singing the blues? absolutely!

Monday, March 6th, 2017

I have this theory that people fall into one of two color categories: You are either a “blue” person or a “green” person. Of course, it’s OK to like both, and I absolutely do! If a certain “something” happens to be available in either blue or green, however, a “blue” person will almost always pick the blue and a “green” person will almost always pick the green. It’s not obvious with an isolated incident, but over time, the pattern becomes apparent.

Traci Zeller Blue Living Room South ParkYears ago, I floated this theory to a client, whom I had identified as a “green” person. She paused and said, “You know, I think you are right. My wedding china was available in either blue or green. Both were very pretty, but for some reason, I chose the green.” She’s still a client, and as we pondered a fun color for her new laundry room cabinets, I reminded her of that story. The answer? Her cabinets should be most certainly be green!

This girl? I’m true blue — all the way, baby. As much as I enjoy green, and I use it often in my projects and in my own home, my default mode is blue. Bring on the blue!

Feeling Blue? Fashion and Interior Design

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To wit? These are a few of the gorgeous blue pieces on our TZD radar for spring! Brooke has her eye on the off-the-shoulder embroidered dress, but y’all, those toile mules Must. Be. Mine.

Tell me, please. Are you singing the blues with us? Or should we share some pieces that will make you green with envy? Oh, how I enjoy a play on words. 

tzd trend alert: keep your eye on the ball!

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Y’all, thank you so much for all of your kind comments, texts and emails after my last post. I once read that, when life throws you a curve ball, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime to knock it out of the park. Batter up, baby, because this girl is ready!

Do you think it’s a coincidence that the ball motif is trending? Polka dots have moved into 3D, and I’m loving the sphere more than ever. Why? Because it perfectly combines classic and chic — and that means I’m all in! The only question is … where do I start? Because I love every single one of these gorgeous pieces Brooke put together. I’m not sure when or how, but those lamps are totally happening in my life.


I’m also crazy about the Carrington chandelier. It has the same feel as the (smaller) fixture I used in Twin A’s new bedroom. Psst!  I’ll be revealing his new room design very soon over on the smartstuff Social Station blog. Oh, and the vintage Phyllis Morris sunburst mirror?  No. Words.    

Of course, we can’t forget about fashion! The sunglasses are my current faves; I’ve been rocking them since last year when I visited San Francisco with Zephyr and accidentally left my old shades at home. Saks Fifth Avenue to the rescue! What. A. Shame. I’m also sporting those Bauble Bar earrings every chance I get. It’s all about knowing where to splurge and where to save, right?



Brooke thinks I can rock those pearl-embellished jeans, but — as adorable as they are — I’m not convinced they are practical enough for my life. The flats on the other hand?! Now that’s a different story. Oh, and the Tibi sweater totally reminds me of the très chic French woman I sat next to in March at Hôtel Costes.

Will anything here end up on your shopping list? Because that’s the way the ball bounces!