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Inspiring Tablescapes for Thanksgiving Entertaining

Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2014 at 3:43 am

Are you ready?

 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and there’s no time like now to start hammering out the details.

 

If you are like me, you haven’t done the first thing to prepare are determined to make the festive day smooth and stress-free. After all, the holiday is about coming together and giving thanks for all we are grateful.

 

BUT…….. Long before the food is served, your table will make a first impression.

 

Some of the loveliest tables aren’t necessarily about the china or silver, but rather the natural elements that suggest the occasion.  I love fine china and silver as much as the next person, but what really makes the table for me is a thoughtful arrangement, place cards, or special linens.

 

As mentioned in a previous post, unique napkin folds are an simple way to add elegance to your table.  If you haven’t already, watch this video  as I show how easily napkin folding can be done in a unique way.

 

Below we are sharing some of our favorite tablescapes from Pinterest.

 

 

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Take advantage of what nature provides. The varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and garden plants lend themselves to beautiful arrangements. Image from The Daily Basics.

 

 

I love the mixture of colors, tones and textures at this table. Image from Martha Moments.

 

 

Handmade place cards are such a nice, detailed touch. Image by Cottage and Vine

 

 

Instead of place cards, why not use words that are reminiscent of Thanksgiving such as thankful, grateful, appreciative and fortunate. A wonderful way to bring the Thanksgiving spirit to your table. | The Glamorous Housewife

Instead of place cards, use words that remind you of giving thanks. Image from The Glamorous Housewife.

 

 

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It’s important to remember that you don’t have to break the bank to create a memorable setting. Image from Griffanie.

 

 

Beautiful and simple are the words for the day.   Here’s to getting your table ready to give thanks,

 

dana

 

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Wednesday Wisdom- Classic Materials Are The Way To Go

Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 3:30 am

Happy Wednesday!

 

I came across this quote from Billy Baldwin and I love it.

 

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I have always been a believer in using classic materials and finishes throughout a home.  Mother Nature knows best, as a room filled with classic materials is always up to date.

 

 

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The finishes you choose for your next project can make or break certain design elements. Floor and wall coverings can greatly influence the style of a room.

 

Nothing is prettier to me than an old piece of marble. Marble is wonderfully rich and can turn any room into a dramatic showcase. The more it is used, the prettier it becomes.

 

 

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The old marble brought this fireplace back to life while creating a timeless look. Image from Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Wood is also a classic material that I love. I have been embracing it in an even bigger way this year with it appearing in all forms of interior objects from furniture to lighting to flooring.

 

 

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I love the classic look of the dark wooden staircase against the white walls. The wood is original to the house. Image from Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Natural stones and materials are the way to go. By investing is these practical and gorgeous elements, you are sure to have a timeless room that you love!

 

 

Enjoy your day,

Dana

 

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Two Quick (And Pretty) Ways To Fold The Holiday Napkin

Posted on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 at 3:30 am

It’s that time already!  Can you believe the holidays are here?!

 

Radio stations are playing Christmas music,  and lights and greenery are hung.

 

We thought it might be nice over the next few weeks to offer a few quick tips on how to simplify this crazy time of year.

 

Homes will soon be filled with festive décor, food, friends and family, and hopefully our tips will help you not stress enjoy this season.

 

Today, I am sharing a TV segment I taped a few years back for  NBC-13  Birmingham with David Lamb on a few easy ways to fold napkins.  David and I had a lot of fun perfecting the art, and I promise, if we can do it, so can you.   Take a look:

 

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Little tricks – from hand-written place cards and unique napkin folds – can help make for memorable meals during the holidays.

 

Watch this video to see how easily you can add elegance to your table and set the scene for a delicious feast.

 

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This is my Thanksgiving table from last year. Notice how the folded napkin is a small detail that makes a beautiful statement. Image from Dana Wolter Interiors.

 

I hope you found this post helpful.  Stay tuned for more holiday entertaining ideas.

 

Ready or not….. Tis the season,

dana

 

We will be announcing the winners of the “Birmingham Style” book giveaway Friday so stayed tuned for that as well. In case you missed the giveaway details, check out my blog post from last Friday. It’s not too late to enter!

 

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Here’s to getting through this joyous (and certainly hectic at moments) time of the year,

Friday Favorite- Birmingham Style Giveaway

Posted on Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 3:30 am

Happy Friday!

 

For today’s Friday Favorite, I am sharing the must-have coffee table book, Birmingham Style, produced by Birmingham Home and Garden .

 

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As mentioned in a previous post, this book highlights the best design in Birmingham, Alabama.  There is a lot of talent in the city I call home, and I am honored to be included in this publication.

 

It is a collection of projects offering inspiration, ideas, and resources for readers who want to find their own style through images of beautiful homes and gardens.

 

Because I love this first-of-its-kind book for my city, and I know you will too, I am giving away two copies.

 

To enter into the drawing,  you must first subscribe to my blog (if you have not already) and share this post on Instagram and/or Facebook.   I will give a book away to one new subscriber and one to another person who shares this post.

 

Note, if you share this post and one of your friends shares it from you, not only will they be entered into the drawing, you will be entered two times.    Make sure to tag me so I know the post has been shared by you.   The winners will be announced next Wednesday.

