San Diego-based designer Tracy Lynn has no issue with starting from scratch. Such was the case for this recently completed project. A family in the first stages of building a home in a planned community sought out Tracy Lynn Studio for guidance in making material selections and customizing the spaces, to differentiate from other homes with a similar layout. Tracy worked closely worked with the builders throughout the construction process and then completed the home’s interiors. We talked with her to learn more.

This home was just a set of drawings when you started. Who was the client for this project and what were their requests for the space?
Design wise, the clients really wanted to soften the contemporary bones of the house and incorporate a slightly Spanish feel with warm materials, neutrals, textures and hints of blues.

The clients are a family with two young boys and dog. From a functionality standpoint, durable materials we’re a must. They wanted to make sure the house was not only beautiful but also able to withstand the wear and tear of time.

What was the biggest design risk you took that paid off?
We completely ripped out the fireplace after the builders had completed their work. The fireplace was a very contemporary, linear box that in no way reflected the warmth and Spanish flare of the rest of the home. We removed the fireplace and installed a more traditional style firebox with a sloped plaster design above that tied into the new style of the their home. The Spanish tiles and concrete mantel (made to look like wood) completed the look.

How did this home differ from your other projects?
Every project has its own timeline and unique set of parameters, though we apply the same process for many of our projects. Once all of the building selections were made and the builders got to work, we had time to select the furnishings and décor. By the time the building was complete, we were ready to install the entire house in one fell swoop.