Small space big view

We were asked by a family to update and maximize their rooftop in Seaside.  We changed it from a simple rooftop with a few chairs on it to a modern oasis.  One thing at Tracery is we love all projects big and small.  This one is a small space with amazing big views.  It is the perfect place to sit at the end of the day with a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the gulf.




P.S.  Yes that is fake grass… don’t you love it!?!

shoes and more

We just finished designing a renovation for a very talented fashion designer.  Stephanie is a friend and a very talented one at that!  Have you ever been to Dejavu in Seaside?  If not visit it online here.  It is her shop.  She also has an awesome clothing line Judith March.  Click on location near you and find a shop in your area with her really cute clothes.  Anyway…we just finished  the renovation it was a really fun project.  Here is a glimpse at her closet.  We will have more photos soon.

photo by Jean Allsopp



celebrating independence day

What a holiday weekend this was! We all had such a wonderful time in our various locations celebrating with family & friends. I think some of us need a little vacation to recover from this past weekend. Hope you enjoy these snapshots from everyone here at Tracery….

Some of us were on boats & some of us were on floats. We ate cobblers, crawfish & enough burgers to last a lifetime. We barbecued and giggled with rosy-cheeked babies. Some of us enjoyed the view of sandy beaches and ocean breezes while others cruised down back country roads with the wind in their hair. We watched parades, took a few much-needed naps & of course we all enjoyed  amazing fireworks!

What was your favorite memory from this year’s Independence Day celebration?

And the winner is….. drum roll please….


Thanks everyone for all the wonderful comments about 30A.  As a resident of 30A for 7 years and someone who visited since childhood I could not agree more with all your wonderful comments. 

Mike Ragsdale and Lynn Nesmith had their work cut out for them as the guest judges.  Mike has which is the place to go for all things 30A.  We use it to choose where to go listen to great music, places to eat, and everything else 30A.  Oh…. and I should not forget the app for your iphone… it is awesome.  So with all those credentials he was the perfect guest judge.  Lynn is the author of the book 30A Style, as well as, the book Seaside Style.  Lynn has lived in Seagrove for years and loves the beach and can be seen riding her bike to Seaside to the farmer’s market on Saturday and sitting on the beach with friends enjoying an iced tea or a cold beer (ok… I have to confess many times you can find me with Lynn on the beach with that cold beer!) All of this makes Lynn the other perfect judge!

So here are the winners:

I’ve never been to 30A before, but daydream about it often. It pains me to think that just a few hours away from the hustle, bustle, traffic and daily stresses of my life here in the Orlando, FL metropolitan area exists a place so quite the opposite. A place where architecture, interior design, and landscape planning actually matter. Where it is not all gas stations, strip malls, and used car dealership strewn about.

And as an avid enthusiast of New Urbanism architecture, 30A holds a special place in my heart for the mere facts of what it has done to change the architecture state of the world for the better. Its influence is far-reaching and indescribable.

The pictures I’ve seen of 30A truly do speak a thousand words, and these are among the words that come to mind: Easter egg blue water, napkin white sand that softly squeaks beneath the weight of my bare feet, towering palms that sway in gentle breezes and provide temporary shelter from unceasing bright sun rays which illuminate the surrounding nature, towns, and people.

All of this helps form a backdrop to one of the most architecturally significant slices of Florida. A place where design – both inside and out – is as important as food and water. A detail-oriented mecca that features a cornucopia of harmony, peace and happiness. A destination of old-fashioned Americana. A spit of sand showcasing life as it was meant to be – should be.

30A is not a fantasy. It is a reality. And I hope one day – sooner, rather than later – that it will be my reality. Until that can be possible, I’d like to have this book help me substitute being in 30A. Although it will most certainly be nothing like the real thing, I know it will continue along the same path as other collections of 30A images have, what with painting pastel pictures in my mind of premier paradisaical pursuits in a magical place known colloquially as 30A.

One day, 30A. One day.


Comment by Jamie March 15, 2011

and the other winner!

Why do I love 30A? Its Ambiance, Bewitching, Captivating, Darling, Enchanting, Fabulous, Gorgeous, Heavenly, Inspirational, Joyful, Kind, Lovely, Majestic, Nautical, Original, Paradise, Quiet, Romantic, Serene, Tranquil, Unforgettable, Vivacious, Whimsical, Xystus, Yummy, & Zealous!

Comment by Cindy March 14, 2011

Congrats Jamie and Cindy!  Email us at with your mailing address and phone number and your signed copy of 30A Style will arrive soon!



Give away!! “30A Style”

Happy Monday friends!  We are excited that the new coffee table book  30A Style is available now!  It features 22 homes along 30A in Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seagrove, Seaside, Watercolor, and homes along our rare coastal dune lakes. Two Tracery projects are featured in the book including our own Paige Schnell’s home.  There are so many projects by so many great architects and designers featured in 30A Style.  Here are few:  Tracery, Dungan Nequette Architects, Urban Grace, McAlpine Tankersley Architecture, Gary Justiss Archietct, Suzanne Restor Watson, Susan Massey and so many more.  To celebrate this book by Lynn Nesmith with photography by Jean Allsopp we wanted to GIVE 2 AWAY!   The books will signed by the author and photographer….pretty cool, huh? 

Here is how to enter:  Just leave a comment about why you love 30A or if you have never visited then why you want to visit 30A!  You have until 6pm Tuesday March 15th to enter.  We will select and announce our winners on Wednesday March 16th.  

We have two guest judges who will select their favorite comment.  Lynn Nesmith (the book’s author) and Mike Ragsdale ( of   So comment away! 

 If you want to purchase the book.  It is located at both our shops and online {here}.

Also, come to our book signings:  This Wednesday March 16th 2-6pm at Rosemary Beach, Wednesday April 6th 2-6pm Rosemary Beach, and Tuesday April 12th 1-6pm in Mountain Brook.

Good Luck!

Fall colors

Here at the beach fall is beautiful.  It is my favorite time of year no matter where you are.  There are so many festivals and fun events here on 30-A during the fall.  Here are links to a few things we all love to do on 30-A every autumn!  Mountain Film on Tour at Watercolor, Rosemary Beach’s new event Rosemary Beach uncorked,  Seaside’s 20th annual Seeing Red Wine Festival, The Seaside Repertory Theater’s Fall Playwright Festival,  Rosemary Beach’s Old Town Holiday, and of course Thanksgiving!  Fall here on the coast is different than some other parts of the country.  At the beach we don’t have trees with fall colors, but we do have beautiful fall flowers!  I am so inspired by the colors of nature in my design.  In my own home I have definitely brought the outside in with grass green, chocolate, wood and white.  For a reminder go here .  I think the colors of nature are a great way to think about your home.  We don’t always do this but sometimes it just works!   On our morning walk to the weekly Saturday farmer’s market in Seaside I took along my camera.  Here is a little glimpse into fall at the beach!

The Goldenrod is so vibrant!

Mark(my husband) and Lucy(our dog) joined me on my trip to the farmer's market.


Beauty Berries! Love the color!

The muhly grass has such great color. This color you will see soon as I renovate my daughter's room.


Look at the beauty berries peaking over the fence at this Seaside home!