Designing A Happy Lifestyle

Easter is one of my favorite Holidays that I have always loved. It is one of the holidays that holds so many special memories. Easter to me represents the beginning of Spring and a new beginning. Colorful flowers start to bloom, the green grass starts to sprout, the air is fresh and clean, and everyone starts to wear pastel colors. Although this year will be much different than past Easters, I wanted to share my Easter design with you! These times are stressful and unknown, so I hope this Easter room makes you feel; happy, positive, and removes you from reality, if even just for a moment! Please stay healthy, safe, and well. The best thing to look forward to right now, is knowing that Summer is right around the corner.Tracey Rapisardi, Tracey Rapisardi Design, Easter Table Scapes, Easter Decor, Easter Decorating, Mint Green Table, Simply by the Sea, Summer and Company, Interior Design Ideas, Easter IdeasSetting up the hutch for Easter, with playful dishes and custom wooden Easter Bunnies. I painted the inside of this vintage hutch a beautiful pale mint green which lends to the perfect backdrop for a collection of new and old dishes. I had handmade pottery custom made in my colors with a mix of polka dots and stripes. Mint green and white striped pottery blend beautifully with white and cream French pitchers and platters. The little custom wood Easter Bunnies pose perfectly on the shelves. Hippity Hoppity…

Tracey Rapisardi, Tracey Rapisardi Design, Easter Table Scapes, Easter Decor, Easter Decorating, Mint Green Table, Simply by the Sea, Summer and Company, Interior Design Ideas, Easter IdeasEaster wouldn’t be Easter without beautiful little sweet treats. I made little meringue kisses, covered in sweet white sugar. I then layered them on a simple cottage style cake plate, lined with pretty bakers paper, which sits on a second cake plate full of delicate white on white petit fours, layered with white buttercream. White sugar cookies covered with fairy sugar and mint green fairy dots, are irresistible on a vintage Milk Glass lattice plate.

Tracey Rapisardi, Tracey Rapisardi Design, Easter Table Scapes, Easter Decor, Easter Decorating, Mint Green Table, Simply by the Sea, Summer and Company, Interior Design Ideas, Easter IdeasLooking through the white Apple Bloom Flowers, towards the mint green and white hutch full of beautiful dishes is so satisfying to me. Vintage criss cross glass doors sit wide open, inviting your eye in. I absolutely love love to layer for interest – so I extended the design outside the glass by adding hanging dishes on the wall.

Tracey Rapisardi, Tracey Rapisardi Design, Easter Table Scapes, Easter Decor, Easter Decorating, Mint Green Table, Simply by the Sea, Summer and Company, Interior Design Ideas, Easter IdeasFresh tulips are a must for me, when it comes to Easter, as well as having them in my garden. I added the fresh blooms to my English vintage enamel pitcher. I love to mix and match fabrics, textures, and even flowers. Turquoise and white Polka Dot Dinner napkins are mixed with Striped Dinner Napkins in the same hues. Always have fun with whatever you do in your home.

Tracey Rapisardi, Tracey Rapisardi Design, Easter Table Scapes, Easter Decor, Easter Decorating, Mint Green Table, Simply by the Sea, Summer and Company, Interior Design Ideas, Easter IdeasThis custom mint green linen table cloth is the perfect base layer to add white dishes, candy jars, and cake stands atop. Adding a touch of black and white to the table and hutch, as well as a touch of vintage, adds depth to the look. Little baby dishes with scolloped edges full of Easter Jelly Beans, is a sweet personal touch for each guest.

Tracey Rapisardi, Tracey Rapisardi Design, Easter Table Scapes, Easter Decor, Easter Decorating, Mint Green Table, Simply by the Sea, Summer and Company, Interior Design Ideas, Easter IdeasFinal touches are just like the icing on the cake. Custom slipcovered cushions blend seamlessly on the white wicker dining chairs, topped with pretty throw blankets.

I hope by pulling this entire Easter room together, brings a little happiness to you, and to whoever you are able to share it with. The Easter Bunny will hop up the path with goodies in his basket for all! Happy Easter, from my family to yours! xo



My new book, Simply by the Sea, is the perfect Mothers Day gift for your special Mom! This year, treat your mom to a gift full of design inspiration that she can enjoy all year long. The first 10 to buy Simply by the Sea at Sweet Summer USA receive a signed copy of Simply by the Sea, by Tracey Rapisardi AND also receive a Simply by the Sea, hand carved fish key chain. Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms in the world!! xoxoMOTHERS_DAY



Simply by the SeaI would love for you to join us Friday, April 19th for a book signing for my new book, Simply by the Sea. We have copies of the book available here at Summer and Company for purchase.Where: Summer + Company  431 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236When: Friday  April 19th  from 11:00am to 2:00pmBOOK_SIGNINGHope you all can make it!! xoxo




