When I first started blogging back in 2007, one of the very first designers I fell in love with was Tracey Rapisardi. If you’re a fan of coastal cottage style, I guarantee you’ve drooled over her work many times over! (Turquoise-lovers will undoubtedly remember this fabulous pool house!) I adore her signature easy, breezy style: plenty of clean white accented with beachy pastels, layers of fresh, fun pattern, not to mention a skillful mix of old and new.
I was super excited to learn that Tracey Rapisardi is coming out with her first book, Simply by the Sea, covering all the charms of living by the sea. (Learn how to win a copy below!) Not only did she design all the spaces in the book, but she styled and photographed them as well! And what a dream they are…. *sigh*
Cozy and comfortable, a splash of color and simple nods to the beach. I cannot wait to see more!
The beautiful images above are all from her new book, but I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of my favorite designs by Tracey. I know many of you will remember the designer’s previous home in Scarborough, Maine. (She now resides sunny Sarasota, Florida.) I just love the light, airy vibe and pastel hues throughout these inspiring spaces below captured by Kindra Clineff and styled by Tracey Rapisardi. See my post here for even more images of the home.
Next I have to revisit one of my all-time favorites…the Coastal Living Idea Cottage of 2008 in Scarborough, Maine designed by Tracey Rapisardi and photographed by Jean Allsopp. (See my post with more pics here.)
How incredible is the view?! Loving the ceiling too painted Seaside Retreat Summer Sorbet (SR1011) by Valspar.
The spa-like bathroom is painted Martha Stewart Araucana Blue MS313.
What fun to have a craft room! This one is painted Seaside Retreat Summer Sorbet SR1011 by Valspar.
Next are some images I’ve yet to share on here but absolutely love. No one does turquoise and pink better than Tracey!
Lastly I can’t forget to include the amazing Florida home that Tracey designed for her daughter Mandi. I’ll share just a couple photos of that, but be sure to check out the full tour with even more fabulous photos by Tracey Rapisardi here!
Well there you have it…I’m sure you can see why this designer ranks as one of my favorites! If there’s something above that catches your eye, chances are it’s available through Tracey Rapisardi Design–just contact them for more info. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the Sarasota area, a visit to her daughter Mandi’s adorable shop Summer + Company looks like a must. Their online store Sweet Summer has some beautiful things too!
Be sure to check out all things Simply by the Sea or purchase it here!
To celebrate the release of Simply by the Sea, Tracey is generously giving away a signed copy to one of my readers! To enter, just leave a comment below and let me know which space above is your favorite. I’ll randomly pick the winner next Wednesday 3/27. Good luck!
I love the dining room with that cute striped table. May have to copy that 🙂
Jennifer C. says
I love the beach house in Maine! Such beautiful rooms and colors!
I think that the photo area of the pink striped chair with the green cupboard behind it on the wall with the table beside is a perfect area for reading or talking on the phone or knitting.
I love the entire house in Maine!
carolyn aiken says
This book looks amazing! I love all the photos you shared but if I had to pick one it would be the fifth photo.
Thank you for the chance to win.
Synthia McBride says
I love so many of the rooms, I am not sure what to pick! I can narrow it down to the bright, sunny living room with the white couch flanked by the two blue armchairs or the kitchen with the green striped walls. Thank you for posting such a love array of rooms.
Kim Duhaime says
So hard to choose byt I think I’ll go with the spa-like bathroom. I love that Auracana blue!
I love everything about the house!
I just love the white kitchen with the scalloped wood valance. I love soft pastel kitchens, they are so pretty and light and easy to work in!
I love everything she does but the dining room she designed for her daughter is my favorite. Cannot wait to see her new book!
These are all so beautiful! If I have to pick one, it’s going to be the photo of the comfy white couch with the picture of the sea and flowers hanging behind it, and the coffee table with flowers in front of it. Thanks for the chance at this cool giveaway. 🙂
wow! it’s been quite a journey, Erin! Congratulations on 12 years of blogging about our favorite colors!
If I had to choose just one image, it would be the one of the kitchen addition/screened-in porch – everything about that just whispers ‘relax’.
Sue Mings says
Lov e the craft room in the Coastal Living Idea Cottage of 2008!
Paula Kvam says
The color of the craft room is so pretty! Love it!
Ann D says
Can I say All of them? I love the kitchens. I love that little built in desk nook underneath the window. Thanks for the giveaway!
Just THE prettiest turquoise shades everywhere!! Ludos!! franki!
Sandi Parker says
Oh I’m all about that built-in banquette in the kitchen in the first photo – the spoon handles on the drawers!!! It’s all about the fun details. The table is adorable and love the beautiful muted blues in the fabrics there too. Would love to win the book, it looks amazing!
Love the spa like bathroom!
I LOVE it all, but the white kitchen with the turquoise accents and dishes is incredible!
Juanita Mille says
WOW! These photos of Tracy Rapisardi’s are truly inspirational and absolutely gorgeous! I would love to be the winner of the signed copy of her book, SIMPLY BY THE SEA! I’ve loads to work on to coastalize my own home and her work is so uplifting and encouraging! Thanks Erin so much for sharing!
