Tracy Porter’s House in Wisconsin

by hookedonhouses on August 4, 2010

Tracy Porter catalog

Tracy Porter and her husband John were newlyweds when they started their company out of an unheated chicken coop behind their house in Wisconsin. That was 1991. Now they have four children and a multimillion-dollar business designing and selling everything from furniture to shoes with the Tracy Porter label.

Until recently, they continued to live and work in Wisconsin, taking many of the photos for their catalogs from their home and surrounding property. But, as Tracy explains in a blog post, she and her family recently moved to Santa Barbara: “We are now happily, excitedly …ocean viewing, sun catching, tide-pool wandering, nature-loving Californians!”

As a result, their Wisconsin house is on the market. Let’s take a peek inside:

Tracy Porter-kitchen

I always think it’s interesting to compare real estate photos to ones styled for magazines. Here’s how the kitchen looked when it was featured in Family Circle:

Family Circle-kitchen

The asking price is $699,900, and the house comes with a little over 11 acres (they sold the surrounding 104 acres last year).

Tracy Porter-great room

The Great Room as it looked in the Fall ’09 Family Circle article:

Family Circle Great Room

The Den:

Tracy Porter-den

The big screened porch has great views of the property surrounding it:

Tracy Porter-porch

The house has 4,400 square feet and sits near a pond with sand beach:

Tracy Porter-Wisconsin house

Any takers? For more photos and information, visit the listing. You can see their current catalog and follow Tracy’s blog here.

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LoveFeast Table August 4, 2010 at 8:25 am

Yeah, I could live there…twist my arm! Totally my layer-y style!
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Karena August 4, 2010 at 8:29 am

Julia, I adore Tracy’s style and her business is amazing. Now for the Santa Barbara images!

Karen Albert The history Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne & Roederer Anderson Valley Estate Giveaway Come visit & enter.
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sandy@oohlafroufrou August 4, 2010 at 8:32 am

Wow … makes me wonder what her house in Santa Barbara will be like? I’m sure you’ll bring us the fab photos if any are available someday, so we’ll look forward to them … you’re our go-to-girl for celebrity homes! xo

Kimberlee J August 4, 2010 at 8:39 am

What a happy looking space!

I can’t help but wonder how long those glass doors would last with any child (or adult) sitting at the bar if it were my kitchen??? I love the idea of seeing all the glassware, but I fear the end result.
.-= Kimberlee J´s last blog ..Tea for Two =-.

LeAnn August 4, 2010 at 9:14 am

What a beautiful awesome home! I have been a fan of Tracy Porter’s for a long time. She is soooo talented.I love it that her house isn’t all white:) I think it’s really cool that they stayed in Wisconsin for so long raising their family. I can’t wait to see her new place. Julia, you always bring us the best posts! Thank you once again.

.-= LeAnn´s last blog ..Live and learnPart II =-.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints August 4, 2010 at 9:14 am

I think that price is a steal. I adore Tracy Porter. She is living MY dream!!! I don’t blame her a bit for saying goodbye to the cold brutal winter’s in Wisconsin and heading for the surf and sand. Lucky her!!!
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..journey girl =-.

melissa August 4, 2010 at 9:26 am

I, also wonder like Kimberlee J about the glass doors. My thoughts were how do you ask a guest to move their legs so you can get a glass? Positive now, even with all the items on the walls, it has such an open feel, even minimal feel. Really love how she is able to marry old with new and make it all seem fresh. It would be fun to have a walk through just to admire…and dream.

rhianna August 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

O wow! I love this house. I’ve always loved their catalog, too!
.-= rhianna´s last blog ..Charming =-.

lisa August 4, 2010 at 9:43 am (special properties, Ltd.) has a great virtual tour to see of this house. (Tour Factory #600598)
They have the house as Sold but it is fun to watch the tour.

hookedonhouses August 4, 2010 at 10:44 am

Thanks for the link, Lisa! They have a few extra photos on that one. -Julia

Marie August 4, 2010 at 10:10 am

OMG! I love that house and the price is right for $699K with 11 acres of land??? You can’t buy anything like that here in SoCal. Amazing, Julia!!!
.-= Marie´s last blog ..Lets Go Glamping! =-.

middlesister August 4, 2010 at 10:13 am

Who wouldn’t want to relocate to Santa Barbara? Not loving her home that is for sale but we can’t love everything about every talented designer. Oh wait, that thought does not appy to Kelly Wearstler…

LuxuriousLife August 4, 2010 at 10:14 am

What an amazing price!! Fabulous kitchen, some new homeowner will be very happy!!
.-= LuxuriousLife´s last blog ..Bed Pillows and Wine Glasses =-.

