good interior design is an outward expression of who we are on the inside. my job is to help make your freak flag fly.
.long beach: an unexpected property redesign
.silverlake: a whole home renovation
.more designs ARGH coming, soon.
.london: styling 45 separate homes for sale
Watch as her creativity - on a very tight budget - transforms properties in order to tempt buyers. - TV CHOICE
.happiness is what they say about you when you haven't asked
"You're also a mega-designer--a creative lightning bolt of imagination and whimsy. When it comes to making something out of next to nothing, your talents can't be labeled. You're one-of-a-kind."
"Um. You’re a genius. I can’t believe how gorgeous and intelligent and original it all is!!!"
"You are incredibly creative, organized, focused and driven to achieve 150% at all times. I loved our brainstorming sessions and you made the process of fun. When I thought I had reached my limit you gave me a burst of me energy. From the big decisions and choices to the littlest detail, Tracy you out did what was possible. And, we are still married. What else could we ask for?"
"This house has too much clutter. I don't want any nick-nack shit for Christmas this year. I'm very 'Tracy Metro' these days."
"Equal parts sassy and knowledgeable. Such a gay icon."
Top LA Designer, new start of House Doctor, and one of the most excitable designers ever. Tracy Metro shares her secrets to snap up any home.
Sunday Mirror Notebook
There’s a new sheriff in town that’s been here all along. Finally getting her time in the spotlight. Rosie the Riveter is back, but has blonde curly hair this time.
If you haven't seen Metro work her magic then definitely check out her new show... for more staging tips.
The House Shop
What is Tracy’s hourly rate? $250/hr
What can I expect to pay when Tracy designs my home/room/office/outhouse? This is a tricky question as there are many factors to consider such as: How much is budgeted to furnish/renovate the space? Will there be custom pieces that need to be drafted? Who will oversee the installation process? The good news is, Tracy works within any budget (even really tight ones!) and has never gone over.
How much of a deposit do I have to put down? $5000. That’s it!
Does Tracy have a minimum? For your hard-earned $5000 you'll get 20 hrs of excellent design work (and, she'll likely throw in a few extra hours, too, because she's good like that!). It may sound like a lot of both money AND time, but if it were fast and easy, you'd do it yourself! FYI this is not a package... your project may (or more than likely may NOT!) be finished within these 20 hours. It all depends on how much there is to do, product availability vs deadline (both things that are outsides of Tracy's hands), how many times products need to be re-sourced due to indecision -- indecision is expensive. Tracy doesn't mind reshopping (that's what she's there for!), but it comes at a price of hours.
But WHY does she have a minimum? What if I only need her for 1 measly hour? Tracy believes that it's not always about the individual decisions, but rather how everything work in concert across the entire project. Jetting in, selecting a few things without giving thought to scale, placement, material, etc is a recipe for disaster. At the end of the project, if it doesn't look brilliant, neither one of you will be pleased and her name will be sullied. And really... her name is all she has (besides her curly hair).
Really? Think about it, if you're doing a kitchen what decisions/selections need to be made? Backsplash tiles, flooring, lighting, fixtures, hardware, etc. If you're doing a bathroom what decisions/selections need to be made? Flooring, shower tiling, potential tub selection, shower/tub enclosure, lighting, cabinetry, sinks, hardware, etc. If you're doing a whole home what decisions/selections need to be made (no matter the size home)? Exterior lighting fixtures, interior recessed lighting sizes/layout, dining pendant/sconce/chandelier lighting, built-ins design, paint, wallpaper, interior and exterior doors, space layout for furniture, etc. It can be overwhelming for sure and that's precisely WHY you hire Tracy Metro. She's been there & done that... a LOT! If it was easy, you'd do it yourself.
Is this all kosher? Um. Yeah. Tracy and you will sign a contract so that everybody is on the same page and there are no surprises.
What does Tracy charge for mileage? There’s no charge for mileage, or the first 15 minutes of drive time to a store/vendor/client's project. When shopping for you, Tracy clocks in when she gets out of her car and clocks out when she gets back in.