Jennifer Poellinger says
It’s good to have you back blogging! All of those spaces are just dreamy. I can not pick a favorite!
Janice Taylor says
I love the Tracey Rapisardi dining room with three different pairs of chairs at the metal table, and the turquoise and mint floor. I’d love to win her “Simply by the Sea” book. Thank you.
Diane Baldwin says
I love everything but especially that pink farmhouse table! Gorgeous.
Robin Atkins Cotgreave says
Love the beachy blue craft room!
Chris Anne says
I love the living room looking out onto that great view! ❤️
Lisa Talabac says
Even thought I L.O.V.E. turquoise, who wouldn’t want a little pink painted dining table! The food would taste better I’m sure! 😉
Kate Eibes says
Love love the 2008 Coastal Living Idea Cottage and Traceys design! I want to be there!
Maureen Ingram says
I love all the painted furniture and there are lots!
Joan Burgert says
I love the entry way with the whale coat rack. I would love to be able to purchase the whale coat rack. I would love to win the book.
Valerie H says
Wow…that pic of the 2008 Coastal Living Idea Cottage in Maine….is fabulous! 🙂
Gorgeous! I can’t stop drooling over Mandi’s kitchen!
Love the screened in porch. Also love ALL the images
I LOVE this post! My favorite space is the banquet area with the colorful but subtle & soft colored platters on the wall! Love the idea of her book! Would be a pleasure to win!
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Which room do I like best? Any room you post that is labeled “Tracey Rapisardi Design .” True, but I do like that first room,,,the little, round, distressed tables and the turquoise barn door,,NICE!
I have to pick just ONE favorite?! Your faves are my faves too, but if I have to pick one, it would be that aqua and white kitchen she designed for her daughter, Mandi! That is my new “kitchen crush.”
Ashleigh Hall says
I am in serious love with that gorgeous room with turquoise chairs!! Honestly I love all her rooms!
I love this website, and the Tracey Rapisardi designs are breathtaking! Thank you for sharing with the rest of us.
Oh, and I love the hollyhocks painting with hydrangeas on the table room (plus all the rest)
Barbara Kaulius says
Although I would be in heaven to live in this house and get to experience every room – my favorite is the children’s bedroom with the wire shelves on the wall and the tent in the corner. What a fun, cozy and inviting space to have a bunch of children spend the night!
I live by the beach so this is always my favorite decor.
The Southern Living Idea House. Love all the various shades of aqua. Gives me ideas for my cottage home in the stages of an update.
The kitchen with white cabinets and all the stripey accents!!!!!! ❤
I like the table with the different color chairs with the fun flooring! So pretty. I want to do something similar for our house.
I just love all of the rooms ! I love the spa bathroom. Makes me want to start changing up my whole house. We live near a lake but I can pretend it’s the sea!
Do I have to pick one favorite? If so, then I’d have to say the bathroom. It’s basically my dream bathroom!
Margie from Toronto says
I love the first image best – relaxed and yet sophisticated – just gorgeous.
So glad that you are back!
Amanda Forster says
I just love the sweet little booth-style dining nook!
The kitchen photo with the turquoise KitchenAid on the counter.
Jennifer Essad says
love the family room . comfy furniture and fireplace
The craft room is my favorite. The card twirly thing is so cute to display cards and art projects. I am a stamper, I need to find a twirly stand. Any ideas??? Keep up the fun posts and blogging.
Leslie Mangano says
Love the eating area on the porch! Everything about it is perfect….love the green doors!
Carla Snider says
They are all beautiful, it was hard to choose just one. But I love the entry way whale hooks with the little stools. I have never seen that done. Usually everyone goes with a bench. So cute and creative.
Got to love a room with a view!! The dining room… ahhhhhh. The drift wood color beams, the soothing ceiling color- just all of it ❤️ Just purchased a FL condo that hasn’t been updated in 35 years— I have tons of demo to do and that book would surely give me tons of inspiration. 🙏🏼
Zobbie McMahon says
The Florida home is my fave! That kitchen is super cute!
Sheri Beeman says
I Definitely LOVE every room! My Favorite would be the Living Room (if I absolutely have to pick just one!)
So Gorgeous with all the colors, just perfect! Love the large windows ~ Beautiful. You have done an AMAZING job!
Robin Bourassa says
So hard to choose one but the won I like the just a teeny weeny more is the master bedroom that has what looks like a painted pallet headboard and camping cot for a bench at end of bed. The room is super pretty- light and air but because of the ceilings being angled and low it also has a cozy feelZ love love love all her designs 💙💚
Erin Rizzo says
I have to choose a space, ack! Ok, the craft room. The whole house is so light and airy. Love it.
Every room is a favorite!
Love the craft room!
So hard to choose but I love that little breakfast nook! Can’t wait to see more from this book.
I love the living area with the 2 over stuffed turquoise chairs with the lime poka dot pillows.
They’re all beautiful and inspiring but I especially love the built in dining nook because we’re planning one of own.
That craft room!!
