TCI Year in Review

It's been a FULL, rewarding and exciting year of growth here at Traci Connell Interiors.

We want to take a sec to look back over the year at our favorite projects, fun times and exciting accomplishments.

TCI 2014 Year in Review!

IDS Award Ceremony -  
TCI Received First place in Entry/Foyer category and Third place in Specialty Areas.

Photographed 2 of our favorite projects that we wrapped up at the beginning of the year!
Modern Uptown Loft 

Animal Hospital

Officially celebrated our new office by hosting the TCI Open House!

Photographed a 2 year long custom build project of one of 
our most special clients in Fairview.

Welcomed Jett Thomas into the Eads (and TCI) family!

Photographed a Highland Park home for a long time client!

Welcomed New Lead Designer Terra McNutt

Photographed a fun project for a great client.

ASID Legacy of Design Awards: 
6 Distinguished Awards including 1st Place in Traditional Kitchen

First Place Winner!

Photographed a unique color scheme project that we loved!

Completed an ultra-modern master bathroom to add to our bathroom portfolio!

Wrapped up the year with family and friends ... and of course, the TCI Fam!

We can't wait to show you all the projects we have completed the last half of this 
year that are waiting to be photographed! 

Be sure to continue to follow TCI on Facebook, Twitter, and Houzz to keep up to date in 2015!!

Happy Holidays from TCI !

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season!!

TCI Reveals: Modern Christmas Accessories and Last Minute Gift Ideas!

 We've all seen our fair share of tacky Christmas decorations... 
however, this might be my favorite:

(I mean... really?!?!)

In order to weed out the Santa-toilets of the world...(lord help us) 
we are sharing our favorite holiday decor picks!!


Our Favorite Christmas Trees:
From metal, to fabric, to glass ... you can create a new spin on the traditional pine tree.

Our Favorite Reindeer:
The metallic accessories are always eye catching but who can 
pass up a natural driftwood piece as well?

 Our Favorite Snowflakes and Bells
Your Christmas decorations wouldn't be complete without a little chime from a bell or sparkle from a snowflake!

Be sure to light your favorite scent before the holiday guests arrive ;)
Have you gotten all your gifts on the list yet?!
 If not, here are a few "unexpected" gift ideas from Jonathan Adler that we LOVE.

Merry - Countdown - To - Christmas!!

3 Ways to Make a Wrapping Statement

Each year the dreaded WRAPPING creeps up on me. I hide the presents in the back of the closet for weeks (or i'm late christmas shopping and don't even have to hide them) and then all of the sudden... 
I have to WRAP!

I always have the high hopes of using my creative side to make the gifts seem like little pieces of art each year. I like them to look and feel special. 
Even though they will only get ripped to shreds. 
It's the momma's thought that counts right?!

So here are a few ways a fun blog called Three Little Crowns came up 
with to dress your presents the right way!

Organic and Earth Inspired:
What's the hottest wrapping trend of the year?? Something quite simple. Using household items to make your gifts elegant and timeless. It's a simple look thats sure to please everyone!!
What do you need?
- Brown paper
- Twine
- Fresh rosemary
- Pine leaves
- Other items that work well are pinecones, berries and burlap

Pretty and Chic:
This style is more of a gender specific, but perfect for the special women in your life.
Get ready to blow your mom's socks off this year with this look.
What do you need?
- gift wrap from Indigo
- Light pink embroidery floss

Chalkboard Wrap:
I mean... really? This is the best invention yet. You can do WHATEVER you want with it. You can draw christmas characters for kids or formal art for your grandma.
And everyone will walk away not wanting to open this guy.
What do you need?
- Chalkboard wrapping paper from Michaels
- Twine
- Chalk Pen (gotta have this! Chalk doesn't work. This will allow for precision and stickability)

Happy Holiday Wrapping!!
Share your wrapping success on our Facebook and we will be sure to like it!