How do I communicate with Tracy? Phone, email, snail mail, smoke signals and through Tracy's online design studio to which you will be invited. Texting for quick responses, only. It's challenging to make true design decisions via text. #justsayin Calls are logged in 15 minute increments. Quick answers via phone or text are freebies and not billed!
How often does Tracy invoice? Monthly give or take (when active work is being done).
How quickly do I have to pay Tracy? Due upon receipt.
Do I get anything if I refer a paying client to Tracy? Why yes, yes you do! You get one-hour of free service!
What kinds of services does Tracy provide? As a hands-on television host/designer on networks such as Netflix & Channel 5 UK (she has her own show called House Doctor!), OWN, Hallmark, HGTV, NBC, etc Tracy offers a variety of services. She is most often hired for residential interior design work (living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, outdoor living rooms, etc); however, she has designed industrial offices, call centers, warehouses and even a houseboat! If it needs to get prettied up, Tracy’s your gal! She even works via Skype/What's App/FaceTime and does virtual designing...
How will Tracy know my taste? Outstanding question given that modern, industrial-chic, eclectic, French country, etc all mean different things to different people! With the advent of Pinterest, all of our problems have been solved! Tracy requests that you create a Pinterest board or Houzz Ideabook for each space you would like designed. This way, she can get a sense of the styles and colors to which you gravitate. These boards/books will make sure that both of you are on the SAME page so your dreams can be brought to life. Alternatively, click the cute Polaroid camera icon on the right to get your juices flowing with loads of design possibilities captured on mood boards!
How will I approve Tracy’s ideas? A dossier of ideas will be presented to you for approval before even one thing is purchased, ordered or built. You and Tracy will go over the dossier either in person or over the phone to determine which elements stay and which get kicked to the curb. While Tracy will come up with many of the ideas, it’s as much of collaboration as you’d like it to be. If you find a couch that you love, by all means send a pix of it to Tracy for her thoughts. She has no ego when it comes to “who found what!” Regardless of who comes up with what ideas, you will always have the final say… it’s YOUR home/room/office. She’s just helping express on the outside (through furniture, paint, art, rugs, bric-a-brac, etc.) who you are on the inside.
Who physically picks up all of the goodies? You have options! Tracy has answers. You can either use Tracy exclusively for her ideas and you do all of the grunt work…OR Tracy can create online shopping carts (when possible) and she'll facilitate payment for the items and have them sent to your home… and she will handle all of the menial labor.
Does Tracy sign vendor contracts? Tracy prefers her clients to put their John Hancock on any contracts, but she will tee up everything so all you have to do is sign on the dotted line.
What about that annoying designer mark up fee of 20%? It’s your lucky day because when possible, Tracy actually passes along her designer 5% - 20% discount when she’s given it. Tracy for President! See? That $5000 is already paying for itself!
But, what happens if I live in another city, state, country, continent than Tracy? She's glad you asked! Tracy works remotely, too, via FaceTime/Skype design sessions. Before the live walk-thru, just send over some snaps so she can have her brain firing on all cylinders for the session.
You’ll actually have options about how to work remotely with Tracy:
1. During the chat, she can share ideas for you to implement. She'll basically spew creative ideas that you’ll handle post chat.
2. After the chat, Tracy can create layouts in terms of where furniture should go and provide moodboards w paint and wallpaper selections, links to furniture and accessories, etc. You will be able to handle procuring and implementing all of those elements on your own.
3. Post session, she can make a trip out to see you (hello you!). Together, you two can source everything in a quick trip to some stores/order ahead online (and when possible enjoy Tracy's designer discount of 5% - 20% ) and ya'll can do the installation together! Voila a Tracy Metro makeover!
How much does this remote design business cost?
Tracy offers a 3 hour block (which can be broken down into 2 different sessions, or the leftover time can be put towards layouts and links). $750