Trad Home

Remember last month when I mentioned we had been tied up with a photo shoot? Well…

Meet Trad Home.  The love child of Traditional Home and Lonny.  The issue features Twenty New Trad Designers, one of which is little ole me.  And while we are on the uncomfortable subject of me talking about myself… there is a friendly competition too and I would love your vote.  Yes, it’s a process where you have to enter an email address and password, and your mailing address. And then you have to uncheck all the boxes where they want to mail you all sorts of stuff… but it only takes about 30 seconds.  You can vote once a day until the competition ends.

It was such a great experience working with photographer Colleen Duffley again.  And of course my sidekicks Allison Smith and Lauren Wilson, who were out in the woods cutting wax myrtles the day of the photo shoot.  Luckily we have workers’ comp in the event they had been attacked by a coyote.

I plan to blog in more detail on the photo shoot process… had to keep it hush, hush until now.  Headed to New York for the launch party later this week and couldn’t be more thrilled to meet the other twenty designers!





  1. Amazing, Erika! Congrats!! The spread is amazing and you are so deserving! Enjoy the honor :-)

  2. Congrats! You deserve it!

  3. Awww! Congrats! I’ll vote for you.

  4. Congrats E-The project is fantastic! You’ll get my vote!

  5. What a great honor! I’m happy to vote for you :)

  6. tfaulkner says:

    A big shout out to number one!

  7. Barbara Argabright says:

    Can’t wait to see the publication! Congratulations you talented gal!

  8. just read the magazine. it’s beautiful. so is the house. congrats! have fun at the launch party! pam

  9. Hi Erika! I just voted for you! It’s a no-brainer, really. I’ve never commented here before, but I thought this might be a good time to tell you how obsessed I am with everything you do. I wish I had your skill and your vision! You do absolutely amazing and brilliant work, and you deserve any acknowledgement you receive. Best of luck!

  10. Love you… I’ve voted and I will every day because I love love love you!!!

  11. This is so well deserved! Congratulations :-)

  12. Michelle says:

    Love your style and LOVE that home. Congratulations!

  13. It’s been sitting in my Inbox all day, I can’t wait to sit down with some tea and my copy tonight!

  14. I am so happy for you! It looks fabulous and I was so excited to see you while “flipping” through the pages. Congrats!

  15. OH erika, congratulations! i’m about to spend some time with the magazine (and vote!) xo

  16. Congrats! The issue is beautiful and your work lovely and fresh as always! Look for my friend, Callie Jenschke of Scout Designs when you are in NYC. She makes our lil’ Texas hill country town so proud!

  17. Congratulations…so happy for you and your much deserved success. You certainly have my vote(s)!! Enjoy New York!

  18. You got my Vote!!!

  19. You’re a good secret-keeper! Major congrats on the feature! Beautiful work!

  20. Of course you will have my vote:) I do think you are a brilliant designer with amazing design talent. I will blog and tweet to your success! I am really happy for you and your wonderful design team.

    Amy R.

  21. Congratulations! I was so excited to see you on the list! Your work is phenomenal and it is great that you are being recognized!!!

  22. Congrats! Your work looks beautiful!


  23. Your designs look great! I LOVE the rug in the breakfast room!!

  24. Congrats!!! BEEEAUTIFUL.

  25. Congratulations to you!

    Going to vote now!

  26. Congratulations, Erika! So well deserved. What a gorgeous home and the article is fabulous!!! You get my vote!

  27. Congratulations! You are so talented!

  28. I just read the magazine, saw your work, picked up my jaw, did a blog post on you and now I had to stop in and congratulate you. Of course you’ll have my vote. I didn’t know what blogs were until I discovered yours 2.5 years ago. You and Darby still remain my favorite blogs. You are crazy talented and the home you designed was amazing. Amazing!!


  29. Woo hoo!!! Can’t wait to hear more about it – congratulations! Have fun in NY… bookmarked the page so I won’t forget to keep voting for you! :)

  30. Wow! That is gorgeous! Congratulations that is so wonderful. I know how hard it is to work full time and be a mommy. I am struggling with that exact thing tonight. It’s a lot and this is beautiful work!

  31. LOVE IT!!!! You have my vote. And those oversized botanical prints are DIVINE!

  32. yay so excited for you erika!!! congrats and well deserved! you’ve got my votes:)

  33. I see someone else has already weighed in with a big Woo Hoo! I second that! So happy for you that you are being recognized outside of the little ole provincial South. You are certainly deserving. The only sad thing is that your ante is likely to go up up up and I will nevah evah be able to afford the likes of YOU! Oh dear, that’s what success does. Kudos, and you can bet your fanny I will be voting! Blessings!

  34. you are amazing! you def got my vote

  35. Kimberly Long Arms says:

    You are beyond talented. I fear you are far to talented to give me any more long distance advice. The rest of my home suffers! You are fantastic!

