The Inspiration Home… Photo shoot time!

Today the photo shoot began for the Birmingham Home and Garden Inspiration Home. The team is great… From Tracery Doug, Hannon and I have been adding the finishing touches while Jean (the photographer) and her assistant Matt started shooting and last but definitely least… Cathy the editor who does everything needed to make it perfect. Want to see a few fun shots? You will have to wait for the final photos but we can share this part.


Cathy and Doug dusting the hood!  Love this group!


Drapery install in the guest bedroom.  We LOVE Willie!


A sneak snap shot of the living room..


One of the living room consoles.



Doug and I hanging out at the end of the day.


Glass of wine…. ahhhhhh…..


My baby sister Maggie stopped by just in time for a tour and a glass of wine.  Love you Mags D!



To end the night a little mexican food.  It was needed and totally delish!


The house opens for tours next month! Then it will be a feature in the magazine! We will let you know when everything happens!



Birmingham Home & Garden party feature

Remember last fall when we hosted a get together for Birmingham-area bloggers and design friends at Doug’s house Birmingham Home & Garden was there to photograph the event and a feature on the party appears in this month’s issue!


Thanks for the feature, Birmingham Home & Garden!

Birmingham Home & Garden Trendsetters & Tastemakers


We are so excited for Paige and Doug–and our Mountain Brook shop–to be featured in the Trendsetters & Tastemakers article in the January / February issue of Birmingham Home & Garden!  Some of our favorite local design bloggers–Brooke, Paula, Megan, Jennifer and Marianne are featured too.  Bham H&G just keeps getting better and we’re so glad to be a part of the magazine!

[images courtesy Birmingham Home & Garden, photo of Paige and Doug by Arik Sokol]

garden party

from left, Paige, Megan from A Life's Design, Marianne from Haven & Home, Brooke from Blueprint Bliss, Paula from Two Ellie, Jennifer from The Newlywed Diaries, and Doug


You may have heard by now, particularly if you read this post, this post, this post, or this post that we hosted a little party in Birmingham last week.  We invited five Birmingham-area based design bloggers, and a few other friends, over to my house for a Garden Party.  The folks from Birmingham Home & Garden were there photographing the event and it will be featured in an upcoming issue.  As a result we can’t spoil the surprise of seeing everything we did to transform my “yard” into a “garden” for the evening, but we will share a few behind the scenes peeks at things.


All the makings of a great our cart at Whole Foods...


In addition to heading up things at Tracery, Paige is also a great cook! Here's a few of the things she prepared for the Garden Party.


It’s just beginning to feel like fall here in Birmingham, so summer flowers like white hydrangea or roses just didn’t feel right for this event.  Paige and I visited Davis Wholesale and selected a variety of aubergine flowers which we placed both inside the house and on tables set around the garden.


Aubergine toned Scabiosa in a vintage green ceramic vase are joined by white pumpkins from Mountain Brook's Western Supermarket--an autumn must have in Birmingham--accenting the corner of the stainless steel work table in Doug's kitchen


Dark aubergine Calla Lillies in a simple bud vase contrast with green moss in an vintage champagne bucket on the dresser in Doug's bedroom


Paige and I had a great time catching up with old friends and getting to meet new ones during the Garden Party.  It was so fun to get to announce our new Mountain Brook store (which is literally a block away from my house!) at the party.  We will be sure to keep you posted on when the Birmingham Home & Garden feature will be out in print.  The day before the party we also received the very exciting news that my house will be soon be photographed for a feature in a national magazine.  We’ll tell you more about that soon too.


– Doug