This week in review

Wow…. What a week. I think I am still spinning.  I returned from vacation Monday.  Jumped head first back into our design projects and shops on Tuesday. We had a technological melt down this week… I mean utter meltdown in Rosemary. We think there might be trolls living in the studio…if we find any we will let you know. Then Doug and Hannon went to Auburn to see one client and we all met at Lake Martin to see another. Then back to our shops and studios.  AK and I headed over to the showhouse to finish our room… I hope you all like it!  Meanwhile Bess and I worked on a presentation for next week.  So… This is a random post of some places along the way!


Started the week in Colorado on vacation with my husband’s family.


AK and I headed to our local thrift store to buy some books for the showhouse.


Getting ready for paint!


Painted and ready to go the room at the showhouse!


Site visit at lake Martin.  Jeff (the architect) and Marbury (the builder) having a discussion in the master shower.


Hannon measuring.


Hannon again…


After the site visit we went to Springhouse (a restaurant we designed a few years ago) for dinner.  It was awesome!


Can you say… yum!


Thursday night we went to Labotana for a glass or wine and some music.  Our friend Chas (on the left) is a very talented singer/songwriter…. he wrote “Missing You” for John Waite and “What Kind of Man Would I Be?” for Chicago.


Seleta (of Simply Seleta) and I got a little time to catch up!


First shot of the showhouse… not finished but coming together.  It opens on Weds June 15- Friday July 22.  It is open Wednesday-Friday from 1-6pm every week.  If you are planning a trip to the beach this summer, add this to your list!


Last night we went to sunset at Bud and Alley’s.  We met Lynn (of the book 30A Style) and Paige, one of the editors of Better Homes and Gardens for a glass of wine, chatting, and a beautiful view!  Lynn is surrounded by Paiges in this picture!


Today in the Rosemary Beach shop we are having a trunk show for Mallory Page.  Look at these two great pieces!




Hi All!  I am the chair for the Showhouse for the Arts located here along 30A.  This year will be the 3rd year.  We are doing a call to interior designers to submit to be part of this years showhouse.  If you are interested please email me at  and we will send you all of the information.  The home this year is BEAUTIFUL!  We are so excited.  The showhouse benefits the CAA (Cultural Arts Alliance) of Walton County.  The CAA is our local arts council and is part of all things “arts” along 30A.  Here is a sneak peak at a couple photos of the years house.

If you are not a designer then watch our blog for opening dates for the house and come visit!  It is going to be amazing and inspiring!  The house is already beautiful so I can not wait to see what all the designers add.  Tracery will be part of the showhouse plus other designers that are selected by our selection committee.

Do you remember our rooms for the past two years.  Here is a reminder….

I am already inspired!



writing desk and frames at the Showhouse

We have already showed you the first two parts of our room at this year’s Designer ShowHouse for t the Arts, held this year at Seaside, first part here, and second part here.   Now it is time for the final nook in the corner of the room.  This is a little office area in the library that is nestled between two staircases.  Anna Kay and Doug found the great little metal desk while shopping in Atlanta.  Then we added a vintage desk chair at the table that we had painted and reupholsterd in Schumacher’s Ming Dragon.  We love to reupholster vintage chairs but this has to be one of the most fun chairs so far!  Since the room was styled for Truman Capote and Harper Lee, we had to add the vintage black typewriter.

Vintage steel desk and chair.

We used a collection of antique frames and mirrors on both staircases.  The fun metal clips allow the photos to float and they can be changed easily.  (photos by Sheila Goode)

Frame and mirror wall

Frames on the staircase between 1st and 2nd floor

On the large white wall behind the desk we selected a Justin Gaffrey painting of red poppies.

Coral Lamp adds a bit of the beach to this Library in Seaside, Florida

The showhouse was fun this year!  We can’t wait until we start again next summer!

Showhouse bookcases

The Library we designed at the Designer ShowHouse for the Arts in Seaside, this year, had three parts.  We showed you the seating area earlier here.  The bookcases connect the two ends of this long rectangular library.

One of the two bookcase walls

We added the wallpaper from Romo at the back of the bookcases to add a bit of pattern and color.  We used books from the home and we bought a few at local thrift stores to fill the bookshelves.  We turned all the books around with the pages facing out.  Then we added fun accessories throughout the shelves.

The type face letters add a bit of whimsy to the library styled for Truman Capote and Harper Lee. (all letters available through our store for $14 each)

We added collected vintage green pottery throughout the shelves.

Above the bookcases we hung black and white canvas wrapped photos of dune lakes along Scenic Highway 30A, where Seaside is located.  We used art lights from Ikea to accent each of the photos.

A black and white photograph of a dune lake