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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Dream Home: Tracery Interiors

Today’s “Dream Home” post comes from the talented, Doug Davis of Tracery Interiors, one of the most acclaimed design firms in the South. Doug’s Southern roots are reflected in the beautiful dream home he has created and while it all has a very gentlemanly feel, I have a sneaking suspicion that the ladies will enjoy this timeless home as much as the gents. Enjoy!


Hi everyone, I'm excited to be a part of the Dream Home series today. It was harder than I thought to organize all the things I like into one place...might need to come back and do a Dream Beach House or Dream Lake House to use up some more images that I have stashed away!


Anyway, here's my Dream Everyday Home at least: Gil Schafer I've always loved colonial style homes and how classic they are. My dream home is a big white colonial with crisp black shutters and a cedar shingled roof. There's a crunchy pea gravel driveway from the street with big potted boxwoods sitting around the edges of the motorcourt.


William Hodgins

Inside the front door, the Foyer is equally as classic and understated. I grew up in a one story house (and still live in one) so I guess I've always dreamed of a home with a staircase like this!


 via Pinterest

The stairs are covered in a striped sisal runner to add a little bit of fun and pattern to the space.


 Betsy Brown

To the left of the Foyer is a formal Living Room, except I would have the room furnished more comfortably. Just because old houses have formal rooms doesn't mean they can't be used in a more modern way, right? A circle of four big cushy chairs is the perfect place to hang out with friends and a glass of wine after dinner.


 Todd Klein

Beyond the Living Room would be a Library with floor to ceiling shelving and BOOKS everywhere! A deep tufted leather Chesterfield sofa is the perfect place to sneak an afternoon nap.


 Barbara Westbrook

Across the Foyer from the Living Room is a formal Dining Room. To counter all the white inside the house, this room is painted a deep and cozy shade of charcoal grey. The round table is great for long conversation at dinner.


 Amy D Morris

The Butler's Pantry that connects the Dining Room to the Kitchen is painted in a dark charcoal color too.


Ina Garten

The Kitchen has white painted cabinets, open shelving and LOTS of light. A big long island runs down the center.


Tracery Interiors

There's lots of glass front cabinetry too--built in from floor to ceiling just like an old house should have.



All of my favorite appliances are in the kitchen. A big industrial-style Viking range and a glass front Subzero.


Kay Douglass

Adjacent to the Kitchen is a cozy Family Room with wood planked walls, rustic beams and slipcovered furniture.

Amy D Morris


Miles Redd

Also near the Kitchen is a Back Stair and a Mud Room. Stone floors and wood planked walls make these two rooms casual and utilitarian. And a great place to hang lots of rusty old reclaimed lanterns, which I love!


Rita Konig

There's a tiny Powder Room on the first floor's wallpapered in a geometric pattern and has my favorite Waterworks pedestal sink and Visual Comfort sconces.


Kay Douglass

Let's go upstairs! Another big lantern hangs above the staircase, which has crisp painted spindles and a dark stained rail.


Steven Gambrel

My Master Bedroom is simple, with woven shades, soft bedding and a thick Moroccan rug underfoot.


 Bill Ingram


Betsy Brown

The Master Bathroom is white and bright and full of light with modern touches like a floating limed oak vanity topped with a white marble top. {Real life confession: I currently live smack dab in between Bill Ingram and Betsy Brown--these photos are both from their personal homes. I am sad to say my current bath resemebles neither of theirs!}


George Krauth


via Pinterest


 Cheryl Tague

Upstairs are some more bedrooms for guests...all comfortable, simple and casual.


 via Pinterest

There are guest bathrooms too, with vintage-style white subway tile on the walls and fun pennyround tiles on the floor.


Gil Schafer

At least one bathroom has to be plaid too! I think you can never have too much plaid, especially mixed with crisp white wainscotting!


 via Pinterest

Out back there's a simple rectagular pool, surrounded by a grassy lawn and lots and lots of hydrangea and roses.


Bill Ingram

Behind the house, there's a small carriage house with a guest room above and garage below.

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my dream home. And thanks for inviting me to play along, Paloma--it was fun!


Doug Davis said...

Thanks so much for inviting me to participate, Paloma! I enjoyed it!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...



Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

Doug = Awesomeness and so does this home. All of the amazing elements that I see in his designs are represented here and in such beautiful ways!! I am more than happy to hand in that carriage house as well. ;)

EJR said...

love the exterior and just about everything else!

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Love your picks (as always) Doug!

Heather at Satisfying Spaces said...

Of course Doug would come up with an amazing dream house. Love it!

Unknown said...

Really talented firm! Adore them all!

Anonymous said...

Love seeing some of the talented Birmingham AL designers! Doug, would love to see your dream beach house too!

Unknown said...

Such a gorgeous and elegant home- I adore that bathroom with the french doors leading so pretty.

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

Such a fan of Doug's work and this 'dream house' is fabulous. Makes me feel good about myself that I love so many of the things that he does... since I value his style/opinions!

Elle Gray said...

Hands down my favorite dream home post.

A Perfect Gray said...

doug, some of my favorites are here, especially that gambrell bedroom. and as always, love your use of grays. wonderful compilation! donna

Ronnie said...

What a joy! Thanks, Doug.

Capella Kincheloe Interior Design said...

A wall of books and that Rita Konig bath will always be welcome in my dream home!

agnes szucs said...

ah, the bathrooms!!!


Things That Inspire said...

Doug, this is an incredible dream house, filled with so much beauty (and so many images I have never seen). I like that it is classic and unfussy - your comment about the guest rooms being comfortable, simple, and casual really struck a chord with me.

- Holly

Terry said...

Bravo Doug and thanks to La Dolce Vita to featuring him.

Tammy said...

Great post! Doug, the "exterior" designed by Gil has been one of my favorite too.

quintessence said...

FABULOUS picks!! So many of my favorites. Now if he had just included the mud room from the same Gil Schafer/David Netto house as the plaid bathroom, then I'd be in heaven!!

Power Wash Portland said...

I love your blog! Happy New Year!

karlee said...

Doug's style is so similar to mine--I loved this dream home!!

Marie Söderberg said...

OMY that shower with door out to the garden..what a dream..

Unknown said...

I would really like to know where to buy that tartan wallpaper, so clean and beautiful!