party in Mountain Brook

Hey it’s Doug. We had a party last Friday night at our Mountain Brook shop.  We were excited to have two artists we represent at the event, which featured their artwork–Mountain Brook native Mila Hirsch who produces really beautiful botanical prints and New Orleans based Mallory Page, whose amazing mixed media pieces we’ve carried in both of our shops for the past couple of years.  Flower magazine co-sponsored the event with us and between us, Flower and the artists, we invited a lot of people!  And we had quite the crowd…Shindigs Catering parked their food truck out in front of the shop and by the end of it, Mountain Brook Village was happening!

Do you ever have a party and forget to take pictures during the event?  We’ve been known to do that before, and this was no exception.  Not to worry though, our friends from About Town were there snapping pics of our guests (we’ll share think link when the photos are up on their site) and Hannon went around after the party and took some photos of the shop.

It was so great to have Mila and Mallory and so many of our friends at the shop…we need to have parties more often!  We still have lots of great pieces from both artists available, so if you see anything you like here give us a call at (205) 414-6026 and we can send you more info.

Southern Living Idea House shaping up

Hey everyone, it’s Doug.  The Farmhouse Renovation Idea House we are designing for Southern Living is really starting to come together.  The house installs mid-May so there’s not much time left!  As the contractors finish up construction on the home, everyone at Tracery has been working to pull together the home’s interiors.

Hannon and I visited Senoia to check in on construction a couple of weeks ago and took these pictures.  I hadn’t been to the house since December (Paige and Anna Kay have been a few times in between) so I was really surprised at how different the house looks!  It’s coming together so fast.  Isn’t that big deep porch great?…and so Southern!  The house is still primed for paint in these pictures, by now it should have received its coat of white paint.  I can’t wait to go back and see that in a few weeks.

Our entire team is working on the Idea House…a project this big that’s coming together this quickly requires a team effort for sure!  From Mountain Brook, Hannon and I have been coordinating a lot of the interior architectural details like plumbing fixtures, door hardware and custom paint finishes.

In Rosemary Beach, Paige, Anna Kay, Bess and Kristina have been coordinating the furniture orders with all of the various sponsors involved with the project; and have been working with our seamstresses and workrooms to get all of the custom drapery for the house fabricated.  A few weeks ago, Paige and I presented our design schemes for the house to the editors of Southern Living, to keep everyone in the loop regarding our vision for the home.  Here are a few of the different schemes we have pulled together for different parts of the house:

 

The interiors of the home will have a sophisticated palette of neutrals and greys mixed with some stripes and plaids and a few doses of unexpected color.  The home will definitely have a farmhouse feel to it, but in a very updated kind of way.

 

Now that we’ve ordered all of the major furniture pieces and “new” items for the home, we are all busy scouring vintage shops and antique stores across the South for perfect pieces to complete the home and add some history and character to the interiors.

Hannon and I picked up this collage of vintage school pictures the other day at an antique store in Birmingham.  It will be a fun addition to one of the upstairs bedrooms when we install the home.  We are also excited that to be working with some really great Southern artists such as Mallory Page, Emily Ozier and Courtney Garrett–all will be supplying original artwork for the home that’s really going to be the perfect complement to everything else we’re doing.

We are so excited about this house and can’t wait to show you more soon!  Stay tuned, and in the meantime check out Southern Living’s Idea House page to get more details on the project and to find out how you can see the house for yourself this summer.

progress at the Farmhouse

Hey, it’s Doug.  Things are really moving along at the Farmhouse project Hannon and I are working on here in Birmingham and we wanted to show you some updated photos of the house.

The drive up to the house is so beautiful!  Check out that shiny new galvanized roof.

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The deep and wide front porch is finally starting to be framed on the front of the house.  I really wish that last little bit of siding would be painted…that yellow primer is driving me crazy!  Eventually crisp black shutters will be installed on all the windows.

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Inside all the framing is completed and plumbing and wiring is wrapping up.  Soon sheetrock and wood planking will begin to cover the walls.  The view above is in the kitchen looking towards what will be a sunny Breakfast Room overlooking the back yard.  Reclaimed white oak beams will run from side to side in the room.

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In the adjacent Family Room, big windows and a pair of french doors overlook what will be a screened porch with a stone fireplace.  White painted wood planking and rustic beams will soon appear in this room too.

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I’m amazed with how the curved front staircase is being built.  A special stair builder is on site creating this intricate element of the interior…the run from the first floor to second floor is almost complete but there’s another flight that will lead to the basement that still has to be built.

There’s Hannon, inspecting some framing upstairs.

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While the contractors are busy completing the bones of the house, we’ve already started  selecting fixtures and finishes.  Because our clients won’t move to Birmingham until the house is complete, we’ve been emailing and UPS’ing everything we’ve selected to Texas for final approval.

We sent these boards with tile samples out last week.   We’re excited to see these finishes come to life over the next few months!

We’ll keep you posted as the house progresses…it’s going to be beautiful!  Have a great week, everyone!

updating our website

Hi!  Paige here.  We are currently updating our website…. it is a process to say the least.  We are adding a few new photos and bios of ourselves… (btw… we do better behind the scenes instead of in front of the camera).  Our photographer and my wonderful friend Sheila Goode did an amazing job.  Check out her blog and website {here}.    To say Sheila is amazing to work with is an understatement.  Here is a little preview….

 

 

 

 

 

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 11 of 12 Days of Giveaways!

 

On this eleventh day of giving fabulous things away we are offering three yards of our custom fabric Rose Window by Tracery! To jog your memory the first color way available is called Driftwood an it retails for $45.00/yard-so we are giving away $135.00 of fabric! To read up on other details regarding our fabric click {HERE}

To enter this giveaway comment on this blog post & tell us what your all time favorite Christmas Movie is! You  have until 5:00pm on Thursday, December 22 to enter. Good luck!

Install and such

We have all been all over the place. This past week Doug, Hannon and I installed the home at Lake Martin that we have been working on. It is a great house with a beautiful view. You probably don’t want to read about it… You want to see photos…. Here you go…

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Doug driving the van down to the lake. The van (aka Tracey) was full of pillows and lamps.

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Hannon titled this… How many designers does it take to fill a pillow?

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This is when we got silly…. Yes that is me in the tub… It was late what can I say…

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And a toast with our clients to their new home.

XO,
Paige

P.S. come back tomorrow as we start our series… 12 days of giveaways… Tracery style