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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….

 

Dana

 

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!

photo courtesy of jean allsopp

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.

A Day In My Life- What Do I Do All Day? Let’s Find Out!

Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 3:30 am

I don’t know about you, but I find the summer heat and going from one activity to the next exhausting.

Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful to be busy and am excited to share with you very soon some things that are happening.   With work, on top of family and other commitments, I stay out of trouble on my toes.

While some people only know me because of my design work,  there are others who only know me through my children.   I always smile when someone, who has known me for a few months, realizes I have another side to me that works and creates and changes the way people live in their homes.

I love that because while I am grateful and proud of all that has come my way professionally, in the end, I want to put my aside my pride and be known for my character versus my accomplishments.

 

 

So….. Having said that, I thought it would be fun to let you “spend a day with me” to see how the two mix and are intertwined.

I  love what I do, but I’m thrilled to spend more time this summer with my over scheduled girls. Their schedule is more lax when school is out, and with one headed to college in a few months, I am savoring every moment of family time.

Here goes …..Get ready to juggle as I have a lot of balls in the air…..

 

 

My day started Wednesday around 6:15 when I woke up, showered and reviewed my notes before filming a segment from ABC 33/40’s “Talk of Alabama”.

I arrived at ABC 33/40 at 8:30 for a live segment on “Five Ways To Update A Room (Without Breaking The Bank)”. I blogged about this last week, so be sure to check it out here if you haven’t seen it.

 

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Image from Dana Wolter Interiors

 

After I finished, I ran to the office around 10:45 to meet with the rep for Cotton and Quill to look at the new fabrics.  They have lots of great patterns, and I particularly loved the soft colors in these for a bedroom we are beginning.

 

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Image from Dana Wolter Interiors

I hurried to the physical therapist for a lunchtime appointment.   I have been battling pain in my hip, and after having about five months of pain, I am grateful to have it finally under control.  Thank you, Jesus!!

 

On the way back, I picked up my youngest who had eaten lunch with a friend.

I came back to the office and met with the homeowner of #projectexpansion. We discussed a few details with the construction of her project such as flooring, doors, hardware and cabinetry.

 

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Next, the homeowner and I were off to Triton to look at slabs that were brought in for her project. We selected a couple of beautiful ones.  Holy moly- can’t wait to share.

 

After we finished, I also met with a producer to film a video on selecting countertops. Stay tuned for more on this.
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We finished up around 4:45- 5:00.   I headed home and intended to workout,  but that didn’t happen. Instead, I enjoyed lounging with the girls in my gym shorts.

Close enough.   Wearing gym clothes= working out, right?!

 

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I probably should have spent the downtime cooking dinner but that didn’t happen either, so we enjoyed takeout instead.  A meal together is what matters, not who cooked it, right?

My bed was calling my name so I crawled in face planted, and enjoyed reading Jay Abraham’s “The Sticking Point Solution.”   It’s a book with a lot of great tips on building your business and brand.   I love reading before I go to sleep as it’s the best way for me to unwind.

You’ll find that my life isn’t very exciting, and for the most part, it’s pretty predictable.   It’s my hectic life, though, and I am grateful for every single bit of it.

 

Here’s to making the most of a day,

dana

 

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New Home, New Look

Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 3:30 am

I thought I would share with you a project we began a few months ago.

 

It is for a cute, fun family of four who purchased a new home earlier this year.   Like many who recently move, they had several empty rooms where their existing furniture did not fit nor fill.

 

I have known them for several years, and they are the best.  Their two children are teenagers (one is in college), so they wanted a rooms with edge but that could stand lots of fun and casual entertaining among all ages.

 

Below is the furniture layout for the family room.  It is a large room, and our goal was to make good use of the space while giving lots of seating for football games and movies around the television.

 

Bullock-- family room

 

The homeowners love blue and wanted bright colors so we kept these things in mind when selecting fabrics for the room. I love all the textures in these fabrics as they will help create depth and dimension in the room. These colors scream cozy and inviting to me. What about you?

 

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We also created a layout for their dining room.

 

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We pulled darker browns and gray tones for the fabrics in their dining room. The richness in these fabrics will create a more dramatic feel that isn’t too overpowering, with sheers lining two of the walls.  Again, lots of edge (an upholstered table ) but a casual, functional space to create memories with friends.

