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What does your foyer say about your home?   Does it set the tone and catch your visitor’s eye?  Or is it a catch all area and a room you want to hurry your guests through?

 

On any project I am working on, I always look for ways to make a statement and create warmth in the foyer.  This is the first impression of your home, and you want to make a good one.

 

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Below is a video I shot with Wendy Garner talking about how to transform this overlooked space.  Click here for a few tips.

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Here’s a quick recap of a few quick suggestions I make in the video:

1.  Add a piece of furniture and or seating (preferably something with fabric) to soften the space.

2.  Make the space personal- Add your favorite piece of artwork, or a frame with a sepia photo. etc

3.  Make the space useful- Depending on the size, create a place to sit to put on your shoes or at the very least add a tray to catch your keys.

4.  Include something fresh such as flowers or a plant.

5.  Layer the space with accessories to create dimension and to make it look like it has evolved over time.

 

Hope you find these tips helpful.   If you try them, let me know the difference they make.

Have a great day, everyone, and here’s to making your foyer makes a good first impression.

Dana

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We Are Hiring

Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015 at 3:30 am

Are you looking for a fast paced, rewarding career where you can be creative everyday?

 

If so, Dana Wolter Interiors may be the firm for you.  We are thrilled to announce we are growing and hiring!
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If you think you would be a good fit for our firm, please email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com.   We woud love to hear from you!

 

Dana

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration For A Few Projects

Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 at 3:30 am

I am working on three projects right now where I was pulled in during the schematic phase.  One is an addition/renovation, and the other two are new construction.  I am excited about each of them and the teams involved.

I love being hired for a project early on, as there is a synergistic effect that takes place among creative minds that results in a more beautiful home.   It’s important to hire all members of your team early on, as this makes changes occur sooner rather than once ground has been broken (which saves you $$$).

Working on a home from ground up is like birthing a baby-  I become vested more and more each day  and I grow to love each of them for different reasons.
As I am discussing interior details on each of these projects, I have been looking to Pinterest for inspiration.    Here are a few I have pinned for certain reasons…..

 

I love this hardware. We have spent some time picking out hardware for #ProjectExpansion, and this is very similar to what we selected for their home.

 

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#ProjectExpansion has a door at the end of a hallway, and we are going to create something like this for uniqueness and detail.  I love how a simple wall here has become a beautiful focal point. We are creating a jib door to a linen closet that will be hidden by nails and leather.  With it being a focal point, leaving it as an ordinary door just wouldn’t cut it.

 

Love this nailhead detail in the entry...clean and sophisticated

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This bathroom is beautiful. The waterfall countertops and cabinets create a more modern and clean look, and you will see something similar in style for the master.

 

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These floors remind me we are going to create a pattern out of wood on one of the floors in our #LakeTuscaloosa project.  While the pattern will be different than this one and the color of the wood tweaked (we haven’t even broken ground), it’s going to be just-if not more-beautiful.

 

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As mentioned in a previous post, your bedroom should be a place to retreat, and this window seat screams that to me. The #LakeTuscaloosa home is home to girls and we are working on incorporating a cozy niche/window seat in at least one of the bedrooms.

Don’t you want to curl up with a good book?!  I do!

 

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The placement of this powder room under the stairs is exactly what we are creating in  #ProjectVestavia.  I love how it is tucked away, not only by being under the stairs, but by being hidden within the woodwork.

 

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As you can see, Pinterest is one of my “go-to’s” when I am looking to be inspired.  There is nothing better than crawling in bed with my Ipad at the end of a long day and pinning a few images to make my creative juices flow.

 

If you’d like to see more pretty pins I have found, come follow me.    I’d love to hear from you.

 

Take care,

dana

 

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Fly Away, My Little Bird: Ten Things To Remember As You Leave For College

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 at 3:30 am

 

 

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A letter to my little girl who leaves in a few weeks to begin her college journey.

 

It’s hard to believe we are packing you up to begin a new chapter of your life.  It seems like yesterday you were the toothless little girl-with glasses-swinging a softball bat.

 

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Or a few years later, the little girl playing Ramona Quimby in a community theatre production.

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And here you are… A humble, kind, beautiful young lady who graduated with a GPA few will ever see, a resume full of activities, and a very bright future.

 

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I know you are excited, and I know you are a little apprehensive.  After all, what you have known, including your friend group, is all about to change. These are normal feelings, but you are ready.

 

And while it’s time for this new chapter in your life, always remember a few things.

 

1.  Trust your gut  Yes, you have a good head on your shoulders, so use it.  If you have a funny feeling about a person or a situation, listen to your instincts.

2.  Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone.   Try something new. Be courageous.  Seize an opportunity.

3.  Be the first to speak to others   Ask people about themselves, and listen to what they have to say.

4.  Work hard, pray, and trust.    Ask for guidance and for doors to close. Yes, doors to close. For when they do, it makes it easier to walk through the right ones.

