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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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A Friday Favorite

Posted on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Who doesn’t love a Friday?!

 

It’s one of the best days of the week, and to mark my favorite day, I am starting a new series.

 

Friday Favorite begins today, and to kick it off I have chosen an image from a TV segment that I taped a few years ago.

 

Know all of those pumpkins and gourds you see at the farmer’s market and grocery?  Well here are a few ways to implement them into your fall decor.

 

 

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Both of these arrangements are super easy, so anyone , yes, anyone (I mean you!) can pull them together.   Choose your flowers and gourds and let your creativity do the rest.

 

I always love having fresh flowers in my house, especially when they are in beautiful colors and add a touch of fall.

 

Enjoy your day and have a great weekend,

 

dana

 

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Like A Good Coffee Table Book? If So, Put This One On Your List

Posted on Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 10:43 pm

If you are like me, you enjoy reading and being inspired by books.

 

I love to curl up to the latest coffee table book and there are some really good ones out there.   They are also  a great way to inject personality into a space by stacking and displaying them.

 

Thanks to Birmingham Home and Garden, Birmingham Style, will soon be at the top of my reading list.  It is going to be a must-read for anyone interested in stylish living.

 

Birmingham Style

 

This hardcover coffee table book, which is due out November 1st,  highlights the best designs in Birmingham with more than 200 images of architecture, interior design and gardens.  Over 30 homes from the area are featured,  mine being one of them.

The editors of Birmingham Home and Garden have done a great job of showcasing some really pretty spaces throughout our city, and I love they have decided to cultivate some of their favorites into this book.    Below is an image I snapped of my bedroom while they were taking pictures.   I cannot wait to see what made the final cut.

 

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The living spaces in this publication range from classical architecture to cozy cottages to lofts with exquisite city views. I feel so lucky to live in a place that has such an array of beautiful homes, along with so many incredible tastemakers and trendsetters!

 

With all the beautiful images, you are sure to find inspiration, ideas and resources that will  have your wheels turning and creative juices flowing.

 

Be sure to preorder yours here today, and what better way to get your holiday shopping started than by buying a few extras for all the interior stylists on your list.

 

 

Happy reading,

 

Dana

 

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A Busy Time of Year and A New Service Is Offered

Posted on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 6:29 pm

With school back in and the holidays around the corner, my little design world has gotten pushed into high gear.  My team and I have put our roller skates on and we have hit the ground rolling.

 

We have been fortunate to begin some projects that have gotten us really excited about what we are working on around here.   I am always amazed how a well-designed home can truly change how a family lives, and am always grateful for those who ask me to help with something so personal.

 

And while we work on mostly full room or turn-key projects, I have realized we have missed out on a need that is out there, simply because it did not fit into our little box of what we do.

 

That being said, I want to share a new service that we are offering……

 

Drumroll please…..

 

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We have begun thinking out of the box to see how we can service the clients who need direction and decisions but do not need full interior design services.

 

 

 

SO…….

If  your home is almost complete, but you cannot quite pull it together, this service is for you.

If you are you tired of your interior colors and want a new color palette, this service is for you.

If you like to do the running around to look for pieces, but aren’t sure of the size or scale to buy, this service is for you.

If you are a take it and run with it kind of person, this service is for you.

If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, this service is screaming your name!

 

 

 

This service works by you sending over to me a list of what you would like to accomplish with your home.    We make an appointment, and I will then spend 3.5 hours of  uninterrupted time in your home, 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 that 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 allow, all while following professional advice.

 

I have provided this service to a few people, and it has gone really well.   One client emailed me a few months later to say she was following the suggestions and was loving the progression.   Even her husband, who wasnt excited about changing up the home, had jumped on board.  They were moving onto the kitchen renovation she and I had discussed in length during our session.

 

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 great day, everyone,

 

Dana

 

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Fall Favorites

Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 4:22 pm

The leaves are beginning to fall, the air is cooling off, and the days are getting shorter.  Football is in full swing and pumpkins are showing up everywhere.

 

This only means one thing… Fall is here!

 

As a way to celebrate the beginning of this new season, I wanted to share a few of my fall favorites from Pinterest.  As mentioned in my last post, Pinterest is my go-to for all things inspiration.

 

 

cashmere blanket. The wine bar will be cool....Temperature wise, it is wine after all.

With cooler temperatures, who doesn’t love a cashmere throw? Image from The Little Corner.

 

Cindy Smith and Patrick Lewis's Prohibition Room offers rustic luxury at the 2013 Adamsleigh Showhouse - Traditional Home®  Photo: John Bessler Sponsored by Lee Industries

I love the rustic elegance of this room. The ambiance of the room makes me want to wrap up in the blanket pictured above and enjoy a nice glass of red wine. Image by Cindy Smith and Patrick Lewis

 

Chocolate Pumpkin Cups ~ Can you believe these adorable little cups are entirely edible??

Can you believe these adorable cups are edible? I am sure this is a project my girls will love! Image from Oh, Nuts!

 

It’s time for sweaters and booties! Image from fashionablelittlethings

 

As you know, I am all about simplifying and this image screams serenity and peace. Image from Savy City Farmer.

 

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As I transition my garden from summer to fall, I added pumpkins to my planters. Image from Dana Wolter

 

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This is an arrangement I used on my tables for Thanksgiving last year. Image from Dana Wolter.

 

 

 

Even though I am sad to see the summer sun slip away, autumn is an incredible time of year and I am looking forward to enjoying all that it has to offer.

 

Have a good one,

dana

 

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A Few Favorite Pins Off Pinterest

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 3:49 am

Who doesn’t need some inspiration from time to time?

