my top two ways to get organized before school starts

The countdown is on!  Summer has flown by, and — at least in my house — it’s three short weeks before the school year begins.

Zeller Twins Holding HandsI am soooo excited to be back in a routine, but totally not thrilled about that very early alarm clock.  In the mornings especially, every minute is precious.  Who has time to search the house for that missing folder or permission slip?   After-school hours aren’t that much easier.  Between homework, activities and supper, there’s no time to waste.

Traci Zeller on WCCB News Rising Sharing Back to School OrganizationWhat’s a busy MOM to do?!  On WCCB News Rising last week, I shared my top two ways to get organized before school starts — and I promise that these are game-changers!  If you missed the show, it’s super-easy to watch the segment online.

OrganizeIt Childrens Lap DeskOh, and if you remember how I color-code my twins, you’ll know which lap desks live in our house!  Memo to self:  Keep wearing heels so you don’t look like an Oompa Lompa next to the tall and engaging Terrance Bates.

Top photo by Firewife Photography, Charlotte’s leading children’s photographer.  Find WCCB News Rising online here.  Lap desk image via, and available online at, Organize-It … in every color of the rainbow!  For my Charlotte, NC friends, Michaels has plastic lap desks in stock now.   

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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