About Tracy Murdock

Los Angeles, CA

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" Your first instinct is usually right! "

The boutique firm is guided by Tracy’s unique and extraordinary vision. The Design Style of Tracy Murdock, a self-taught interior designer, is the blending of decades of a life richly lived… as only few do. It is daring and bold, classic and conservative, it is not just one design style, but many. Tracy has the unique talent upon meeting a new client, of visualizing how they want to live and proposing the best ways for them to achieve it.

The transition to interior design was a natural one for Tracy, having developed a highly distinct and personal style through modeling and fashion. It is no surprise how well her instincts and keen eye have translated into the world of interior design. She began this training in the 1980’s as a model where she caught the professional – and the personal – eye of the late Rodeo Drive men’s wear designer and perfumer; Bijan. He immediately signed Tracy to be “the Bijan girl,” where she became one of the most recognized faces in international media. She worked closely alongside Bijan for over a decade, producing and conceptualizing many of those often times controversial and award winning ads.

Tracy’s education continued with her partnership and marriage to business tycoon David H. Murdock through her involvement with several of Murdock’s hotel, country club and spec home projects in California and on Murdock’s then private Hawaiian Island of Lanai. From there it was only a short and natural step to forming her own design firm. Tracy’s years spent traveling all over the world to faraway and exotic places have only added to the richness and sophistication that comes through in her interiors.

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Ten Questions

What’s your go-to classic color choice?
Apart from YELLOW, a color that has been relevant in my personal and my design life, I love color. All colors
Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
I am inspired by many hotels or elements I find in them however, I must say that Blakes, interior designer Anouska Hempel's private 5-star hotel in one of London’s most exclusive residential areas in South Kensington, is very high on my list of favorite places to stay and always feels like home. The refined rooms are sumptuous and furnished with unique antiques and rich fabrics, beautifully styled bathrooms and many feature elegant four-poster or canopy beds and original artwork.
Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
IPHONE IPHONE IPHONE
Where do you go to spot new style?
My daughter's closet.
Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
Nobu Malibu. Great architecture and off the charts Japanese cuisine. There is no more beautiful place in the world to watch the sun as it sets behind the iconic Malibu pier, we are so lucky to have this special spot in our own back yard. And their martini's aren't bad either and the people watching is almost as good or as beautiful as the sunsets!
What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
I love The British Museum in London. It is not a small museum, it is actually quite large. This Greek Revival building is awe inspiring from the moment you climb the front steps, enter and emerge into the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court where the Museum’s inner courtyard was transformed in 2000 into the largest covered public square in Europe. It is a two-acre space enclosed by a spectacular glass roof, just spectacular! And I could spend days just in The Duveen gallery which houses the Parthenon sculptures. It is said (Not so fondly) by the Greeks that there is more of the Parthenon in this Gallery than in Greece.
How do you usually start your weekend?
I look forward to a hard earned Friday martini, weekends are usually full of work!
Who or what is your biggest design influence?
My biggest design influences were without a doubt both of my extraordinary former husbands. Bijan (The late men's designer on Rodeo Drive) had impeccable taste and he was a perfectionist. Bijan taught me to see DETAIL, he left an indelible mark on me and I miss him terribly. My second husband David Murdock was my interior design mentor. As a developer, we built 2 homes together, quite an education... I had a front row, right hand seat beside him on all his other developments and he opened up the world for me, quite literally with our travels 'all over the world' with his constant commentary and knowledge.
How do you keep it all together?
8 hours of sleep!
Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
Now that is a 'wild' question! While I love and appreciate a native or 'freestyle' garden, I do lean more toward order. What is more extraordinary than a huge 'Botero like' topiary garden? I absolutely love garden design and if I could do it all over, I would be a landscape architect and I will often venture into the landscapes on many projects. I have designed many gardens of my own and with David on his 2,000 acre ranch. We always explored gardens all over the world wherever we were traveling. Honestly mother nature is simply incredible and I often find inspiration from her.
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