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Dining Room Transformation

Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 3:30 am

I want to share today the dining room transformation of the home featured in Birmingham Home and Garden this month.   Like the rest of the home, the owners wanted to lighten up, update, and make each space more functional for their large, growing family (the oldest of five was married this past summer).  You can catch up here on the after photos of the kitchen, master bedroom, and living room.

 

The dining room was no exception to the heaviness found throughout the home.  It had dark walls, lots of gold and mahogany furniture, and a silk skirted table that could barely fit their large family around it.

 

With a little paint, fabric, some new furniture and accessories, we transformed the space.

 

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

 

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

 

What do you think?

 

The room is new and fresh, but looks like it has been collected over time (which is always a goal in my work).  By mixing up the dining room chairs, the finishes in the room, and the accessories throughout, it’s hard to tell what is new and what the homeowner had before we waved our magic wand.

 

If we can help transform your home from heavy and ornate into a home your family and friends want to stay and enjoy, give us a call.  We would love to talk with you.

 

Have a good day-

 

dana

 

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3.5 Hour Consult- Is this Service For You?

Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 3:30 am

With the new year in full swing and people in the mode of working on their home, I want to remind you about the 3.5 consult I offer.

 

While we tend to mostly work on full room or turn-key projects, this one time service is for the client who needs direction and help making decisions, but likes to take that information and do the legwork themselves.

 

It has gone over really well, and the clients who have invested in this consult with me have been surprised over the amount of detail and information that comes with it.  Matter of fact, I have helped people not only rework rooms and the types of furniture to buy for the spaces, but others have used this service to select the finishes and paint colors for homes not yet under construction.

 

 

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Whatever your needs, you have my undivided attention to help you accomplish all that we need to do so in this time.

 

 

 

 

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Here’s how the 3.5 hour consult works:

You send a list to me of all you would like to discuss and accomplish during our time together.    We make an appointment, and I will then spend 3.5 hours of  uninterrupted time answering any question you can possible think to ask me.  We can discuss design dilemmas, furniture arrangements, fabric swatches, paint colors, to knock down a wall or not– you name it!

 

The more legwork you do before our meeting, the more productive our time will be together.   We will make a Pinterest board with specifics of what to look for when shopping for your home, and I will take detailed measurements so you won’t have to worry about coming home with the wrong size sofa, ever again.

 

After our meeting, you will receive a detailed synopsis of what was discussed and a list of all of the suggestions I make for the entire home.   This allows you to maximize your time with me while I take notes and write down all the specifics for you to implement at a later date.

 

This service is a great way to invest in your home by making sure what you are changing and buying is right for the space.  It also allows you the freedom to work on your project as your time and budget allows, all while following professional advice.

 

If you think this service can help you make your home the place you dream, email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com.   I would love to talk with you.

 

Have a good one,

dana

 

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Top Home Design Tips To Follow (And Mistakes To Avoid)

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 3:30 am

With the new year,  I find design tips are needed as people are ready to clean out and tackle home projects that might have been pushed aside.

 

Whether you are a building, renovating, or updating a space, there are several common mistakes people often make when it comes to their home.   They can be costly ones- either causing buyer’s remorse or worse,  mistakes that lower the value of your home when it is time to sell. Here are a few tips to make sure you spend your money wisely.

 

 

 

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 such a important part in how you live and enjoy life, and I see this one more than I care to admit.   People build an incredible home but don’t budget enough to furnish it to a point of completion.  They are mentally/physically exhausted, tired of spending money, and they think they will go back and finish at a later date.  Life happens, bills come up, and it’s always easier (and better) to do it all 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.

 

 

4. 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.

 

 

5.  Be patient until you can afford to buy 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 you find these home design tips (and mistakes to avoid) helpful.  Let me know what resonated with you and what other suggestions come to mind.

 

Have a great day-

 

Dana

 

 

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Style Spotting- Atlanta Merchandise Mart

Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 3:30 am

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know I recently did a little style spotting at the Merchandise Mart.

