Tracey Rapisardi Summer House: Charming Home Tour

July is coming to an end but I’m no where near ready to let go of summer just yet!  It’s a good thing we still have the entire month of August to enjoy. In celebration of my favorite season, I’m sharing an amazingly adorable summer house decorated by Tracey Rapisardi, one of my favorite interior designers. Her style is always light, fresh, pretty and feminine.

Beach Style Cottage KitchenPhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design

This is my dream kitchen! White cottage style with strokes of ocean colors in blue and green, and a pinch of pink thrown in just for fun. I love how she used a dark gray counter above the cabinets, but incorporated a butcher block counter on the kitchen island. I think this adds more interest than keeping the same counter tops throughout the room.


Shabby Chic White Dining NookPhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design

A shabby chic dining set takes up resident in the kitchen’s breakfast nook. Gingham check cushions match the pale gray swirl rug underneath. I have to confess. I don’t understand why people put rugs under dining tables where food can spill and create stains. I love the way it looks; I just don’t understand the practicality. So if someone knows of a good reason other than aesthetics, please clue me in!


Farmhouse Kitchen CabinetPhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design

You catch a glimpse of the kitchen island that serves double duty as a cook top and eating area, but the true star in this photo is the beautiful bead board cabinet with its collection of dining ware.


White Cottage Style Living RoomPhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design

The summery family room may be white, but it’s practical at the same time. Slip-covered furniture is easily cleaned and can handle heavy use. I’m in love with the wood farmhouse-style coffee table and need to find one just like it for my family room.


Palladian Window in Living RoomPhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design

A large Palladian window lets in ample light. This style of window is often seen in Renaissance architecture.


Beach Style Dining RoomPhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design

Shabby chic style infuses the summer house’s dining room with fresh appeal. Once again, slip covers are used to lend practicality.


Shabby Chic DiningPhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design

A chandelier dripping in crystals matches the sparkle of silver and mercury candlesticks on the table.


Blue and White Living RoomPhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design

In the living room, romantic blue and white come together to create a feminine room. I love the little flounce on the arm chair, with its pretty fabric. the mirror over the white couch reflects the design of the window found in the family room; a clever touch.


White Shabby Chic Family RoomPhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design

A sweet reading corner in the bedroom adopts shabby chic style with white slipcovers and a ruffled ottoman. Painted-white wooden shutters help keep the sun’s glare to a minimum while draping curtains soften the window (another Palladian-style window).


Shabby Chic BedroomPhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design

The painted bed reminds me of my own bed in my under-the-eaves bedroom. Soft white bedding pairs with plenty of shabby chic pillows to create the ultimate feminine bedroom. So pretty!

You see more details of this charming summer house designed by Tracey Rapisardi.


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  1. Yep, I could live there…

  2. Love, love, love everything! The white is so fresh-looking, and the wood and wicker give added color and texture. And, the aqua is the perfect contrast! I could move right in!

  3. Oh my gosh! I absolutely love this cottage, especially the soft colors.

  4. I think this is truly the most beautiful home ever! I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!
    My taste exactly! I could move right in and not change a thing! Thank you for this post!

  5. Well, it’s pretty. But it looks like only women live there.
    There are NO masculine touches at all. She’s completely
    erased the male presence from this house. Not cool.

    Of course, there may be no male presence, in which, carry on.
    But it’s a bit frou-frou for my tastes. I’m frankly tired of the
    white cabinets/kitchen, white trim, white furniture, white walls
    mess. Let’s get real, folks.

  6. Very pretty home ! I love all the white. Where do you find sleep covers for couches, love seats and ottomans ? I can’t seem to find any that look like the ” cottage style “.

  7. I think the house is very pretty. I love all the white ! Where do you find slipcovers for couches, love seats and ottomans ?
    I can’t seem to find them in the ” cottage style ” .

  8. On kitchen rugs… Back in the day rugs when made from rags …old clothes, bedding n even fabric from furniture. Rag rug carpets were used to protect the wooden floor here is an excerpt from history of rag rugs:
    ” The 19th-century heyday of rag rugs, has left very few examples as they were not
    treated as heirlooms. A new rug was often made each winter and the old ones rotated
    around the house, from hearthrug to kitchen to back door, with the old doormat either
    thrown away or used outside to cover the potato clump or compost heap. Thus very few survived. ” (from

    I also think back to a day when farmhouses were one room n dirt floor so you would want a rug under foot for cleanliness n warmer on feet with only wood stove heat. Pre vacuum cleaner was the carpet beater. Yup the kitchen carpet has come a long way now being more ornamental n I sure think they look nice!

  9. So much cottage goodness! sigh!

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