opening day in late July 2011

AK, Hannon, Paige and Doug at our ribbon cutting with the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce

We all took some time off this summer too. In August, Paige and I headed to New York for Market and then visited the Hamptons for a few days accompanied by Paige’s husband Mark and our friend/client George.

Paige and Doug having a drink at the top of The Standard Hotel in New York

Over the summer, the team at the Rosemary Beach studio completed a home in Seagrove Beach for fashion designer Stephanie Nichols. In September, Paige and AK put together an amazing photoshoot at the home! We can’t show you the whole house (it’s still being shopped around to some magazines) but here’s a peek:

A beautiful french buffet in a Seagrove Beach, FL home we designed

Also in September, Hannon got married in an amazing ceremony at Lake Martin. For those of you who’ve been asking, you can see some of the details from Hannon’s big day {here}

Some scenes from Hannon's beautiful September wedding at Lake Martin

In October, we began installing the interiors of the Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home.

Some of the items collected for the Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home

November brought another install, this time at a home at Lake Martin which we’d been working on throughout the year. We’re still ironing out some final details but we were able to get the family in for the holidays.

A little peek at a recently installed home at Lake Martin we designed

In November, Southern Living also announced that we’d been chosen to design the interiors for one of the magazine’s 2012 Idea Houses (we had previously designed an Idea House in 2009). We’re looking forward to working on this exciting project in the coming year.
December was typically as busy as it always is. The Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home was open for tours throughout the month. We hosted several events at the house throughout the month.

Nicole Beers of Birmingham Home & Garden with Doug, Hannon and Paige at a holiday party held at the Inspiration Home

The Living Room of the Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home...on newstands now!

Also in December, my own home was featured on the Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday Home Tour (the Inspiration Home was on the tour too!)…a record 1600 people took part in the event!

Doug's home featured on the IPC Holiday Home Tour in Birmingham

Paige’s holiday decor at her home was featured on Veranda’s blog:

Paige's Christmas tree as featured on Veranda magazine's blog

Along the way we also completed projects in Missouri, Alabama, Florida and Texas (I might have forgotten one…it seems like we were all on the road or in the skies all year long). It’s been a hectic and busy year, but also a lot of fun…and we are so thankful for all of YOU who have supported us and been interested in what we’ve been doing along the way. Here’s to a great 2012!
Tracery–Rosemary Beach & Mountain Brook: Paige, Anna Kay, Bess, Heather, Kristina, Doug, Hannon & Sarah Virginia

Christmas at Paige’s Seagrove Cottage

Merry Christmas Y’all! We have had a great year and we are very grateful. We hope everyone is having a fun, slightly crazy, relaxing, and exciting holiday season. Last week my home was featured on Veranda’s Holiday Decorating: Designers at Home. It was really fun to get my house ready for this with my friend Lynn Nesmith (who is a stylist and the author of the book 30A Style). I love to use nature from Seagrove to decorate for the holidays. My ingredients for this year’s Christmas decorations: magnolia, gold spray paint, jute, plaid ribbon, yapoun holly, persimmons, tangerines, kumquats,gold balls from target, gold mercury from tracery, cedar, burlap, cotton (from my dad’s farm) and white lights. All of this together created our home for the holidays… Here are a few shots for you to enjoy…













We wish all of you a Merry Christmas!



Photos by Brandan Babineaux

12 Days of Giveaways-Winner!!

And for our 12th & final day of the 12 Days of Giveaways we would like to extend a congratulations to  Karen Watson for winning the Sister Schubert ‘Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters’ Cookbook! Email your shipping info to shop@traceryinteriors.com and we will get it on its way!

‘Love this giveaway! She came to my home town and I was out-of-town – rats! Will make sausage-egg casserole – we call it Christmas casserole. Would be fantastic with some Sister Shubert sweet rolls! Karen Watson Comment by karenwatson December 22, 2011′

A BIG thanks to everyone that entered! We have thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!
-Paige, Doug, Bess, AK, Heather, Hannon, Sarah & Kristina!!

More Winners….

All winners please shoot us an email at shop@traceryinteriors.com with your shipping information and we will get your items on the way as soon as we can. Thanks to all that are continuing to participate-this has been a blast! Our 12th winner will be announced tomorrow!

Day 10, Set of Four Farm Animal placements: Congratulations to Darlene Day!
‘When I was a child I thought my grandfather’s old mule, Maude, was a great animal. All of the grandchildren loved to feed her corn. I wouldn’t want one now, but back then I would have been the happiest kid around if Santa had left a mule at my house. Comment by Darlene Day December 20, 2011′

Day 11, Tracery’s Rose Window Fabric: Congratulations to Rachel Goetz!
‘I have to admit that ‘Christmas Vacation’ is my favorite! There is just something so perfect about that movie and we watch it every Christmas day… how sacrilegious is that! It just helps so much to make your family seem normal when you compare yourselves to the Griswold’s! Comment by Rachel Goetz December 22, 2011′

Day 12 of 12 Days of Giveaways!

On this twelfth and final day of our 12 days of giveaways we are offering to one lucky commenter a copy of Sister Schubert’s ‘Cast Your Bread Upon The Waters’ cookbook. The best part-it was signed by Sister herself here in our Rosemary Beach shop!

To enter leave a comment on this post and tell us what favorite dish you will be making or enjoying this holiday weekend. I’m hoping my Meme makes a big bowl of Ambrosia {Bess again!},  that my mother may throw together her amazing Brussel Sprouts while I’m home and for a taste of my Mema’s home-made mac-n-cheese! Yum! Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! You have until 5:00pm on Friday, December 23 to enter. Winner will be announced that night. Good luck!

Day 11 of 12 Days of Giveaways!


On this eleventh day of giving fabulous things away we are offering three yards of our custom fabric Rose Window by Tracery! To jog your memory the first color way available is called Driftwood an it retails for $45.00/yard-so we are giving away $135.00 of fabric! To read up on other details regarding our fabric click {HERE}

To enter this giveaway comment on this blog post & tell us what your all time favorite Christmas Movie is! You  have until 5:00pm on Thursday, December 22 to enter. Good luck!

More Winners Announced!

All winners please shoot us an email at shop@traceryinteriors.com with your shipping information and we will get your items on the way as soon as we can. Thanks to all that are continuing to participate-your comments have been both entertaining & heart warming!

Day 8, Pair of Green Ceramic Birds: Congratulations to Julie!
‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree! Comment by Julie December 18, 2011′

Day 9, Driftwood Hurricane: Congratulations to Linda in AZ!
‘*** We have a NEW PUPPY (!!!) … she’s T*H*E most darling lil’ huntin’ dog (German Shorthaired Pointer) that is only afraid of ONE THING~~~ the biiig polar bear sitting UNDER the tree~~~ she’s sooo FUN & FUNNY to watch, as she takes one step FORWARD to it, then 2 steps backwards, away from it!!! WHAT A CHARACTER!!! We can’t stop smiling n’ chuckling around this house!!! That RUSTIC (in our case) HURRICANE goes soooo well with our high desert home (it’s mostly lots of stone n’ glass, leathers n’ suedes, etc…… it’s perfect, actually!!!). Thanks for the opportunity & your generosity!!! Comment by Linda in AZ * December 19, 2011′

Only a few more giveaways remain-good luck!