 

I am always looking for a new color palette or a subtle detail to add into my interiors, and Pinterest has become one of my favorite tools lately.

 

Not only does it inspire me, but it is a great way to share photos back and forth with my clients.

 

I encourage all of my clients to join Pinterest so we can collaborate on a board and pin together.  This is a great way to kick off a project and help me find the look that is best for their home.

 

Here are a few of my favorite pins of late….

 

This first interior speaks to me.   It could be a room that was installed yesterday, yet it looks like it has evolved over time.   What a great balance between old and new, shiny and matte, smooth and textural.

 

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Love the mix of elements here. Wood, stone, and mirror against lush fabrics and old, crusty pieces. Beautiful!

 

The objects in the room below look like they could be pieces from the homeowner’s collection (instead of off a showroom floor), pulled together to form a seating area.  Again, notice the mixture of elements- stained wood, marble, metal, and painted wood.   Very little duplication of pieces of furniture, but enough to allow your eyes to rest.

This seating area blends beautifully together.  I also love how the fabric panels soften that big, gorgeous window without obstructing the view.

 

Feminine Alabama Home - Susan Ferrier Design - Veranda

Interiors by Susan Ferrier

 

 

Are you familiar with Ruard Veltman?  If not, look at his work here.  He is extremely creative and I bet you will find his work as inspiring as I do.   The kitchen below is from one of the homes he designed.

Ruard Veltman Architecture ~ Dutch Colonial ~ sleek

 

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Casual yet chic

 

Kathleen Clements Design

 

If you aren’t using Pinterest to organize and collect your thoughts, sign up here. Follow our boards, create your own boards, and discover great things.  After all, can’t we all appreciate a little “eye candy” every once in a while?!

 

Happy pinning,

Dana

 

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Photo creds:

Pic One: Eleanor Cummings Interior Design

Pic Two: Design by Susan Ferrier

Pic Three: Ruard Veltman Architecture

Pic Four: Emerson Fry

Pic Five: Kathleen Clements Design

 

A Balancing Act

Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 8:24 am

I just came back from the sixth annual “What’s New, What’s Next” event at the New York Design Center.  What a great time I had!

 

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Louisa and Allyson joined me for a fun night in the city!

 

The energy in the building was amazing…..  Over 70 showrooms participated in the event that featured product introductions, informative lectures, and book signings all day long.

 

As mentioned before, I had the privilege of joining Traditional Home Senior Design and Market Editor Tori Mellot in a panel on mixing traditional and modern design.

 

Chad Graci of Graci Interiors and Katie Lydon of Katie Lydon Interiors discussed with us how incorporating modern touches into spaces can push- but not overstep- the boundaries of traditional design.

 

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All of us before the panel.

 

We were given ten items ahead of time that were a mix of modern and traditional, and we were asked to distinguish how we would balance the modern with more traditional pieces and the traditional pieces with more modern ones.

 

Below are a few of the images given to us and my interpretations for each.

 

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I could see placing this modern chandelier into a similar breakfast area.  The scale of the piece would obviously need to be smaller and I would balance the hard lines of it with some sort of upholstery and wooden dining table like below.

 

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Another image I was given was this Mr. Brown console.

 

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I love this piece and would not hesitate to place it in one of my interiors. I would soften the piece by placing something upholstered under it, such as the style of the two stools in the picture below.

 

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As for the top of the console, I would create a layered vignette, with a piece of artwork or a mirror as my starting point, such as below.

 

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A final image I would like to share are these Bolier nesting tables.

 

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I love these tables as they are very versatile and could be used in many different interiors. I could have easily replaced the Baker tables in the picture below with one set of these.

 

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I would also have used the tables near upholstery that is skirted, as shown in the image below.

 

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“What’s New, What’s Next” continues to unite the industry and become a benchmark for introducing new products and celebrating the very best in design.  Thank you, Traditional Home, for including me in the discussion.  I was extremely honored.

 

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Here’s to finding the perfect balance in your home,

 

Dana

 

 

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Enjoying Coffee with Amanda Carol

Posted on Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

A couple months ago Amanda, of Amanda Carol Interiors, asked me to take part in her blog series, “Coffee With…”.

 

Coffee With Dana Wolter

 

 

 

In this post, Amanda features a different designer and asks them a few questions.

 

I am honored  to share coffee with her and chat about my passion and  inspiration.

 

Check out our conversation here and make sure you take the time to browse Amanda’s website as she is super talented.     You will see we share the belief  the space you call home should be beautiful, and Amanda certainly knows how to make homes just that.

 

Thanks again for featuring me, Amanda, and have a great day, everyone-.

 

 

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If You Are In New York, Join Me!

Posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I was thrilled to be asked by Traditional Home to take part in the “What’s New, What’s Now” interior design event in New York on September 18th at the New York Design Center.

 

Are you familiar with it?  It’s going to be a fun day filled with events with over 36 presentations from designers, architects, and people in the design industry from across the country.

 

I will be a part of the panel discussion about incorporating modern touches into spaces to push–but not overstep–the boundaries of traditional design. The panel will feature Chad + Christina Graci from Graci Interiors, Katie Lydon, and myself.  The fabulous Tori Mellot, of Traditional Home, will moderate the discussion.

 

 

I am  honored to be a part of the event and I look forward to sharing more when I return.    If you are in New York, please join me and say hello!

 

If you have any recommendations of “must dos” while I am in New York, please comment below.  I am there pretty often, but always love to hear of the latest restaurant, show, etc….

 

Have a great day, everyone!

dana

 

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