We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracey Troop and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracey, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
Sure! I love this quote from Janice Feldman, founder of Janus et Cie when she said, “Design is both a blessing and a curse … because to do good work, we become obsessed. It is our calling.” There probably isn’t a living, breathing interior designer who can’t relate to that statement! It resonates with me because it eloquently describes the organic, intrinsic nature of our process. We all have our systems to follow for design development, but for me the real work is always happening in my imagination. My clients often know little of the time, effort, revisions, moments of inspiration, or frustration of solving a particularly tricky issue (I playfully call these a “design opportunity”), because our presentations can belie that deep dive we take. I always know my obsession pays off by my clients’ overjoyed reactions to their curated interiors, the sanctuary of their home, and/or embracing a new lifestyle because, finally, their home represents the best of themselves.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My interior design business is focused primarily on residential projects for new construction, remodels and redecoration. I am a sole proprietor with outside support from other industry professionals for CAD and renderings, which has worked well for me for over 20 years. I always enjoy the synergy of working with the complete design team of architect, builder, artisans and trades. I was proud to be awarded the ASID Orange County 2016 Platinum Award for a Home Under 3,500 s.f. A more recent honor is a project that was used in the film Bombshell [https://bombshell.movie/] as Nicole Kidman’s character’s residence. A unique aspect of my business is occasionally working free-lance on projects with larger firms, which provides another opportunity for teamwork.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Early in my career I was fortunate to freelance part-time with an established, experienced designer named Wendi Young of Wendi Young Design. She invited my enthusiastic, fresh approach as a neophyte in the industry. She generously shared her expertise with me and soon we created many exciting, timeless spaces together.
Personal photo image: @socoandtheocmix Images 1-2 on Photo page: MPKelley Images 3-5 on Photo page: Grey Crawford Images 6-7 on Photo page: Jeri Koegel