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!

the easy way to create a stylish entryway

Traci Zeller on Charlotte TodayYou only have one chance to create a first impression, right?  And the first impression of your home is your entryway!  Whether you have a spacious foyer or a narrow entrance, let’s make it stylish — and tidy.  After all, this twin mom wants the chaos to stop at the door!

Last week, I shared my favorite entryway tips and products with Colleen Odegaard and Eugene Robinson on Charlotte Today.  If you missed it, you can watch the segment here!

Tempaper Branches WallpaperCan an entryway be beautiful and organized?  It’s easier than you think!  To make it just as easy to remember, I coined the three “S’s” — somewhere to Sit, plenty of Storage, and something that makes a Statement.

Marble Storm Tempaper Temporary WallpaperI used “Branches” in Mystery Blue and “Marble” in Storm by Tempaper as a perfect example of a simple way to make a statement.  Tempaper is temporary, removable wallpaper that you can apply yourself.  In other words, it’s the perfect solution for high-impact decorating without long-term commitment!

Traci Zeller on Charlotte Today 2Cotswold Marketplace has a fabulous custom upholstery line, which means this gorgeous bench is available in your choice of fabrics.  No worries if it’s too big for your foyer — because it’s also perfectly sized for the bottom of a bed!

Dash and Albert Samode RugDash and Albert — my favorite indoor-outdoor rugs — are sturdy and fabulous … which makes them ideal for entryways.  You can see the entire line at Hall’s Carpet on Monroe Road, including the great navy and white patterns that I had in the studio.

Oriental Furniture Blue and White Umbrella StandNot much room?  Try a basket or umbrella stand for some tight space storage!  I found this blue-and-white chinoiserie umbrella stand on Amazon.com, and more fantastic choices abound at all price points — everywhere from Home Goods to Target to Overstock.com.

Selfie with Eugene RobinsonAnd just because I can’t resist a little more alliteration … here’s a Selfie on Set!  Thanks so much for having me, Colleen and Eugene!

What first impression does your entryway give?

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