behind the scenes with better homes and gardens

What a crazy summer it has been!  I’ve been so preoccupied with all-things-HomeArama that I didn’t couldn’t pause for a minute to celebrate my feature in the August 2015 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

BHG August 2015 Cover SMALLWhat a huge thrill.  I am so grateful for the incredible team behind these photos —  decorating editor Amy Panos, field editor Andrea Caughey, photographer Brie Williams and stylists Michael Walters and Kendra May.  The September 2015 hard copy issue is already out — how does time fly so quickly?!? — but you can catch up with the iPad edition!

Mommy and Twin A at BHG Photo ShootUnfortunately, I only took a handful of behind-the-scenes snaps.  I was busy wrestling two little monkeys!  When I first realized how many photos Henry and Charlie were going to be in, I was concerned that they wouldn’t cooperate for a full day of shooting.  I decided to talk it up and hope for the best.  “Sweethearts, Better Homes and Gardens is photographing our house next week.  Isn’t that exciting?!  And guess what?  They want you both in almost all of the pictures!”  My fears were quickly alleviated when Twin B’s arms shot into the air and, full of delight, he exclaimed, “I’m going to be a CELEBRITY!”  Ummmmmm, OK?  And … you are SEVEN years old … how do you know what a celebrity is??!?!

Twin B at BHG Photo ShootWhen the big day arrived, the boys were — mostly — great.  As you can see in the first photo, I interrupted photos for a few tickle breaks to keep them entertained.  And there may have been an eensy bit of bribery involving some super-duper new Legos.  Their highlight was probably the photos in our garage, which sadly didn’t make the magazine (boo hoo).  Michael and Kendra brought a dozen or so colorful bouncing balls to fill an otherwise boring mesh basket.   Major SCORE for the Zeller twins.  Between those balls and “Golden Kitty,” the aptly named stuffed animal that Michael pinned to the outside of a basket in their closet, my twins would be happy to have photo shoots at our house more often.  My husband, on the other hand, is thankful that I rarely ask him to steam-clean the garage floor.  Ha!

LittlePaperFarmhouse Dreams Come True Tags EtsyAfter everything wrapped up, the boys were happy to get their rooms back — and I was on pins and needles to see the article.  Dreams really do come true.  In upcoming posts, I’ll share the details on the products I used in the laundry room, the play room and my twin boys’ closet.  A huge congratulations to fellow Charlotte designer Laura Casey, who had a gorgeous project featured in the very same issue!

Adorable gift tags by Little Paper Farmhouse on Etsy

five simple ways to update your home decor

Did you catch my latest segment on Charlotte Today?  I shared five quick and easy ways to update your decor and transform the feel of your home.  Simple, inexpensive changes like a coat of fresh paint or a pretty potted plant can make a huge difference!  I also brought colorful lamps from Lamps Plus, framed original art by Alexis Walter, and a custom pillow made of one of my not-yet-released Traci Zeller Textiles patterns.

Traci Zeller Charlotte Today Five Ways to Transform HomeCharlotte Today was on vacation last week, and that segment ran for a second time on Friday.  Hilariously, I got a text from a friend saying “you’re on TV right now!”  I responded that — given my outfit of yoga pants and a TZD t-shirt — I most certainly was not.

Lamps Plus Apothecary Table Lamp Plum DandyColleen Odegaard and I packed a lot of information into four short TV minutes, but you’ll want to spend longer than that exploring Color + Plus lighting collection by Lamps Plus.   The shape of the Apothecary Table Lamp is fantastic, and I’m also crazy for the classic Double Gourd style.  But what’s even better?  The Color + Plus lighting collection has over 150 color options, all of which are matched to Pantone chips and Sherwin-Williams paint colors.  That eliminates so much guesswork!  Simply break out the fan deck, and it’s easy to know which lamps coordinate the best.

Traci Zeller Designs Girl Bedroom Green LampsRemember this photo from my Instagram feed?  That’s a Double Gourd lamp in SW6711 Parakeet.   I customized the clean off-white drum shade with hot pink grosgrain ribbon to coordinate with a very lucky little girl’s sweet bedroom.  Aren’t these lamps the cutest?

Traci Zeller Designs Bedroom RenderingI carefully balance the “splurge” and “save” elements in my interiors, and — now I’m the lucky one the Color + Plus collection is super affordable.  Yep, with Lamps Plus, colorful lamps are a simple, inexpensive change that instantly adds a “wow” factor to any room.  Whew!  Let’s recap, shall we?  My top five simple and inexpensive ways to update your home decor are (1) a fresh coat of paint, (2) something natural, like a potted plant or geode, (3) colorful lamps, (4) original artwork of any size, and (5) new pillows.

Do you have a burning design question or dilemma?  I’d love to hear it!  Fingers crossed, perhaps I’ll be able to tackle it on an upcoming Charlotte Today show!

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