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!

top sources for stylish outdoor living

Do you remember begging your teachers to have class outside?  I do … and every once in a rare while, it worked!  Well, it’s that time of year again.  The sun is shining, the sky is that gorgeous shade of Carolina blue, and it feels like pure torture to be trapped indoors.  Of course, it’s especially enjoyable to be outside when you have a gorgeous, comfortable outdoor space in which to relax!   Trying to take notes on a laptop in the blazing sun = not all it’s cracked up to be.  

Traci Zeller on WCCB News Rising Stylish Outdoor LivingLast week, I visited WCCB News Rising to share my top sources for stylish outdoor living.  You may be amazed at the incredible products available now!
Ballard Designs Lisbon Indoor Outdoor RugOutdoor rugs are practically maintenance-free — they hose off! — and a fantastic way to disguise unattractive flooring (in other words, those concrete slabs that have seen better days).  Ballard Designs has many of my favorite indoor/outdoor styles, including the geometric Lisbon rug.  Can you guess which style I have at my house? Dash-and-Albert-Rugs-Fresh-American-Floral-Crewel-Polypropylene-PillowDash & Albert is another of my favorite brands for outdoor living, and this pillow is a perfect example of why.  Crewel work for outdoors?  Yep!

Traci Zeller Designs Porch Sitting and Dining AreaYou’ll have to view the segment for the rest of my recommendations — including eco-friendly outdoor dinnerware — but I’ll leave you with one of my favorite outdoor projects.  Now that’s where I’d like to be relaxing!

All product photos via their respective websites.  Interior design (last photo) by Traci Zeller; photography by Dustin Peck Photography

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