how to freshen your house in five minutes

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Quick!  You have five minutes to make your house presentable. Am I the only one whose husband calls shortly before the arrival of newly invited guests? Never fear, MOMs. You may have twins, but you’ve got this! I use a laundry basket and toss in all of the odds and ends that manage to accumulate all too quickly. You know, the toys that have found their way downstairs and the bills that need to make their way upstairs. Next, stash the laundry basket out of sight. Preferably somewhere that you won’t forget where you put it.

Traci Zeller Designs Foxcroft Kitchen Painted CabinetsNow it’s time to move to the kitchen and check the sink. If I’ve been there last, all is well. If my husband has been there last, well, all bets are off. Move any abandoned dishes to the dishwasher. Give the sink a quick swish with the sponge. If you are feeling especially ambitious, use a microfiber cloth to dry. Shiny sink =  extra credit.

Traci Zeller Designs Powder Room Charlotte NCTime for the powder room. Ensure the hand towel is freshly washed and pressed. Repeat quick swish of the sink. Use another microfiber cloth to shine the faucet. Wipe down the toilet, if necessary. Especially important for the twin boy moms. Ahem. We are virtually “paper towel free” in my house, but for emergency situations, Method wipes can’t be beat. And they are compostable.  

Traci Zeller Home Candle by Ella B.Last step? Burn a pretty candle with a clean, crisp fragrance. Because really it’s all about the sinks and the smell.

Why yes, I do have a favorite; thank you so much for asking! Of course, it’s one of my Traci Zeller Home candles, created by Ella B. and hand-poured in Charlotte, North Carolina, in my two exclusive scents. In addition to my signature scent — zesty mandarins and citrus-fresh limes combined with herbal notes of basil — I added a celebratory Bubbly scent — champagne, pomegranate and pear. The common denominator? Clean, crisp fabulousness.

So now you know pretty much everything I’ve been up to. Interested in more “quick clean” tips? I spilled additional dirty secrets — hahaha, pun totally intended — in this post.

Photos by Dustin Peck Photography for Traci Zeller Designs.  

studio saturdays: project organize part deux

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Once again, it was a busy week at Studio 202.  Project Organize continues in full force, thanks to our awesome shelving by IMPACT Design Resources.  We’ve doubled up — hahaha, unintentional twin pun — the hanging space so we can maximize the number of fabrics we keep on hand.

MarcheBasketsAll_xLisa and I both have a lot of fabrics … so we’ve ordered another 1,000 hangers and caused a run on the Marché Baskets at The Container Store.

Shark RocketThanks to fabric threads, general installation mess and after-school snacks for my messy twins, I’ve also done an obscene amount of vacuuming.   Drum roll, please: the Hero of the Week goes to our Shark Rocket.  Love. That. Thing.  I thought I may have killed it when I vacuumed an incredible amount of drywall dust earlier in our reno, but, to steal a phrase from Timex, the Shark Rocket takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

Shark dustcupA quick rinse of the washable filters and a wipe-down of the canister, and I was back in business.  I probably didn’t even need to do that, but — if you saw what I vacuumed — you’d know I owed it to the Shark.

Twin Tested Traci Approved

I haven’t awarded one of these in a while, but the Shark Rocket is definitely Twin Tested and Traci Approved.  

Studio 202 KitchenLast but certainly not least, the week wrapped up with the installation of our so-gorgeous-I-can-hardly-stand-it backsplash.  Well, the first step anyway.  The Flair mosaic — part of the Scribe collection by Ann Sacks — still needs to be grouted and we’ve got more work to do in the kitchen … so you’ll have to settle for this sneak peek.   Ann Sacks isn’t otherwise carried in Charlotte, but Lisa and I would be delighted to help you select one for your kitchen project!   For those of you in other parts of the country, here’s a list of their locations.

If you follow my Pinterest boards, you know I’ve been coveting that acrylic and brass hardware for a long time.  Ummmm, pinned two years ago!  I’m loving the opportunity to use so many of my favorite things.

vertuo_experience_about_machineLisa and I are still deciding on a coffee maker, but we’re leaning towards the convenience of the Nespresso Vertuo-Line.  If you have one, I’d love to know what you think!

Step Aside CoffeeNevertheless, this was the Joke of the Week.  Haha!

Did you have one of those “step aside” moments this week?

All product photos via their respective websites.  Graphic via Quollective