A couple weeks ago, we met our two new bffs, Lisa Mende and Traci Zeller. These super-talented Charlotte designers joined us on our buying trip to Paris and we all hit it off immediately (along with the rest of the group – four lovely and elegant ladies from Florida)
Back in Charlotte, Lisa and Traci are “swifies” – studio wives, that is. They share a cool, uber-hip studio that houses each of their growing design businesses and it’s been fun watching them zoom to the top of the hot new designer list. (Traci’s up for a Traditional Home New Trads award. Vote here!)
We sat down with these lovely ladies and picked their brains:
HHH: we love the fact that you’re “swifies”. Tell us how that all came about and how you designed your lovely space to accommodate each business.
Lisa: Traci and I decided to participate in Traditional Home’s Adamsleigh showhouse together and designed the Gentleman’s dressing room in the house. We enjoyed working together on that project and decided we would like to share studio space and the rest is history.
Traci: we collaborated on the design of a teeny-tiny gentleman’s dressing room in the Traditional Home showhouse at Adamsleigh. Fast forward one year, and we had signed a lease on our shared studio!
Lisa: bold, collected and curated (and Southern!)
Traci: crisp, classic and chic.
Traci: original art, statement lighting, handmade subway tile, vintage accessories and the English-arm sofa.
Traci: Every room needs life — fresh flowers or a pretty plant. Unfortunately, my thumb is distinctly not green, so I’m beyond grateful for the weekly selection at Whole Foods.
Lisa: 1) The trend of mixing classic antiques with mid-century or modern items 2) unlacquered brass 3) White paint! 4) Organic elements and semi precious stones.
Traci: I adore Carolina Herrera. Her work speaks to my aesthetic and my soul.
(HHH: we promise these girls didn’t see each others answers and we thought it was a good sign of their partnership that they both nominated Carolina Herrera as their fave designer!)
Lisa: a beautiful mid 18th century mirror!
Traci: I had such an amazing time shopping in Paris with the incredible Huff Harrington ladies! (HHH: awwww, thanks Traci. It was so fun being with you!) I’m perhaps the most excited about a Belgian dresser, circa the mid-1800s, and a box of intaglios, circa the early 1900s.