my top tips for stylish living … with children!

Cleaning House SignIt sure feels like this sometimes, doesn’t it?  Boy oh boy (pun definitely intended), I can relate!

As a mom of twins, I’m constantly asked “are they twins?”  When my boys were small, I used to answer that question with another question.  “Boys, are you double trouble or twin tornadoes?”  What do you think they answered?  “BOTH.”  And not in their inside voices!

Traci Zeller Designs Double Duty Dining RoomYet triplet boys plus a precious little girl use this gorgeous dining room slash library.

Living Room AfterAn athletic young boy and his rambunctious partner-in-crime — a chocolate lab — enjoy this beautiful living room.

Traci Zeller Designs Lakefront Breakfast RoomThis breakfast area is a favorite gathering place for a teenage girl and her many friends, plus her soon-to-be-teenage brother, both before and after they enjoy the lake on a summer day.  Wet bathing suits?  No problem!

How is that possible?  Today, I’m over on Tobi TV sharing my top tips for living a stylish life with children.  I truly believe that children who grow up around and are taught to appreciate beautiful things enjoy happier lives!  Thank you so much to my friend and mentor, Tobi Fairley, for having me as her guest.  I’ve learned so much through Tobi’s Mastermind program, and I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to share my passion.    

What are your favorite tips for living stylishly with children?

Etsy sign available here.  Interior design by Traci Zeller; photography by Dustin Peck Photography.  Tobi TV video via Tobi’s YouTube channel.  

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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