DESIGNER SWEETS FOR CHRISTMAS
A beautiful kitchen cupboard full of mugs and dishes for your hot cocoa and butter cookies.
Baking for Christmas is one of the best parts of the holiday. Mandi and I, working on new cookie designs. The sweet smell of butter filled the cottage kitchen with an oh so cozy aroma… There is nothing like butter cookies right out of the oven.
Sweet buttery treats that melt in your mouth. We made royal icing and tinted it all different shades of turquoise with soft whites. Silver candy stars top the Christmas trees, adorned with light pink, mint green, and turquoise French Dragees (Sugar Pearls).
Laying out all the cookies for everyone to enjoy as if it were an page from a childrens book. Cottages all lined up in a row with christmas trees, as reindeer fly overhead. Sugar snow flakes fall to make snowmen, and the half moon sleeps as the night falls near.
End the day with homemade cocoa topped with hand cut pink marshmallows. Sweet sugar cookie cottages and sweet hearts, made to sit on the rim of the mugs, melt in your mouth as you enjoy your cozy treat.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year! Stay Warm… xoxo
COASTAL LIVING MAGAZINE MOST POPULAR BEACH COTTAGE ON INSTAGRAM.
Coastal Living Magazine hired Mandi and I to style out this beach cottage for the Holidays. We worked like little elves making pillows, decorations and soft bedding to snuggle up in and stay warm. We handmade most of the decorations, filled our sleigh (Land Rover at the time) and brought in wicker chairs, white coffee table, dishes, wreathes, Christmas trees, garlands, cozy bedding, and much more. Summer and Company made pillows, bedding and stockings for the dreamy fireplace mantle and also to hang at the end of the warm and cozy beds. Summer and Company is my “go-to” for bedding and custom pillows etc (owned by my daughter Mandi) Christmas music chimed in the background while we wrapped prop presents and made decorative cookies for the shoot. We then headed outside in the cold to decorate the exterior with simple evergreens from Maine tied up with white bows. We filled the window boxes with fresh boughs adorned with little red berries. As soon as we finished it began to snow , which was great for the photograph!! To this day, it is still Coastal Living Magazines most popular beach cottage on Instagram at #1. Click here to take the full house tour, or click the cute cottage above to see the inside!
MERRY CHRISTMAS xxoo
MY NEW WEBSITE IS LIVE!!
Come and see my new website that just went live! New projects and many more to come! Visit by clicking here or click the pretty living room picture above!
FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM
Just wanted to let you know, I am now on Instagram! I will be sharing new projects, photos of day to day Interior Design, and many photos of our travels. Click the picture above, or click here, and follow me. So much happening and many exciting things to come!! Can’t wait to share it with you!!
LOVE TO SARASOTA
All our love to Sarasota and all areas of Florida, effected by Hurricane Irma. Let the sunshine fill your soul with love. xoxo
HAPPY NEW YEAR
An enchanted evening to start the New Year!! Sugar rimmed glasses of bubbling champagne… a wonderful celebration cake baked with just the slightest touch of champagne. (you will have to wait until I do a cookbook to get my recipe) And to top it off, sparklers of 2017 to make any cake festive and exciting!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR with lots of wonderful times and projects to come!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS xxoo
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! xxoo
SPEAKING AT HIGH POINT MARKET
Off we go to High Point Market to speak on the Design Panel and explore new creative furnishings – going to be so much fun!! I was asked to join Steele Marcoux, the new Editor-in-Chief of Coastal Living Magazine, as well as top designers – Meg Braff and Michael Murphy and discuss new and creative ways to incorporate color into the home.
The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.
- 180 Buildings
- 11.5 Million Square Feet of Show Space
- 75,000 Attendees Each Market
- More Than 2000 Exhibitors
- 100+ Countries Represented
- Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
- Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International
TRACEY RAPISARDI DESIGN, LLC PARTNERS WITH SOUTHERN LIVING AND COASTAL LIVING!
SARASOTA, FL, MARCH 5, 2015 – TRACEY RAPISARDI DESIGN, LLC has been selected as a member of the Coastal Living and Southern Living Designer Network, a group of editorially recommended designers for readers of the Time Inc. titles. In late 2014, Coastal Living and Southern Living partnered to launch this brand-credentialed group of interior designers in key markets across the country.
