P. Tracy's East Nashville home is the ultimate bachelor-pad, and we mean that in the best way possible. It's cozy and beautiful, charming and full of character. Most pieces have either a story or sentimental value, and almost all of the framed photos in his house are his own, giving it that collected-over-time look we love so much.
Not only is he a good friend of ours, but he's also a creative director, photographer, music video director, and cocktail aficionado. He's directed, branded and/or worked with music artists: Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Kacey Musgraves, High Dive Heart, Halsey, Jillian Jaqueline, and Little Big Town. It's safe to say he has great vision, so it's no surprise that his home is beautifully designed and a true reflection of his work and personal style. If he's not at home in Nashville, he's either traveling with his adorable and insanely photogenic girlfriend, Harmony (also a close friend of ours) or for work, which is where he finds a lot of his creative inspiration. "I absolutely love finding and staying at boutique hotels in whatever city I am in – they always seem to have the most unique design elements that brings an undeniable charm to them that is unparalleled by big brand name hotels. Hotel Jerome in Aspen, The NoMad in NYC, and The Soho Hotel in London are a few of my favorites".
Describe your style in 3 words or less.
Western. Contemporary. Refined.
What is the overall feeling you wanted to achieve with your home?
Ultimately, I want my home to be a reflection of me. Everything in my house is very instinctual; I really trust my intuition when buying pieces for my home. When I see something in the store, I know almost immediately if it is “me” or not. Using that criteria when purchasing things makes the design of my home inherently cohesive and authentic to my style. The greatest compliment I receive is when people see something and say, “that’s very P Tracy!”.
What's your favorite piece of furniture?
The couch in my living room. Not only is it the most comfortable couch of all time (with a cushion depth of 49 inches) but its rich leather provides such a great texture in the room. It really ties the entire living room together.
What are some of your favorite stores, either locally or elsewhere?
Restoration Hardware for the larger pieces (sofa, coffee tables, bed, etc.). However, I love well-curated, local, boutique home goods stores (Cadeau in Nashville, Kemosabe in Aspen) for random décor pieces. And I’m definitely not above Target and TJ Maxx – I’ve found some great pieces at those places!
Framed vintage Life magazine covers, a red paper airplane metal sculpture made by a friend, and a vintage car hood ornament, make for an unexpected and stylish entryway. He has also kept all of his burned-down candles and pulled them together to create a beautiful collection that lives on either side of his mantle. Love the way this looks! His original prints are framed on the wall above a white leather butterfly chair, and the iron/glass terrarium makes for a great conversation piece.
What was the last thing you bought?
My most recent purchase was for my living room wall. It’s an original print for the Polish release of a 1987 Ridley Scott film called “Someone to Watch Over Me” (shown below). The movie itself has no significance to me but I was obsessed with the artwork when I saw it and had to buy it. I found it at Omnibus gallery in Aspen, they have a massive inventory of original movie and travel posters from around the world. Unfortunately, the $15k Japanese release of Empire Strikes Back poster wasn’t in my budget, haha.
Any advice for people trying to achieve the same look?
Make the investment in the large, bold pieces (sofa, bed, etc.) then get creative filling in the rest (wall décor, end tables, candles, plants, etc.). Pick things that are very you, but be selective about it – never let things look cluttered or messy.
(Just in case you were wondering, that cocktail was delicious and consumed shortly after the photo was taken...it did not disappoint!!)
Why is design so important to you?
This really relates back to my earlier sentiment about wanting my home to reflect me. Design provides a huge opportunity to visually interpret and express oneself. Because of that, I take so much pride in designing things to my standard and style
Do you have a design philosophy, motto or favorite quote?
“Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union” – Frank Lloyd Wright.
The focus in ‘masculine’ design is traditionally on function. But I think sophistication is achieved through functioning with form.
*All photos taken by Patrick Tracy @ptracy | Prints available at www.ptracymedia.com