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Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Create The Home Of Your Dreams

Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 2:20 am

Are you worried about making a decorating mistake with your home so you play it safe by keeping your interiors “status quo”?

 

After all, furnishing your home is a big investment in time and money, and one you should spend wisely.

 

While your home’s finishes and furnishings should be classic enough to stand the test of time, it needs to be a reflection of you and your family.   It should be special and unique to you.  You can-and should- have an interior with a few features that make the room an incredible one.

 

That is not to say it should be flashy or trendy.  Quite the opposite- it should be a layer that catches your eye but blends into the rest of the space.

 

 

Here are a few ways we have customized some of the rooms in a few of our projects:

 

Upholster a wall or niche- It’s a great way to add softness to a room.

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

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Or line a wall or two with sheers to create dimension in a room……

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors. Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

Take a block of a God-made material such as marble……

 

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And turn it into a beautiful floating vanity……

 

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Step away from painted cabinets and invest in reeded cabinetry that are limed and waxed…..

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors. Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

 

Or maybe you have a room that doesn’t function as well as it should for your family.  For this client, it was her breakfast room……

 

 

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So we designed a custom banquette, 16 feet long, that is made specifically for the space and her large family….

 

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If you can’t see what your space needs to be amazing, hire someone who knows how to give your home its own look in a way that works architecturally and aesthetically.

 

This is where an experienced designer worth her pay can make a difference.   If you are going to take a risk with your home’s decor, you need to have someone who can visualize the result and implement it.

 

I have seen clients go with less expensive designers or do it themselves to “save money”, only to spend thousands more cleaning up mistakes.

 

I often tell the client who hires me to help from the ground up to the furnishings that often my services pay for themselves.  I know how to save and where to invest so the money you save often pays for my fee.   Not to mention you end up with a prettier home in the end, too.

 

Hire someone you can trust who has the vision to see all your home wants to be.  If you would like to discuss how we may be able to help take your home from okay to incredible, email us here.   After all, your home is an investment, and you want to make a good one.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

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Bloom Where You Are Planted

Posted on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 2:20 am

I love to write- I am a former journalism major/English minor, so writing has always been therapeutic and a way for me to share my feelings.   At times in my life- especially when I was younger- it was much easier for me to express my feelings on paper than face to face.

 

It seems when my life speeds up, my blogging/journaling is one thing that is pushed aside.  That and my upkeep- ha!

 

You didn’t hear from me much this summer, but I am back on track.  We have lots going on at DWI that’s keeping us busy and I am most grateful for it these days.

 

Lots of fun, new projects in the mix I am excited to share soon, a few magazine features out in the next few months,  new additions to our team, and some exciting opportunities that have come along for our firm.

 

Not to mention my college girl was home this summer, so to have my entire family under one roof again, was such a special treat.

 

 

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My girls- Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

Yet, out of all that is going on, one of the things I am most excited about is signing a lease on a new office space.  It is in the heart of Mountain Brook Village in Birmingham, AL.

 

 

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BEFORE of the space

 

 

I have resisted moving my office out of my house in recent years because I wanted to be close by for my girls.   Now they are older and my business has grown to include other designers and projects across the country, it’s time to move my firm into its own space.

 

As my designer friend, Kriste Michelini, once told me, sometimes you have to put a plant in a bigger pot for it to grow.

 

Let’s hope this plant grows like crazy as I am excited to see what the future holds.

 

I love Birmingham, and particularly my home of Mountain Brook, so it seemed the most logical and perfect fit when this opportunity presented itself.

 

Stay tuned as I share more on the progress of my new space.   The proposed outside passed Design Review a few weeks ago and I am still working on what minor changes I want to make to the interior.  With all that has been going on, including my mother who has been very sick this summer, I am not going to stress over hurrying into the space.

 

Here’s to blooming where each of us is planted-

Dana

 

 

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We Are Hiring!

Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 2:20 am

Dana Wolter Interiors is growing-again!

 

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

We have two part-time positions available in Birmingham, so if you are the perfect fit for our firm, let us hear from you.

 

Junior Designer- We are looking for someone who is motivated, organized, articulate and takes the initiative.   You must have excellent written and verbal skills, a professional demeanor, and exquisite taste for our custom projects.  AutoCad and Photoshop proficiency are required.

 

Marketing Intern- This internship requires someone who writes well, is excellent with social media, and is organized with the task at hand.    You must be articulate, savvy with technology, have an eye for design/art, great with a camera, and proficient in WordPress.