 

I shared several things that I liked throughout the weekend, and as I came home and looked at my pictures, I realized several of these pieces go well together.  With a little tweaking, I could easily turn these things into a cozy media room.

 

Anyone up for hiring me?!

 

Seriously, I thought I would post so you could see them all together.  I’ve also included a few that didn’t make it onto my social media accounts.

 

Here goes:

 

 

 

Ryan Studio Pillows

Ryan Studio Pillows

 

 

 

Barbara Cosgrove lamps

Barbara Cosgrove lamps

 

 

 

 

Design Legacy

Design Legacy artwork

 

 

Currey and Co.

Currey and Co.

 

 

 

Oly Studio

Oly Studio

 

 

 

Regina Andrew

Regina Andrew

 

 

 

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Antiques are coming to the Merchandise Mart in July.

 

 

 

 

 

Style spotting was easy and I hope you see a few things you may not have seen before.    Market in Atlanta at the #AtlMkt is becoming more and more boutiquey, and with the addition of an antique section in July, it is going to feel even more custom and special.   And yes, the valet service they have added is iciing on the cake.

 

Take care and have a great day-

 

dana

 

 

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Master Bedroom Transformation (Before and After)

Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at 3:30 am

“I wanted a bedroom that made me happy when I walked in, and this one does” – Homeowner on her bedroom transformation, Jan issue of Birmingham Home and Garden.

 

 

I want to share with you the before and after pictures of a master bedroom we designed for a client.   It is in this month’s Birmingham Home and Garden, and we have shared the living room here, the kitchen here, and a post on the feature here if you would like to follow along.

 

The homeowners wanted to lighten up, simplify, and utilize their beautiful home to the max for their large and growing family (the oldest of five children was married last summer).

 

The master bedroom was dark and pretty formal when we came in.   It was a shade of gold with many dark wood furniture pieces, silk curtains- all of the finishes that were popular several years back.

 

I  wanted to create a room that was light, comfortable and a relaxing, just as a master bedroom should be.

 

 

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Photos by Graham Yelton. Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

We began by drawing up a plan for the client so we could guarantee we were utilizing the space as best we could.  It also let us know how every inch will be used, so buying the wrong size piece of furniture or chair is never an issue.

 

Once it was clear how we wanted the room to flow, what pieces would stay, and what we would have made or buy new, we began pulling fabrics and pieces of furniture.    A palette of grays, lavenders, and creams became our color palette.    A mixture of woods (painted, waxed, and stained) were added in the mix, creating a serene and intimate room.

 

The walls were painted Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and we added a more neutral carpet.

 

I also created an intimate sitting area where the couple can sit and relax.    You can’t see in the pictures, but there is an existing chaise in the right corner that we reupholstered while adding a floor lamp and an occasional table for another place to enjoy.

 

I loved the feel of this bedroom when it was complete.   It feels like a cocoon with its softness and warmth and hopefully has become a place this couple can relax and unwind.

 

If we can help you create the home of your dreams, give us a shout at info@danawolterinteriors.com.  I would love to hear from you-

 

Have a great day-

 

Dana

 

 

 

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My Favorite Things This Winter

Posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 3:30 am

With the beginning of a new year, I thought I would share with you of a few of my favorite things.   I am not a product junkie or a person who likes to accumulate a lot of stuff, but there are a few items I am enjoying lately.  The prices range from $37.50 to $795, so there is something on the list for everyone.

 

Here goes:

 

 

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1. Kuvings Masticating Slow Juicer   $234   I have been juicing this past year and have fallen in love with it.  I dont do it everyday but I am certainly pretty regular with it.  I had a friend suggest this exact juicer to me because it is reasonable and maintains the vitamins by twisting fruit and veggies for the juice.   It is easy to use- and clean- and it comes with seven different nozzles for food processing versatility.  Buy here.

 

2. Burberry ‘Finsbridge’ Belted Quilted Jacket   $795  Who doesn’t love a great Burberry jacket?   It’s perfect for the not so winter weather and early spring when you need something light to throw on.  It is fitted, which equals flattering and versatile.  it comes in a navy and mink grey and is a chic piece for season after season. Buy here.

