tzd press: homearama in charlotte urban home

HomeArama 2015 Cheval Living Room Traci Zeller DesignsI’m thrilled to share the HomeArama house I designed is featured in the October issue of Charlotte Urban Home magazine — and also Triangle Urban Home!  For so many reasons — which are way too long to describe here — I am beyond proud of how this house turned out.  Tap me on the shoulder the next time we meet in person, and we’ll chat over a cup of coffee.  Of course, you’ve probably read more of the back story in my earlier blog posts.

Did I share that the house was voted Best Overall Home by the Charlotte Homebuilders Association?   It was an amazing honor to work with Frank Snodgrass of Building Graphics and Arcadia Custom Homes — and even more of an honor to create a beautiful home for a young family.

Charlotte Urban Home October 2015 CoverFor more scoop, be sure to pick up the new issue of Charlotte Urban Home or Triangle Urban Home!  For those of you who are not in either Charlotte or the Raleigh/Durham area, you can find the article online.  Now if you’ll excuse me while I do my happy dance …

Photo by Dustin Peck Photography for Traci Zeller Designs. 


tzd book club: homefront

Have you missed “Word to the Wise” Wednesdays?  I have!  It’s been the longest-running “column” on my blog.  Why?  Because there’s not much I appreciate more than sage advice from someone’s who has “been there, done that” … and, when you combine that with interior design, well, that’s everything I love rolled up in a few short sentences.

Windsor Smith Homefront Rizzoli Living Room BlueI’ve struggled to figure out the next incarnation of “Word to the Wise” Wednesdays, though.  With so many changes to blogging and my commitment to original content, I needed a fresh approach.  Lightening (proverbially) struck when I received yet another delivery with a stack of interior design books.  I. Am. An. Amazon. Addict.

Windsor Smith Homefront Rizzoli Living RoomI collect interior design coffee table books, and yes, I read them.   I may not get to them that very minute, but they will be read cover-to-cover.  Tell me I’m not alone?!  There’s so much amazing content in these books that it’s almost impossible not to have a gazillion choices for a “Word to the Wise” quote.  What does that mean?  It’s time for the tzd book club!  I’ll pull out a quote or two to highlight, of course.  But I will also share my review of the books, so you know if it’s one you want to add to your library.  You’ll also get the scoop on silly things like the binding color — this is important if you like to color-coordinate.  ahem. — and hopefully some giveaways.  Sound good?  Let’s go!  

Windsor Smith Homefront CoverWindsor Smith Homefront: Design for Modern Living is a MUST have for your design library or just your coffee table.  As you’d expect from Windsor, the book is gorgeous.  The dust jacket is stunning, but the bound cover underneath is the perfect shade of pale gray with gold embossed lettering.  Subtle and striking.

Windsor Smith QuoteThe book itself is packed with content.  Each chapter highlights one of Windsor‘s philosophies for creating beautiful, livable spaces.  Do you hear the angels singing or is that just me?  I love how Windsor reinterprets the classics for modern life — that’s what I try to do in my interiors — and it’s so interesting to learn the “why” behind her design choices.  Her philosophy on balance and harmony particularly resonated with me, which is why I chose this quote for “Word to the Wise.”  Windsor explains, “Truly successful rooms should not only reflect the life that’s being lived in and around them, they should enhance it — and that means there needs to be a purpose behind any design choices.”

Windsor Smith Homefront Rizzoli QuoteAnd this gorgeous room by Windsor is a perfect example.  Happy sigh.  And here’s the best news of my book club “debut.”  Not only was Rizzoli kind enough to send me a book, they also sent a second copy as a giveaway!  Let’s make this easy, shall we?  Simply “like” my Instagram post or comment below, and you’ll be entered to win.

What books have you added to your library lately?  Or which ones do you want?  Let me know, and maybe that will be my next review!

All photos, featuring Windsor Smith’s gorgeous designs, are courtesy of Rizzoli via  For more jaw-droopingly gorgeous rooms, enjoy Windsor’s portfolio.  Thank you, Rizzoli, for making this review and giveaway possible!  

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