Traci Zeller Designs

i’m ready for you, 2017!

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Ahem. Is this thing on?!?! {throat clearing} Testing 1-2-3, testing 1-2-3.

Y’all, I really miss blogging. I know it doesn’t look that way, given my lack of posts, but truly there’s no other creative outlet quite like this one. J’adore Instagram — follow me over there, s’il vous plaît? — but it’s not the same as being able to explore a topic in greater detail here. My 2017 goal is to post more often. I’m thinking at least once a month, but I’d love to make it once a week. Fingers and toes crossed.

Zeller Holiday Card 2016To fill you in on my personal life, thankfully things have stabilized with my mom. My sister and I still bear significant responsibility for her care, but we have moved her into a community where she is safe and more of her needs are met. I am very grateful for the progress we made in a short period of time. It wasn’t easy, but it’s done.

Bubbles and Jingles Playing CardsMy kiddos are still growing up way too fast, and we enjoyed another (last?) magical Christmas. Our elves Bubbles and Jingles were quite entertaining!

Sheikh Zayed Grande Mosque Marble Inlaid FlooringOur November trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi was *ah-may-zing.* I hope you heard that in my “I’m talking to friends from home” deepest Southern accent. I was blown away by so much of what I saw, but hands down, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life. The mosque has the level of craftsmanship you see in the oldest European buildings but with added benefit of modern knowledge. Look at those marble inlaid floors!

Should I start a #tracitravels blog series? There’s so much more I’d love to share about the United Arab Emirates, so I suppose I could start with a throwback post or two! In the meantime, I highly recommend you follow @laura_of_arabia on Instagram. She’s an interior designer and native Canadian who makes her home in Dubai — and getting the inside scoop from her was HUGE. Hello, she’s a former Middle East Young Designer of the Year, so you know her eye is impeccable. Merci mille fois, Laura!

Gracias MadreIn January, I’ve already been in southern California for a bit of business and a bit of fun. Hello, vegan lunches and cannabis cocktails. Seriously. For the record, I stuck with sparkling water. #goodytwoshoesalert #andproudofit

Union Station Architectural DetailI took the train from Union Station, which happened to be (a) super convenient and (b) right up my alley, considering that it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in the 1930s, Union Station has been called the “Last of the Great Railway Stations.” Gosh, and it is a great railway station. The building combines elements of the Art Deco, Mission Revival and Streamline Moderne architectural styles — which meant I was in heaven. Just look at the feet on this schedule board, not to mention the tile behind it! Hmmmm, perhaps I should put an architectural spin on those #tracitravels posts?

Traci Zeller Designs Living Room 2 RenderingOf course, the real reason you are reading this post is our shared passion for interior design … and I think you’ll love my latest projects! Here’s a sneak peek of what I’ve dubbed #BallantyneInspired. Our delightful client plans to invest in an original Anne Nielson angel painting, which inspired the somewhat ethereal feel of this room.

Skyecroft New ConstructionI’m also knee-deep in new construction, which is fun, fun and more fun. I’m super pumped about what’s in store for this gorgeous Skyecroft home we have underway! It’s such a privilege to be able to shape a home from the ground up. When the architect, interior designer and homeowners work as a team, the results are phenomenal! I feel strongly about the connection between the architecture and the interiors. I love collaborating with talented architects, and I view my job as helping them realize the full vision for the homes they’ve created.

Neel Reid Gastonia StairwellIn my book, it’s the same for historic buildings. The architect’s original vision is still there, and now my job is to help new homeowners interpret that vision in a way that works for modern lives. I worked with a young family on a gorgeous 1920s Neel Reid estate, and let me just say — I see this staircase In. My. Dreams. If they ever sell that house, you’ll have to hold me back!

Whew. Should I keep going? There’s so much more to talk about! After seven (!!) years of blogging, I guess I still have a lot to say. À bientôt!



hello? is there anybody in there?

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

I don’t listen to Pink Floyd, but somehow that seemed the perfect title to this blog post. I haven’t blogged since May. MAY! What on earth? You must have thought I had given up on my little corner of the web, but that’s not the case. The truth is simply this: It was a crazy summer. After the pace my TZD team had kept up for the last year, we needed to slow down for just an eensy bit, to regroup and set our intentions for the next year. I’m thrilled to say that we’ve been as busy as ever with client projects, and we have so many amazing things in the works. I’ve been sharing on Instagram, especially, but also Facebook and Twitter. Unfortunately, I simply haven’t had the time — or perhaps I should say the emotional energy — to sit down and blog.

summer-fun-at-the-lakeWhen I’m not working, of course, I — like so many of you — also have a busy family life. My twin boys turned ten. T E N! I’m not sure how that happened. I’m soaking up every last little bit of their childhood as I see it slipping away faster and faster. I love each year more than the last … but I sure do miss those babyish voices and being able to carry them both at one time.

Somehow, I’ve also found myself — much sooner than expected — as part of the “sandwich generation.” You know, those folks who are sandwiched between caring for young children and elderly parents. My mom has been suffering from some significant challenges, and I’ve spent many, many hours with her at multiple doctors and visiting various facilities that might be better suited to her needs, both now and as she continues to decline. We’ll be moving her as soon as we can. I’m young to be in this situation, but my mom had me and my sister when she was a bit older (at least for that generation) and her decline has come at an earlier age than most.

pink-tulipsPlease don’t misunderstand: This isn’t a sob story. I’ve always loved how tulips turn to face the sun — and I prefer to do the same. As my dear friend Tawna Allred said, I’ve won “the lottery of life.” I am so very, very fortunate to have an incredible family, wonderful friends and fantastic clients and projects that I cherish. They get everything I have, every day. What that means, though, is that occasionally, something — like this blog — has to give.

30a-beachI’m hopeful that we’re turning the corner on my mom’s care. I’m also hopeful that I’ll be back at the blog much more regularly. I miss it here! I’m on Instagram almost daily, so — if you wonder whether I’ve dropped off the face of the earth — peek over to my feed for a quick reassurance that I’m alive and well. I took this photo during a very quick trip to the beaches of Florida’s 30A with my precious goddaughter and three of her dear friends. As a boy mom, all I can say is — I lived and I even left with all of my clothes, jewelry and hair products. Anyhoo, it’s easier to sneak a quick photo for Instagram than to sit down and artfully compose a blog post (or at least that’s what I tell myself I do)!

gazebo-plansBut back to TZD. We have so many exciting things in the works, and I’m desperate to share all of them with you. If only those blog posts that I’ve written in my head would have magically found their way onto the computer screen! On our TZD radar screen for the fall? We’re breaking ground on two custom home projects any day now. There’s a to-die-for outdoor space in the works. You can see a sneak peek of the architect’s plans above. Serious drooling over here, folks.

brass-sideboardA beautiful family will soon have their gorgeous new living room, breakfast room, foyer and upstairs nook installed, and it’s going to knock everyone’s socks off. We’ve already delivered this incredible sideboard to their dining room.

starbucks-in-san-franciscoOh, and my family’s squeezing in a trip to Dubai. Crazy, right? I’m so excited. With that on the horizon, we didn’t take a traditional summer vacation — which is just fine by me. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m the girl who likes to drink hot chocolate in San Francisco in July. Lucky for me, it’s only supposed to be mid-seventies to mid-eighties in Dubai, so while there might not be hot chocolate, at least I won’t be sweltering.

See you here soon? Pinky swear.

All photos by moi, except the architect’s drawing.