Emerging Professional of the Month

Emerging Professionals on the Rise - October

When I moved to Manhattan in 2008 everything in the city was new to me. I was newly wed and had just been accepted to study at the New York School of Interior Design, which had always been my dream college. At the time I was facing one of the biggest challenges of my life, studying in a new country and yet to make friends. How could I meet and socialize with people who shared the same interests and passion as me? So I started to research about which associations could benefit me and further my professional career. That’s when I discovered and subsequently became a member of ASID. I felt like I had done something right. I found myself going to a lot of incredible events and networking like never before, and I was surprised how welcoming everybody was to new members. I liked the experience so much that I decided to start volunteering for ASID. These volunteering opportunities allowed me to meet many new designers, and I knew I was m


Andrea holds a bachelors degree in interior design from the F.I.D.E.R. accredited Colorado State University. She also earned a certificate in Universal Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and has furthered her design studies with courses toward a Masters in Architecture at the University of Colorado. She is an ASID allied member and has experience in a variety of aspects and disciplines of architecture and interiors. Her experience ranges from both commercial and residential spaces, as well as set design for television at ‘Days of Our Lives’ and Columbia Pictures.   

Who/what is your design muse and why?

Dorothy Draper - Dorothy Draper was quoted saying "Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on a continuous activity. Keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them." Dorothy's work changed the concept of "period rooms" and provided an image of "design" that revolutionized the way we look at spaces today.  

What is your favorite design trend currently?

Colorful kitchens - I loved the green kitchen featured recently of Cameron Diaz's New York apartment.  

If you could trade places with any designer, who would it be?

Probably, Jamie Drake - His clientele is the best of the best, his daring use of color is inspirational

What are three items you cannot live without?

My snake sconces I had electrified 

My grandmothers oil from she did in 1936 while studying under Leger

And my photo albums

Nicole Priddy, Allied ASID

Transitioning - San Francisco Bay Area, CA




Nicole graduated from James Madison University with a BFA in Interior Design and a minor in Art History. With a passion for design, She began her career as a design professional with Ethan Allen and made many professional connections through the business. It has given her an entrepreneurial outlook within the design world and she intends to use this experience as a building block for future career goals. Nicole recently achieved my credential as a LEED AP, BD+C and plans to sit for the NCIDQ. She is pursuing residential and commercial environments through a career that allows her to research, grow and incorporate my interests in store planning, exhibits and sustainable design. She is currently in transition from Virginia to the San Francisco Bay Area and can’t wait to dive into the design scene on the west coast! 

Who/what is your design muse and why?

I draw inspiration from many places, but 2 muses in particular more than others.  My grandfather was an engineer for NASA but also a photographer and artist at heart. He taught me at an early age that art and science intertwined together forms the greatest of designs (biomimicry).  My second muse is definitely the ocean and water in general.  Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, I am drawn to pieces with textures and colors that reflect the organic elements found in nature and try to bring at least one of these elements to each project. 

What is your favorite design trend currently?

Kilim! (rugs, pillows, benches alike), otami prints, and woven textile wall hangings.  It’s hard to pick just one! 

If you could trade places with any designer, who would it be?

I would love to trade places with Kelly Wearstler for at least 1 week just to get a glimpse of the way she thinks and conducts business. I definitely admire her graphic boldness.

What are three items you cannot live without?

My measuring tape, my homemade patchwork quilt, and my iphone.


Traci Zeller, Allied ASID

Traci Zeller Designs- Charlotte, NC








Traci Zeller Designs believes that beauty is created when you make the ordinary, orderly. With this philosophy in mind, Traci and her team daily seek to empower families to live harmonious lives, full of style and grace. As a busy wife and mother to exuberant twin boys, Traci understands the challenges of today’s active lifestyles and creates solutions that are both beautiful and functional. Twice named one of Charlotte’s 25 Most Stylish People, Traci employs a clean, sophisticated mix of classic and modern pieces to create elegant, yet comfortable interiors.

Who/what is your design muse and why?

I am continually inspired by Billy Baldwin’s clean, chic, quintessentially American style.   

What is your favorite design trend currently?

I am so happy about the wallpaper trend.  It can make a room sing!  

If you could trade places with any designer, who would it be?

Suzanne Kasler is such a lovely person, and I adore her aesthetic.  

What are three items you cannot live without?

My iPhone, regular Coke (from the fountain!), and good shoes.  (Assuming I also get to keep my husband, my twin boys and my Maltese!)