5. Don’t compare yourself to others.   God has given you many gifts and talents, so don’t get caught up worrying about what others are doing.

6.  Stay close to your family and your friends.    Those relationships are dear and a gift, so treasure them.

7. Make new friends.   Get to know others at your new school for who they are, rather than for their social status or friend group.  These tend to be the stronger type of relationships that last.

8. Stay safe at all times.   Don’t put yourself in a bad situation, and if you find yourself in one, get out of it as quickly as you can.

9. Just because the majority believes it, doesn’t mean it is the truth.   Fall back on what you know in your heart to be truly right and wrong.

10. Remember how loved you are, and FLY HIGH     When life gets hard,  stay strong.   And remember we are always here to catch you.

 

I love you,

Mom

 

 

Readers, Thank you for letting me lay my heart out on this page.  While this is a design blog, I have tried to make it a reflection of my thoughts and feelings.  And, as you see, I am feeling my firstborn leaving the nest.-

Dana

 

What’s Keeping You From Making Your Home A Haven?

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 3:06 am

I have been thinking a lot about simplifying lately.

 

I made “simplifying” my word in January for 2015.  Maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s because my children are beginning to leave my nest….  I don’t know what it is, but I do know I want to take off the roller skates, relax and take time to slow down.

 

This certainly doesn’t mean I want to sit around all day. Not practical and certainly not my personality.  It does mean, though, that I want to stay above the chaos of everyday life and say no to things that I don’t have to do or that don’t touch my heart.

 

I have been doing a lot of simplifying around my house this summer.  If you could see the stuff- yes, all the stuff- my girls and I are taking out of my house, you would be amazed. As I have mentioned before, I do not like to let things pile up, but when I do, there is nothing better than cleaning out.

 

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Like my own home, I am running into a lot of homes lately where I see rooms that either serve as catch alls or rooms that are completely empty.

 

Sure, if you just bought a house, I can understand you having one or both of these kinds of rooms.  But if you have been living in your home for a few years and you still have an unused room, ask yourself why?

 

What are you waiting on?

 

Stop a moment and take a good look as to how this room needs to function for you.   Don’t wait- do it now.   Life is too short and too stressful for your home to not be a place to retreat.

 

And while this home that a family of four recently moved into didn’t need simplifying, it needed a plan and a purpose for a few rooms, and we have been working on giving them a plan for each.  I am still waiting on a few pieces to come in, but I love where it is going.

 

 

 

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What do you think?

 

If you could use help turning your home into a haven, email me. I would love to talk to you about how we may be able to help.

 

Take time to simplify,

 

dana

 

 

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A Few Of My Finds At Market

Posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 3:30 am

If you follow me on social media, you saw some of the pretty pieces I found at the Atlanta market last week.

 

 

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Wing chair from Oly in a beautiful, silver mohair

 

 

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Collection of beautiful books from Assouline

 

 

The marketing team at the Merchandise Mart asked me to be a style spotter for them, and honestly, I had the best time.   It was a great way to document my finds and I loved all of the new people I met because of it.

 

I have been to market in Atlanta quite a bit over the years, but there was something really special about this one.   As always, the existing showrooms did not disappoint.  The overall energy was incredible, and I loved the addition of more boutique showrooms at the show.   I picked up a few new lines, some from showrooms that had never shown at the Atlanta market before, which is always exciting to me.

 

I also noticed more showrooms are carrying antiques or one of a kinds, which in my opinion, makes a market feel a little more high end and custom.    As a designer, this makes our job easier in creating a special room with unique finds.   Sure- the staples are always needed in every project, but if you can mix in a couple of crusty, old pieces, it makes the home that much prettier.

 

 

 

 

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Large, antiquel olive jar from Gabby

 

 

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How incredible are these 18th century leather chairs? I found them at Marshall Clements

 

 

 

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Another pretty find from MC

 

 

 

Maybe I am a little partial because I am a southerner, but I love seeing the MerchandiseMart thrive and grow.   Atlanta is easy to fly or drive into, and word on the street is they are adding a valet service, making it even easier to shop.

 

But…. Before I close, I have to share a picture of my assistant for my time there.

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I always try to bring one of my girls along with me to summer market, and this year it was Ann’s turn.  It’s good for them to be exposed to what I do, and selfishly, I treasure the one on one time with each.

 

Ann has a great eye, and I think I am going to hold on to this picture for the day we are headed to market as design partners versus mom and daughter.

 

Hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my finds,

 

Dana

 

 

 

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Recent Magazine Feature

Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 3:30 am

As I have mentioned before,  I love a beautiful piece of marble.

 

Marble is a classic element that never goes out of style, and in my opinion, it only looks better with a little age and wear.

 

A few months ago, Birmingham Magazine  wrote an article on Masonry Arts, a stone fabricator who just bought a marble quarry in Alabama (yes, Alabama White does come out of the ground here).

 

I was honored when they asked to include me in it.   I am a big fan of this stone and have used Masonry for several of my installations.

