friday’s find: lucite easel

Traci Zeller Designs Brass Art Easel VignetteYears ago, I purchased this brass easel to display a favorite Jane Booth painting.  I simply cannot create an interior without artwork and — in a room with very little wall space, like my wine room — an easel is the perfect way to create a tabletop display.  Unfortunately for the many people who have inquired after seeing this photo, that particular easel was long ago discontinued … and I’ve been unable to find a similar replacement ever since.  To make matters worse?  My easel also came with a very affordable price tag — which left more money to spend on the art!

Wisteria Lucite Easel T12052_02But guess what I spotted.  Wisteria is now carrying an acrylic easel!  If there’s anything I love as much as brass, it’s most definitely lucite.  Lucite works in both traditional and contemporary interiors … and it won’t compete with the artwork.   Best of all?  The easel comes with Wisteria’s affordable price tag.

The only question in my mind is — how many should I buy?

*** updated January 18, 2014 ***

RH Metal Artists EaselRestoration Hardware carries a very similar easel in oil-rubbed bronze and polished nickel.  Too bad they left out brass, huh?  But I love mixing metals … which makes these easels a fantastic option.  Thanks to super-savvy blog reader Tonya for sharing this info!

Interior design by Traci Zeller, Inc.; photo by Dustin Peck Photography.  Lucite easel photo via Wisteria.  Polished nickel easel photo via RH.  

tz essentials: gold driving loafers

Happy 2015!  A New Year means fresh new content for the blog, and I’m really excited to bring it to you.  The past few (six?) months have been so busy at Traci Zeller Designs that my blog has truly gotten the short end of the stick.  I’ve missed you, though!  I’ve been busily dreaming up content, and one thing I kept coming back to was — Traci Zeller Essentials.

Traci Zeller Essentials BannerI’m often asked for my secrets and short-cuts — and I love to share them.  After all, my mission is to make family-centered lives simpler and more stylish!  I do that every day by creating crisp, classic interiors and products — and I can do that on the blog by sharing what works for me.  It might be interior design, fashion, entertaining, kids, cleaning or you name it.  I’ll cover my tips and tricks to saving time, looking and feeling great, and being the best possible mom I can be.  Sound good?

Simplicity Is Ultimate Sophistication Leonardo da VinciLet’s start with fashion, because — now that the holidays are over — I’m seeing the “Shop Resort” emails flood in.  In other words, it’s an early preview of spring clothes.  Yippee!  I’m already bored of my winter wear … which is a darn shame because it’s going to be here for a while.  After all, Charlotte’s still due for our once-a-year snow “storm.”  But back to Resort!

Prada Tasseled Driver LoaferThree+ seasons out of the year, there’s not much I love more than a metallic shoe.  As much as I love a ballet flat, sometimes it’s nice to wear something different — and the loafer is just what the stylist ordered.  For the past two years, you’ll find me in gold loafers more days than not.  Why?  They are stylish and comfy … which means I can keep up with my Twin Tornadoes.  Have you tried running after twins in wedges?  Disaster.  Not to mention lugging my samples, pushing furniture around, etc.  That’s why I say “Hello, heaven” to the Prada Tasseled Driver Loafer.  So simple and chic!

Tod's Gommini Metallic Leather Penny LoaferThe finish on the Tod’s Gommini Metallic Leather Penny Loafer is more of a “soft” gold … which might make them even more versatile for mixing metals (my fave way to wear them!).  I tend to do a rough “cost per wear” calculation when I’m buying shoes.  In other words — I’d rather spend a lot on the shoes I wear all the time!  That’s why I don’t mind a splurge on my “every other day” items.

Cole Haan Gold Trillby DriverFortunately, you can find great-looking gold loafers at just about any price point.  I found these Cole-Haan Trillby Drivers for a steal at Neiman-Marcus’ end-of-season sale last year — and here they are online.  Scoring a staple with Neiman’s style at practically Payless pricing … now that’s reason to celebrate!  Act fast because their New Year’s “40% extra off sale pricing” ends today.

C Wonder Gold Driving LoafersC. Wonder has a signature driving moccasin, and — as you’d expect — I’m crazy about the gold.  Be sure to check out the leopard calf-hair, though.    Chloe Gold Lauren Ballet FlatOf course, I wouldn’t say “no” to a pair of gold ballet flats.  I know a lucky lady who owns these fabulous Chloé flats, and we just so happen to wear the same shoe size.  I’m tempted to swipe them when she’s not looking, heh heh heh.

What’s your “go-to” shoe?

Quote graphic via Minimal Millenial.  Product photos via Nordstrom (Prada, Tod’s and Chloé), Neiman-Marcus (Cole-Haan) and C. Wonder.  Extra 40% off sale at Neiman’s ends today, so click fast!  

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