 

3. Veranda The Romance of Flowers: Clinton Smith   $37.40  Bring in the outdoors with this beautiful coffee table book of incredible floral arrangements that have been featured in Veranda over the years.   The pictures are gorgeous and inspiring, and I promise it won’t disappoint!  Buy here.

 

4. UGG ‘Classic Mini’ Boot   $113.95  As I’ve mentioned before, I love my UGGS.  This particular boot comes in five different colors, with chocolate being my favorite.      Buy here.

 

5. Vince ‘Side Zip Turtleneck’  $365 This cashmere and wool sweater comes in three different colors; black, cream and toast. You get the thickness of a big sweater without the bulkiness, and  I love its versatility and casual feel.  Buy here.

 

6. Diptyque ‘Baies’ Scented Candle  $60  Who doesn’t love a great smelling candle?  The combination of roses and blackcurrant leaves creates a wonderful aroma throughout your home. Buy here.

 

7. Revision Nectifirm   $55.99  Call me vain, call me old, but this is my new favorite product.  It helps with the firming of your neck and lessens the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Buy here.

 

8. Rag & Bone ‘Margot’ Bootie   $525  This pair of Rag&Bone booties are comfortable and chic.  They are versatile to dress up or down and are a perfect staple for season after season.   Buy here.

 

9. 7 For All Mankind ‘The Mod’ Straight Leg Jeans   $189  Having a good pair of jeans in your closet is something that everyone should have. 7 For All Man Kind is one of those jeans that will last you forever, and the more you wear them, the more comfortable they become.   Buy here.

 

 

Hope you enjoy these things as much as I do.    Let me know what you think-

-Dana

 

 

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Before and After Transformation of a Living Room

Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at 3:30 am

 “Dana took a room we never used and made it a room we never want to leave” -homeowner in the Birmingham Home and Garden article. 

 

I thought I would share a few more of the before and after pictures of the living room recently featured in Birmingham Home and Garden.   As you recall, this project was the makeover of a home to family of seven, and there was a huge transformation not only in the aesthetics, but in how the rooms are used.     Last week we shared the kitchen transformation here and below is the living room (that now functions as the family room).

 

 

 

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The living room was dark, ornate, and basically a walk-through room.   It was important to me that we turn this room into one the family wanted to use,  so I chose comfortable upholstery, large ottomans and lots of occasional tables.  I even tucked in a tv (that pulls out and swivels) into a side wall, which is sure way to draw people in.

 

 

 

After:

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This room is now pretty enough to work as a living room for company AND functional enough for everyday use.  I think my goal was reached. :)

 

Notice also how pretty the light is in this room.   I added sheer drapes so if/when the family wants to close them, they will have filtered light coming through.  I bet they stay open more often than not because the view is an incredible one of the lake.

 

The Oushak rug that was originally in this room served as our color palette of creams, light greens and soft blues with pops of color.  I added a grass rug under it because the room is large and needed a rug to scale to it.

 

Hope you enjoyed the transformation of this room as much as I did.  Here’s to saying “no” to a room that only functions as a walk-through and “yes” to enjoying every room in your home.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

 

 

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Lamp Options For The Bedroom

Posted on Friday, January 15th, 2016 at 3:30 am

A friend mentioned to me the other day that she was having a hard time finding bedside table lamps for her guest room.  She wasn’t sure of what to look for and where to look.

 

So….  I decided I would pull a few to share with you that are appropriate in size and versatile for this type of need.   Lighting plays a crucial part in making a bedroom a haven, a sanctuary to rest and relax, and you want to get it right.

 

I tried to give you a few options that are classic but modern, stylish yet timeless.     The price points vary and are reasonable for this type of need.

 

Here goes:

 

 

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1. ‘Deauville’ Table Lamp  $589    This lamp’s shapely silhouette is timeless and fresh and it is equipped with a dimmer.  I could easily see it on each side of the bed in a master or guest suite.   Buy here.