 

Bullock-- living room fabrics

 

I am excited to see these rooms come to fruition. Stay tuned for more pictures of the finished product as we will be installing next month.

 

Have a great day-
Dana
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Five Ways To Update A Room (Without Breaking The Bank)

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at 3:30 am

Last week, I had the opportunity to do live segment for ABC3340’s “Talk of Alabama“.  It’s been several months since I have taped a design segment, and I forgot how much I enjoy it.  It was a lot of fun!

 

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In case some of you are wanting a quick overview of what I discussed, here are a few of the tips I shared.

And guess what?!    The first two suggestions are won’t cost you a dime!

 

1. Clean out. I am a big believer that if you are not using or don’t love something, get rid of it. Life is too short to surround yourself with things that you don’t love or enjoy.  You’ll be amazed at how much better a space looks when clutter is contained.

2. Arrange a new floor plan. After you clean out, access how your room flows. If it doesn’t seem right, move your furniture around and create a new arrangement. Your room will feel like a new one when you do this, and hopefully the space will function better for you and your family (which is always the goal!!).

3. Paint. This seems so simple but it’s truly the best and most economical way to make a big impact.  Color is hot right now, so consider going bold in a small room or space.

4. Add sheers. I love sheers because of the texture they provide, and Iuse them in quite a few of my projects. Regardless of the price point of the fabric, you’ll save money by not having to line them, and usually the labor is much less, too.  Sheers are perfect for the window with a gorgeous view, but just needs some softness around it.

5. Accessorize. Buy new pillows, artwork or a throw. These tend to be easy ways to completely change the look of a room.

 

Watch the segment below as there are a few more specifics not listed above (make sure you notice the beautiful pillows Suite Dreams in Mountain Brook let us borrow!).

Let me know what you think as I would love to hear from you!

 


Have a good one-

Dana

 

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Southern Living Designer Network is LIVE!

Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 3:30 am

I am excited to share that the Coastal Living Southern Living Designer Network website has launched.

 

If you remember, I shared a couple of months ago that I was selected by the editors as a member of this designer network for their readers.

 

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Image from Southern Living Designer Network

 

 

I am honored to be one of the few from Alabama, and as you can see, I am in great company.     Check out the live site at http://sldesignernetwork.com/ and let me know what you think.

 

Have a great day,

dana

 

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Project Expansion (In A Couple Of Ways)

Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Several months ago, I was approached to help with a renovation/addition to a home in Mountain Brook that sits on a beautiful, serene piece of property.  The homeowners loved the layout and piece of property, but wanted to update and add a master suite to the home.

 

After a couple of meetings with the homeowners, I was sensing an urgency to start on the project, but I didn’t think much of it because who isnt ready to begin a renovation when it is inevitable?!

 

Little did I suspect, the homeowners shared they are expecting a baby.  I was excited ecstatic when I heard this news, as the homeowners are friends of mine and I knew how long and how badly they’ve wanted a child.

 

But….the story gets even better…….

 

They announced several weeks later that not only are they pregnant, but their gestational carrier (whom they sought to help them start a family thinking they couldn’t get pregnant) is also expecting. These miracle babies are due seven weeks apart, and if the story is not “good enough”, they are expecting a boy and a girl.

 

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I love this picture- Sometimes it makes me laugh, while other times it makes me cry.

 

 

The homeowners bought this home wanting a project, and little did any of us know they would be gaining so much more.

 

And as we find out quickly just how durable and functional my elegant interiors are, I am thrilled to be walking alongside this couple as they grow their home and family.  How lucky am I to help them create a house for memories to come.

 

With Pete Pritchard as the architect, we are adding some amazing details and finishes throughout #ProjectExpansion. Demo started this week, so stay tuned as we will update you on all the excitement and progress.

 

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Image from Dana Wolter Interiors

 

I hope this story inspires you as it did me, that all is in God’s timing.    Have a great day-

 

dana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Ways To Create An Inviting, Outdoor Living Space

Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 3:30 am

With summer in full swing and warm weather here to stay, I find myself wanting to spend a little more time outdoors.

 

Maybe it’s the Southerner in me, but I love the idea of grilling, sharing a meal, or even drinking my morning coffee outside.

 

Every home should have an outdoor area.  It doesnt have to be large, just big in style to invite you to sit down and relax.

