After making a name for herself in her native New York, Tracy Turco crossed the country to take up residence in the midcentury mecca that is Palm Springs. It’s the perfect place for her to indulge in her love for all things retro - with her designs encompassing classic residences, boutique hotels, colouful home decor pieces, fashion items and so much more.
Back when she was Tracy Stern, she was one of New York’s most multi-faceted and eclectic socialites. As a serial entrepreneur with a penchant for building lifestyle brands, she has launched two successful tea companies (SalonTea and Tea & Co), designed shoes for the likes of Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson and Lindsay Lohan, published two books (Tea Party and Tea For You) with Random House, built a skateboard deck design studio and penned travel guides under her GypChic brand detailing wanderlust discoveries in New York City, Venice Beach, Palm Beach, Joshua Tree and Palm Springs.
Today, Tracy and her husband are collectors of pedigree architecture in Palm Springs. She continues to lend her style and grace to every interior design project they take on, blending couture with everyday materials to create truly unique spaces. From her imagination and into reality, she is the master of breathing life into inanimate fixtures, furnishings and spaces to make them stunning and chic – the kind of spaces you dream about.
Tracy studied art in college at the New York School of Interior Design and abroad. Not only is she an artist herself, but she actively collects works by John Giorno, Tracey Emin, Peter Max, Salvador Dali and Keith Haring.
Tracy’s own tiki and retro-inspired prints for home decor are currently sold through Society6 while her expansion into fashion with her cabana wear collection will see it available in the gift shop at the soon to open Tiki Hotel in Palm Springs. That property will be the second in the Turco hotel portfolio, following the opening of the Art Hotel in early 2020 that added “boutique hotelier” to her already impressive resume.
Tracy has been featured in many publications including New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Oprah, Elle Decor, New York Cottages & Gardens and Home Accents Magazine. She has also been featured in multiple TV shows including TLC’s “Dinner Takes All”, Discovery Home’s “Party Girl” and CNBC’s “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch”.
While she’s not busy dipping her toes in different creative projects Tracy is often chairing events for the American Heart Association and supports the Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope. Always one to give back to the arts, she has also contributed to Save Venice Inc., a group that preserves Venetian art and culture.