Coastal Design Inspiration With Tracy Alves

Roomhints talked with designer Tracy Alves of Sunny Chic Home to find out how her love of beach life and coastal design influences her projects.

1. Briefly tell us a bit about you:

Tracy: “I’m a wife and mom residing in the sunshine state with a love of coastal living.”

2. Why did you start a career in interior design?

Tracy: “I always loved decorating and interior styling. However, in 2011, my husband and I starting renovating homes, and that’s when my interior design career really began.”

“I have a passion for coastal living, and I always tend to gravitate towards the natural colors of the beach and the sand. It’s so soothing.”
Coast Design
3. Tell us about a time that confirmed why you love being an interior designer?

Tracy: “Honestly, there are so many early memories from being a child that I recall crystal clear, and they all have to do with my mom’s interior styling and how she decorated our home or how excited I would get about redesigning my childhood bedroom.”

4. Your favorite space to design?

Tracy: “Definitely the dining room!”

Coastal Design
Tracy Alves. Bringing coastal design inspiration to enhance a room.
5. Your favorite hints (products) that get you excited?

Tracy: “Throw pillows and rugs are my weakness. It’s hard to say no to a good one.”

6. One thing you wish everyone knew about interior design?

Tracy: “You make your own rules. Interior design can mean something different to everyone. It’s what makes you happy—creating a space you will love.”

7. Without fail design hint that you have learned over your career?

Tracy: “A jute rug goes with just about any room when it comes to styling, and it’s okay to use trends. I think a lot of people shy away from trends … but if you like it, go for it!”

8. How would you define the creative process?

Tracy: “I literally drive through the neighborhood, walk in the house (project), and the ideas of how I want the whole house to look come together. There may be some tweaking later but, for the most part, I think the home itself sets the tone which is great because all projects are so different.”

Kitchen
Tracy Alves. Weaving the natural colors of the beach into the kitchen and living room.
9. What are some hints to help to pull the whole room together?

Tracy: “A good area rug! They can really make the room.”

10. Who are your favorite designers?

Tracy: “Monique Lhuillier and Charlotte Lucas”

11. What inspires you?

Tracy: “I have a passion for coastal living, and I always tend to gravitate towards the natural colors of the beach and the sand. It’s so soothing.”

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