SIMPLY BY THE SEA, BY TRACEY RAPISARDISBTS_COVERApril 1st, 2019 is finally here!!! Simply by the Sea is now available! Those who have pre-ordered, should be receiving their copies today, or within the next few days! I hope everyone who reads, Simply by the Sea, feels a warm ocean breeze with the turn of every page. A very special thank you to my talented and supportive family; Richie, Nicky and Mandi. And also a very special thank you to my wonderful clients who allowed me to share their beautiful homes to the world. Lastly, thank you to the team at 83Press and to my dear friend Cathy Still McGowin.Simply by the Sea HomeSand between your toes – salt in your hair – sun on your skin – and the sea in your soul… Within these pages, you can always have Simply by the Sea, year round… No matter where you are… if only to imagine…xoxo,

Tracey Rapisardi

Amazon: Simply by the Sea

Barnes and Noble: Simply by the Sea

83 Press: Simply by the Sea




The Cover of the NEW 2019 The Cottage Journal is adorned with this wonderful Living Room, from a house I designed and built in Maine. Inside this magazine (on news stands now) you will see a beautiful ad for my new book, Simply by the Sea, as well as a charming spread titled, Longing for the Sea.


Make sure to follow me on Instagram @Tracey_Rapisardi_Design and also check out my new website, Simply by the Sea, where you can see more of my new book, including; design tips, before and afters, new projects and much more!

Happy first day of SPRING!!




Some of you may have been wondering, where has Tracey been? and why have we not seen her work or heard from her lately?… Well finally, I can answer that question with so much excitement… I have been working on my first book, “Simply by the Sea”.

Back in September, 2016, I was approached by a publisher, 83 Press, about doing a book of my work. After 2 + years of  designing, creating, styling, and yes – even photographing the book, it is DONE! I wanted to bring a lifestyle to my readers of “Simply by the Sea” that covers all the charms of living by the sea. Whether it’s designing your house, hosting a seaside gathering, or just being the all around beach bum. In this book, you will find all different design styles. Whether its cottage, classic, modern, vintage, farmhouse, beach, country, or if it’s located in a cove, on the beach, in a harbor, on an island, up the street or miles away.

Having strong family ties to the ocean and raising my children by the sea, I share my designs for a lifestyle that simply goes with the seaside mindset. You will see the many details of a coastal home and way of life by the sea, and experience the feeling of… ”I don’t want this to end”, which we all know and love.

I long to work and design a home that my clients dream of with a life style that will last in their hearts. So as the years have gone by,  I have chosen 7 homes that I created, photographed and styled with my daughter Mandi’s help. (We have worked so very hard to bring you the feeling and lifestyle of “Simply by the Sea”)

Everyone wants a seaside lifestyle to last more than a summer… So relax and be inspired by my first book “Simply by the Sea”. Pre order has started and it will be released on April 1st 2019. Purchase links below. And follow along on our journey at

Simply by the Sea Home

Sand between your toes – salt in your hair – sun on your skin – and the sea in your soul… Within these pages, you can always have Simply by the Sea, year round… No matter where you are… if only to imagine…


Tracey Rapisardi

Amazon: Simply by the Sea

Barnes and Noble: Simply by the Sea

83 Press: Simply by the Sea




Hope your day is full of love!




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 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!




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!





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!!




All our love to Sarasota and all areas of Florida, effected by Hurricane Irma. Let the sunshine fill your soul with love. xoxo




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!!



Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! xxoo

Tracey Rapisardi Design



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.





HIGH POINT MARKET: The World’s Home for Home Furnishings

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.

Current Demographics

  • 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




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!



Southern Living and Coastal Living did such a seamless job in Nashville – all the details were impeccable. Even down to the registration table decorated with Nashville flower arrangement. So cute!



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




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 2015… xxoo





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.


















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.




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







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!


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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!!


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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!

This tanning oil by Island Company smells just like Summer.


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Take a moment in the shade with the palms – time to have a cocktail!


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Time to pile on your cool vibe bracelets – MORE IS BETTER.


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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.


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At the end of a summers day – fill your cottage with sweet summertime flowers!




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 newest 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!!


Here is another project of mine just featured in the Coastal Living’s Beach House Style book. Enjoy some more 3rd floor nooks and crannies of the featured 2008 Coastal Living Idea House!


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.

All products can be purchased through;

Tracey Rapisardi Design

Sarasota FL

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13 thoughts on “Designing A Happy Lifestyle

  1. Can you tell me about the sailboat painting in the Maine cottage, where you purchased it and if it is an original or print?

  2. Your designing is Amazing Tracey !
    I love in Indiana but Florida has a Big part of my life.Thank You for your wonderful inspiration , that has inspired me to pull my Boots Up By There Straps ! Thank You Shirley

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