how to freshen your house in five minutes

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.  

three keys to everyday entertaining

Spring is in full swing, which means summer is just around the corner!  My kiddos are already on the end-of-school-year countdown, which fills me with both delight and — in all candor — a teensy bit of dread.  My family thrives on routine … and I’m a bit behind on my camp scheduling.  Yikes!  You can guess what I’ll be working on tomorrow.

Charlotte Home Garden Spring 2015 CoverHave you seen one of my latest projects on the Spring 2015 cover of Charlotte Home + Garden?  Now there’s a family who will be enjoying their home this summer!  To be sure, the home doesn’t look like a “playhouse” — but it is the perfect home for family fun!

Traci Zeller Wine Cellar VignetteWhat are the three keys to everyday entertaining in this gorgeous home?  Here, it started with an open floor plan, including large indoor and outdoor living spaces, created by Christopher Phelps.  It’s perfect for “party flow.”  Durable fabrics — including Crypton, Sunbrella and textured vinyl — in the living and dining areas mean there’s no fear of red wine.  Plus, with a pool and a pool table, activities for all ages are always ready — rain or shine!  Oh, and the killer wine cellar doesn’t hurt.  You can’t execute a project like this without the incredible craftsmanship that Arcadia Custom Homes always brings to the table.  

For more details, check out the entire article in the latest issue of Charlotte Home + Garden!

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