Interior Design

tzd trend alert: shagreen

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

It’s Brooke again and I am ready to share with you one of my favorite finishes in home décor: shagreen.  Do you know what shagreen is?  If not, I am here to help!  Shagreen is a coarse hide with an incredible granular texture that comes from the hides of sharks and stingrays.  Shagreen hides have been used as far back as the 12th century and became a luxury item in France during the reign of Louis XIV.

Fortunately for the sharks and rays out there, the furnishings industry has created a faux shagreen that is just as amazing as the real thing.  Typically made from vinyl, faux shagreen can be found covering occasional case goods, decorative accessories, lamps and even wallpaper.  Here are some of TZD’s current faves:

Shagreen Decor Final1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. 

In a rare turn of events, the interior design world has led the shagreen charge … with fashion designers just starting to take note.  The subtle texture is soooooo divine.  I am especially loving the cabochon-encrusted cuffs from Anna Blum, which are available in several colors.

Shagreen Dress Final1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8.

Do you remember Ronald McDonald House of Long Island business office that Traci designed along with Lisa Mende?  Yep, you guessed it.  The entire room was wallpapered in a faux shagreen texture.  Sigh.  My flat walls will forever be envious.



Isn’t Brooke the best?  I’ve been coveting the AERIN match striker.  You know, because I need another way to strike my matches.  The ones I haven’t lit in years.  That’s what those long multi-purpose lighter things are for.  Who’s with me???  I’m taking form over function on this one.  And do those lighter things have a name??  Anyhoo.

I am c-c-crazy for shagreen … and now I have a few more items for my wish list!  What’s on your shagreen list?

the easy way to lacquer a ceiling

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Cottages and Bungalows Feb March 2016 COVERThank you, Cottages and Bungalows!  I am so grateful to have a favorite TZD project — my guest bedroom collaboration with Laura Ashley — in the February/March 2016 issue, on newsstands now.

TZD in Cottages and BungalowsBy now, you are familiar with the amazing products I used in the room, including Laura Ashley “Aviary Garden Apple” wallpaper, the CR Laine “Bowman” chairs upholstered in Laura Ashley “Corby Check Chamomile” fabric, the Ro Sham Beaux “Lily” chandelier, the incredible art by Alexis Walter (long time TZD fave!) and the Taylor Burke Home “Kelly” bench.

Laura Ashley Guest Room with Taylor Burke BenchThere’s one thing I haven’t shared about the bedroom makeover, however, and that’s the secret behind the lacquered ceiling.  Three cheers for Devoe Paint’s Mirrolac!

Traci Zeller for Domino Laura Ashley Guest Room Light FixtureIs the Mirrolac finish exactly the same as a “true” lacquer (typically accomplished through meticulous sanding and patching until the walls are completely smooth and then spray-applied in multiple coats)?  Of course not.  Does the Mirrolac finish give a lacquered appearance?  Absolutely!  Pale yellow (Richard’s Paint “Egg Noodle”) isn’t a color you often see in lacquer, but the liquid-like surface gives the entire room a certain luminosity that it wouldn’t have otherwise.  Importantly, because Mirrolac is applied like “regular” paint, the process wasn’t any more time-consuming or expensive than it would have been otherwise.

If you are in Charlotte, North Carolina like I am, and you’d like to create a similar look in your own home, Frank at Eastway Paint is the guy to see!  Devoe Paint has since become part of PPG Pittsburgh Paints, so if you live in another area, I would suggest visiting a local PPG Pittsburgh Paints dealer.

Now that you know how easy a lacquered look can be, what will you lacquer first?