All designers in the network have been vetted by editorial representatives of each magazine.
“Together Coastal Living and Southern Living inspire more than 20 million consumers each month with great interior design,” said Sid Evans, editor-in-chief of Southern Living. “This collaboration will allow designers the opportunity to connect with our consumers and bring the look of the magazines to life.”
“Our new Designer Network further strengthens our ties with the design community and showcases our unique roles as authorities on design to both the trade and consumers,” said Antonia van der Meer, editor-in-chief of Coastal Living.
“To be asked to go into partnership with Southern Living and Coastal Living is a great honor. I look forward to working with both brands on projects that will influence the readers and viewers with style – whether it is a home, a table set for dinner, or items in your beach bag!! It will be a wonderful experience to work closely with Southern Living and Coastal Living in this great adventure.” – Tracey Rapisardi
As an editorially recommended designer for readers of the Time Inc. titles (Southern Living and Coastal Living) we met in Nashville for a conference with brand-credentialed; builders and developers from across the country, sponsors of the Custom Builder Program, as well as the editors of both Southern Living and Coastal Living. What a great time we had and what creative and kind people we met!
Girl’s road trip???… Since we are located in Sarasota, FL, we thought it would be a good idea to make it a girls road trip – so we could have a little extra time to explore Nashville!
aka: shop… eat… and drink ; )
A morning in Franklin, TN… Just 20 minutes from Nashville was a little dream town – from the boutiques to the restaurants! Lunch at 55 South was fantastic – and the ambiance was just what you would expect in TN.
Save the best little shop for last… Ice cream… xxoo
LOVE IS SWEET
Happy Love Day!
Designing with loving hearts.
Nothing as heart warming as having heart shaped touches in your life!
Love is all you need – xxoo
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Happy 2015… xxoo
A COZY WHITE CHRISTMAS
Getting ready for a cozy white Christmas in Sarasota Florida. Mandi’s Cottage is like being in a dreamy White Christmas. Baking fluffy mini Christmas cakes and drinking hot cocoas as we wrap gifts and children write to Santa. Oooooh what fun it is getting ready for the Holiday’s. Fluffy Christmas cakes on a cloud of white, topped with snow flakes and silver glitter sprinkles. Enjoying Christmas candy and all kinds of goodies.
Next to the wintery white Christmas Tree are gifts being wrapped with creative thoughts. Then it’s time to sit and get cozy with a blanket and cup of spicy hot cider. A wonderful way to spend an evening during the Holiday Season. I will be spending my Christmas at Mandi’s Christmas Cottage with family and friends!!
I wish you all a Happy Merry Christmas.
THE NEW COTTAGE STYLE MAGAZINE FALL/WINTER IS OUT!!
My latest spread in Cottage Style Magazine has just hit News Stands.
This Sarasota, FL cottage has a fresh Key West vibe with crisp whites and all the colors of the tropics. Pick it up on News Stands now and enjoy the Sarasota lifestyle.
Long beach days in Sarasota Florida – though up North the dog days of Summer are coming to an end. Here on the outer islands of Sarasota, the weather is beautiful – so in designing a beach cottage it is a wonderful inspiration. Nature is all around us to give you the happy lifestyle you want and love. Have a look at this tropical beach cottage.
A cottage kitchen on the outer islands of Sarasota, on the West Coast of Florida. I designed this kitchen with happy colors – island living is what it’s all about. The perfect morning place to gather for a coffee before a day at the beach.
Slide open this fun beach door to the changing room and get your bathing suit on!! It’s a tropical Summer!
Grab a beach towel and walk to the salty sea for a swim – or a dip in the pool. Who doesn’t love the salty air?
I designed this pool to be the same color as the Gulf of Mexico so it would blend in with its surroundings. Swim time anyone?
No shoe zone! Kick your shoes off and feel the cool white sand in your toes.
Oh the colors of nature.
Lunch time… I designed this dining room to feel like you are on the beach – oh the soothing colors. The furniture pieces were also designed by myself to capture the vibe of living by the sea.
Beach combers were here!
Fresh Tropical fruits to eat… Or even better – mix in your drinks!
Getting ready for cocktail hour at 5:00… It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!!!
