“word to the wise” wednesday — katie ridder

Katie Ridder Arkansas Living Room

Each room in a house can be traditional so long as there’s one outlandish element.  I like each space to have a wow factor.

Katie Ridder (quoted on CountryLiving.com)

Isn’t “outlandish” a fascinating word  choice?  It takes “wow factor” to a different level.  I’m going to start asking myself the question — “What one element is outlandish?” — about my projects.

Katie Ridder Youth BedroomThis morning, I’m attending the 2014 Room to Bloom Symposium, a premiere fundraiser for Charlotte’s renowned Mint Museum, and Katie is the guest of honor.  I’ll be sharing Katie’s insights on Twitter and Instagram @tracizeller, so follow me there for more “words to the wise” this Wednesday!

I am overwhelmingly grateful for your kind words after Sunday’s post.  Merci.

Interior design by Katie Ridder; photos via her website.


joy cometh in the morning

On this Easter eve, my heart is heavy.  My sweet friend Paula Tipton Takacs passed away on Sunday after a courageous 9.5 year battle against sarcoma.  It’s been a tough week for her family and friends, but — with the knowledge of a risen Lord — “joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).

PrintPaula chose 2 Timothy 4:7 for today’s memorial service:  “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”  Truer words have never been spoken about such an amazing person.  Although Paula has received her crown of righteousness, The Paula Takacs Foundation for Sarcoma Research will continue the fight against sarcoma here on this earth.  Look for more information on the blog when The Sarcoma Stomp resumes, because Team TZD will be out in full force.

Death Is Nothing At All Henry Scott Holland by Ennaree on EtsyI find peace and comfort in the above reading from Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918), Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral; may others do the same.

See you later, Paula.

Typewritten reading by Ennaree via Pinterest; no longer available on Etsy.

traci zeller