the easy way to lacquer a ceiling

January 14th, 2016

Cottages and Bungalows Feb March 2016 COVERThank you, Cottages and Bungalows!  I am so grateful to have a favorite TZD project — my guest bedroom collaboration with Laura Ashley — in the February/March 2016 issue, on newsstands now.

TZD in Cottages and BungalowsBy now, you are familiar with the amazing products I used in the room, including Laura Ashley “Aviary Garden Apple” wallpaper, the CR Laine “Bowman” chairs upholstered in Laura Ashley “Corby Check Chamomile” fabric, the Ro Sham Beaux “Lily” chandelier, the incredible art by Alexis Walter (long time TZD fave!) and the Taylor Burke Home “Kelly” bench.

Laura Ashley Guest Room with Taylor Burke BenchThere’s one thing I haven’t shared about the bedroom makeover, however, and that’s the secret behind the lacquered ceiling.  Three cheers for Devoe Paint’s Mirrolac!

Traci Zeller for Domino Laura Ashley Guest Room Light FixtureIs the Mirrolac finish exactly the same as a “true” lacquer (typically accomplished through meticulous sanding and patching until the walls are completely smooth and then spray-applied in multiple coats)?  Of course not.  Does the Mirrolac finish give a lacquered appearance?  Absolutely!  Pale yellow (Richard’s Paint “Egg Noodle”) isn’t a color you often see in lacquer, but the liquid-like surface gives the entire room a certain luminosity that it wouldn’t have otherwise.  Importantly, because Mirrolac is applied like “regular” paint, the process wasn’t any more time-consuming or expensive than it would have been otherwise.

If you are in Charlotte, North Carolina like I am, and you’d like to create a similar look in your own home, Frank at Eastway Paint is the guy to see!  Devoe Paint has since become part of PPG Pittsburgh Paints, so if you live in another area, I would suggest visiting a local PPG Pittsburgh Paints dealer.

Now that you know how easy a lacquered look can be, what will you lacquer first?

how to stick to your new year’s resolutions

January 11th, 2016

“Have more fun.”  “Learn best practices.”  “Increase productivity.”  “Grow my business.”  “Network with top designers.”  If you are an interior designer and any of these were on your New Year’s resolution list — and I’m guessing they were — I have fantastic news for you!

Design Campus Traci ZellerSuper Design Campus Live in Atlanta is just around the corner … and you’ll be able to put a big ole checkmark next to those resolutions before the month is out.  Oh, and did I mention you can get over 1o hours of CEUs (Continuing Education Units)?  Cross that off the to-do list, too!

The itinerary is jam-packed full of fantastic topics, including “The Great American Homes of William T. Baker” (majorly looking forward to this one) and “Instagram and iPhoneography Bootcamp” by the House of Brinson (majorly in need of this one).  I’m thrilled to be speaking on a panel with my studio partner, Lisa Mende, and the fantastic Parker Kennedy boys.  We’re spilling the beans on “Designer Showhouses: the Mystery, the Magic, and the Mayhem!”

Design Campus Atlanta EventsPlus, we have loads of fun.  Events like these are my favorite places to reconnect with old friends and make new ones!

Will I see you there?