  36. Congrats!!!!!!

  37. Kimberly Long Arms says:

    Oooops I was thinking of my greedy self. I mean CONGRATULATIONS!

  38. Big Congratulations!!! It is so funny…I was just reading it on-line and I see you in there and I am so excited becauseI think in my head…” I know her.” but really I don’t. I have just followed your blog forever:) Anyway, it feels like I now you and I could not be happier for you. Will go vote now:)

  39. i saw on Facebook tonight where the magazine launched and I spent the last hour pouring over each page. I was blown away with your feature like I always am with your work. You most definitely have my vote, friend. I gave a shout out to you on the blog. I’m so excited for you……Have fun in NYC!

  40. Lizziefitz says:

    Congratulations!!!!! Off to vote for you pronto:)))

  41. Congratulations Erika! What a well-deserved honour. You must be thrilled. The spread is wonderful and really showcases your immense talent. Can’t wait to see where this propels you to next. Will be voting for you (of course!).

  42. Congratulations! Look forward to reading more about it.

  43. Hey! I voted for you before I read this and even though I live in Canada and can’t be considered for the contest! Congrats!

  44. I am SOOOO proud of you and excited for you! WAY to go!!! I’ve already read your article. AMAZING. WOoot woot!

  45. That is awesome! Congrats…. Totally voting for you. :)

  46. congratulations! so happy to see you in the magazine. :)

  47. You were so disciplined, not letting anything out, nor even a whisper about it. But then you deserve it, you are great at what you do so just let others adore and reward you for your greatness (LOL).

  48. Done! You’ve got my vote! I hope you win! You are SO very talented!

  49. Hooray for you! As a native Chicagoan, I will vote early and often. Couldn’t be happier for you.

  50. I saw your post after I happened upon the contest. You were the only designer that I recognized, and I was happy to vote for you since I love your blog.

    Good luck and congrats all at once!

  51. just voted! congrats and good luck!

  52. Congratulations! I am not surprised in the least! You are fabulous and it is great to see you get recognized!

  53. Congratulations!! Checking it out now :)

  54. Congrats Erika! Amazing!!! And I voted for you, obv. So excited for you!

  55. Congrats Erica + the UG Team! Sooo well deserved!

  56. A big huge congratulations to you and the team! It is well deserved. I voted today and will try my hardest to remember to vote in the future.

  57. Congratulations Erika!! Well deserved! I’m so happy for you!

    What a beautiful house and you look so pretty in your photo. I’m off to vote for you!

  58. Congratulations, Erika!!! You’ll definitely get my vote.

  59. I was flipping through the online mag last night and was so excited when I saw your picture! A huge congratulations to you and your team. Beautiful design of an atypical beach house.

  60. Congratulations~ You are truly gifted and talented in every design you have shared with us. If only you lived closer and I could afford it…….
    It will be an honor to vote for you!

  61. Pink Wallpaper says:

    what an amazing accomplishment!! i LOVED trad home!! have a blast in NYC!!!

  62. Erika- this is fantastic! I just read the entire issue and your designs were my absolute favorite. You have such a way of infusing classic style with unexpected detail, I love it. I’m voting right this minute and can’t wait to hear more about the shoot!

  63. Voted! I can’t wait to hear more about the shoot. Have so much fun in NYC!

  64. Congrats! Voting for you now!!!

  65. Congrats, Erika! How exciting! I’m a huge fan of your work and am so excited to see more of it in print (and online)!!

  66. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. Congratulations! You are always my pick! Incredible.

  68. Congrats Erika!! I would be happy to vote for you – on the condition that you show us your remodeled kitchen one of these days! Just kidding, sort of :) I’m willing to resort to bribery to see your kitchen, since I know it must be stunning…like all you do.

  69. Congrats!!

  70. Congrats! You got my vote!!

  71. What!! So awesome, you definitely have my vote Erika.

  72. I was so happy to see you featured when I flipped through TradHome last night! It was all very beautiful as expected. Congratulations to you and your fab team!!

  73. Congratulations, Erika! A well-deserved honor for sure :) I can’t wait to take a look at the issue!

  74. beautiful — congratulations!

  75. Heather Taylor says:

    voting now!

  76. Your designs are amazing! I voted for you and will vote every day. I love your blog, and I’m excited for you. Oh…and I love Darby’s blog too!!

  77. Great work! Your new site looks amazing! I also am getting ready to plant my zinnias today, and found these new seeds. The colors are amazing! Thought you’d like them being a zinnia lover too!

  78. that’s wonderful! What an awesome publication!!! Congratulations on the feature and can’t wait to see more!!!

  79. What an honor & accomplishment! This home is absolutely stunning. Love the hood in the kitchen & the old plank bar is KILLER! Cheers!!!

  80. Katherine says:

    Please tell me…what paint color did you use in the guest bedroom for your Trad Home spread? It looks warm in Trad Home but more grey in your portfolio. Either way, I love it!

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