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.

three keys to everyday entertaining

Spring is in full swing, which means summer is just around the corner!  My kiddos are already on the end-of-school-year countdown, which fills me with both delight and — in all candor — a teensy bit of dread.  My family thrives on routine … and I’m a bit behind on my camp scheduling.  Yikes!  You can guess what I’ll be working on tomorrow.

Charlotte Home Garden Spring 2015 CoverHave you seen one of my latest projects on the Spring 2015 cover of Charlotte Home + Garden?  Now there’s a family who will be enjoying their home this summer!  To be sure, the home doesn’t look like a “playhouse” — but it is the perfect home for family fun!

Traci Zeller Wine Cellar VignetteWhat are the three keys to everyday entertaining in this gorgeous home?  Here, it started with an open floor plan, including large indoor and outdoor living spaces, created by Christopher Phelps.  It’s perfect for “party flow.”  Durable fabrics — including Crypton, Sunbrella and textured vinyl — in the living and dining areas mean there’s no fear of red wine.  Plus, with a pool and a pool table, activities for all ages are always ready — rain or shine!  Oh, and the killer wine cellar doesn’t hurt.  You can’t execute a project like this without the incredible craftsmanship that Arcadia Custom Homes always brings to the table.  

For more details, check out the entire article in the latest issue of Charlotte Home + Garden!

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