March 20, 2013

tzi before and after: sophisticated powder room

I am so delighted to be included in the March 2013 issue of South Park magazine!   Did you see the posts on my Facebook page about the South Park powder room (the Creative Conversion article)?   The March issue, which is focused on home and design, is jam-packed full of awesome content … so pick it up if you haven’t already!

But what you may find just as newsworthy as the renovation of the South Park powder room is the fact that the homeowner managed the project herself … along with her 24-hours-a-day job as mom to triplet boys (age 4) and a singleton daughter (age 2).  Yep, I’d say she’s busy.  She’s also incredibly stylish and she wanted her home to reflect that same sense of style.

So how’d she do it?  Well, I recently launched a service that I call “Double Day Design.”  Over the course of two days, I work with a homeowner on two rooms.  I provide the design advice, and the homeowner handles all of the sourcing.  After each day, I give “homework” — detailed next steps that the homeowner should take to move her project forward.   These steps often include product recommendations, all of which are readily available either locally (in Charlotte, North Carolina or nearby) or online.

The benefit of the “Double Day” format is that I get the chance to “grade” Day 1’s homework!  Ha!  Seriously, though, that way I can review any samples that the homeowner has gathered for consistency with the design scheme we developed on Day 1 … and then we use Day 2 to take the plan even further.  Between the time we spend together and the action checklists I send after each day, I enable motivated homeowners to transform their spaces on their own — with incredible results!

If this had really been a homework assignment, I’d give this mom an A++!

Interior design by Traci Zeller. Photo by Dustin Peck Photography.  Report Cards for Real Life available at Knock Knock.  


  • Lisa Mende Design
    Mar. 20, 2013
    Looks fab! What a great outcome in a two day work period!
  • Tam Stone
    Mar. 20, 2013
    Fantastic Traci! Love your the whole concept behind Double Day design... very clever.
  • Patty Day
    Mar. 20, 2013
    Very clever business plan. I agree this client gets an A+
  • Ryan
    Mar. 20, 2013
    I love every single detail about this room from the wallcovering to the turkish hand towel to the lines of the sink! Beautiful design my friend :) -Ryan
  • Edyta
    Mar. 20, 2013
    Beautiful! Congratulations Traci :) What a great feature!
  • pve
    Mar. 20, 2013
    Chic, bright and stylish. Very nice job. I can just imagine all the little one's washing hands there. pve
  • Elisa
    Mar. 20, 2013
    Great idea!!!! Love it!
  • Hannah Dee
    Mar. 20, 2013
    I love this each and every time I see it! Funny to see the paint swatches in the first photo. From drab to FAB!
  • Sarah Schwartz
    Mar. 20, 2013
    Traci - Your Double Day Design service is a GREAT service - outstanding forward thinking for your business. Clearly, your clients get results! It's a win-win for all.
  • Donna Levi
    Mar. 20, 2013
    Great transformation! Love that bar light, Can you share the source? A++
  • Sarah
    Mar. 20, 2013
    So pretty! Love it!!
  • Melanie Crabtree
    Mar. 21, 2013
    Love the wallpaper and the peach/gray/ivory combo!
  • designchic
    Mar. 21, 2013
    Now that's a transformation, Traci - just love the wallpaper with the beautiful pops of pink. Congrats on the well deserved recognition!!
  • Tammy@InStitches
    Mar. 23, 2013
    Such a great idea and the powder room is so pretty !
  • Holly
    Mar. 25, 2013
    Beautiful new look for that powder room - it's night and day. Really nice artwork above the toilet too.
  • Nancy
    Mar. 25, 2013
    I adore that powder room and pops of coral! xo Nancy

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