Courtney's New House Journals - and Modern Hearth Ideas

Hi TCI Readers! Courtney Here--
Welcome to our home...
We have WALLS!
 (the entryway looking into the family room and the family room looking into the kitchen)

After just a few days, the sheetrock has been hung and brick has been laid. 
One by one this home is coming together!!

(family room)

And now that means I am going to have to start finalizing some decisions....

Lighting...backsplash .... and the current issue ... the hearth stone.

*Because of where our firebox is, we are required to have a hearth by fire code. 
The stone surround is a linear 12x24 vein cut limestone. So for the hearth, I thought it would be interesting to do a  rough-edge natural gray stone slab set on the floor.* 
This has proved harder to find than I thought. BUT i haven't given up hope yet!

Have you considered stone hearths??
Here are a few modern floating stone slab hearth ideas out there that we love:


This one is interesting. The stone is cut and laid in a herringbone pattern...
which blends nicely with its surroundings.

And why not throw in a Christmas hearth to top it all off ;)

Dress up your hearths for Christmas and I will keep you 
posted on what we decide to make ours out of!! (hopefully ..... )

Make an Entrance... you know I do!

Your Foyer ....

* It is the beginning of the canvas for your entire home.
* It is the space that sets the tone for the next steps throughout the rooms
* It should be fantastic

We have a few of our top picks to help spice up your foyer for this season ... 
but first, a few Christmas specific ideas!

Keeping your original decor and adding to it with a few pops of Christmas fun. 
A small pine tree, a couple of colored balls and a little addition of white for snow effect always tops it all off!

Finding the perfect garland is always key. 
These pine leaf garlands draped perfectly along the banister with the paper snowflakes in the background make for a beautiful entry staircase.

Now OUR top pics for Entry Decor to spruce up your Foyer!!
A Wreath -- Something out of the ordinary ... something new. 
A driftwood wreath or gold metal wreath. You would be the talk of the neighborhood!

link and link

Why not a fun splash of polka dot under your feet for this holiday season?? 
(Kate Spade anyone!?)

Looking for that perfect piece of furniture to sit upon this winter? 
Why not choose something that will make a statement as your guests enter your home?

link and link

Lighting always brightens.... no pun intended. 
Grab that perfect lamp to adorn your entryway table and your guests
 will be talking about it all night!

Now get to work making that foyer the best on the block! 
(Looking forward to some house party invites after this post ;)))

DIY Wine Glass Christmas Decor

Tis The Season!!!

The mad rush has officially BEGUN. And if you are like me, you are running around 
trying to think up new and creative ways to use your same-ole same-ole 
decorations that you pull out of the attic each year.

We have a few ideas how to turn an item that you use year-round into a seasonal decoration!


(Now, of course, you may see this clever contraption at my house if things
get too hairy with my to do list....)

However, we want to share 6 of our favorite ideas of how to 
whip up holiday decor and Do IT Yourself:

The Wine-Glass Globe/Candleholder:
This multifunctional idea turns a glass into a gorgeous snow globe AND candlestick!

The Patterned Wine Glass:
If you have a hand for drawing (or know someone that does!), 
this is a simple task to create a beautiful glass.

The Tea-Light Candle Wine Glass Vase:
With a little bit of wire, tea light candles, and faux snow .... tadaa! This creation comes to life!

The Terrarium-Votive Candle Stick Wine Glass:
Who knew a simple stem of holly could turn a gorgeous wine glass into an instant terrarium!
 With the addition of a small votive candle on top,
 this could make the perfect ambiance on your Christmas table.

The Christmas Tree Farm Wine Glass:
Using a simple sheet of scrapbook paper folded in a cone shape around the top of the wine glass, you can create your very own tree farm!!

Lastly - The Snowman Votive Candle Wine Glass
For a little humor and fun... why not dress up your wine glass as a snowman for a festive glow?

Hope these ideas start to get you in the holiday spirits... literally! ;) and just remember...


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