IN GOOD COM­PANY

PO­ETIC WAN­DER­LUST CRE­ATOR Tracy Porter AND HER POSSE MOVE WEST AND live col­or­fully EVER AF­TER.

Country Sampler's Prarie Style - - Places In The Heart - WRIT­TEN BY El­yse Ma­jor. PHO­TOGRAPHED BY Mark Lohman. STYLED BY Fifi O’neill.

TALES OF FAM­I­LIES PACK­ING UP AND HEAD­ING west­ward DATE BACK TO THE LATE 1800S, WHEN

Amer­i­cans were urged to ex­pand the coun­try and

work the land. While John and Tracy Porter of

life­style brand Po­etic Wan­der­lust and their four

ras­cally “cow­boys” (Max, Fin, Siger­son and Gus)

didn’t travel by stage­coach, they in­deed fled cold-as-

can-be Mid­west­ern win­ters for the greener, warmer

pas­tures of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The fam­ily now

makes their home in the sleepy town­ship of Santa

Ynez in an 80-year-old farm­house ranch tucked

be­neath a moun­tain range.

“Living here has made me freer than ever to live

col­or­fully,” Tracy says. “Na­ture is abun­dant and has

“” I HAVE BEEN DEC­O­RAT­ING IN THIS WAY FOR­EVER AND EVER. life­style soul­ful IT’S A VER­SUS A DEC­O­RAT­ING LOOK. IT’S

spir­ited.

BO­HEMIAN, LIVED-IN, AND

OP­PO­SITE: A scuffed emer­ald-green dresser pro­vides ad­di­tional workspace and charm­ing stor­age in the Porters’ kitchen; a deeper shade of green paint sur­rounds the win­dow and draws out pat­terns from dis­played art and tex­tiles. Baby­doll ram Baron Von Chubs Fluffy Buns II is free to am­ble through and seek treats. THIS PAGE, CLOCK­WISE: Stafford­shire fig­ures from Tracy’s mom are pre­sented on an an­tique sil­ver plat­ter. “The crown over the kitchen sink once hung over our bed, but we pre­fer it here.” Tracy says. Tracy, John, their boys and mem­bers of the “Zen Menagerie.” This an­tique hook is one of Tracy’s fa­vorite things. “We bought it the year we were mar­ried. Plus, I adore ele­phants!”

OP­PO­SITE: The lively riot of pat­terns and splashy pig­ments gain a sense of so­phis­ti­ca­tion by Tracy’s in­clu­sion of hints of black and white, as shown in the ze­bra-pat­tern chair en route to the kitchen. THIS PAGE: The siz­able

stor­age unit painted in a high- gloss fin­ish of rasp­berry-red is re­ferred to as the Ruby Pantry. The gen­er­ous shelves show­case pieces from the cou­ple’s many din­ner­ware col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing Mag­pie, Scotch Moss and Eden Ranch, that the fam­ily uses ev­ery day. “Noth­ing in our home is pre­cious ex­cept our chil­dren, our menagerie and our re­la­tion­ship,” Tracy says. About the rooster cookie jar, she notes, “We’ve had chick­ens for over 20 years, so they come into our work now and again.” A leop­ard pitcher ap­pears to be con­vers­ing with the small ele­phant on the cov­ered bowl.

ABOVE: Pinecones and greens cor­ralled on a tray de­signed by Tracy cre­ate a wood­land vi­gnette atop a painted dresser from one of her ear­lier col­lec­tions. “Na­ture is my cen­ter and the start­ing point for most ev­ery­thing I do and for the way we live,” she says. White, planked walls al­low art­work to take cen­ter stage. LEFT: A row of boots ex­em­pli­fies the ex­pres­sive and en­chant­ing prairie life­style

at the Porters’ homestead and brand. OP­PO­SITE: Tracy loves this space for its just-right size, beamed ceil­ings and rustic doors, which are orig­i­nal to the house.

A vel­vet cur­tain hand­painted by Tracy adds el­e­gance and des­ig­nates the en­try from the dining area. The mounted antlers were a gift from Tracy’s par­ents; other

pairs dis­played around the home are finds. The bench and buf­fet are Asian re­pro­duc­tions and lend an ex­otic el­e­ment to the down-home feel of the room.

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