Traci Zeller Designs

crisp, classic and chic: TZI’s favorite poplin shirts

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

A crisp, tailored shirt is practically our workweek uniform at TZI. Always chic and always classic, this wardrobe must-have is a staple that effortlessly takes us from client meetings to construction sites. Of course, we love some unexpected details! Those details are what separates a modern iteration on shirting from an otherwise tried-and-true (and peut-être un peu boring) basic button-down.

Crisp, classic, chic

My newest favorite is J.Crew’s Funnelneck Shirt — and hello, did I feel as though I had scored big when an associate in a very posh Dallas store asked who made it and said she thought I was going to tell her “it was by someone major.” Brooke just snagged a deal with Style Mafia’s Marine Top for only $26. Pop over to her Instagram @brooke_tzi to see her complete ensemble!

Can you say “I see a few more white blouses in my future …” ?!?!?!

from bottom left to right: J. Crew Funnelneck Shirt, Sandro “Honeycomb” Top, Style Mafia “Marine” Top, Free People “So Obviously Yours” Top, Caroline Constas Jacqueline Button-Front Poplin Shirt.

inspiration à la française, y’all

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Villandry France July 2017Bonjour, style lovers! If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I spent most of the summer in France — and managed to squeeze in a quick trip at the end of September.

Glossy Parisian DoorI truly don’t think I’ll ever get tired of wandering through Paris discovering charming shops, unbelievable gardens, buildings with the most incredible architectural details … and don’t even get me started on the Parisians’ fondness for boldly painted, gorgeously glossy front doors!
Traci Zeller Dallas Showhouse RenderingYou may also have seen snippets of the guest bedroom I designed in Traditional Home magazine’s 2017 Dallas Showhouse. When I was asked to design a bedroom, I knew immediately that I would draw upon French influences for the room’s design. In keeping with everything I love most about French culture, I wanted my design to land right at the intersection of fashion, art, and design – all of which unapologetically celebrate “beauty for beauty’s sake.”

John Galliano for DiorIn the end, my goal was to use traditional silhouettes and patterns in a modern, fashion-forward way with amazing artistry and craftsmanship. The end result would then be a classically French couture-inspired interpretation of nature. As a lifelong fan of French haute couture, I can’t help but be influenced by the unmatched workmanship and inventiveness it embodies.

Christian Dior Exhibit Musee des Arts DecoratifsI especially love the way Parisian couturiers translate the timeless themes of birds and flowers into modern fashion. Can you blame me, then, for being heavily influenced by the recent Christian Dior collections by fabulous designer Maria Grazia Chiuri? I mean, what style loving girl wouldn’t fall in love with her almost fairytale-like interpretations of chic floral themes?!

As Christian Dior himself said, “True luxury needs good materials and good workmanship; it will never succeed unless its roots are profoundly embedded in sober influences and honest traditions.” While I always build my clients’ designs on those foundational elements, I think they’re making a particularly distinct appearance in the showhouse space.

Plaster MirrorsMany of the items I’ve included in the design – like the handmade plaster mirrors and a rare collection of vintage lace samplers I unearthed at the Paris flea markets – are utterly French, both in their perfectly executed complexity, as well as their actual origin. The room’s color palette is centered around black, white and green in shades that range from jade to loden, with hints of flax and gold. The high-contrast colors lend it an air of French drama.

Of Rare Origin Lovebird Earrings Green WhiteThe absolute chicest, most stunning pair of Of Rare Origin’s aviary earrings is what first inspired me to incorporate deep greens, not to mention the nature theme. The earrings’ designers say they approach jewelry as “wearable poetry.” Such a French notion!

Canopy Designs Branches A ChandelierYou can definitely see the influence of the earrings in the room’s chandelier, don’t you think?
Stephen Wilson Gucci Tropical ParadiseEver since I found artist Stephen Wilson’s Luxury Series, I’ve been dying to use a piece of his drop-dead gorgeous art in one of my designs. His process is absolutely fascinating. Stephen uses the packaging employed by couture houses as his base and, through embroidery, laser cutting, and appliqué techniques, creates a unique piece of art. The results are nothing short of divine (and the fact that Stephen’s studio is right here in Charlotte is a total bonus for this local-business-loving girl!). How incredible is the one-of-a-kind green and black Gucci piece I used above the dresser? Pictures simply can’t do this beauty justice!

Are you feeling très inspired yet? Are you ready to see my French inspiration come to life deep in the heart of Texas? The showhouse closes on Sunday, October 22, 2017, so the clock is ticking. If you just can’t make it to “the Big D” to see the showhouse in person, no worries. Traditional Home will be publishing pictures of the whole home at some point, so keep up with the magazine each month.

Au revoir, y’all!

All photos by moi, except product photos via Of Rare Origin, Canopy Designs and Stephen Wilson.