sundays with joy: time to relax and re-center

I don’t think I’ve taken this long of a “blogging break” in years.  It’s been a hectic fall at Traci Zeller Designs, and — in all candor — I’ve used what little free time I’ve had to relax and enjoy my family.  You know it’s been a rough spell when, in a bit of frustration over the lack of lunch supplies, Twin B informed me, “You really need to go back to being a mom.”  Ummm … ouch.  The hashtag on that one is definitely #momguilt.

Relax and Recenter for Joy Quote Nhat HanhI was back in his good graces shortly thereafter when — as a result of photo shoot prep — he and Twin Brother received all new art supplies.  We’re talking the Big Daddy box of crayons, markers, paint brushes, and more.  I also pulled them out of school early so they could be in the photos.  The verdict?  “This photo shoot stuff is not all bad.”

Horchow Mavis Pillow CollectionThank you for indulging me in this little pause to relax and re-center.  I have so much to share, including fresh new ideas for the blog, and I cannot wait to bring it to you very soon.  In the meantime, may I leave you with one of my little joys?  My Traci Zeller pillows were on the cover of a Horchow catalog!

Horchow Natalia Living RoomOf course, you already know Horchow is the expanded home division of Neiman-Marcus … but can I jump up and down and say, “I made Neiman’s!?!?!!!”  Color me happy that my pillows were paired with a gorgeous cashmere throw,  Kathryn McCoy clear quartz votive holders, a horn floor lamp, and an acrylic coffee table.  The tune in my head is “these are a few of my favorite things” “and then I don’t feel so bad!”

Care to share your #momguilt moment?  Or maybe let’s focus on those little joys.  Yes, back to that.  Much love, sweet friends!

All product photos via Horchow.com.   

my top tips for stylish living … with children!

Cleaning House SignIt sure feels like this sometimes, doesn’t it?  Boy oh boy (pun definitely intended), I can relate!

As a mom of twins, I’m constantly asked “are they twins?”  When my boys were small, I used to answer that question with another question.  “Boys, are you double trouble or twin tornadoes?”  What do you think they answered?  “BOTH.”  And not in their inside voices!

Traci Zeller Designs Double Duty Dining RoomYet triplet boys plus a precious little girl use this gorgeous dining room slash library.

Living Room AfterAn athletic young boy and his rambunctious partner-in-crime — a chocolate lab — enjoy this beautiful living room.

Traci Zeller Designs Lakefront Breakfast RoomThis breakfast area is a favorite gathering place for a teenage girl and her many friends, plus her soon-to-be-teenage brother, both before and after they enjoy the lake on a summer day.  Wet bathing suits?  No problem!


How is that possible?  Today, I’m over on Tobi TV sharing my top tips for living a stylish life with children.  I truly believe that children who grow up around and are taught to appreciate beautiful things enjoy happier lives!  Thank you so much to my friend and mentor, Tobi Fairley, for having me as her guest.  I’ve learned so much through Tobi’s Mastermind program, and I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to share my passion.    

What are your favorite tips for living stylishly with children?

Etsy sign available here.  Interior design by Traci Zeller; photography by Dustin Peck Photography.  Tobi TV video via Tobi’s YouTube channel.  

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