My name is Tracey MacKenzie and this is the space where I share my products and advice on Beauty, Food and Wellness with a side of Lifestyle.
Personal: Three things I learned when I was young
I have somehow been intertwined in the world of art and design since my first trip to Hawaii when I was nine. It was love at first sight and I have never forgotten the raw beauty of the landscape and the people I met there. They were wild like the ocean, poetic and kind.
Three things happened that changed my life while I was there;
Pat, a gallery owner, took me in and taught me about the local trees and flowers after I stopped in to admire a painting of a palm leaf.
A local boy took me out surfing and when I fell off my board and into a mass of kelp and started to get tangled, he rescued me and explained that remaining calm was key to survival.
Native dancers that performed at our hotel twice a week took a shine to me and taught me a few moves. I went home with poi balls, a grass skirt and music to practice with.
Those three encounters taught me that:
People who care will take the time to share. Remaining calm could save my life and That you need to find your own rhythm.
Professional: My life
I am an interior designer, artist, writer and maker who whose work has been shown regularly on TV and in magazines. I have also worked on and off as the Editorial manager for Movato Home for the last 10 years. See my most recent article on ceramics (pages 124-129) here.
I have also been a Feng Shui practitioner for 20 years and regularly give lectures on how to make your home your sanctuary in Canada and in Bermuda. I have also used the practice of Neuroscience & design in many of my residential projects.
My interior design work has been portrayed in the following publications: The Montreal Gazette, The National Post, The Suburban, Wall to Wall Magazine, Montreal Home Magazine, Le Soleil, The Globe and Mail and the “Royal Gazette” in Bermuda.
I have appeared on the television shows; Citymag, Take One, Salut Beauté, C’est simple comme bonjour, Feng Shui Life and the HGTV show called Buy Me.
From 2016 – 2018 I created a magazine to be distributed at the annual ball for the breast cancer charity called Pink in the city. The organization raised over $100,000 for the breast cancer center at the MUHC in each of those years. You may view the magazines here.
After studying woodworking, felting, textiles and now ceramics, I feel ready to lauch a small line of handmade, eco-conscious products for the home called TraceyM Living. This line will be launched in the spring along with my new magazine, which will feature my products as well as the places, food, and things I love. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
“I believe in surrounding yourself with the things you love. That way no matter where you are in your home you will find happiness.”