A bar sink the color of Tropical water – how charming!
The smell of fresh Pineapple is a wonderful creation thanks to mother nature.
The perfect little spot to relax and have a cold cocktail – ahhhhhhhh!
Snuggle up by the sea after a long day in the salty air and warm summer sea. Washed linens from Sweet Summer Linens are cool on your sun kissed skin.
HAPPY 4th OF JULY
Take a look at my all AMERICAN style on the wharf in Nantucket, MA. A small cottage that I remodeled and designed!
The classic American nautical look… Red – White – and Blue! Look out the seaside window as boats sail through the harbor, how charming is that? Real life coastal living.
Sweet Summer linens on the cottage beds. Sweet dreams as the salty sea air rolls in through the windows.
Enjoy your barbecues, sparklers, and fireworks on this 4th of July…
AND may your summer be filled with bike rides, fireflies, and family! xxoo
THE NEW ROMANTIC HOMES MAGAZINE IS OUT ON NEWS STANDS
One of my latest projects is featured on the cover of Romantic Homes Magazine.
This coastal Sarasota, FL home has the vibe of a carefree coastal lifestyle. Soothing colors and crisp whites are mixed with tropical punches of color and classic lines.
Pick up on News Stands now and enjoy the 10 page spread!
The newest edition of Seaside Style Magazine is now available on news stands! It features one of my all time favorite projects that I completed ; ) You will see why!
This is the perfect read for a sunny day at the beach with your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand! Hope you all enjoy it!! HAPPY SUMMER!!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE tropical Sarasota, FL! Summer time is here – time to lay back and enjoy a happy lifestyle!
Whether it’s on the coast of Maine, Nantucket Island or Sarasota, FL… Making sandcastles on the beach – looking down at your tan hands against the white sand… Priceless!!
Don’t forget to put on sun tan lotion! The tropics are slow paced and quiet – all the tourists are gone and its just us locals. Slow and easy for a while – time to have fun!
Take a moment in the shade with the palms – time to have a cocktail!
Time to pile on your cool vibe bracelets – MORE IS BETTER.
Island fever – Go to the case and grab some shell and beaded jewelry to feel like a mermaid. Get the sea vibe and feel free.
At the end of a summers day – fill your cottage with sweet summertime flowers!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
SWEET HEARTS on the porch in sunny Sarasota! How fun is that big heart pillow…
Little heart shapes on a dresser – simple and sweet!
Touches of love with hearts in your home. Give your rooms a special feel with little hearts mixed in with Sweet Summer Linens. Who doesn’t love a heart shape!
Happy New Year to fresh color!
Inspiring colors from the Sarasota Farmers Market.
This will be the year for fresh vibrant colors.
Sometimes the most exciting colors come straight from mother nature!
THE NEW COTTAGE STYLE IS OUT!
Take a break from the whirlwind of getting ready for the holidays and enjoy my newest project in Cottage Style. Sit and relax have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Plug in the Christmas tree… Snuggle up and enjoy!! Its out in news stands now!!
BEACH HOUSE STYLE
Whether your on the West Coast, East Coast or the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota, FL – a beach house is always a place to make memories.
A beach house third floor has always been a kids place for the summer to play with brothers, sisters, cousins, friends and beach buddies you just met. I designed the plans for this beach house keeping in mind how important it was to have this 3rd floor! Piling into the beach club of the third floor – oh what memories I have as a kid.
A Bigger bed for the older kids is perfectly positioned with sailboat shelves and an additional cot for sleep overs. How charming are the Sweet Summer Linens?
Always make nooks and crannies. This is the perfect nook to put the old fashioned cot. What child wouldn’t LOVE this?
Colorful fan and beach towels!!
Puff puff’s for everyone!!!
A place to hang your bathing suit, towels, and summer clothing… IT’S THE BEACH!!
Calling all beach babies!! I said this to my little beach babies as they grew up on the beach. Calling all beach babies to the Sweet Summer Linens magical tent – which my daughter Mandi designed and created. Story time… and then maybe nap time for the kids… Then cocktail time for the parents ; )
A twin bed in a nook with boat windows above to hear the surf and smell the salt air! All the bedding was custom made by Sweet Summer Linens.
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