True Colour Expert Traci Zeller had a budget to manage for the model house she had been hired to decorate and she had to spread it around strategically to get the biggest bang for the buck.
This is what a great designer does best and I talk about it all the time in my events.
My favourite part of helping my clients choose a look and feel for their new build or when decorating (because it is just as important when you aren’t starting with brand new everything) is advising them exactly where to spend their money.
For example, if you have to choose between a $10,000 Sub Zero refrigerator or $10,000 worth of millwork in your great room, well then I suggest you install the millwork. It’s way more fun if your entire house fills you with happiness when you walk in the door, not just the one or two rooms you spent most of your money on.
Likewise, when you only need a single, small piece of stone for a secondary bathroom, you’re not going to dish out for an entire slab. So then you might have to compromise on your first choice and look at what is available in smaller sizes. Because of course, the cost of an entire slab is a good chunk of the budget that could be better allocated elsewhere. Like decorating.
Traci found the Emperador marble (above) which she was happy with because it is a quality piece and she went about choosing tile to coordinate with it.
When she went tile shopping, she noticed that most of the reasonably priced tile was earthy so she chose solid tile. She also selected solid tile because her pattern quota for hard finishes was already used up with the countertop.
By simply choosing a wallpaper pattern that relates to both the brown floor tile and the surround tile, this bathroom is already awesome and there’s nothing else in here yet.
Here’s a quick snap of the laundry room. I love how this wallpaper takes a very standard, builder granite and makes it look more expensive.
Small spaces like bathrooms, powder rooms and laundry rooms are perfect for getting creative with a fun wallpaper pattern.
Hard finishes add up fast so if you are working with builder finishes that you’re not really excited about then the decorating has to be the star. Knowing this and how to apply it is one of the greatest values you provide for your client.
These are two great examples of how decorating with wallpaper completely elevated both spaces.
Pendant from Currey & Co.
Here’s Traci standing in the white kitchen she designed! Love the herringbone subway tile. The countertops are relatively inexpensive Frosty Carina from Caesarstone. She spent more money on statement lighting, the master bathroom and kitchen (above).
I know I’ve mentioned this many times on this blog, but Traci Zeller was the first person to register for my first course back in May 2010 (actually her husband surprised her) when I launched my Specify Colour with Confidence event on my website.
She was a lawyer turned Mom who had a part-time hobby business as a decorator which was her true passion!
Her kids were getting old enough that she could pursue it more seriously and she decided if she was going to get serious, she needed more training. So she told her husband she wanted to come to Vancouver and attend my event!
Six years later, Traci is one of the 50 finalists for Traditional Homes New Trad List, you can see her entry here. Stunning!
Traci’s note to me after she won was: “I wouldn’t be in this place in my design journey without you. You, my sweet friend, were a game-changer!”
Here is another one of her projects, the throw pillows (below) are custom designed by Traci:
Interior Design by Traci Zeller
My Specify Colour with Confidence course just finished in Charlotte this week and we hosted it at Traci’s country club in Carmel.
The course was sold out for two months and we had a wonderful group of designers and colour enthusiasts as well as new careers blooming!
At dinner one of the participants confided to Terreeia that she’s taken many courses over the years and had learned to accept that they don’t usually live up to the billing and as long as she learns something she’s okay with it but this course MORE than exceeded her expectations. There is so much more than she thought was included.
Kimberly Wright & Malissa McLeod
Two former True Colour Experts who volunteered at this event! Thanks so much to both of you!
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I’m at High Point Market this weekend so stay tuned for my trends for 2017 post!
Don’t you want to run out and look for wallpaper right about now?