Before and Afters: Southern Living 2012

Here is the second post of our new before and after series.  Remember the 2012 Southern Living Idea House we designed?  I just received some of the before photos from our friends over at Historical Concepts.  Historical Concepts was the architect for this renovation addition along with John Bynum Homes.  This project has so many moments it will have to have a second post.  Here are a few of my favorite moments in the project.


The before exterior elevation


The before Front door


The before kitchen


The before stair


The after front door


the after stair


The after kitchen


The after front elevation

Until next time…



James Farmer Book Signing Event!

Hey All! 

In the shop at Rosemary Beach we’re hosting a book signing featuring James Farmer; author, Southern Living editor, Garden -to- table lifestyle expert, landscape designer, cook, farmer – you name it he probably does it, and does it best! We are having drinks and appetizers and will be selling his newest book Dinner on The Grounds: Southern Suppers and Soirees, and a selection of his other publications. We are very excited to have him in and hope you all can make it out! The event is next Thursday, May 29th from 4-7 pm. 

See you there!!! XOX



Friday September 26th and Saturday September 27th is the annual Rosemary Beach Sidewalk Sale and as always the Tracery Rosemary Beach shop is participating!  This year we have a super duper over the top sale… including some items from the 2012 Southern Living Idea House!  This is not to be missed.  And by reading the blog or following us on FB we have a special preview day on Thursday September 25th!  We are open 10-5 everyday.  NO PRESALES NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!! (not even my friends…)

If you can’t make it you can always call us that Thursday morning and buy the items over the phone 850-231-6755.

Want to see a few items we will have?

“Connie” plaid chair, Originally retails for $2,249. Now $1,124.50

“Dautry” Chair, Originally retails for $2,142. Now $1,071 and trunk in this photo is $200 now $100

Copley Chairs, Originally $1,755, Now $877.50 EachMatching Ottoman, $330.20

Copley Chairs, Originally $1,755, Now $877.50 Each
Matching Ottoman, $330.20  Selling all 3 items together only for $2,085.20

Garrison Chair, Originally $2,693.60. Now $1,346.80

Garrison Chair, Originally $2,693.60. Now $1,346.80


I have just finished my personal living room redo. So all my frames on my frame gallery wall will be available for varying prices (I did keep 2 for myself)


In this photo this great pair of lamps will be at the sale.  You may remember these from the living room of the 2012 Southern Living Idea House


The antler collection from over the bed in the Master Bedroom at the 2012 Idea House will be available.


This ladder back chair from the living room at the Southern Living Idea House 2012 Living Room would a great addition to any home!

There are so many more items that we have too!  So mark your calendars and come see us!  Also, don’t forget that all our neighbors Gigi’s, Moonpize, Willow, Patchiouli’s, etc.  will also be having sales so come visit our little beach town and take home lots of fun items!



Southern Living Idea House Christmas

Happy Friday y’all! We traveled back to the idea house in Senoia, Georgia last weekend to decorate the 2012 Southern Living Idea House for Christmas. The house is now open for tours every weds-sun until December 23rd…. So go check it out. So you ready for some Christmas??? I know it is only October but I guess we are embracing the phrase the early bird gets the worm! So here goes Christmas… Ho Ho Ho!

We started on Saturday with designer and sponsor day at the Idea House. I was so excited my amazing mom and my sweet cousin Hannah joined me. It made it a wonderful day.

And then Christmas began to happen.

Group dinner to get ready to be Christmas Elves.

First stop on Christmas includes a chainsaw… Is it Halloween or Christmas?

Scott and Frank prepping the tree.

Working on the mantel

My mom helping with the presents.

Lynn working on the staircase garland.

Elves at work.

Picture time! (the people in the background are touring the house)

Wrapping gifts for under the trees!

Lots of pom poms for the presents. Jenny, Lynn, and Kate made lots of poms pins ahead of time so we were ready to wrap. You girls could go in the professional pom pom making business.


















Lynn stamped our packages for under the trees… This would never have worked for me when I was a child. I was the worst about sneaking around and figuring out my gifts.

If you have a chance go check out the house. A few thanks to my Christmas Elves. Thank you Jenny, Kate, and Lynn for making pom poms. Thanks Blaine for making the super cool Pinecone snowflakes. They are awesome! Jenny and Leslie thanks for wrapping tons of gifts! And to the install elves thanks to Scott, Frank, Christina, Lynn, and my mom… You all rock! Santa is going to recruit y’all to the official elf crew!

Merry Christmas! (just a little early)


Southern Living Idea House Designer Day


Tomorrow, October 6th, come visit the 2012 Southern Living Idea House in Senoia, GA between 11am-5pm. You can meet the team behind the house. You can meet Paige from Tracery as well as the architects from Historical Concepts and other sponsors and last but not least the Southern Living Team.

Hope to see you there!

Then on Sunday and Monday the Tracery team will be decorating the house for Christmas so come back starting Wednesday October 11-Dec 23 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) to see this home dressed for the holidays. We hope it is filled with Christmas inspiration for all!





{2012 Southern Living Idea House} through our eyes, Living Room

Bess here again to share another ‘behind the scenes’ look at the Southern Living Idea House. For all of you who have the publication-you did get to see the majority of the Living Room. What you don’t realize about homes that are published is that a certain area can have one of the most amazing things/items/collections in the entire space, but if the photographer can’t get a good shot of it then it will not be published. There is an amazing piece by artist Courtney J. Garrett  behind the sofa that fell into that category & we had to share it regardless ( image below).  The piece on the mantel of the old house is Courtney’s as well.


Mantel ‘before’

Mantel ‘after’



Looking forward and looking back…. Southern Living Idea Houses

We are sooooo excited about the 2012 Southern Living Idea House which is open to the public now for tours.  Visit Southern Living’s website for more info on tour dates and time.  The house will be featured in the August issue of the Southern Living magazine.  We will let you know when it is released.  Here a few detail shots from around the house.  We can’t wait for you to see the entire house.

These are our pillows that are made from our custom line of fabric.  The pillow on the right is a mitered stripe fabric named fluting color driftwood.  In the photo you can see a peak at the white chesterfield sofa.

Theseare custom shadow boxes we designed to display the collection of antique keys we found while out looking for vintage and antique pieces for the home.

He is just to cute for words.  I think he needs a name…. maybe Ned.

Now for looking back….

In 2009 we designed the Idea House for Southern Living in Cinnamon Shore which is located in Port Aransas, Texas.  We had a great time and loved working with the Southern Living team so we were excited to come back in 2012.  In case you weren’t following us back then here are a few of our favorite shots from the 2009 Southern Living Idea House.

And this photo we have seen crop up all out there in blogland and pinterest.  We STILL love the saffron barn door.  Don’t you?

We cant’ wait to share more from this year’s idea house later this month.  We hope you had a great 4th of July!