 

2.  ‘Nina Tapered’ Table Lamp $229  Forged with Aged Iron,  this lamp blends rustic and modern styles.  It would be great in a boy’s room, a lake house, or a mountain house.  Buy here.

 

3. ‘Dauphine’ Table Lamp  $229 – I love the simplicity of this gilded iron lamp and could easily see it in a girl’s room or a guest bedroom.    Buy here.

 

4.  ‘Aspen’ Forged Table Lamp $335  This apothecary table lamp has a gold gilded iron finish and can extend to 31″ H, making it perfect for this type of space. Buy here.

 

5.  ‘Anita’ Table Lamp $589  The ‘Anita’ table lamp has a tea stain white crackle finish.  It is a fresh take on a more traditional style.  Buy here.

 

 

Hope you find one that is perfect for you.   Each is timeless in its style so you won’t tire of it in a year or two.  Happy shopping and let me know what you choose.

 

 

 

Have a great day-

 Dana

 

 

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Tips For Transforming Your Kitchen (Without Gutting It)

Posted on Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 at 3:30 am

It’s incredible what a little paint, new countertops, backsplash, faucets, and hardware can do to transform a kitchen.

 

Because this is exactly how we completely updated a kitchen for an out-of-town client.

 

The house was built approximately 12 years ago and the homeowner was ready to lighten up the entire home.   The colors and furnishings were dark, ornate, and not always practical to the busy lifestyle of this family of seven.

 

There was lots to do throughout the entire home, and a complete gut job was not in the plans.   While we completely revamped the other rooms through paint, refinishing the hardwoods, new furnishings, art and accessories, we decided to do the same with the kitchen.

 

So we transformed this kitchen by focusing on its finishes.

 

 

Before:

 

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AFTER:

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Amazing, right?  This kitchen- and home- feels completely different……..

 

And while this large family entertains and has a revolving door to friends and family, I felt like the breakfast area could function much better for them than how it was.  Or did.  See what I mean?

 

 

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The existing round table was too small for the large space, so we designed one of our custom banquettes- and custom tables- for the space.   Voila!!!    Forget fitting just six people around the table…..  Let’s hold an intimate dinner party instead!

 

 

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Notice the nail detail on the side of the banquette? Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

I was thrilled with how this banquette turned out, though I have to admit I was a little nervous.   You see, walls aren’t always symmetrical and angles are not always exact, and for this banquette to fit JUST right, with a custom table made to fit around it, my upholsterer and I could not make a mistake.  Thanks goodness for people who are really good at their craft.

 

So if you aren’t loving your kitchen, and gutting it isn’t in the budget for now, don’t fret.   Take these suggestions and make some changes.   As always, if you need a plan to transform a room, or two, or your entire home,  email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com and let us help you.

 

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

 

To see more of this home and its transformation, readd the latest article in Birmingham Home and Garden.   Let me know what you think!

 

 

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Feature in Birmingham Home And Garden Magazine

Posted on Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 at 3:30 am

I am excited to share with you a project of ours in the January/February issue of Birmingham Home and Garden that just hit the newsstands.

 

The home was built appr 12-13 years ago, and the homeowners hadn’t changed the interiors since then.   They contacted us to update the furnishings throughout the entire home.

 

I loved working with this close knit family of seven as it was obvious from day one they had an open door policy to family and friends, and they wanted to utilize every square inch of their spacious home.

 

The views from the house are beautiful as it sits on a serene piece of property on the lake.   The interiors were ornate, formal, and dark, so lightening up and making a few rooms more welcoming were also goals discussed.   We reworked several rooms to work differently for the family, and I think it resulted in a more beautiful, functional home for them.

 

While I am going to let you buy your copy to see the transformation, I will share a couple of photos with you.

 

 

BEFORE of the Living Room:

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AFTER:

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Dana Wolter Interiors Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

Check back as I will share more of the “before” pictures and my thoughts on how I approached each of the rooms in this home.  Let me know what you think of the article when you pick up your copy.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

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