 

As you will see by the custom marble vanity I designed, marble can be used in other ways besides countertops.  Below is the pic they included in the article.

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custom vanity designed by DWI

 

 

 

While marble is becoming more common in the home, I still run across people who are afraid to use it.   Don’t be!!!    Misinformation about the material is completely overstated.   I have it all through my house and believe me, we  live in my  home.   Think about the old, gorgeous buildings with marble floors, stairs, etc…  They are even prettier today than when installed years ago.

If you would like to read the full article, click here.

 

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

dana

 

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Spending The Weekend As A Style Spotter At Market

Posted on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 at 3:30 am

Hi Everyone!   I am excited to head over to Atlanta later tomorrow for market.   The AmericasMart marketing team has asked me, along with a few other southern designers, to come in this weekend and let you know through social media what my favorite pieces are in the show.

 

The weekend is jammed packed with lots going on, and I am looking forward to sharing my favorite products and trends for 2015 with you.   I always enjoy catching up with my friends in the design world, so the lunches and dinners will be a lot of fun, too.

 

My friend, Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess, has given me a sneak peek of their new 42″ upholstered ottoman.  Isn’t it incredible?!   The fabric pictured is Tillett/T4, a favorite fabric line of Jackie Kennedy.

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It would be perfect in so many settings as the fabric you choose could completely change its look.

See?  It reminds me of this vintage piece below I found for this living room I designed several years ago. Upholstering the ottoman in leather or velvet would completely change its look.

 

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On Friday night, I’ll be attending the Portman White party, where architect and developer John Portman will be honored with a design exhibition in honor of his signature paint color, Portman White Sherwin Williams-PW240. The vignette gallery will feature unique vignettes by seven acclaimed interior designers: Brian Patrick Flynn, Michelle Workman, Stan Topol, Michel Boyd, Niki Papadopoulos and Kerry Howard. I am excited to see how these tastemakers show the Portman White paint color and featured products sourced throughout AmericasMart.

 

Make sure you’re following me on social media so you can see all my posts of the “Best of the Best” from the showrooms.

 

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You’ll also want to follow these hashtags to keep up with the other style spotters at market.

 

#atlmkt, #atlmktfav, #portmanwhite

 

 

Let me know if you’ll be there as I would love to see you.

 

Have a good one,

 

dana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Service Offered- Design Online

Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 3:30 am

How would you like a complete room designed by us but with the option to complete the space in a timeframe your budget and schedule allow?

 

If this interests you, then the new service we are offering, Design Online, is for YOU!

 

What is Design Online?

 

Design Online is a great way for us to customize a room in your home according to your timeframe and budget, without us ever stepping foot in your door. You provide us with your budget, detailed measurements, pictures of your space, inspiration photos, and answers to a questionnaire we send over to you.  Within four to six weeks, we send you a pretty little package filled  with a floor plan,  color scheme,  lighting, furniture selections, accessories, and fabric swatches with all of the design specifications and information needed for you to implement the plan.  

 

Here is an example of a family room we created.  You will receive something similar with all of the specifications mentioned above.

 

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The great news is that no distance between us matters, as this service is all online!

 

Also, don’t forget we also offer a one time 3.5 hour consult. This has been a fun addition to the scope of our work as I mostly do full room or home design. I’ve been doing a lot of these recently, and the clients seem to be getting a lot out of our time together.  Click here to read more.

 

Think either of these may be the right service for you? Send us an email at info@danawolterinteriors.com, and let’s get started!

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

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Summer is here and I find myself cleaning.  Cleaning out drawers, wiping down drawers, etc…   Makes me happy!

And while I preach to throw away or give away things that you don’t love or are not using, I know there are times when you want to keep certain things just to keep.

I thought I would rerun this post from a few years ago on how to display your clutter  stuff …….      Here goes….

 

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The holidays are over, and who isn’t looking for a few ways to declutter their home?   It’s easy to discard the items you don’t use, but what about the knick knacks you love and want to display?

Do your “special” items look like a pile of mess to others?   If so, what should you do?

Create a few vignettes in your home.

Start with your big items, such as the painting, sconces, lamps, and urn in this picture.   Next, stagger your accessories throughout, making sure you balance out each side.  Notice how they did not forget the space under the console.

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What a great job they did of taking family keepsakes, which, after all, make a house a home, and displaying them in a beautiful way.

How about adding in a few of your personal items when entertaining? At this client’s home, instead of just setting out her china and everyday, we decided to mix it up a bit.

Speaking of entertaining……

What do you do for all of the silver and crystal you have crammed into your cabinets?

Display it as we did in this client’s home.   Here, we mixed in some of her silver pieces with her crystal and pottery.  Everything has its place, and it is beautiful!

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When creating a focal point, whether it is a vignette or glass cabinet, don’t forget to layer and add different textures.

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So, the key is to make the space your own by displaying your items in a neat, organized way.

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Even when there is a family pet involved- such as the frog for this family- can you display it in a clever way.