key elements for a great guest room: comfortable seating

Y’all, thank you so much for all of your kind words about my Laura Ashley collaboration for Domino magazine.  I couldn’t believe that my guest room makeover even made the Huffington Post!  As promised, I’m sharing the full scoop on all of the amazing products that made this guest room gorgeous and functional.

Laura Ashley Home Page July 27 2014Yes, the main purpose of a guest room is for your friends and family to sleep.  But sometimes a guest just wants to sit down and relax!  That’s why comfortable seating is one key element for a great guest room — and I knew just the solution.

Traci Zeller for Laura Ashley and Domino Desk VignetteCR Laine’s Bowman chair – shown here in Laura Ashley’s Corby Woven Check in Chamomile — is one of my super-favorite multi-tasking chairs!  The Bowman chair’s moderate scale makes it perfect for a variety of applications.  Comfy occasional chair?  Check.  Desk chair?  Yup.  Dining chair?  Um-huh.  Game table chair?  Totally.

Whether my guests are working at the desk or relaxing with a magazine — that’s why I used a pair! — the Bowman chair is up to the task.  I love the Bowman chair so much that I’ve recently used it in two client projects, both of which have an entirely different personality than my guest room chair.   Think ikat polka dot and faux ostrich.  Plus nailhead.  Yum.

Traci Zeller Laura Ashley for Domino Desk Drawer VignetteI wouldn’t exactly say a magnificent pillbox collection is a guest room “essential” … but it is an awfully nice surprise when you open a drawer.  The large sterling silver box is Cartier — To. Die. For. — and currently available on One Kings Lane if you are so inclined!

Vintage Laura Ashley WallpaperMany guests prefer to unpack … so remember to leave some room!   I stocked this drawer with new magazines, but otherwise the desk is empty.  I lined the drawers with vintage 1970s Laura Ashley wallpaper to add a welcoming touch and guard against any makeup spills at the vanity.  I’m c-c-c-crazy for that pattern … so, Laura Ashley, consider this blog post my official plea to bring it back!

Do you need comfortable seating for a small space?

Interior design by Traci Zeller for Laura Ashley and Domino.  Photography by Dustin Peck Photography.  Vintage Laura Ashley wallpaper via Patternlike on Etsy.   And how fun is this vintage Laura Ashley pattern?! 

laura ashley + domino (the big reveal!)

Y’all, today is the day!  I am sooooo excited to finally share what I’ve been hinting about on Instagram and Twitter.  Yes, all of those #lareimagined hashtags have finally come to fruition.

Traci Zeller for Domino Laura Ashley Desk VignetteAs part of a super-cool collaboration between Domino magazine and Laura Ashley, I redesigned the guest bedroom in my own home … and “the big reveal” is now live on!

Traci Zeller for Laura Ashley Domino Dresser VignetteLaura Ashley is such an iconic brand — and one that had a huge impact on my own style.  I loooooooved my Laura Ashley dresses, rompers (yes, rompers) and so much more.  As all great brands must, Laura Ashley has evolved over the years — and this is how I imagine Laura Ashley now.  It’s classic design, reinterpreted for today’s modern interiors.

Traci Zeller for Laura Ashley Domino Rug VignetteFor now, you’ll have to pop over to for the reveal.  While you are visiting, be sure to check out what the fabulous Kristin Jackson from The Hunted Interior did to her breakfast nook.   

Stay tuned, though, because I’ll be sharing the full scoop over the next few days … including all of my awesome sources.  Plus, for #ThrowbackThursday, I just might share an old Laura Ashley dorm room photo.  I’ll leave you with two words.  Wallpaper.  Border.

Is your guest room ready for company?

Interior design by Traci Zeller.  Photos by Dustin Peck Photography.     

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