how to style a coffee table in five easy steps!

In most homes, the living or family room is the most prominent (read: most visible) room in the house.   The centerpiece of that room?  Literally and figuratively, it’s usually the coffee table!  That’s why I shared my five easy steps to styling a coffee table on my latest Charlotte Today segment.

Traci Zeller Coffee Table Styling Charlotte TodayHere’s a sneak peek behind the scenes!  It’s awfully busy at NBC Charlotte — and the Charlotte Today show is no different.  I prepped the coffee table for my segment off the air — can you spot the filing cabinets and paint cans in the background? — and we did a quick switch-a-roo with their existing ottoman right before the segment tease.

Ethan Allen Dexter Coffee TableOf course, it helps when you start with a fantastic coffee table.  I love the relaxed modern look of Ethan Allen’s Dexter Coffee Table, which plays a starring role in my segment!  Dexter’s clean traditional lines — paired with the architectural X- motif along the apron — work beautifully with so many furniture styles, making this a coffee table that fits just about anywhere.

Charlotte Today Traci Zeller Colleen OdegaardDid you miss my segment?  No worries — you can watch the video online!

Will the Dexter Coffee Table take another starring turn … this time at HomeArama 2015?  It’s almost time for you to find out!  Just call it “crunch time” … which is why it’s been radio silence here on the blog.  Oh, that and the little things known as “kids out of school” and “summer vacation.”  HomeArama 2015 opens on July 18 and runs until August 2, so mark your calendars!  Hours, directions and more are on the official website.  See you soon?

four simple steps to stylish outdoor living

Did you catch my latest appearance on Charlotte Today?

Traci Zeller on Charlotte Today Stylish Outdoor LivingIf so, you already know my four simple steps to create a stylish outdoor living space – yes, you’ll have to watch the video – and my new obsession with outdoor furniture that doesn’t need cushions to look good.  Why?  Because we here in Charlotte, North Carolina are blessed with an over-abundance of a little thing called Pollen.  A little thing that is a really big nuisance … both to our allergies and to our outdoor living!

IKEA Byholma ChairI have a personal — and immediate — interest in this topic, because, thanks to a few too many years outdoors, my front porch furniture looks Much Worse for the Wear.  Why didn’t I remove the cushions or use covers, you ask?  Because it’s my front porch!  With the style of my existing furniture, that would have looked ridiculous.  So now I need new furniture — and I’m determined not to use cushions that will get destroyed by the Great Pollen Invasion.

The steal of a deal that I highlighted on Charlotte Today?  IKEA’s Byholma Chair.  You can’t beat the look or the price!  Paired with great pillows — Frontgate has my favorite catalog selection — the Byholma Chairs look like a million bucks.

RH Montecito Lounge ChairPerhaps tops on my list?  Restoration Hardware’s Montecito Lounge Chair.  Isn’t it sooooo fabulous?  Unfortunately, it’s too modern for my traditional front porch, but I reaaaaaalllly like it (written in mental whiny voice).

Frontgate Isola Lounge ChairFrontgate’s Isola Lounge Chair is more traditional but just as chic.  This one is definitely a front-runner!    Brown Jordan Flex Lounge Chair

For a bit of a nautical flair, how about Brown Jordan’s Flex Lounge Chair?  It’s clean and transitional, yet still has that mid-century vibe.  Memo to self:  Perhaps I should move into a more modern house.  

Brown Jordan Fremont Sling Lounge ChairWell, we’re not moving, so let’s go back to traditional.  Brown Jordan’s Fremont Sling Lounge Chair is soft and classically detailed.  Don’t you love the “knuckles” on the legs?  I have a similar detail on my stair balusters.

Grandin Road Retro Squares Spring ChairBut — unlike me — if you can really go retro, how about Grandin Road’s Retro Squares Spring Chair?  I heart it too.  Decisions, decisions.  I know what I’m leaning toward, but I’m interested in your thoughts!

Plus, how do you protect your outdoor cushions?

Product photos via IKEA, Restoration Hardware, FrontgateBrown Jordan and Grandin Road.

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