How on earth is 2015 already drawing to a close?! We are busy bees over here at Traci Zeller Designs, wrapping up our holiday projects and cleaning our proverbial house so that 2016 gets off to a roaring start. Yay! We have soooo much to share in the new year, including a brand-new website — designed by the talented With Grace and Gold duo — and lots of projects you haven’t seen yet.
Because this year has been so action-packed, much of our sharing has happened on Instagram and Facebook — but I still love blogging. It’s so rewarding to connect with you week after week … which I’ve done for almost seven years. Have mercy! Talk about time flying by. I miss blogging more often, and I’ve been brainstorming ideas for fresh content that you’ll find invigorating and inspiring. So many blogs have outside contributors, and — although I’ve had guest posts here and then — I’ve never had “regularly scheduled” posts from anyone other than me. I’m a “designer who blogs,” not a “blogger who designs,” and I’ve been reluctant to give up this outlet — my voice — to anyone else.
And don’t worry — I’m not giving it up!! I believe in paying it forward and sharing what I’ve learned, both as a designer and a mom. And if I’ve learned it the hard way? You know I’m not afraid to be candid! Hello, remember my post on the L-word? Moms of preschool-aged and older kiddos know that means “lice,” not “love.” We’re keeping it real, sister.
But I now have an amazing team — versus my solopreneur-self seven years ago — and it’s high time that you hear from them, too. So meet Brooke! Brooke is our design coordinator at TZD, which means she has her hands on just about everything. She has worked with me for over a year and, if you’ve stopped into the studio and reached out to us via email, you’ve already realized how fantastic she is. Brooke has worked in the home furnishings industry since 2007, but her background is originally in fashion. She’s worked as a buyer for Bloomingdale’s, Talbots and — I may be most envious of this one — in the fur department at Saks. I’m really excited that Brooke is going to bring her fashion-forward perspective to the blog, so look forward to hearing more from her very soon.
Brooke’s often my partner-in-crime at events around town, so if you see us, please say hi! (I’m the dark-haired Oompa Loompa.) Brooke is also a mom to two precious children, aged eight and four, so she certainly understand the challenges of creating a home that is both stylish and comfortable. She is “in process” with several projects in her own home now, so you may get to see those, too. Fun, fun!