Wake Up Your Woodwork with Black

A few weeks ago we shared why we love BLACK doors… 
today we take it one step further!

Why not go beyond the door, 
step outside your comfort zone, 
and paint all your woodwork black??

Well since you're curious… we will tell you why ;)

1. Black creates an "outline" of the space that brings order to the room.
In this project, we used black to accentuate this small bathroom's walls and ceiling. 
It gives instant sophistication to an otherwise ordinary space.

2. Contrast black with white.
It's an age old trick…black and white create the perfect harmony. Instead of the white on 
the trim, switch it out for black and the bright white walls will become unique.

3. Black becomes the "neutral" in the room. 
In a room with many colors or maybe it doesn't seem to have order, black coffered ceiling and window moldings turn into the neutral that binds it all together.

4. Black gives a clean, modern look to a scattered space.
Whether it's a play room or a media room, instead of using a dark wood stain color, use black paint! It makes the room feel instantly picked up and clean with its sharp lines and stark contrast.

Have we convinced you yet??

Bring some BLING to your Bath

So, guess who's master bathroom shower is leaking?
It's time for me to become a TCI client and get a new bathroom!

When thinking about what I want for my new space, this thought comes to mind...

What girl does not love a bathroom that makes them feel beautiful? 
Well, the bathroom itself has a lot to do with that feeling!

Bright, light, and sparklybring on the bling … in a sophisticated-type manner ;)

In this award winning guest bathroom, we used polished chrome
 to accentuate all the "shine" in the space.

Light fixtures, hardware and plumbing fixtures …. they all GLEAMED with beauty.

CRYSTAL anyone??

We adorned the custom vanity with two perfectly picked crystal hardware pulls for a dainty look.

Using these design styles sparingly, we chose a faint blue dotted wallpaper to cover both the walls and ceiling that perfectly complemented the white flower chandelier. 

While searching for unusual bathroom bling.(yeah look that up!!)
… We ran across these gems and couldn't wait to share them.

For our "sparkle-loving" clients out there --
May we present to you the Towel Robe Hook from Swarovski Crystal

As well as the matching Small Towel Ring Holder

And who doesn't need a crystal-lavished soap dish from Swarovski Crystal as well??

Now I will probably go a bit mild on the "bling" for me, but...
let us know if you need help bringing your bathroom up to "beauty" standards!

How to Make your Home Office more Efficient!

Want to make your home office a less stressful and more efficient space??

If you work from home… or just enjoy using your home office for pleasure, wouldn't you like for it to be a FRESH and fun place??

 Use these 4 tips to get started that we implemented 
in our favorite home office project!

1. Look OUT.
It calms us to look at nature and the natural sunlight. Position your desk to 
where you peer out a window.

2. Use wood with wood grain or painted wood. 
This brings more nature inside as well and tends to be more peaceful as well as natural.

3. Utilize Built - Ins. 
Having options in which to spread things out or reposition yourself throughout the day will help to give your mind a rest, such as a built in hutch to organize your "stuff" or a window seat to "take a break".

4. Be able to see the door. 
Subconsciously this gives your mind ease, knowing that you can see anyone entering… and YOU can also exit to take a breather ;)

Let us know how YOU like to work!

Clearly, WE work very calmly and efficiently in our soothing space ;) 
At least there is a great view!! 

TCI Wins ASID Legacy of Design Awards

ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) held their annual
 Legacy of Design Awards Dinner last night 
and honored many designers across the Texas Chapter with 
awards for their incredible projects.

Traci Connell Interiors is thrilled to announce we were awarded 
6 prestigious Legacy of Design Awards!

Six of our exciting and rewarding projects are now award winning!
 Check them out below:

 FIRST PLACE in Traditional Kitchen

See more of this project here

SECOND PLACE in Contemporary Bedroom

See more of this project here

HONORABLE MENTION in Traditional Kitchen

See more of this project here

HONORABLE MENTION in Traditional Bathroom

See more of this project here

HONORABLE MENTION in Contemporary Living Room

See more of this project here


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We want to THANK all our incredible clients for sharing their homes with us and allowing us to create spaces for them that they love! 

The TCI Team at last night's event!

We also want to thank ASID and Design Guide for featuring us and hosting a fun Legacy of Design awards dinner!

The 3 types of the "Zig-Zag" Pattern

The zigzag pattern has been the talk of the town for some time now! 
But did you know there are actually 3 different KINDS of this pattern?!


Chevron - This pattern comes to a "V". Our favorite places to use this are in a backsplash or on wood floors. We brought life to this dining room with this fun pattern!
Herringbone - Placing rectangles in a staggered zig-zag pattern. It's often found in tweed clothing but has made it's way to kitchens and floors in many homes! See a few ways we incorporated it below:
Flamestitch - This is a zig zag pattern with lots of "peaks", and different gradients of color. It is an age old motif that has been used in many countries. We used it in these curtains and LOVED the end result!

We want to know what YOUR favorite zig-zag pattern is!! Which one would you use the most?

Leave it or Revive it - The answer to painting your brick

Brick -- Do you paint it or leave it 
and let it have "character"??

We unravel the mystery for you. The answer is…. it depends ;)
You knew it wasn't a YES or NO answer didn't you??

When to PAINT IT:

 (this simple coat of gray paint covered up a dark red brick and changed the appearance of the whole living room!) See the full TCI project HERE

1. When it is a "heavy" brick that makes the room seem dark and dingy… a fresh coat of a light color paint can instantly revive it to a bright, happy, and spacious area.
2. When there is another "showstopper" in the room such as an amazing light fixture, or an architectural detail, the natural brick could take away from the focal point. 
3. When you are going for a more contemporary look -- this may go without saying, but a simple solid painted brick gives a much more clean appearance to the space

 (This white painted brick- southern style home is a stunning find nestled in the beautiful landscape) 
See more of this TCI project HERE

When to LEAVE IT:
(The natural brick is the perfect backdrop to this bold masculine space) 
See the full TCI project HERE
1. When it serves as the jumping off point for the color palette -- Use the brick color to form your concept for the entire space and take advantage of the natural character.
2. When the brick is on the floor -- it hides dirt amazingly 
3. When you are searching for more rustic and texture in your design

There are so many options and ways to incorporate brick the
 RIGHT way to make the perfect room.

How to Create the Perfect Centerpiece

Creating the "perfect" centerpiece that is both unique and special, but not kitschy or juvenile … has been the arch-enemy of all designers. 

But it shouldn't be that difficult! 
We like to think that many people "OVER-think" the centerpiece. 

Look to your dining room itself for inspiration. Most of the time, it will be right under your nose and you don't even realize it. 

Here are a few ways we have incorporated 
"less is more" with the concept of the particular space:

1. The "natural" semi rustic feel that the furniture in this space gives off gave us the idea to bring nature indoors and use large leaves inset in natural formed glass jars, echoing the color of the wallpaper, as the trio for the table.

2. Such a sophisticated space, called for a pop of color in a very poised modern floral centerpiece to mirror the floral printed area rug beneath. 

3. Colored glass was the name of the game in these modern dining rooms. A sting-ray blown glass bowl juxtaposed with the glass light fixture, wall art, and glass curio in the following image created the perfect harmony.

4. Geometric shapes brings this breakfast nook together. With the patterns on the window treatments and fabric covered chairs, we chose a simple blue bowl 
with 2 spheres as the perfect combination centerpiece.

5. Also echoing the fabric covered chairs, this modern floral centerpiece mirrors the bold lavender pattern in a unique and well thought out way.

So don't forget to look at your surroundings for the "perfect" idea! 
It might be staring you in the face!
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