Tracery book give away!

It is that time!  Book giveaway time!  We are giving away 2 copies of our new Tracery book!  If you would like a chance to win a copy of the book this is what you need to do…. Just comment here what your favorite book is of all times!  It can be a novel, biography, coffee table book, etc.  Just tell us and then next Friday April 3rd we will pick 2 winners!  Good Luck!

 

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add color

Yesterday, we showed you a sublimely neutral space.  Today we thought we’d go in the other direction and look at some of the most colorful spaces we’ve designed.  We’ve featured a few of these images before on our blog, but we’re presenting them all to you again today.

One of the most iconic rooms we’ve designed is from a home in our hometown of Rosemary Beach, Florida.  Paige took the opportunity to do something unexpected in the home’s laundry room and had the cabinets painted bright red!

To punch up the red paint, matching red subway tile brings the color up onto the wall.  Glossy black trim, windows and doors create more visual punch.  [photo by Michael Granberry]

Color doesn’t have to be bold to have an impact.  In the Kitchen of an Auburn, Alabama home, Paige and Anna Kay chose a fresh french green for the cabinets.

Pale countertops and a healthy dose of beautiful stained wood floors–repeated in the long grain butcherblock island countertop–balance out the green and create a warm and inviting space.  [photo by Colleen Duffley]

An otherwise neutral room can sometimes be transformed with just one element of bright color.  In this Rosemary Beach bathroom, Paige selected cobalt blue glazed tile for the wall behind the bathtub.

Blue and white is a time-honored scheme but here it’s presented in a fresh and unique way.  We love how the sleek lines of the bathtub are accented against the bright tiled wall.

In a Watersound, Florida home the color scheme throughout is decidedly neutral.  Pale leather chairs, chocolate brown accents and linen-colored walls create a serene space.  One bright piece of artwork though, placed over the fireplace, creates an exciting accent to the scheme.  In the foreground, a simple grouping of green apples freshens up the tablescape.

[photo by Michael Granberry]

We love an all white room for its crisp peacefulness — but add a bright accent and an all white space comes alive instantly.

 

In this Alys Beach, Florida home, Paige and Anna Kay added colorful quilts and shams from Anthropologie which instantly make the space fun and fresh.  A lime green silk shade tops a lamp by Stray Dog Designs, which is available through our shop.  [photo by Michael Granberry]

How do you add color to your home?  Are you brave enough to paint cabinets a bright color, or does a pillow, piece of artwork or colorful quilt at the foot of a bed add enough for your taste?  Tell us, we are having so much fun hearing from everyone this week as our Comment Contest continues!  Remember you can comment once per day to be entered to win.

casual holiday

Our series of Thanksgiving table setting ideas continues today with a decidedly different look from the one we featured yesterday.  If you’re spending your holiday in a relaxed getaway setting, why not set your table to match?

When we had the interior of a home in Watersound, Florida photographed, Paige chose to set the dining table with a casual placesetting that fit the mood of the home.

With breathtaking views all around, it wasn’t necessary to add lots of flowers and decoration…simple earthenware dishes and classic glassware is all you need to create a great dining experience in setting like this.

 

Don’t be afraid of mixing different colors and patterns together, especially if you are expecting a large crowd.  Here, two different colors of bowls mix happily on the table and help to reinforce the casual feel of the tablesetting.

 

[photos by Michael Granberry]

 

 

the 3/50 project

 

If you have been following our blog for a bit then surely you have noticed the ‘3/50 project’ badge to the left of the screen.  Hopefully this has enticed many of you to click-it and educate yourselves a little on supporting local business. These are the times that it is crucial to support mom & pop shops and restaurants in your area so that they are not succumbed to the doom & gloom of our present economy.

Grab your cup of coffee and settle in for a light lesson on how to ‘save the brick & mortars our nation is built on’…

“3-what three independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared? Stop in. Say hello. Pick up something that brings a smile. Your purchases are what keeps those businesses around.

50-if half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent business, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.* Imagine the positive impact if 3/4 the employed population did that?!

68-for every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll & other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. 

1-the number of people it takes to start the trend….you.
Pick 3. Spend 50. Save your local economy.”
*all information from 3/50 project website.

We take much pride here at Tracery in our work as Interior Designers and all of the hard work that has gone into creating and maintaining Tracery the Design Firm. Many of you need to know that we also take much pride in Tracery the shop, the home base, the face, and most importantly: the Local Buisness. We have felt the need to support local businesses for years now. We love to take advantage of local resources for art, antiques, fabrication, etc. in all of our interior projects. We also LOVE to support local restaurants – who doesnt?! 

Tracery is extremely lucky to have two amazing areas to call home:
-SoWal: aka South Walton County and the communities along Scenic Highway 30A including our home Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seacrest, Watersound, the up & coming Prominence area, Seagrove, Seaside, Watercolor, Grayton, Carillon, Gulfplace and Blue Mountain Beach.  Even if you are only familiar with a few of those areas then you understand how lucky we are!
-Birmingham:  Homewood, the Lakeview Design District where our Bham office is located, historic Mountain Brook, Crestline and English Villages -each unique and full of great shopping, dining and more!

We love the local businesses that we all support on a daily basis and have decided that it’s time to let you all in on a few of our favorite local spots in both areas. Stay tuned-many of Tracery’s Local Loves to come….

Outdoor Rooms

Summer is here–maybe not officially–but it’s after Memorial Day so we’re calling it that!  In honor of warmer weather, here are a few of our favorite outdoor rooms from our portfolio:

 

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The rooftop pool at the Private Residence Club in Rosemary Beach is amazing, especially at sunset.  Looking across the rooftops of Rosemary you can see all the way to the Gulf.  We created lots of space for lounging and enjoying this exclusive retreat by filling the space with casual and versatile teak furniture.

 

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This private courtyard at Alys Beach is a great place to relax poolside and get away from the rest of the world.  We outfitted the tile and coralstone bench with comfortbale pillows and then added ceramic garden stools and a metal table to create a comfortable little nook to read or enjoy a poolside beverage.

 

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We’ve showed you this treetop retreat before, but it deserves another look.  Nestled on top of Red Mountain in Birmingham, this space features an outdoor kitchen and fireplace and groupings of very cool aluminum and teak furniture for dining or conversation.

 

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A fun light fixture enlivens this outdoor dining room in the historic Hollywood section of Homewood, Alabama. 

 

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Sometimes an outdoor space can be as simple as a great place to take in the view.  This quaint porch swing in Watersound, Florida is the perfect spot to enjoy Camp Creek Lake.