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