 

 

If you meet these qualifications, email us your resume and references to info@danawolterinteriors.com. We would love to know why you should join our team-

 

Dana

 

 

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Flower Magazine Feature

Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 at 2:20 am

Flower magazine reached out earlier this summer asking if they could create and photograph a fall arrangement in my living room.

 

Of course I agreed as I love the editors and the look of the magazine.  I have several tear sheets from this publication over the years- they do an amazing job creating gorgeous arrangements and giving great instruction on how to achieve the pieces they create.  I have also saved several beautiful and unique wedding ideas for when the time comes for my girls.  It’s never too soon to be inspired, right?

 

Floral designer Sybil Sylvester created the arrangement for the feature and used several colors and textures from my living room as her inspiration.

 

I love that organic and texture were her “buzzwords” for the piece, because anyone who is familiar with my work knows I love to create texture by layering natural materials into my interiors.

 

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Flower Magazine

 

Pick up the October copy of Flower magazine for a little fall inspiration.  I promise it will do its job-

 

 

Here’s to welcoming fall sooner than later,

Dana

 

 

 

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Painted Hardwood Floors

Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 at 2:20 am

I go through spurts working on my own home, and one project I’ve taken on recently has been painting my daughter’s hardwood floors.

 

We decided a few months ago we wanted a different look from what she had, and as the summer rolled to the end, it was time to tackle .

 

So with an idea in mind, we put our thoughts on paper.  When you are talking about a pattern being painted on your hardwood floors, you have to know exactly how it will lay out.  No time for guessing.

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Pattern for the painted floor- Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

Painted hardwood floors are beautiful, but it is a process.  The floors were stained, so we first began by putting a coats of Kilz on top of the stain.   After it dried, we painted two good coats of a custom mixed porch paint to match the wall color.

 

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As you can see, the entire family pitched in.

 

 

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Good thing Bitsy didn’t leave a print or two.

 

 

After the base coat was finished, I called in the experts at Paintworks to paint the pattern. The drawing we created was detailed for them to follow, and I thought it was best to leave this part to someone who does it on a regular basis.

 

Danny at Paintworks told me we should have painted our stripe color first.  NOTE: If you try this, this is a big point, because it led to having to repaint our base coat.

 

 

 

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This time with the right color painted as the base

 

 

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The white color painted over the taped pattern

 

 

 

 

As you can see, the humidity caused the tape to pull up a little bit of the gray color, but after he fixed these places, the floor looked great.

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Painted hardwood floors complete- Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Stay tuned on social media as I share pictures of the room as we furnish it.   It’s already made quite a transformation.

 

Dana

 

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Collaboration On My Teenage Daughter’s Room

Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 at 2:20 am

I love all of my design projects, but one in particular hits close to home- a collaboration with my daughter on her bedroom.

 

StyleBlueprint recently asked if they could run a story on Ann’s bedroom that she and I created together.

 

Sure- I guided the process in creating the space, but this girl has great style and played a huge role in how this room came together.  Ann listened to my direction and with her discerning eye, we created a room that fits her well.

 

 

 

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Since Ann was little, she has been my shadow.   She would run errands with me and anywhere I needed to go after school for work, she was along for the ride.  I tell her all the time that she needs to go in business with me one day so we can work together.  She has great taste, is such a hard worker, and quite frankly, I just love being with her.

 

I need to be careful, though, because I may just end up one day working for her.  And like any other parent, I want my children to outshine me and achieve even more than I can even dream, so that would be okay, too.

 

 

Fingers crossed and dream big. Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

Fingers crossed and dream big. Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

Thanks to Lisa Mowry and StyleBlueprint for putting into words how I feel about my girl.  Hope you enjoy reading here about the room as much as I loved collaborating on it with her.

 

Dana

 

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Design Inspiration: Jean-Louis Deniot

Posted on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 at 2:20 am

I am feeling inspired.  And it’s because of another designer.

 

Lately, I cannot get enough of Jean-Louis Deniot’s work.

 

I love how his work is refined yet edgy, modern but traditional. He always has the perfect mix of pieces, metals, finishes, and textures to create rooms that look beautiful and comfortable and cohesive.

 

 

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Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker Furniture

 

 

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Jean-Louis Deniot

 

 

 

I am currently working on a living room for a client, and the picture below of his work reminds me a little of how I want my client’s room to read.

 

 

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The house is very traditional in style, yet she is stylish and chic and has a little edge to her.  I see this space as traditional enough to flow with the rest of the home and stand the test of time, but certainly not stuffy.  It needs to have a mix of finishes and a few details that catch your eye.  I want the room to feel layered and to draw you in to enjoy for awhile.

