Spring Color

Hi all! Paige here! I am headed back from Louisville where 8 of us girls attended the Kentucky Derby. My friends Jane and Marie planned the trip to help their mom with her bucket list. So we called the trip “Janie’s bucket list trip!”. We headed up via a large RV on Thursday with our fearless driver Edwin. Attending the derby is a colorful experience in more ways than one! So I thought I would assemble some color inspiration from the most colorful place I have been in years.













My winnings for one of the races!














After all that color… How can you not want a touch of pink, aqua, yellow, green or blue… I am thinking about my master bedroom…


P.S. this week we start installing the Southern Living Idea House… Exciting!!

Antique Mirror Backsplash

Hi! Paige here! In 2009 we designed the Southern Living Idea House in Cinnamon Shore, Texas. It was a really fun project and wow I can’t believe it has been 3 years this week since AK and I were out in Texas for the install. In the kitchen we designed an antique mirror backsplash instead of using a tile backsplash–which is what we’d normally have done. We thought the antique mirror would be a fun design element and a great reflective and cleanable surface. Over time we have received lots questions about the backsplash, so here are a few a couple photos and a few answers:

What we did:

1. We measured the overall space for the mirror.

2. We divided the overall dimension to create smaller 11″ x 14″ish rectangles. Then ordered the mirror from a mirror supplier.

3. We had our professional finisher antique the mirror. Once that was complete, we had an installer glue the mirrored tiles to the wall.

Ta da!

Now since this install a few manufactuers have released antiqued mirror tile. We like this one.

Ann Sacks Tile

Have a great Wednesday! I am headed to the Kentucky Derby tomorrow. I will post about all the fab hats and dresses we see!


[photos by Laurey W. Glenn for Southern Living]

randomness lately

I can’t think of a post that has any type of continuity right now so here we go… randomness… things we have done lately….

Bess and I styled a photo shoot for a magazine. The new Vie should be out in a few weeks. An issue about a preppy summer.


Doug and I met with one of our fav clients and worked on their new house.


One of our clients and one of my best friends had a house concert…


I always love her chandelier…


I made my grandmother’s cornbread.


I drove through the fields of South Alabama… Where I am from…


We have some fun finds from flea markets, antique shop etc. for the 2012 Southern Living Idea House. Here they are on a cart at our “little warehouse”.


We installed a house in Alys Beach.


And we installed a gulf front home… More on these later.

So anyway… this is some of what we have been up to lately.

I had dinner tonight outside with my husband. April and May at the beach are amazing. It is great to sit outside with a great bottle of wine and enjoy the evening.



Southern Living Idea House… another update

Hi! Paige here! The 2012 Southern Living Idea House is moving along. AK and I headed up to Senoia to visit the site along with Frank and Jen from Southern Living. We walked the home and to see the progress…. it is looking great! Scott, John, Tom, and Terry were there to meet us. We install the house next month and we are wrapping up the final details. Here a couple shots of the home.

Scott is sporting the Southern Living 2012 Magnet on his car.

Anna Kay Taking notes.

This guest bath is going to be great!

This is Tom. Say Hi Tom!

Then we went outside to unload the fun antiques and vintage finds we had in our van and we found out our van that we lovingly have named “Tracey” was dead!

Here she is being towed away!

Thank goodness we had our great Southern Living team there to help us out! So we rented a car the next morning and on to Scotts to find goodies for the house!


This chest will be in the foyer. We loved the worn white finish.


These little beauties will be in the master bedroom.


This table was the perfect find for the living room. It will be behind the white chesterfield sofa with 2 great lamps from Barbara Cosgrove.

So now we are headed back home for a couple weeks then back to Senoia for the install!


Our Five Favorite Things {AK & Sarah Virginia}

Happy Hump Day-Hope everyone is having a great week so far. Enjoy the next installment of Tracery’s Five Favorite Things!

{AK-Rosemary Beach}

1. Sylish & comfortable. Wear them with jeans, skirt, or a dress.


2. Vitamin Water-my go to drink!


3. My dogs, Beaux & Murphy. They are both rescue pups & cant imagine life with out them.


4. Pure Barre-Great work out


5. This colorful, fun & playful fabric that adds a punch to any room.

{Sarah Virginia-Mountain Brook}

1. K Hall Tonic Candle. It's an amazing blend of lime & other citrus notes. We still have a few left in Mountain Brook!


2. Chez Fon Fon Hamburger. It's made of ground steak and is perfect accompanied with the pomme frites, a Padris Margarita, and a piece of the coconut cake.


3. Alexa Pulitzer Stationary. She's a New Orleans girl who's designs pair perfectly with my design, wedding & life motto: 'Always be elegant & always be fun!'


4. Waterworks Grove Brickworks. I fell in love with this at Kenny & Co. in Birmingham thanks to Michelle Cone. The Naval Deep Blue is my obsession.

 5. Steve Winwood’s ‘Higher Love’ I will literally listen to this song on repeat & will dance just as hard the tenth time as I did the first time. I listen to it as I get ready, when I’m driving, at work, and I totally request it at parties with zero shame. Dont we all have a song that we’re like ‘THIS IS THE BEST SONG EVER’?!

Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home, part 2

Want to see some more of the 2011 Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home we started sharing with you last week? Of course you do!

The Birmingham Home & Garden Inspiration Home Master Bedroom

Since the majority of the first floor of the home was painted the same color, we chose a different shade for the Master Bedroom to give the room its own personality. The walls are painted Benjamin Moore ‘China White’ and the wood planked barrel-vaulted ceiling is whitewashed with a 50/50 mixture of China White paint and water. An amazing antique rug from Paige Albright Orientals covers much of the dark-stained oak floors. Drawing from the colors found in the rug, and from the antique church attendance roll, we highlighted the room’s white color palette with different shades of grey and blue.

An antique church attendance roll from The Nest in Homewood. We'd love to pass along the info for you to purchase it, but it's already sold!

The bedding is from Suite Dreams (our next door neighbor in Mountain Brook!). We mis-matched a pair of chests on either side of the bed–one mirrored and one a faux silver leaf. The chests and settee–which is covered in a fun floral print that keeps the room from being too serious–are from Alabama Furniture Market. The pair of matching lamps are from Mulberry Heights Antiques.

In the adjacent Master Bathroom, we carried on the white theme creating a restful and soothing space.

The Master Bath vanity.

Alabama White tiles in the Master Bathroom shower

Kohler fixtures in the Master shower

Our friends at Triton Stone Group introduced us to these big ‘Alabama White’ marble tiles–less grout means less cleaning and upkeep and the larger tiles give the shower a fresh and up-to-date feeling. Wouldn’t you love to relax in this bathroom?
There’s still a whole other floor of the Inspiration Home to share…more to come soon!

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