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

Day 4 of 12 Days of Giveaways!

For our fourth day of giving amazing stuff away we bring you a Tracery favorite-this sweet mercury glass votive! The votive measures 3 1/2″h x 2 1/4″w and retails at $9.80. If you aren’t one of our lucky winners keep in mind these make great & inexpensive gifts and stocking stuffers!

This giveaway is a little more complicated….you have to go to the Tracery Interiors Facebook page {here} and SHARE our giveaway on your Facebook page, or your friend’s, your mom’s, sister’s….whoever’s! Just go to Facebook and SHARE this giveaway. We will select THREE lucky winners at random. You have until 5pm on Thursday December 15 to do so. Good luck! Please keep in mind we only whip within the Continental U.S.-thanks.


Hey, it’s Doug…Hannon and I have started a new project and we are really excited about it! It’s a new house that’s just started construction. The house is located in Shelby County, Alabama just a few miles south of our studio in Mountain Brook. The family who will live here is moving to Birmingham from Texas and came to us through this very blog (we love when that happens!).

The piece of property where the house is located is SO beautiful! We’ve had a really gorgeous fall here in Birmingham and the colors of the trees all around the house were absolutely amazing when Hannon and I made our first visit to the site a couple of weeks ago.

Right now, the house looks like this…

But eventually, it will look like this…

The family hired a local home designer to draw up plans for the house and now we’re busy tweaking details here and there to help create their vision of a classic farmhouse style home. Outside, white painted siding, trim and windows will be accented by classic black shutters and a galvanized metal roof. Inside we have white painted wood walls, warm white oak floors with a weathered finish, and lots of crisp white tile and honed soapstone planned…this house is going to be amazing and we can’t wait to share the details with you along the way.

Until then, hope you enjoyed a little sneak peek. Happy Friday!

Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday Home Tour

Hey everyone, it’s Doug.  I know it seems way too early to talk about the holidays, but you know how time flies by (how is already the middle of October?!).  One of my favorite holiday traditions here in Birmingham is attending the annual Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday Home Tour…every year, homeowners who live in some of the city’s most beautiful residences open their doors and allow the public inside for two days to tour their homes and see their holiday decor.  I am incredibly honored that this year I’ve been invited to share my own home on the tour!  This year’s tour features some really amazing homes, including my INCREDIBLY talented across-the-street neighbor, Betsy Brown (you might remember her home from when it was featured in House Beautiful a few years back…it’s honestly one of my favorite magazine features on a home I’ve ever seen).  No pressure for my place to look great compared to that, right?

Doug's living room...which is featured on this year's IPC Holiday Home Tour in Birmingham.


This is the 62nd year for the Tour, which benefits the charitable activities of IPC.  You can stay up to date with details of the tour, and see photos of the other homes being featured by liking the IPC Holiday Home Tour Facebook page.  Tickets will be available for sale online (we’ll keep you updated when they become available for purchase) and we’ll also be selling them in our Mountain Brook shop.  Heck, we might even give away a pair right here on the blog!

Doug's bedroom--freshly painted just in time for the upcoming IPC tour!

Doug's kitchen

We’ll remind you again as the event gets closer but go ahead and put December 10 and 11 on your calendar if you are in Birmingham, because you won’t want to miss this event.  As an added bonus, purchasing a ticket to the IPC tour automatically will grant you entry into the Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home which coincidentally features interiors also designed by Tracery 🙂  Make sure you plan to attend this great event!

Have a great week everyone–

we’re moving our Mountain Brook shop!

Hey, it’s Doug….have you heard our news?  We are moving our Mountain Brook shop!  Last fall when we opened, we knew at some point we’d be moving again.  Our friend Paige Albright had graciously offered us space in the building that houses her rug shop, which turned out to be a great way for us to get started in Birmingham.  We’ve completely outgrown the space though!  We have been on the lookout for a new home for the past few months and we’re excited to announce we’ve found one…just around the corner from our current location.

Our future home in Mountain Brook...photographed Monday evening just after we ripped own the old awning that covered most of the front of the store!

We’re moving to Montevallo Road, in the heart of Mountain Brook Village.  We’re really looking forward to having increased visibility for the shop and for having a little more room to spread out and offer even more great things!

The space needs a complete makeover, which we are currently in the middle of. I’ve recruited my brother Ryan to help with a lot of the work…we spent this past weekend tearing down dressing rooms and ripping up nasty old wall to wall carpet.  In the next few days we’ll be painting while new lighting is installed and wall-to-wall seagrass carpet goes down.  Here are a few pics of our progress this weekend, starting with the space “as we found it”

Hannon thinks the basement stinks. (It does)

Here's an action shot of Ryan tearing out the dressing room

The aftermath of our demolition. I called a junk removal service to come rescue us soon after I snapped this photo!

Demo is complete...we'll update you again soon with pics of our progress putting the space back together!

rug geometry

A 1940's era Turkish Tulu rug, from Paige Albright Orientals in Mountain Brook, Alabama


Hey everyone, it’s Doug–

One of the best things about sharing our Mountain Brook shop space with Paige Albright Orientals (aside from having someone to talk to when Hannon or Megan isn’t working!) is getting to see all of the amazing rugs that are constantly coming through the door.  Paige (Albright, not our Paige Schnell…lots of Paiges to keep up with!) just returned from New York where she was scouting out rugs for several projects she’s helping various designers locate rugs for.  On Monday, I kept coming out of my office to see what she and her staff were unpacking because I loved just about everything that arrived in this shipment.  I noticed a trend in a lot of the pieces she had found–bold geometry.  I think that people often equate zig zags and bold stripes as very ‘in the moment’–and it certainly is a look that’s hot at the moment–but most of the rugs being unpacked today were antiques, some dating back to the 1920’s!

This is a new Turkish Kilim piece...I love the bold colored stripes set against the neutral background


Isn't this piece interesting? Lots of tiny boxes (about an 1" big in reality) stacked together in tones of blue, green, brown and warm gold. This piece is an antique Turkish Tulu.


Another antique Turkish Tulu...this one has been washed to create a warm and casual feel. The zig zag stripe motif is so popular right now, yet this rug dates from the 1940's


This beautiful Turkish Sivas is from the 1920's...while the geometry isn't as bold as some of the other pieces show here, the intricacy of the pattern is so beautiful! The black and white tones of the rug contrast so sharply against the camel-colored field. This rug is really stunning in person.


Purple stripes against a neutral base...this Moroccan Kilim is also an antique, but displays up-to-date colors that we observed all over the Atlanta Market last month. I really want to upholster something with this rug, it's so beautiful in person!


Speaking of stripes, check out this amazing Turkish Tent Kilim. It’s been recently assembled from striped pieces dating back to the 1960’s. Wouldn’t this rug be amazing in a lake or mountain cabin? The stitching is all done on the reverse, creating a really fun and unique appearance on the face of the rug.


There’s always something new and interesting at Paige Albright Orientals…if you want more information about sizes or pricing for anything featured here, contact PAO at (205) 877-3232 or email paigealbright [at] aol [dot] com
Which rug is your favorite out of these selections?  Isn’t it interesting to see how these ‘current’ patterns and motifs are actually rooted in a much earlier history?