Chapel Hill home part 1

We designed a home for a family in Chapel Hill, NC last year.  We had a great time working with our client (you have to love  great client) and Dixon Kirby the architect/builder.  I will break this home up into a few posts.  This first post includes the foyer, dining room, gallery, and ,my favorite, the music room.  We loved the mix of traditional and modern in this home designed for a great family.  You can imagine the music room with one of the children taking piano lessons or a chic cocktail party.  That is what is why we love this house so much.  It’s design straddles the line of elegance and livability.  Take a look for yourself on our blog or pick up a copy of Southern Home magazine where the house is featured in their spring issue!  Watch for the follow up posts on this home!



Photos  by Jean Allsopp

Styling by Eleanor Lynn Nesmith

Designers Paige Sumblin Schnell and AK Porch


Tracery book give away!

It is that time!  Book giveaway time!  We are giving away 2 copies of our new Tracery book!  If you would like a chance to win a copy of the book this is what you need to do…. Just comment here what your favorite book is of all times!  It can be a novel, biography, coffee table book, etc.  Just tell us and then next Friday April 3rd we will pick 2 winners!  Good Luck!


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Traditional Home September issue!

We are so excited to share with you all that we are featured in the September issue of Traditional Home!! Check out the home of Stephanie Carter. She is a client and a friend and we had so much fun on this project in Seagrove and look forward to more fun projects in the future(we’ve been talking about some fun ones!). She is an incredible mom, friend and fashion designer and just exudes creativity. We had lots of fun brainstorming ideas for her family home. The home before was a 70’s home with teal green carpet no details and mirrors glued to the walls to laminate floors and countertops. We had lots of fun taking that dreary looking home and creating this! So pick up the issue on news stands (we are page 112-121).


I hope you enjoy reading more about this home!


P.S. Also check out page 26 where I along with some amazing designers talk about screens in the our Designers Say…. Section of the magazine.

Atlanta Market

A couple weeks ago we took off to market in Atlanta. This market trip the entire group went. So the Mountain Brook and Rosemary Beach crew met up to shop and find fun new items for the shops and our projects. AK and I headed up early to visit ADAC.




Then the next day we headed to market. Here are a few shots of what we saw at market. I always mean to take a ton of pictures then I get distracted looking at fun new product, smelling the holiday candles, absorbing all the colors and everything that is market.

















Then getting close to the end of the day we just got silly. It took a couple times to get this right… And I didn’t realize some other market goer was in the middle of our group to begin with so she ended up in a couple shots!





Then the next day we headed to Scott’s Antique Market.








And of course we found time to enjoy some great dinners! We all voted that our favorite was Watershed.




As you can see we had a great trip to the ATL. Until next time…


Random thoughts

Hi all!

Thought 1: I am sitting on the beach going through all the social media outlets on the phone, enjoying the breeze, awaiting the arrival of my friends, more beach chairs, and an afternoon of laughter. Sometimes like the past couple months I forget I should just come down here and sit. Today I am being thankful for living in such a beautiful place.

Thought 2: Our blogging has been few and far between but we still love that you all follow us. We have some fun announcements coming up! So stay around!

Thought 3: you might want to see some photos of what we have been up to lately. (These are random iPhone photos)











Thought 4: I am so excited about our projects right now!!

Thought 5: my friends are here so I am going to go and talk to them and snack on some yummy tuna dip. (I will put that recipe on my food blog )

Have a great Saturday!


Revisit: 2012 Southern Living Idea House

Hi all! We are working on our website so I have been going through lots of photos of past projects. I found some photos that we had not shared with all of you and we wanted to share. We had so much fun designing this home. The team was so much fun and was so talented which made the project that much better. I will have a few more posts like this as I find more photos to share with all of you.

This beautiful painting is by artist Mallory Page. The painting  paired with an antique chest and a collection of white serving pieces we found at antique shops and flea markets were just the perfect addition to the master bedroom.


This little detail appeared in the main stair hall.  I loved this trophy collection so much it now resides in my own living room.  The dear painting by a local 30A artist Justin Gaffrey was the perfect touch above the antique white chest we found at Scott’s Antique Market.


One of the other small items I kept after the house was complete.  This funny little dog.  Someone along the way broke his leg and glued it back on.  He added the perfect bit of southern character to the coffee table.  He now lives on my desk at the Tracery studio.

All photos by Laurie Glenn of Southern Living.

Everyone have a great weekend!



Fort Lauderdale Install

Hey Everyone! Leslie here. I wanted to share some of the photos from our most recent install in Fort Lauderdale. I was there for just over 24 hours…and it’s amazing what can be done in that amount of time! It was a great install and a beautiful home right across from the beach. It’s always interesting to see different parts of Florida when you live there. Every beach I visit seems to be unique in it’s own way. 30-A could not be more different than the hustle and bustle you find in south Florida!

I rounded off the trip with a couple of days in one of my favorite cities, Nashville! Visiting great new restaurants, the Southern Living Idea House, and Antique Archeology were some of the highlights of this particular trip. If you don’t already know, I’m in love with the Music City!

I did manage to squeeze in some beautiful sunsets and eat some fresh seafood! Happy 4th of July to you all!

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