Monday, June 30, 2014

Lake House Dreaming

When it comes to summer vacations, it seems that most folks are either lake people or beach people.  I always thought of myself as the latter... until a relaxing weekend on the lake with a group of friends from college made me think otherwise.  Now I am dreaming of one day owning a lake house close enough to Atlanta to spend summer weekends relaxing and enjoying nature with family and friends.  Unfortunately, I tend to dream big, as in this gorgeous Bill Ingram designed home on Lake Martin in Alabama.  It is pure lake house perfection! 
What about you, are you a "lake person" or a "beach person"?
All photos via 

Lake Martin, Alabama lake house designed
by Bill Ingram Architect | photo via
The home sits on a large lot with panoramic views of Lake Martin

Love the casual shingled exterior
Detached garage in a shade of dark green
that complements the trees and shrubbery
Welcome home! (I wish)
Varying shades of leafy green are used throughout
 the house, blending with the beautiful natural surroundings
A stone wall and ceiling beams are rustic, yet chic
The dining space is casual and inviting, with hints of drama 
A massive kitchen island perfect for entertaining 
The master bedroom has elements from nature - like the
fabric canopy with ferns in sepia tones
Lake house living is all about the outdoors -
even the master bath opens out to the yard!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Make an Entrance

The foyer sets the tone for the entire home.  Here are 10 of our favorite statement making foyer vignettes found on Pinterest:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Textile Tuesday: Decorating with Suzanis

Suzani is a type of embroidered, decorative tribal textile made in Uzbekistan, Kasakhstan and other Central Asian countries.  Traditionally made by brides to be gifted to the groom on their wedding day, each Suzani tells a unique story.  Popular design motifs include sun and moon disks, flowers, leaves, vines and fruits and occasionally fish and birds. These colorful, intricately designed textiles are a great way to add visual interest to a home.  

A colorful Suzani used as a coverlet via
Antique chairs upholstered with Suzanis via
Suzani rug in a pretty girls room
designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Suzani upholstered headboard via 
A vintage Suzani as a casual table cloth via
A vintage Suzani used as a simple throw via
Framed Suzanis as colorful wall decor via

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Textile Tuesday: New Apricot Colorway

Textile Tuesday: Introducing the new Apricot colorway from Lacefield.  A fresh take on a traditional pastel orange, Apricot mixes beautifully with the Lacefield neutral Bisque textile collection. Available mid July.  

Lacefield textiles clockwise from left: Trevi Apricot | Isla Apricot | Imperial Bisque
Kai Apricot | Zira Bisque | Natural Linen | Malta Apricot | Stone Linen

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Retailer Spotlight: Tracery

Now that summer is upon us, it is the perfect time to do a feature on Tracery, a design studio and shop located in the popular coastal destination of Rosemary Beach.  Situated in northwest Florida between Panama City and Destin, Rosemary Beach is a 100 acre planned community that looks and feels like heaven on earth.  

Tracery owner Paige Schnell was lucky enough to relocate to scenic 30A in 2004 after six years of designing interiors for corporate, legal and hospitality clients of a prestigious Atlanta firm. Since opening her design studio and shop in 2004, Paige and fellow designer, Anna Kay Porch, have created beautiful homes along the Gulf Coast and throughout the southeast.  Tracery was tapped by Southern Living to design their 2009 Idea House in Cinnamon Shore, Texas as well as their 2012 Idea House in Senoia, Georgia.  Known for gracious interiors that blend European sensibilities with Southern charm, Tracery's diverse portfolio of work has been featured in leading national magazines, including Veranda, Southern Living, Traditional Home, Food and Wine, Better Homes & Gardens, and House Beautiful, as well as the coffee table book, 30A Style.

The Tracery retail shop sells a wide range of furnishings and accessories for the home - from upholstered furniture, fabrics, pillows, lighting, art, candles, design books and more.  It is filled with so many beautiful things, you may be tempted to pack a bag and move in!

Tracery is located in beautiful Rosemary Beach on the eastern edge of 30A
Tracery design studio and shop
Owner & Lead Designer Paige Schnell and Designer Anna KayPorch
photo by Sheila Goode
Shop Manager Leslie Cristina
photo by Sheila Goode 
Shop employee Jenny Dargavell fluffing the Tracery pillow display
photo by Sheila Goode
Seating area with Lacefield Aquamarine pillows
Turquoise Lacefield pillows
Lacefield Incite linen pillows 

Lacefield peacock linen pillows and applique lumbar add pops of color on a mostly neutral palette in this gorgeous Tracery designed home in Alys Beach. Photos by Jean Allsopp

Tracery is located at 72 Main Street  Rosemary Beach, Florida  32461
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