Jennifer H says
I love the fresh kitchen with its chopping block counter and scalloped cutout above the sink. The glass front cupboard doors on top are a fun way to show off all of your darling serving pieces and the colored glass knobs on the bottom cupboard doors add a little “sea shine” to the kitchen!
Jessica L says
I love the entry way!!! Beautiful
Amy Flick says
Love the craft room!!
How can you pick just one? I think the breakfast nook has me. So cozy!
My favorite room is the living room with the sea in the background and the blue bowls in the foreground, LOVE!
Congratulations on your new little girl and welocome back!
Debra Van Dyke says
Yes! I’ve also been a big fan of Tracey’s design for many years.
So exciting to hear she has authored a book now.
My favorite image I’ve seen so far would be the sofa overlooking the water. Is it the Gulf of Mexico?
Blue never gets old, and neither does really beautiful design.
Luckily for all of us Tracey just keeps on delivering her signature eye candy.
Thanks for the update on what Tracey is up to, can’t wait to drool over every page.
Karin anderson says
LOVE, LOVE LOVE it all. ESP. The blue club chairs. It is soooooo hard to choose. My whole house is blue. You are my inspiration!
Joyce Budd says
My favorite will always be the pink chair with the green cupboard. I’ve always been able to see myself in that house💕
The room with the aqua dishes, and pink flowers and the view of the ocean! Dreamy!
C Masters says
LOVE the pic of two blue chairs, white sofa, and that POP of hot pin k flowers on the sofa pillow!!
Julie A. Smith says
Oh so hard to pick a favorite spot in the house, it’s all beautiful but I absolutely love the living area with the sliding shutter doors! Thank you for this awesome post and giveaway!
Cindy Parker says
love the turquoise ceiling with driftwood colored beams
Hamar Erika says
Wonderful,sophisticated taste,the living room my favorite
Marilyn Patton says
Wow, so hard to pick just one, I love them all. The Front Door invites you in, I like the room with white sofa and floral painting, the Master Bedroom and closet.
Love the craftroom. What a calm, organized space to work on all crafts.
I love Turquoise!
Charlene Pettipas says
The livingrooom with the turquoise sliding doors .. so tranquil.
Kathleen O’Brien says
Every space is perfection!
My favorites are the breakfast nook and bathroom.
Terri Quinn says
I loved every single picture! Would love to win the book!
April Barfknecht says
I love the blue couch with the pink pillows!
I think I love the sun porch with the turquoise double screen door the best. I would LOVE to have this in my house.
Caroline McKnight says
So hard to pick a favorite, they are all A-MAZING! I think I’d choose the first Living Room, those soft turquoise barn doors with the diamond panes – love, love, love, the side tables – drool worthy and the cabinet – to die for!! Yep, I’d move in right now!!!
Jan Angel says
Oh my goodness! How do you pick a favorite? All of the rooms are wonderful, cheery, welcoming, warm and interesting. I do like the sun-room with the screen doors to the outside, that just beckons friends to share an afternoon tea… Honestly, all these rooms are truly lovely.
I’ve always loved the Scarborough house Bunk room!
I would love this book too!
I love the living room with the staircase. Super cute.
Judith Marke says
I really love the Spa-like Master Bathroom painted in the lovely Martha Stewart Auracana Blue…so light and airy and relaxing! All of Tracy’s work is beautifully done, and owning her inspirational new book would be a wonderful addition to my collection of design books!
Eileen Corcoran Olsen says
If I had to pick one, the enclosed porch speaks to me. The adorable round white table with the darling chandelier, lovely beams, soft blue walls and door to the outside. The Welcome to the Beach Fish design on the wall is a great conversation piece. This is one I shared with my sister in NC, as an idea to extend her downstairs rec. Room to bring the outdoors in
So cheerful, a place to chill and enjoy the sights snd sounds of a beautiful garden area. Thank you for sharing.
Oh my! Hard to pick just one, but I’d probably say the craft rom is my favorite. Love all the light !
Love the bedroom with the canvas cot at the end of the bed! So simple, but what a statement!
Jeanie Lutz says
I love the kitchen. Since my brain injury, I find that turquoise is a comfort color. Love your collection of photo’s.
Seriously the decoration is mind blowing.
name generator says
Love this design so much! The house I want to spend a whole summer!
Mary Jackson says
I’d love to live in every room! My favorite space is the staircase with the bright sofa and the periwinkle door. Congrats on a beautiful book!
Sheila Brown says
Love it! Great ideas.
Michele Muir White says
I love the office/project space. Love all of the designs. Such playful color combinations without being over bearing or too fussy.
When I look at your rooms they all take my breath away. I actually get a soothing feeling inside. You are an amazing designer. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.
ROSANNE FITZGERALD says
I love all of the pictures as I am a favorite of the color turquiose/aqua. I would say I like the second to last picture of the kitchen.
Love them all, especially the day bed!
Shireen Saleem says
Every beach lovers would go crazy seeing this….
That is a dream of a home! I love all the white and blue everywhere. It is so peaceful and calm, My favorite were the barndoors hanged in the living room.
Extraordinary color combinations that make the room look so beautiful. The combination of the sky blue color with white has resulted in a lot of light in the room. Thank you for your blog.