studio saturday: giveaways galore!

StudioReception_STD(Sept2014)Lisa Mende and I are so excited about our Grand Opening event on Wednesday.  If you will be in the Charlotte area, please drop by for a glass of champagne and a studio tour!

Taylor Burke Home Blake Accent TableAs an extra incentive to attend, Lisa and I have put together some ah-mazing giveaways in celebration!  Because we believe in “paying it forward,” we are also using this opportunity to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.  Can’t attend the opening?  There’s no need to fret.  You can enter to win these fabulous prizes whether you are with us in person or in spirit!  

Tobi Fairley Saint Nick Pillow

Here’s how it will work.  For attending the opening, you’ll receive one raffle ticket.  For a donation (of any size!!) to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, you’ll receive another raffle ticket.  Your donations are tax-deductible, so this is a major win-win.    

Traci Zeller Home Candle by Ella B.Need an extra incentive to donate?  For a $100 donation to Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, I’ll send you a Traci Zeller Home signature candle absolutely free.  (If you are running the numbers in your head, the retail price is $38 plus shipping.)

Shark RocketOur studio is super-easy to find.  You’ll recognize the Providence Plaza shopping center for its popular restaurants (Mezzanotte, Block and Grinder and Chipotle), shops (The Pink Hanger) and services (FlyWheel Charlotte, The Little Gym of Charlotte, and Metropolitan Ballroom).  We are in the back section on the second floor, between The Little Gym and Metropolitan Ballroom.  You’ll recognize us by the table full of champagne out front!

NDI NP051216-305 Pink Peony Rockbed Watergarden in Large Glass CubeWe are adding to our list of prizes every day, but here’s a sprinkling of what we have so far!  A huge thank you to Taylor Burke Home for their ivory Blake Accent Table (worth $750!), to Tobi Fairley for a pair of Saint Nick Pillows in Charcoal/Daffodil (worth over $500!) and to Shark for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Shark Rocket Ultra-Light Upright Vacuum (worth $200!).

Traci Zeller for Design Accents Pillow CollectionThere’s much more up our stylish sleeves, including the Pink Peony Rockbed Watergarden in Large Glass Cube by NDI  (worth over $500!), several Traci Zeller pillows (worth over $150 each!) and a few prizes we can’t yet announce.

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort ZoneI have to tell you how much I hate raising money.  Yes, Mom and Dad, I used the word “hate.”  I know I’m supposed to say “intensely dislike.”  I was always the kid who sold only the amount of Girl Scout cookies that my parents were willing to buy.

Love to the RMH ChildrenBut the one thing I hate more than raising money?  Seeing children and families suffer.   I pray that, in some small way, Lisa’s and my work for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island helps to alleviate the fear, worry and stress that comes with having a child in a medically challenging situation.  The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island has housed thousands of families from around the US and eighty other countries.  Thank you for helping us help them.

Will you please enter to win?

Product photos via Tobi Fairley Home, Shark, Traci Zeller Home and NDI.  Comfort zone graphic via Gina LaMorte.  Brick photo via The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.  

If you make a $100+ donation to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island via our donation page, and are unable to attend the grand opening, please send your mailing address to so we can mail your Traci Zeller Home signature candle.  This offer is good while supplies last, so hop on it, peeps!  And please forgive the infomercial language! 


“word to the wise” wednesday — annie selke

Annie Selke Dash and Albert Leopard Hooked Rug

Every day has enough challenges, so it’s worth it to splurge on the items I use most — knives, dish towels, soap, plates, hangers.  I try to find things that do what they are intended to do and do it well, thus making life run more smoothly.

Annie Selke (as quoted in Better Homes and Gardens, September 2014)

Image via Dash & Albert (an Annie Selke company), featuring the new Leopard Wool Micro Hooked Rug.  

traci zeller