Auburn and Lake Martin site visits

Hey, it’s Doug…I actually started writing this post yesterday morning as the tornado sirens started going off here in Birmingham.  The power eventually went out and after a day of scary storms I never got back here to finish the post.  Luckily my neighborhood is okay (and so is our shop here in Mountain Brook) but other parts of Birmingham–and of course our neighbors in Tuscaloosa and elsewhere–were not so lucky.  We’re all sending lots of Tracery love out to our friends throughout the Southeast who were effected by yesterday’s weather.

Okay, so on with what I wanted to show you yesterday.  On Tuesday, Paige and I met up in Auburn to check in on a project of ours that’s nearing completion.  Some clients of ours who we’ve worked with previously contacted us a couple of months ago with an interesting challenge:  they were in the process of purchasing a large, almost-finished home in Auburn, Alabama and needed our help completing the project so that they could move in.  We started by addressing the home’s interior architectural issues, selecting new paint colors, changing out some tile in places, and selecting right around FIFTY light fixtures (this very large didn’t have any when our clients purchased it!).  Once we had the finishes and fixtures under control, we started to select new furnishings to complement pieces the family already owned.

The home is about two to three weeks from completion and is really starting to look great.  Here a few shots we took yesterday…

This beautiful limestone fireplace was already in the home...we had the walls repainted a custom color to match (they had been a minty green) and added an antique iron chandelier. A pair of chairs will eventually settle in front of the fireplace to create a cozy spot to hang out at one end of this kitchen space.

We thought it would be really fun to do a HOT PINK ceiling in the daughter's bathroom to contrast the existing black and white tile. We love how this turned out!

We showed you this crystal chandelier a couple of weeks ago after our buying trip to Atlanta. It's in place now in the Master Bedroom and looks great!

Many of the home's bathroom vanities were stained a pretty bad shade of "cherry" when our clients purchased this home. We are having all of them repainted in charcoal grey to fit into the home's new color scheme.

After we left Auburn, we headed to Lake Martin to attend a job site meeting a new construction project we are designing the interiors for.  The exterior of the home is really starting to come together, although the interior is a few months from completion.

A view of the home from the Motorcourt...the exterior siding is a custom blend of three different stains that we worked with the home's architect to develop

The lakeside facade of the home

The view of Lake Martin from the home's dock...ahhhhh!

spring things

At our Rosemary Beach studio and shop it’s been clear for a couple of weeks now that spring has finally arrived.  The streets of Rosemary Beach are once again busy with visitors who have come to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Scenic Highway 30A area.  Paige, Anna Kay and Bess have enjoyed meeting so many blog readers who’ve stopped by our shop already this season…if you haven’t made our way yet, please be sure to stop by and say hello when you do!

At our other design studio in Birmingham, one of the coldest winters anyone can remember is finally giving way to a beautiful spring.

Inspired by the soft pink hues of the tulip tree blooming in Doug’s front yard, here are a few rooms from our portfolio which display the soft colors of springtime.

This bedroom in a home we designed at Lake Martin is full of the soft pink and white tones that signal the start of spring.  The pink linen drapery bring subtle color the white-painted planked walls.  The Oly Studio bed features rafia-upholstered panels which partner with the jute rug to add texture to the space.  Coincidentally, the subject matter of the Justin Gaffrey piece Paige and Anna Kay selected to hang over the bed is one of our favorite spring flowers–daffodils.

Pink and white figures into the color scheme of this Auburn, Alabama home as well.  We’ve shared these photos on the blog before, but we thought they were too pretty to not include in this post too.  [photos by Colleen Duffley]

In the Master Bedroom of this same home, pale blue create a peaceful feeling that reminds us of the clear springtime sky.  [photo by Colleen Duffley]

Pale springtime pink just tinges the edges of the antique Italian carving Doug discovered and placed on the mantle of this Mountain Brook, Alabama home.  [photo by Colleen Duffley]

Colors inspired by spring don’t have to be subtle.  In the children’s play area in the Southern Living Idea House we designed, stripes of pink, green and blue create a playful and fun atmosphere.  Bedding, pillows and beanbags in the same tones create a unified feeling in the space that’s inviting any time of year.  [photo by Laurey W Glenn for Southern Living]


If you haven’t already left a comment to be entered to win a journal from our shop, covered in a fun Thomas Paul print, make sure you do.  The contest ends Sunday, March 28 at 7pm central.  Have a great weekend everyone — enjoy the spring weather!