 

Good Luck,

dana

 

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How To Find The PERFECT Paint Color

Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at 3:29 am

Have you ever chosen a paint color, knowing it is the “perfect” one, only to have it painted to discover it looks completely different than what you imagined ?!

 

If so, you are not alone!

 

Take the guesswork out of choosing a  color by following this process.  It will ensure the color you achieve on your walls is what you are hoping for.

 

The important first step in choosing a paint color is getting it out of the store.  Choose a handful of hues, or borrow the entire fan deck of colors, and bring the chips back home.

 

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We like to make our own swatches so we can be sure the color is what we think.

Nothing will help you choose a color better than seeing the hue applied to the wall.
Take the samples home and brush them on the walls of your room.  If your walls are dark, paint the samples on a white piece of poster board so the current color doesnt interfere with the new ones.
Look at the colors at all times of day, from bright morning light to golden afternoon light to lamp-lit darkness. Sun, or lack thereof, can make a huge difference in how a color reads.
Always paint two very good coats to get a good idea of what the color is going to look like on the wall. Once the test sections are dry, hang artwork over them, push furniture in front of them, and stand back in the room to see how they look.
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This image shows your the difference in one and two coats.

When choosing a sheen, remember that flat paint gives you color closest to the original cardboard paint chip, where semi gloss paint will have a moderate reflective quality.
Remember  with so many color choices available, it is necessary to take your color for a test drive before you buy.
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These are some Sherman Williams and Benjamin Moore colors we tested for a current project we are working on.

Happy painting,
dana
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Wednesday Wisdom- Help Us Choose!

Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 at 3:00 am
Have you heard of Randy Newman’s song called “Birmingham”?
In it, he sings:
Birmingham, Birmingham
The greatest city in Alabam’
You can travel ‘cross this entire land
There ain’t no place like Birmingham

 

We think Randy must be a pretty wise guy as we totally agree with his lyrics.

There are so many wonderful sites in Birmingham and we need your help in deciding a front runner .
We have been asked by Traditional Home to choose an inspiration from Birmingham and create a virtual mood board based upon it that will be featured on their website.
Share with us, please!  What is your favorite landmark in Birmingham, AL?
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Let us hear from you,
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Friday Favorite: Go Pink

Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 3:00 am

In case you live under a rock did not realize, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

 

 

 

While most people are aware of breast cancer,  many forget to take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages.

 

Early detection saves thousands of lives every year, and what better time than now to schedule a mammogram.

 

 

For today’s Friday Favorite, I want to share some pink images that caught my eye.

 

 

Image from Happily Grey

 

 

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Image from Cynthia Brooks Design

 

 

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Image from Kate Long Stevenson

 

 

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Teen room we installed a few years back- Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

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Image from Dana Wolter Interiors

 

Have a good one,

 

dana

 

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Wednesday Wisdom

Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 3:00 am

For today’s Wednesday Wisdom, I am sharing some wise words from Thomas O’Brien.

 

 

Image from Veranda

 

 

Making a space feel collected -versus a room that looks like it was installed in one day- is best achieved through layering different elements in unexpected ways.   Mix up your pieces as this creates depth and interest.  You never want all of your furniture or its woods to “match” as this looks too much like a showroom floor.

 

There are several ways to layer effectively while looking less than perfect. Check out the images below.

 

 

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The picture above is a great example of how layering artwork can make a space feel like it has evolved over time.

 

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The picture above shows how important it is to mix the woods found in a room.   You see stained, painted, and gilded all in this very small space, yet it works.

 

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This master is a good example of how important it is that not all of your upholstery have legs.  Again- it is a collected you are striving for- and you need some of each to balance the other out.

 

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Who knew a breakfast area could have so many layers?!   You have a stainless steel table top, mounted onto a painted wood base, that sits on a cowhide rug.   Again you have the exposed legs of the ghost chair sitting next to a skirted banquette.   Mixing is key.

 

 

 

Hope you found this post helpful. I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

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Friday Favorite

Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 5:30 am

It’s my favorite day….Friday!

 

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Today’s Friday Favorite is a picture of a dining room install from several years ago.

 

I love the uniqueness of this upholstered dining room table.   It adds a lot of look, softness, and durability to the space, all without breaking the bank.

 

For me, a well designed room comes down to the details.  They are the finishing touches that can take a room from pretty to pretty incredible.

 

Keep in mind, details should not be obvious.   Instead, they should enhance and balance the overall feel of the room.

 

 

I hope you have a wonderful Friday,

 

dana

 

 

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Wednesday Wisdom

Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at 5:30 am

Happy Hump Day!

 

 

 

Do you share your home with those you love?  Or, do you rarely invite guests over because your house isn’t perfect?

 

The more happiness and laughter that enters your house, the more it will feel like a home.

 

While interiors make your home pretty, the people inside are your best accessories.

 

Recently, I had a friend make a comment about my home always having fresh flowers and looking “magazine ready”. While I wish that was the case, it is far from the truth.

 

Most days, my foyer is filled with the clutter of clothes, shoes, bags and books, much like the picture below.

 

 

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Yes, that is only one of two different pairs of shoes.  Who knows where the matches are?!

 

I’ll take the disorder, though.

 

The mess we make living our lives fills our home with memories and turns it into much more than a mere dwelling place.

 

Homes are meant to be lived in, and I hope my friends and family  always feel “at home” when they are in mine.

 

 

Have a good one,

 

dana

 

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