don’t miss the big homearama sale! art, accessories and much more!

If you haven’t been out to Charlotte HomeArama yet … why on earth not?!?!!  I know I’m a bit biased, but I think this year’s tour is fantastic.  All four homes are extraordinary, so major kudos to Arcadia Custom Homes (the home I designed), the Ullman Group and New Old Homes for a job very well done.  The tour ends on Sunday, August 2, so time is a-ticking.    My favorite part of this year’s tour is that each home reflects a different style — and that means the homes are jam-packed full of ideas for everyone!

One of my ideas?  Two weeks of visitors required a double-pronged approach to flowers!  Thanks to the talent of Studio Forma Florist, we had “the real deal” quite a bit … and our faux florals from NDI looked amazing day in and day out.  I loovvvvvee the varying shades of green in this hydrangea, rose and calla lilly arrangement.

Traci Zeller HomeArama Breakfast Table TraySo here’s the best part of this blog post — a reminder that most of the furniture, art and accessories that you’ve seen at Charlotte HomeArama is For Sale!  The “After the Show” Designer Sale is on Monday, August 3 from 9 am to 12 pm.   Everything is first-come, first-served (and subject to prior sale) … so if you have your eye on something, act fast!

Traci Zeller HomeArama Turquoise Lime Girl's BedroomI am obsessed with Ethan Allen’s turquoise Quincy bed and the lime green Jason bedside chests.  Could they be more perfect with the adorable Pine Cone Hill paintbrush sheets or the custom Euro shams from Thibaut fabric?!    Ethan Allen is offering fantastic details on many of the floor samples, and — if you want to buy anything Ethan Allen — you need to call over to the Pineville showroom before they close at 5 pm on Sunday.

Traci Zeller HomeArama Living RoomI am beyond grateful to Lesli DeVito for allowing me to showcase her spectacular art throughout Arcadia’s HomeArama home.  What original art adds to a home simply cannot be captured in a few words.  Even more incredible?  She’s offering 25% off on Monday only.  Ummm, do you realize that art never, and I mean never, goes on sale?!?   I am speechless!  But never fear, I can still type, hahahaha.  Lancelot, the 30×48 acrylic on canvas shown above the fireplace mantel, is so soft and almost ethereal; it truly takes my breath away.

Renegade by Lesli DeVitoDon’t miss this opportunity to own pieces like Lancelot or Renegade, a 30×40 acrylic on canvas who greets visitors in the stairwell, or any of Lesli’s other remarkable pieces.  Simply visit Lesli’s website to view all available pieces and to purchase.  Regular prices are listed now, but the sale prices will be live on Monday.  Lesli will let me know what can be picked up that day!

Traci Zeller HomeArama Dining RoomInterested in furniture?  The sumptuous lavender leather host and hostess chairs — perfect at ends of a dining table or flanking a sideboard —  are also available, as are the custom polka dot pillows and the gorgeous oversized abstract by Kerry Steele (48×60 and available through the Anne Nielson Gallery).

Traci Zeller HomeArama Outdoor PatioLet’s peek outside.  I’m crazy for the white contrast piping on the navy cushions of the teak outdoor furniture, available through Firehouse Casual Living.  Pillows, anyone?  Leopard, chinoiserie, Greek key and tassels.  I die.  Those Lacefield Designs pillows are rocking it … and, yes, they are meant for the outdoors.  Thank you, Lacefield Designs, for finally bringing fresh, sophisticated design to outdoor pillows.  Of course, I adore green and navy … but something about the hot pink is calling my name, too!

Have I piqued your interest yet?  There’s soooo very much more … and I’ve only scratched the surface of one out of four houses!!  Mark your calendar for Monday at 9 am, and let me know if you have any questions.  “Buy it now,” baby!

All photos by moi and/or Team TZD.   


the must-have pool table for a stylish game room

Y’all.  I have struck design gold.  Gold, I tell you.  Until now, I never would have believed there was such thing as a stylish, beautiful and elegant billiards table.  You know, as in playing pool.  At a pool table.  An activity usually conducted (albeit not by me) in an awesome dive bar.  For the record, I blame my complete inability to shoot pool on my left-handedness.  As my husband says, it’s my lie and I’ll tell it as big as I want.  


But now?  Check out the Brixton Pool Table by Brunswick Billiards!  Clean lines, transitional styling, hammered metal details and an antiqued finish?  Heaven in a pool table.  And lucky us, Everything Billiards — it’s a super-quick drive from Charlotte up to their Concord showroom* — is an exclusive dealer for both Brunswick Billiards and Olhausen Billiards, the very best names in the business.   I may have been drooling when Megan, the top-notch sales associate in the Concord showroom, showed me the variety of styles and options offered by Brunswick and Olhausen.  You know designers — we like options!!  Choose your style, customize your felt, select a finish and you’ll have a personalized pool table to call your very own … and it looks fantastic.  Like I said, heaven in a pool table.

Traci Zeller Designs Man Cave Bar RenderingI’ve had several “man cave” projects lately (seriously, can’t we come up with a better name than “man cave?!?!”), which has been loads of fun.  Here’s a sneak peek of one in the works now!  Everything Billiards is a family-owned and operated company, something I truly value, and they pride themselves on operating with commitment and integrity.  Isn’t that refreshing in today’s day and age?  I am beyond thrilled to have Everything Billiards as a resource … and even more thrilled that I no longer have to groan at the idea of a pool table.

Brunswick Bright Pink Smash Table TennisPlus, Everything Billiards also carries top-notch grills, games like shuffleboard, table tennis and air hockey, and hot tubs … so it’s a “man cave” one-stop-shop.  My twin boys would be super-psyched about table tennis at our house — unless I brought home a hot pink one.  Hey, but I like it!!  And why do boys get to have all the fun?!  I’ll take a spa at my house, too, thank you very much!  

Memphis Elite Grill Cart ModelOn the subject of grills, if you want to step up from the Big Green Egg (no offense, Eggheads; Everything Billiards sells those, too), I understand Memphis Wood-Fired Pellet Grills really are all that and a bag of chips.  I’m not sure if I should keep my husband away from the Memphis Grills … or let him fall in love so I, too, can enjoy the benefits.

Ready for more good news?  The Brixton pool table will be the star of the billiards room in my HomeArama 2015 house!  Insert happy sigh here.  I can’t wait for you to see this handsome thing in person.  The felt color is a gorgeous slate (albeit called “powder blue”), and the finish is Beachwood … and I am delighted.  Yippee!!!

* Don’t fret, central Carolinians; Everything Billiards has a Greensboro showroom to serve you, too.

Product images via their respective manufacturers.  Rendering for Traci Zeller Designs by Joan of Art.  

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