modern take on traditional tailoring

January 10th, 2018

My grandfather was a classically trained tailor. Apprenticeship and the whole nine yards. (Yards? Get it? I love a good play on words.) His specialty, of course, was men’s bespoke suiting. I like to think that I inherited my passion for fabrics and fixation on quality from him. Can I also blame credit him with my closet full of crisp shirts and somewhat obsessive love of stripes? I can still visualize his shop filled with bolts of the finest wools and threads of every color imaginable.

It’s no surprise that, in fashion, I gravitate toward clothing with structure and, in interior design, I love clean-lined furniture. The overlap is obvious.

Modern Take on Traditional Tailoring

That’s why I’m really enjoying the modern take on traditional tailoring that we are experiencing in fashion. You get the same structure, but it’s almost deconstructed in a super cool way. The look seems more casual and somewhat effortless … but that’s only possible because of the exceptionally thoughtful and skilled fabrication. Tailored accessories — from loafers to signet rings to box bags to metal-buckled belts — are the perfect finishing touch to menswear-inspired clothing.

I’m not quite sure what my grandfather would think of that Monse shirt — he might try to yank it back on my shoulder — but I feel sure he’d admire their pattern-making skills. My grandmother would simply be delighted that I wasn’t wearing “dungarees.”

Traci Zeller Dallas Showhouse Traditional Home BeddingRemember the Tribute Goods bedding that I used in my bedroom for Traditional Home magazine’s Dallas showhouse? The exceptional style and quality of the Savile Row collection created a tailored backdrop, against which I added floral upholstery and repeated stripes in custom pillows to create a room that is both fresh and pretty. Feels like a feminine take on suiting, n’est-ce pas?

In a way, I feel as though I’m following in my grandfather’s footsteps.

(1) JW Anderson Double-Cuffed Pinstriped Cotton Shirtdress, (2) Mark Cross Laura Saffiano Leather Shoulder Bag, (3) Rue St. Dean Street Canvas and Leather Loafers, (4) Tanya Taylor Menswear Stripe Yaya Dress, (5) Saint Laurent Triangle Buckle Skinny Leather Belt, (6) Dubini Ancient Diamond, Silver and Yellow Gold Ring, (7) Monse Oversized Embellished Striped Cotton-Poplin Shirt.

decorating for spring entertaining? start now!

January 6th, 2018

Brrrrr. I can barely stop my teeth chattering long enough to compose my thoughts. As I type this post, it is a whopping twenty-six degrees outside — which I realize is balmy compared to some areas of the country. But the most unbelievable thing about this chilly weather isn’t that it’s happening in Charlotte, North Carolina of all places. It’s that, if you want to redecorate or freshen your home for spring entertaining like Easter brunch and graduation parties, you have to plan now … while the icicles are practically hanging off our noses!

Traci Zeller Interiors South Park Living RoomPlease pick your jaw up off the floor; I know you think I’m crazy. As I’m curled under my cozy throw blanket, it’s hard to imagine warm, sunny days with flowers and trees in full bloom. But as my Traci Zeller Interiors team maps out the coming months, the projects we will install in April, May and June are starting now!

Traci Zeller Foxcroft Dining RoomOf course, design time is a significant factor. TZI works on a flat fee basis, but we put in countless hours behind the scenes to create interiors that elevate your personal style and exceed your expectations. My goal is always to keep your projects moving as quickly as possible, and definitely within the timeline agreed upon at the beginning of a project, but bespoke interior design plans don’t happen with a forty-eight hour turnaround.

Traci Zeller Interiors Cheval Living RoomEven more significant than design time? Production time. The designs we deliver cannot be ordered online, and they most certainly don’t arrive via FedEx. Our custom vendors provide the highest quality workmanship, and their lead times often begin at eight to twelve weeks, sometimes longer. Can we pay rush fees or use other vendors? Absolutely. But — depending on what we’ve selected — that may require either paying more or changing your design plan to accommodate something that is available now versus what you would have selected otherwise. The trade-offs can work out fine, especially if you value speed more than any additional costs. (What we’re never willing to sacrifice is quality.) But isn’t it a better idea to plan ahead? That way, we can create the most beautiful, highest quality interior design for your lifestyle and investment. There’s nothing that gives me more joy than our clients happily sharing how many compliments they’ve received, how much they love their new rooms, and how beautifully they are now able to live in their homes.

Traci Zeller Interiors Cotswold Guest BedroomWhat’s on your calendar for spring? Let’s get started so you can put your best foot forward for sunny days and social events!

Photos by Dustin Peck Photography for Traci Zeller Interiors.