key elements for a great guest room: place to put a suitcase

Taylor Burke Home Kelly Brass Bench DetailLabor Day may be just around the corner, but — believe it or not — if you want to revamp your home before the holiday rush, now is the time!  And that seems like a perfect opportunity to turn back to my “key elements for a great guest room” series … because we all know the holidays mean house guests.  I’ve already talked about comfortable seating and layered lighting – but let’s get even more practical.

Vintage Lucite Luggage Rack Madeline StuartThere’s nothing worse than a guest room that is so jam-packed there’s no place to put your stuff down!  Yes, guest room closets and dressers often end up storing out-of-season clothes, linens and decorations.  But your guests will be much more comfortable if there is a place to put their suitcase and hopefully room to unpack.

Taylor Burke Home Kelly Brass BenchA luggage rack stashed in the closet is a great place to start — check eBay and Etsy for vintage lucite ones — but why stop there?  I used Taylor Burke Home’s Kelly Brass Bench at the foot of my bed, which is perfect for luggage and extra seating.  Plus, it’s so gorgeous that it can easily move to your living room!  The hair-on-hide upholstery is luxe and sturdy, which is “twice as nice.”  Hahaha, I do love my twin puns.  

Better Homes and Gardens September 2014 TB BenchI’m a huge fan of Taylor Burke Home’s beautiful furniture, which is proudly manufactured in North Carolina.  Did you see their bench on the cover of this month’s Better Homes and Gardens?

Ziploc Space BagOh, and if you really need to clear out some space in that closet, the “as-seen-on-TV” Space Bags really do work.  My favorite use for Space Bags?  It’s much easier to store extra down comforters when they are flat as a pancake!

What’s your top storage secret?

Top photo by Dustin Peck Photography for Traci Zeller Designs.  Doesn’t Loloi‘s “Sahara” rug complement the brass bench beautifully?  Vintage lucite luggage rack photo via One Kings Lane.  Kelly Brass Bench photo via Taylor Burke Home.  Better Homes and Gardens cover image by David A. Land.    

studio saturday: save the date!

I started blogging years ago … yet I don’t think there’s ever been a period where I’ve had sooooo much to say and sooooo little time in which to write about it!

StudioReception_STD(Sept2014)Lisa Mende and I are so excited to announce that the Grand Opening and Champagne Celebration … because some bubbly is definitely in order … of our retail design studio will be held on Wednesday, September 10 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Studio Book VignetteA trade publication will be featuring our studio in their October issue — which means the photos are under wraps for the moment — but we can’t wait to show it to you in person.

Studio 202 Photo Shoot FlowersIn preparation for the shoot, Lisa and I may have bought every hydrangea and tulip in the greater Charlotte area!  Fortunately, girlfriend has some mad flower arranging skills.

RMD Business Office Mende ZellerWe’ve also been hard at work on the business office we’ve designed for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island as part of Project Design 2014.  Stay tuned for more details, but we’re planning a big raffle at the Grand Opening event with proceeds to benefit the house.

NDI NP051216-305 Pink Peony Rockbed Watergarden in Large Glass CubeYou’ll have the opportunity to win some amazing prizes from our favorite vendors …. and you know that means good stuff.  More importantly, you’ll be supporting a terrific cause.

Will we see you there?

traci zeller