Dean August 4, 2010 at 10:20 am

Haven’t a clue who Tracy Porter is, but the house and grounds are beautiful. And $699,000?? That’s a great price.

Janell Beals August 4, 2010 at 10:46 am

Does seem like a good price! It is very personalized…fabulous, but I would think most people would arrive with plans to simplify a lot of the rooms. I’d take it as is…my kids would love the pond and land! Janell
.-= Janell Beals´s last blog ..Look What Ill Be Working On Next Week =-.

Kasey August 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

Love her place,not too far from where I am now.
.-= Kasey´s last blog ..salt in my veins =-.

Breanna August 4, 2010 at 12:29 pm

That is one amazing home! The kitchen and screened porch alone! I think the price is very reasonable as well. Great post, now I need to Google Tracy Porter!
.-= Breanna´s last blog ..Bridal Beauty- The Prenuptial Agreement =-.

Pamela Rosenberg August 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Oooh. Love Tracy Porter and have one of her books. I was surprised that she didn’t have more of her colorful florals in her own home. Interesting.
.-= Pamela Rosenberg´s last blog ..Pillow of the Week 25 A Bit of Brussels For Your Home =-.

Kelly August 4, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I’ve used to follow Tracy’s blog. I didn’t think they’d ever move from that home.

Trish @TheOldPostRoad August 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Interesting home. The magazine photos were much cozier. Would love to live on several acres in Wisconsin!
.-= Trish @TheOldPostRoad´s last blog ..Bye-Bye Birdies! =-.

Trish @TheOldPostRoad August 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Interesting home. The magazine photos were much cozier. Would love to live on several acres in Wisconsin!
.-= Trish @TheOldPostRoad´s last blog ..Bye-Bye Birdies! =-.

Jocelyn Stott August 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm

That house is amazing. Love it. I can’t wait to check out her site!
.-= Jocelyn Stott´s last blog ..Anthro Anticipation =-.

Puna August 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm

This house is so charming…
.-= Puna´s last blog ..Welcome Home! =-.

kthnxbye August 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm

For contrast, here is what $699,000 will buy you in my zip code:

Dawn August 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm

It’s functional and beautiful. She’s a lovely and lucky woman.

laney August 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm

..i knew you would find out the information for us!…thank you julia…i love tracy porter… who definitely marches to her own drum…but my goodness how hard to leave that country setting …some pretty special drum beats must have been coming from santa barbara…

Rosa August 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm

If it weren’t so far from Madison, I’d take a bid at it. Lovely!
.-= Rosa´s last blog ..The Goodbye =-.

Charlene August 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I love this house but her original house featured in her book “Dreams from Home” was my favorite. I loved how she turned an old farmhouse into something wonderful. I wonder if they sold that one as well. I know their studio was on that property originally.

Dianne August 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I have followed Tracy for years. I think the house is already sold. Her sister Robyn’s house is now for sale. The family must All want to be in Calif…. her brother lives there as well. Her decorating layers are delish!

Nita August 4, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I wouldn’t leave there for any part of California, especially in our financial mess and our anti-business atmosphere! I think they may be sorry.

Kim August 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Thanks for sharing this with us. It’s fun to see different styles. There’s elements of this house that I do and don’t like.

Visual Vamp August 4, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I get the catalog and thought it was a made up name. Who knew it’s a real person?!
The house is great, and a great price, but WISCONSIN? Lovely state, but not for me.
The Winter would be killing.
Love the way you always dig up things for us!
xo xo
.-= Visual Vamp´s last blog ..The Long Of It =-.

begin with a Sunny Outlook August 4, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Love that is has 11 acres – oh the possibilities! Some of the interior I like, and some of it not so much. But I love the natural stone flooring of the screened porch!

