Following a journey through farmlands, past a long white fence, Remington Ranch Farmhouse emerges on the horizon. The epicenter for a delightful family raising their daughter with room to grow, this home’s wholesome charm showcases a young mother’s wisdom regarding decorating with a brood in mind. Eight furry paws and a newly-walking toddler are major considerations in its durable but beautiful aesthetic.
After moving from their horse ranch in Ocala where the name Remington Ranch began, Tracy and her husband Matt embarked on the four-bedroom, three-bath 2,600 square feet build while Tracy was still pregnant. She designed the home with family and open spaces in mind, including the large, central kitchen island where most meals take place. “We envisioned our home as a place for gatherings. We wanted a modern farmhouse style with beautiful design features that was also practical and family friendly,” says Tracy, whose understanding of the farmhouse aesthetic is tangible. Full of charm, the home exudes a classic and cozy feel without fuss that makes one not only want to linger but perhaps snuggle under a fluffy throw and drink a cup of tea.
True to its farmhouse roots, the nurturing style is palpable, and nothing is too precious or delicate. Embracing tradition and family with warmth and comfort, herringbone tile features and reclaimed wood join textures and tones while inspiring sayings adorn various spots in the house, bringing a smile with their whimsical appeal. “I encourage people to feel purposeful about what they buy so that the end result feels cohesive with meaning instead of cluttered,” she says.
When asked about her favorite room, the dog wash is noted as an essential element of the daily routine for the family’s two Labrador pups Remi and Ruger to wash their paws after prances around property.
Stand-out elements include a custom wooden hood above the stove and faux beams in the cathedral-style ceiling (for which she makes no apologies while quipping that they were a bit confusing for the termite inspector). Reclaimed wood from Matt’s grandfather’s land was incorporated in the entryway catchall. And Matt was the brawn behind the custom shiplap wall in the dining room – a must have for any modern-day farmhouse. Future plans include building a custom pool and bringing horses back to the property.
Working part-time as a pediatric physician assistant (her husband Matt is also in the medical field), Tracy finds great joy and respite in design. Her décor is low maintenance once complete, though it is evident that every choice made along the way is thoughtful and purposeful. She leans on vendors including Wayfair and Joss & Main, while shopping Kirkland’s, Target, and Hobby Lobby for accessories. Amazon served as the supplier behind the mix of comfortable, beautiful furniture in the living room.
Tracy always had a passion for design and hosting. As a child, she loved to throw Christmas parties for her friends. Her mother would give her a budget, and she would set out to find the best décor and experience. Now, as a working mother and wife, she enjoys having an outlet to share her passion with others.
While completing the design and build process, all while raising a newborn, she began her Instagram page (@remingtonranchfarmhouse) in 2018. It now has more than 32,400 followers who appreciate her ability to create functional, cozy design. She offers followers the opportunity to shop inspirations from her home from the wooden beautiful chandelier in the master bedroom down to the spill-proof rugs. Her warm personality and openness invite followers to weigh in on décor choices, while sharing insights on where to find her favorites. She often poses décor-related questions – including whether to decorate with brights or neutrals for the holidays to involve her followers in design decisions. In addition, she promotes others in the IG world who inspire her, building an online community.
“We had a lot going on during the build, from having a baby to changing jobs,” says Tracy. “I found myself using Pinterest and Instagram to provide my builders with visual examples of what we wanted. Soon I realized that creating a place to share that design inspiration for others was an outlet after designing and building functional spaces for us. It’s taken shape in a way I couldn’t have imagined.”
That certainly is a lot to accomplish in baby’s first year, so Tracy fits it in during naptime or after bed. Her Instagram offers practical ideas such as faux porch décor items to create high-quality first impressions with low maintenance upkeep. The online activity has led into areas that she couldn’t have imagined – including interior design projects for followers who love her design, décor, and DIY abilities, and want customized advice for their specific spaces. Along with her e-design clients, she is currently consulting on a playroom makeover for a mom of two girls and is thinking about officially bringing on more clients locally. She is also creating a home décor line of pillows and soft goods to launch on Amazon later this year, starting with a modern farmhouse pillow cover. When asked about her five-year vision, she smiles before returning to the Instagram discussion.
“Social media and advertising continue shifting,” she says. “People are utilizing online platforms for inspiration. I’m excited to see how it all unfolds. For now, I’m enjoying learning about the space and sharing our lifestyle with an incredible community. We will see what’s next!”