February 25, 2013

you say showhouse, i say …

Enough of the teasing!  I’ve so enjoyed the various guesses about what I’ve been “hiding,” and a couple of you were right on track.  A few others, well, I’ll be adding those to the “dream list.”  Yes, it’s a showhouse … but not just any showhouse.  Lisa Mende and I have teamed up to design a room in the Traditional Home showhouse, opening in conjunction with High Point Market in April!

Traditional Home magazine and the Junior League of Greensboro are sponsoring an extraordinary design event, the proceeds of which will benefit the Junior League’s mission and its partnership with Cone Elementary.  Adamsleigh — the house to be transformed — was built in 1930 for High Point textile magnate John Hampton (“Hamp”) Adams, a native of Adamsville, South Carolina and co-founder of Adams-Millis Corporation, the first company in High Point to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  Adamsleigh is known as “Greensboro’s Grandest House,” but I much prefer the more casual moniker “the mansion that socks built.”

I cannot even imagine how extraordinary Adamsleigh was in its heyday.  You should click through and check out more photos from the real estate listing.  The kitchen has what I presume is an early precursor of the warming drawer.  Seriously!  There’s a lot of work to be done to bring the home into the 21st century, but given the *all-star* line-up of designers, I’m betting on an incredible transformation.  Who’s participating?  Oh, you know, Suzanne Kasler, Miles Redd and Eric Cohler.  Should I go on?  Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, Cindy Smith, Lisa Kahn-Allen … you get the drift.  Gulp.

Set the bar high, baby!

Of course, this huge undertaking couldn’t happen without loads of sponsors!!!  Traditional Home and the Junior League have coordinated the participation of many, many partners — a number of whom you can see on the flyer — and Lisa and I are fortunate to be working with several others.  She and I will be sharing more about our partners — for whom we are very, very grateful — in coming days, but let me first introduce you to Sarah & Ruby Design Studio.  Sarah and Ruby are textile designers who specialize in bespoke textiles and wall coverings … and the cool patterns above are snippets of designs in their Chroma Collection.

Oh, and do you want to see a “before” photo of our space?  Take a good look now … because the “gentleman’s dressing area” is not going to look like that for long!   We are going to make Hamp proud.

If you are coming to market — or even if you aren’t — you must make time for a visit to the showhouse.  Will I see you there?

Michelangelo graphic via passion4architecture’s photobucket.  Sarah & Ruby’s Chroma Collection via Sarah & Ruby Design Studio.


  • Sherry Hart
    Feb. 25, 2013
    Congrats to both of you! I am trying to push myself and get it together to come this year! Would love to see this Showhouse.
  • Kira Mayrides
    Feb. 25, 2013
    Congrats! Can't wait to see the results of your talent and hard work!
  • Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist
    Feb. 25, 2013
    That's awesome, Traci! Congratulations - I know you'll do a beautiful job. On a side note, how does doing a room in a showhouse typically work? Do you get retailers to let you "borrow" furnishings or what?
  • Leslie Hassler
    Feb. 25, 2013
    What a great opportunity for you and Lisa to showcase your talents! I can't wait to see the after results.
  • Joann Kandrac
    Feb. 25, 2013
    So excited for you!! - Wow super talent x 2 = something fantastic!!
  • Emily A. Clark
    Feb. 25, 2013
    This is huge! So excited for you both!!!
  • Tawna Allred
    Feb. 25, 2013
    Congrats Traci! And what fabulous company you'll have. Will you share pictures after it's done (I'm sure you will)...it's hard for this little Wyoming girl to get out that way, but I love seeing your work. And of course, congrats to Lisa as well.
  • Tammy@InStitches
    Feb. 25, 2013
    How exciting for you and Lisa ! It's going to be amazing, I'm sure.
  • Hannah Dee
    Feb. 25, 2013
    Holy Heck!!!! Huge showhouse opportunity and the chance to rub elbows with so many of my idols! Miles Redd?!!! I'm fainting from excitement for you. If you need a helper, I'm in!
  • Sarah
    Feb. 25, 2013
    Congrats!! So exciting!!
  • Marianne
    Feb. 25, 2013
    Yay!!!!! I am so excited for you! What an incredible honor and I cannot wait to see what you will do with the space. I know it's going to be amazing! xo
  • Ann McDonald
    Feb. 25, 2013
    I am so excited for you all!!! Can hardly wait!!
  • Amy Vermillion
    Feb. 25, 2013
    Traci! How very exciting and what a group you will be joining! I will definite come to see it. Congrats, Amy
  • Edyta
    Feb. 25, 2013
    So excited for you both!!! Congrats xo
  • Reflections Interior Designs
    Feb. 25, 2013
    Wow, what an honour! I'm so happy they selected you, I know you will do a fantastic job and the other designers will be trying to design up to your level! Congratulations! Jil
  • Ryan
    Feb. 25, 2013
    How exciting! I have no doubt it will be an amazing space once you two get through with it! Enjoy the process and I can't wait to see the big reveal. Congratulations Traci & Lisa! xxxoo Ryan
  • diane
    Feb. 25, 2013
    congratulations! Dont know where you find the time but cant wait to see what you do with that space. Sure wish I was going to Market this spring!
  • Maria Killam
    Feb. 25, 2013
    Yaay, can't wait to see it, congrats Traci and Lisa!! x Maria
  • Melanie Crabtree
    Feb. 25, 2013
    Hi Tracy -- We met a briefly @ Design Camp. Congrats on the Show "House" ! I definitely have it on my calendar to come see. Look forward to the updates on your endeavor!
  • lynlee harvey at home | consulting + design
    Feb. 25, 2013
    yay! congrats ... can't wait to see it!
  • Liz Carroll
    Feb. 26, 2013
    That's so exciting!!! I can't wait to see it!! Congrats!!
  • Holly Gruszka
    Feb. 26, 2013
    Holy crapola - how exciting!!!! what a great opportunity for you and Lisa. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the gentleman's dressing room and you are keeping mighty fine company at this showhouse that's for sure. Congrats Traci!
  • Donna @ A Designer’s Perspective
    Feb. 26, 2013
    Congrats Traci!! You and Lisa will do a fabulous job, and I look forward to seeing it when I'm at High Point! And of course seeing you as well!!! Donna
  • Erika at BluLabel Bungalow
    Feb. 26, 2013
    That IS big news! If any one can do it, the two of you can. I wish I could see it in person, but I will be checking in with you guys to see your photos. You are in some great company. Take your time and stay true to your aesthetic. It was why you were chosen in the first place. Go get 'em!
  • Patty Day
    Feb. 26, 2013
    Congratulations! I am thrilled for the two of you. Daughter and Granddaughter live in High Point and Greensboro...maybe I should pop in for a little visit? They will surely go! .... Would love to meet you and Lisa. I have been following Lisa for months!!! Fondly, Patty
  • Annie Vincent
    Feb. 26, 2013
    Whoo hoo! Congrats to you and Lisa. I know you will knock it out of the park! What an honor. I am so excited for both of you!!!
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  • Heather Blue Harkovich
    Feb. 27, 2013
    So awesome! What an incredibile opportunity! Please keep us posted on the progress. Can't wait to see the finished product!
  • Tiffany Richey
    Feb. 27, 2013
    Congrats! So happy for you and Lisa! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!
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  • AJ Rogers
    Mar. 07, 2013
    How exciting for you both - Can't wait to see the magic you create!

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