 

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Image from Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

I always try to soften an outdoor area so it feels like an extension of a client’s home.  Don’t be afraid to add accents and traditional indoor furnishings to your outdoor room. Outdoor upholstery, throw pillows for furniture, rugs, and other design touches will create a welcoming feel.
Below is a picture of my own outdoor space.  As you can see, I have kept a similar color palate to the inside of my house and just added some greenery and pops of color in my throw pillows.

 

With all of the hard surfaces you find on a terrace, greenery is always a nice way to soften the space as well.  I am a big fan of succulents because they are EASY to maintain and a great way to add texture to a table.

 

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Image from Dana Wolter Interiors

 

I would love to hear how you’ve brought the indoors out at your home.

 

Happy outdoor living,

 

dana

 

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Need A Plan For Your Home?

Posted on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 3:30 am

Are you the type of person who likes to work on your home, but you don’t trust yourself to always make the best selections when it comes to the interiors?

 

As I mentioned a few months back, I have begun offering a one time 3.5 hour consult package.   It’s perfect for those who want to do the legwork on their own but need a detailed plan to follow.

 

After all, your home is one of the biggest investments you will make, and you want to make sure you spend your investment wisely.

 

How this consult works is simple.   Before we meet, I have you send over a detailed list of what you would like to cover in our time together so I have an idea of what YOU want to accomplish.    When I am there, we go over your questions as well as any other suggestion I would make if it was my own home.  We can discuss design dilemmas, furniture arrangements, fabric swatches, paint colors, to knock down a wall or not– you name it!

 

After our meeting, you will receive a detailed synopsis from me of what was discussed and a list of all we discussed for your 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 has gone over really well and the feedback I have received is amazing.  Here is what a few people have had to say:

 

“I thoroughly enjoyed our hours together and felt that our time was very productive.”

 

“I love your style and believe you have a real gift for scale, color, layout and practicality.  I have been checking out your website pics, FB, and Pinterest sites for more ideas.  Love!  Love!”

 

 

Another super organized client found the overall plan helpful:

 

“The plan you created has been incredibly helpful.  The biggest benefit was paint colors! The palette you helped us choose for the entire home has proven to be beautiful and very versatile as we continue to buy furniture and get ‘settled’.”

 

 

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This picture was taken at a consult visit. Isn’t this a gorgeous piece of property?

 

If you think this is something that might be helpful to you, email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com for more information.  I look forward to helping you come up with a plan for your home-

 

Have a great day-
Dana

 

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Five Inspirations for Kitchen Design

Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at 3:30 am

I am working on several kitchen renovations and designs right now, so I immediately went to one of my favorite sources for inspiration, Pinterest.  If you don’t have your dream kitchen yet,  I bet you probably have an idea of how it will look.

 

Everyone loves a beautiful kitchen, right? After all, it tends to be one of the most lived in rooms in a home.

 

Before working on any kitchen space, it’s important I understand my clients’ style and needs.   Are they cooks or not? Are they a family of two or a family of seven?  Do they like to entertain?  How old are their children and/or grandchildren?   All of these things come into play and make a difference in how a kitchen needs to function.

 

So……having said that, I love nothing more than a really pretty AND functional kitchen.

 

Here are a few that have caught my eye recently:

 

This kitchen is from a few years back, and while kitchens have gone lighter and brighter, I still love it.  Greige is the new black, and I love the planked walls and cabinetry. I also love the wood detail in the ceiling and the softness of the benches are a beautiful addition to the room.

 

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The simplicity of this kitchen is beautiful and how gorgeous is the marble island? I also love the pops of black against the stone.

 

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This kitchen is light and bright, yet there are so many layers and textures in this space.

 

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Image from Bates Corkern

 

 

Ruard Veltman is one of my favorites when it comes to architecture. He is incredibly creative and talented, and his work in inspirational. He puts great attention into details, and it’s obvious in his designs.

 

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What kitchen images have caught your eye recently?  Let me know as I always love to see a pretty room.

 

Here’s to being inspired,

dana

 

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Friday Favorite

Posted on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at 3:30 am

Good Morning and Happy Friday,

 

I came upon this outfit as I was doing a little online shopping and while I love the outfit, I love the colors for an interior even more.

 

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Image from Piperlime

 

Lilac, pink, and gray are big colors right now and I think this color palette would be beautiful in a bedroom. I love how peaceful and serene these colors read together, but the pop of color can really make a room come alive.

 

What colors are you into these days? I would love to hear from you.

 

Have a good one,

dana