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

Tracey Rapisardi partners with Southern Living and Coastal Living Magazine!



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





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



Summer Beach Cottage


We’re back!! We have been gone for a while on projects for clients and setting up our design studio and showroom in Sarasota, FL.  HAPPY 1st DAY OF SUMMER!!!

Being the first day of summer, everyone dreams of having a cottage on the beach… or nearby… This project was a vintage cottage that I gave a fresh stylish remodel to without taking away the original charm… HAPPY SUMMER and get ready for tan lines and sandy toes!

Cottage Style Magazine

This Summer Beach Cottage is a recent project of mine that was just featured in Cottage Style Bookazine by Meredith Publications. The project ended up being bigger than anticipated, so I’m going to break it down into 3 blogs!

June is my favorite time on the coast. With all the wild roses blooming everywhere, oh the smell of them in the salt air is heaven.

I brightened up the cottage by painting all the knotty pine walls and ceilings. Happy colors for a happy place on this front door.

Summer time calls for sandy toes and bare feet, so give your colorful flip flops and summer sneakers a rest.

Sit and take a break in this happy place of mixed and matched patterns. Fill your beach pales and pitchers with fresh picked flowers from the seaside garden, and enjoy the smells of summer.

Take a traditional sofa and jazz it up with fresh patterned pillows from Sweet Summer Linens. Most furniture pieces were designed by Tracey Rapisardi Design. To add some cottage charm, I designed the starfish cut out at the top of the stairs… details details details…

Oh my god – my favorite… a hot pink dining room table is the perfect addition to this Beach Cottage.  For a twist, paint your Windsor Bow Back Chairs white to break up the traditional stiffness. The scolloped trim throughout the cottage is original to the house – a must stay!

Mis-matched dishes on open shelving? Now thats true cottage style!

Sweet Cottage Kitchen

I put glass panel doors in the original cabinets, again painted it all white and changed out the hardware and hinges. The glass doors in this adorable cottage kitchen helps to make the room feel bigger. The scollops and corner shelves are again original to the cottage, and add wonderful charm. I added bead-board and butcher block to capture a true cottage feel. Colorful accessories add to the fun.

Summer Limes

Time to make the cocktails with plenty of limes… Sweet summer drinks are on the way! Happy Summer Beach Babies!!!

Sweet Summer Style Coquina Cottage Part II of the Main Cottage

This is one of many southern, tropical projects I have finished. I took existing furniture and refurnished it for an up-to-date look. I also had new furniture built for the cottage while still maintaining a vintage cottage look.

This was a three year long project – a one hundred year old cottage on the Gulf of Mexico! It was a gem that needed love and attention. I kept it mainly in its original state accept for redoing the kitchen and the bathrooms. I changed the colors because everything was mint green, both outside and in! There was originally beach sand where the pool is now, which made it the perfect place for a puddle pool. All the cottages surrounding the main cottage are original.

What a place! Come enjoy some of the inside…

Porch Overlooking Pool

Striped floors add fun to this screened-in porch, overlooking the pool. Sweet mermaid light with colorful furniture.

Airy Kitchen

To give it an airy feel, I designed open shelving and added a butcher block island. What a kitchen!

Eat Here

Dinner anyone?!

Porch to relax

Sleeping porch with whimsical art we made on the wall so it would be different and fun. Sleep while the waves hit the beach like a lu-lla-by.

Room to Rest

Master bedroom has a headboard made out of an old theater frame cut in two. Added filling to the middle and covered in a striped fabric and voila! It’s a funky headboard. No one else will have this!

Sit Here

A place to sit, have an iced tea and relax. I used vintage wicker furniture and added new outdoor fabric. We also made some of the pieces.

Bedroom 2

Simple guest bedroom by the beach. This room is facing the ocean – oh, listen to that surf!


Vintage wicker on the porch overlooking the sea – the beautiful sea.

Sweet Summer Style Coquina Cottage Part I of the Main Cottage


To the main cottage we go!

Bubbling Fountain

A bubbling fountain welcomes you to the middle of the court yard. Love that sound.

To Puddle Pool

The pathway to the puddle pool which has no edge. Mermaid spa with seashell cottage.

Back of Coquina

The back of Coquina Cottage is a puddle pool. The front is the beach.

Up to Porch

Up to the porch to have lunch. Key West shrimp, anyone?

Pathway to Beach

To the beach we shall go for the afternoon!

Trees in the Sand

Sea grape trees in the sand and Adirondack Chairs at Coquina Beach.

To the Kitchen

Around the corner and into the kitchen. Coming soon – stay tuned to see the inside of Coquina Cottage in Part II. See you then!