 

The homeowner’s marble table serves as a color palette for the room.    We are thinking warm wood, gold, and iron, mixed in with a color palette of gray, cream, black, and a touch of blush.

 

Client's existing table is serving as inspiration

Client’s existing table is serving as inspiration

 

 

 

Stay tuned as I will keep you posted on our progress.  We are installing several of the rooms, including the media/playroom I mentioned here , around the first of September. I can’t wait to see this home slowly transform.

 

Dana

 

 

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Design Tips For Your Home

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 3:30 am

Homes are an investment, so spend your money wisely by following these design tips.

 

Whether you are a building, renovating, or updating a space, there are several common mistakes I often see.   They can be costly ones- either causing buyer’s remorse or worse,  decisions that lower the value of your home when it is time to sell.

 

 

1. Choosing quality over quantity.   Remember, it is always better to build or buy a smaller home with nicer finishes than a large one with generic ones.  McMansions are a thing of the past, and as people focus on enjoying their homes, they want to enjoy some of the luxuries that can come with it.   Not to mention quality lasts, where subpar has to be replaced in a few years.

 

2. When building or renovating, leave enough money to furnish it.    Your surroundings play an important part in how you live and enjoy life, and the last thing you want to do is build an incredible home, only to live with empty rooms.  I get it- you are mentally/physically exhausted, tired of spending money, and you think you will go back and finish at a later date.  Life happens, bills come up, and it’s always easier (and better) to do it when you are in that mindset.

 

3.  Buy a rug that is proportional to the room.  A rug that is proportional to a room is one of the most important things you can do to ground the space, especially if it is a large room.    If you don’t have the basic pieces correct in a space, the room will never feel right.   It is a layer, and the layer needs to be in relation to the size of the room.

 

4. Before you buy, have a furniture layout in mind. This is where a professional can really make a difference, because we know what scale pieces fit a room, how much of a walkway will be left with a certain size sofa and chair, etc….  Furnishing your home is an investment, one you should enjoy for many years, so spend your money wisely the first time.

 

 

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5.  Be patient until you can afford to purchase the right piece.  A room should be enjoyed for a long time, and it is an investment.   Wait until you can buy the rug you really want, or the table that speaks to you.  Over many years, a few hundred dollar savings or even a thousand will not mean much over the long span of time of enjoying the piece you really want.

 

 

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6.  Mix up the furniture lines used throughout your home.   This goes with upholstery, too.  Mix old and new, etc…  I am beginning to see the same upholstery line used throughout a home, and your home should never look like an ad for a showroom floor or furniture line.

 

 

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Graham Yelton Photography Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Hope these home design tips (and mistakes to avoid) help you create a home you love.  Let me know what resonates with you and what other suggestions come to mind.

Have a great day-

Dana

 

 

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I am thrilled to announce I am taking part in a panel at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center in Atlanta, GA,  on September 28th at 1:00.

 

We are discussing how to incorporate technology and social media into a design business.  Coastal Living Homes Editor Ellen McGauley and Southern Living Senior Homes Editor Zoë Gowen will lead the panel, and Cortney Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina, will join us.  Special thanks to The Shade Store for sponsoring.

 

There will be lots of conversation on what’s working online, what’s not working, and what the future of design entails with social media and technology.

 

Hopefully, you will walk away with a few ways to grow your business by using these tools, too.

 

 

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Click here to register as seating is limited.  Let me know if you will be there so I can look for you.  It’s going to be a lot of fun-

 

dana

 

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Christmas in August- Southern Living Style

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 at 7:28 am

Though my car read 113 degrees the other day, I’ve been doing a little Christmas planning, Southern Living style.

 

Southern Living and their editors reached out several weeks ago about wanting to photograph my house for their December issue.  It’s been fun to think- even in the middle of the heat-  ways to make my decor special for Christmas.

 

Their stylist and I have been planning- and there’s going to be lots of gold, white, and texture.  If you follow my stories on Instagram, you saw where a real tree from North Carolina arrived last week, courtesy of a tree farm owner who drove it down.

 

My children have asked if we can keep the decorations up for a day or two and have a Christmas party in August.   My child, who has a Christmas birthday, asked if we could celebrate her birthday while we are at it, too.  Not going to happen, but it sounds fun in theory!

 

Stay tuned as I will be sharing pictures all week on social media on how we are decorating for Christmas in August, Southern Living style.

 

dana

 

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I love these angels and nativity scenes available at Amano in Mountain Brook Village.

 

 

 

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