Cindy at Applestone Cottage August 4, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Hey I live in Wisconsin and I sure would love to live there!

Cindy at Applestone Cottage August 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm

The cost of housing is a lot less in Wisconsin compared to California. The winters are tough but our summers are amazing!

Juju at Tales of August 4, 2010 at 7:29 pm

What gorgeous eccentric taste!
.-= Juju at Tales of´s last blog ..News Flash- From Wonderland to Chocolat =-.

Porch Days August 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Huge change in weather from Wisconsin to Santa Barbara! Nice house and lots of space. First time I have seen a walk in linen closet listed.
.-= Porch Days´s last blog ..Creepy little moving white things =-.

diana August 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm

love the houses you scout for us! I agree… it sounds like a lot of bang for your buck.

Dawn August 4, 2010 at 9:10 pm

I looked at her catalogues and it looks like she does ALL of her own modeling for her jewelry and clothes. Seems a little conceited.

But then again, Christie Brinkley models her own lines, so why not.

Paula August 4, 2010 at 9:30 pm

The Real Estate Company that has the house listed states that it is “SOLD” on their website. Robin’s house is listed with the same company and actually is just as adorable. I think I sense a TV show or something in California for Tracy in the future. What do you think??

hookedonhouses August 4, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Yes, it looks like it has sold. If you have the link to Robin’s house, let us know! I’d love to see it, too. -Julia

sharron August 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Love that kitchen…yum!!! and all of the open sapce..I’d be in Heaven!!!

sharron August 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

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Billy August 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm

TeeVee too small. Heating bill too big. Also its in Wisconsin and my Sis and I can’t live in the same state. (She rides western now! &_&)

Dagny @ Beautiful Living August 5, 2010 at 2:49 am

Amazing how much better it looks in the magazine pics!

.-= Dagny @ Beautiful Living´s last blog ..House Doctor – autumn-winter 2010 =-.

Lisa Mackin August 5, 2010 at 9:40 am

That’s a lot of house for $699,000…but then again I live in Massachusetts. Very pretty offering!

Susan August 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm

That is a lovely house and property for only $699,000!! That amount won’t by much on the west coast. Thanks for the tour!

Susan and Bentley
.-= Susan´s last blog ..An Interview!! =-.

Susan August 5, 2010 at 12:13 pm

typo: won’t BUY much. One day I will learn to slow down and focus on what I am typing!

.-= Susan´s last blog ..An Interview!! =-.

Our Nifty Notebook August 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Wow, that’s a great deal!
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Heather August 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm

It’s beautiful…I can’t get over the price! Here in the NYC suburbs, it would be at least 2 million!
.-= Heather´s last blog ..Terrible twos =-.

Amy August 6, 2010 at 6:09 am

Oh that kitchen!
.-= Amy´s last blog ..Yep- Im totally doing this! =-.

Dianne December 22, 2010 at 2:06 am

Beautiful,,,to DIE for!!! Soooo… who wants to loan me $700,000.00!:)

house for sale Philippines August 9, 2011 at 10:07 pm

What an elegant and stunning house is this. I love the luxurious beauty of this property. I love the chandeliers they are all gorgeous and everything was in its proper places. The interior designs was amazing. Thank you for sharing.

Charles A

Nancy September 1, 2011 at 11:50 am

Where is Tracy Porter? No more blog postings and her Sant Barbara store is gone???
Hope all is OK!

RENEE September 6, 2011 at 3:36 am

She and her company have been dishonest. Unknowing the problems the company had, I recently returned about $300 in merchandise and it was stated that these items were returnable in the time period in which I returned them. They issued me an email stating that the refunds would show up on my statement in 2 months. It has been now 3 months and nothing. And now, Paypal says they can no longer take action because it is past the 45 day period. I am not the only one this has happened to. There are many people on the web that are now looking to get their money back from this unethical company. All I have to say is shame on you Tracy Porter!!!!

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