behind the scenes with better homes and gardens

What a crazy summer it has been!  I’ve been so preoccupied with all-things-HomeArama that I didn’t couldn’t pause for a minute to celebrate my feature in the August 2015 issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

BHG August 2015 Cover SMALLWhat a huge thrill.  I am so grateful for the incredible team behind these photos —  decorating editor Amy Panos, field editor Andrea Caughey, photographer Brie Williams and stylists Michael Walters and Kendra May.  The September 2015 hard copy issue is already out — how does time fly so quickly?!? — but you can catch up with the iPad edition!

Mommy and Twin A at BHG Photo ShootUnfortunately, I only took a handful of behind-the-scenes snaps.  I was busy wrestling two little monkeys!  When I first realized how many photos Henry and Charlie were going to be in, I was concerned that they wouldn’t cooperate for a full day of shooting.  I decided to talk it up and hope for the best.  “Sweethearts, Better Homes and Gardens is photographing our house next week.  Isn’t that exciting?!  And guess what?  They want you both in almost all of the pictures!”  My fears were quickly alleviated when Twin B’s arms shot into the air and, full of delight, he exclaimed, “I’m going to be a CELEBRITY!”  Ummmmmm, OK?  And … you are SEVEN years old … how do you know what a celebrity is??!?!

Twin B at BHG Photo ShootWhen the big day arrived, the boys were — mostly — great.  As you can see in the first photo, I interrupted photos for a few tickle breaks to keep them entertained.  And there may have been an eensy bit of bribery involving some super-duper new Legos.  Their highlight was probably the photos in our garage, which sadly didn’t make the magazine (boo hoo).  Michael and Kendra brought a dozen or so colorful bouncing balls to fill an otherwise boring mesh basket.   Major SCORE for the Zeller twins.  Between those balls and “Golden Kitty,” the aptly named stuffed animal that Michael pinned to the outside of a basket in their closet, my twins would be happy to have photo shoots at our house more often.  My husband, on the other hand, is thankful that I rarely ask him to steam-clean the garage floor.  Ha!

LittlePaperFarmhouse Dreams Come True Tags EtsyAfter everything wrapped up, the boys were happy to get their rooms back — and I was on pins and needles to see the article.  Dreams really do come true.  In upcoming posts, I’ll share the details on the products I used in the laundry room, the play room and my twin boys’ closet.  A huge congratulations to fellow Charlotte designer Laura Casey, who had a gorgeous project featured in the very same issue!

Adorable gift tags by Little Paper Farmhouse on Etsy

kate spade + west elm launches

A new collaboration is always fun, n’est pas?  West Elm’s new introductions with Kate Spade Saturday launched online yesterday!  West Elm is one of my go-to shops for quick, affordable accessories and accent pieces, so I’m always excited to see what they introduce next.  Here’s what scored the tops on my list.

Kate Spade Saturday Galaxy Sheet SetMy twins often ask me to create new products using my Bubbly pattern (based on their artwork).  Perhaps the Galaxy Sheet Set would satisfy them for a bit?  I’m a white-sheets-only kind of a girl, but this splatter print — reminiscent of Harry Hinson — might convince me otherwise!

Kate Spade Saturday Abstract Art PrintI’m crazy for the colors in this abstract art print, especially because the scheme works for both boys and girls.  Decorating shared bathrooms is not a feat for the faint-of-heart.  Quick Aside:  “Sprite Twins” occur when the parents don’t find out the babies’ gender beforehand.  The result?  All things green and yellow!

Kate Spade Saturday No Alarm Clock Art PrintI look at this print and think, “those were the days.”  It’s really going to hurt my feelings when Monday rolls around and school starts again.  Two weeks sans alarm clock and school lunches = Best Mommy Vacation Ever.  Yes, my standards are low.        

Kate Spade Saturday Globe Floor LampI’d use the Globe Floor Lamp in a playroom or modern nursery.  The glass globes are reminiscent of those at NYC subway entrances, which would thrill my city-loving buddies.  The table lamp version is fun, too!

West Elm Pouf with Kate Spade Floral PrintFor a limited time, West Elm is offering three Kate Spade Saturday prints as options for their special-order upholstery.  I’m crazy for the floral print, shown here on the 22″ Pouf.   To me, it has the same spirit and energy of Paule Marrot’s art, which I adore.

Kate Spade Saturday Neon Diamond Wool PoufPoufs serve “double duty” — haha, twin joke — as foot stools and extra seating, so you might as well get a fun one!  Neon is not my thing — I’m experiencing a bad fashion flashback at this very moment — but something about the Neon Diamond Wool Pouf has my heart.

Anything strike your fancy?  Head over to West Elm and bring on the good Saturday vibes!

All product images via West Elm.  This post was not sponsored by West Elm or Kate Spade Saturday in any way. 

traci zeller