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The Color I Am Loving Right Now…..

Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at 2:20 am

There is a color out there that I am loving right now, and it isn’t one I normally use.

 

#Blush has caught my attention and I have found myself using it in the fabrics and art in a few of my current projects, including my office.  I did a #FacebookLive video here about it the other day, and apparently, I am not the only one who is loving this color…..

 

 

 

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Becki Owens, Bloglovin’

 

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As I shared with you here, I pulled several fabrics for a recent living room install that included this color.

 

 

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The room turned out soft, chic, and beautiful.    I can’t share much just yet, but here is a sneak peek…..

 

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And while I have paired blush with silver and gray, the room below with it against taupe caught my eye.

 

I am betting blush paired with taupe is going to be a big design trend before too long…..

 

 

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What colors are you loving right now?  Has blush crossed your radar yet?  Let me know – I would love to hear…

 

 

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Five Design Ideas To Create A Healthy Home, Happy Life

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 2:20 am

I sense a change is taking place…   People are tired,  tired of feeling exhausted and stressed.

 

It is time to slow down and enjoy life more.  Find a balance.

 

Because life is short,  embracing the good and surrounding yourself with positive, healthy ways of living are more important than ever.

 

Don’t get me wrong.   I am the first to get caught up in everyday life.  Little things, that in the big scheme, don’t mean much.

 

But if we can make healthy changes in our home that have a positive impact on our quality of life, isnt this a good thing?

 

 

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Here are five, easy, design ideas to create a healthy home, and therefore, a happy life.   Here goes:

 

1. If you don’t love something in your home or aren’t using it, get rid of it.  Clean out, pair down,  and keep only what speaks to you and brings you joy.

 

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2.  Assign a purpose for every room in your home.  Every single room, even the little “catch-all” closet.     What exactly is the closet going to store?

 

 

3.   LIVE in your home and ENJOY.   No more off-limit rooms or  saving your china just for special occasions…   Use the dishes one night for dinner, just because…..

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4.  Make your home a reflection of you.  Do you like a little edge but your home doesnt quite capture who you are or how you want to reflect your style?  Reach out to a designer and hire someone who can turn your vision into reality.   Ask around and check with their references to make sure their style, type of budget they work with,  and their personality are a good fit for you.

 

5.  Create a space somewhere in your home that makes you feel calm and relaxed.  It doesn’t have to be big space- maybe it is a corner in a room with a chair, a blanket, and a table to place your morning coffee.  Do a little self care and create a spot to call your own.

 

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors. Photo by Jean Allsopp

Dana Wolter Interiors. Photo by Jean Allsopp

 

 

Hope these five design ideas help you create a healthy home, and therefore bring a little happiness into your life.  Let me know what you think-

 

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Since the new year, a few people have reached out to me about the one time 3.5 hour consult I offer.

 

While my firm works mostly 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 I have even flown across the country a few times to offer this service.

 

People who have invested in this consult have been surprised over the amount of detail and information that comes with it.

 

I saw a lady last weekend at my daughter’s dance studio who hired me several months ago to help her with the finishes, colors, materials, furniture layout, etc for a family lakehouse under construction.

 

I couldn’t help but smile as she proudly showed me pictures of the finished product.  They don’t have furniture yet, but the house turned out so pretty.  She did a great job implementing my suggestions.

 

 

 

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Whatever your needs are with your home, you have my undivided attention during our time together.

 

 

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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.    During our appointment, I will then spend 3.5 hours of  uninterrupted time giving you my opinion and 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 detailed notes of what we discussed.   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 transform your home, email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com.   I would love to talk with you.

 

Have a great day-

dana

 

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IPhone Photo Dump

Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at 5:31 pm

As I was cleaning off pictures on my phone the other day, I thought it might be fun to do an Iphone photo dump to see a few of my favorites. Here goes:

 

Everyone needs a little love…..

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As long as it isnt too close for comfort…..

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Or a little inspiration from my LA trip last April…

 

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Sometimes when I see something that speaks to me, I will snap a picture of it, too.

 

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Like most people, there are a few of my family on my camera, too.

 

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Now that I have shared a few of the pictures on my phone, what’s on yours? Comment below as I would love to know.

 

Have a great day, everyone, and keep snapping away-

 

Dana

Turning A Dream Into Reality

Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at 5:28 pm

One of the BEST parts of my job is creating homes for families to grow into and make memories. Turning a dream into a reality.

 

I have been working on this #Vestavia project for a year and a half now, and we are in the middle of it. I was brought in before they broke ground and we are about half way complete.

 

Sheetrock is up, stone and tile are being installed, and trim and millwork will begin pretty soon.

 

I have been able to watch this project jump off of the pages of a plan and slowly turn into reality, and I am getting excited for this sweet family as so many good things- in so many ways-are in store for them. They have children and I see lots of wonderful memories being made in this home.

 

 

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We have selected all of the lighting and it has been ordered. We are in the process of selecting all of the fabrics and furnishings, and are presenting it later this week. The fabrics and upholstery will determine the paint colors throughout the home. Paint is the last element we select- not the first.

 

Our color palette will be light in most areas and rich in color in other rooms. Charcoal, silver, cranberry and a touch of yellow in specific places. I have been looking for old and new pieces to give some age to this new construction, too.

 

There are going to be some custom pieces scattered throughout, such as this tall upholstered screen in the living room. The ceilings are tall, and in order to add some weight to the room, I am attaching an upholstered screen that covers most of one wall. Sheers will hang behind it to add softness to the space as well.

 

 

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Stay tuned on Instagram in particular as I will be sharing pieces of the presentation later this week. It’s going to be fun watching this home turn into reality.

 

Dana

 

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#DiamondsOfDesign Vignette- AmericasMart 2017

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at 1:10 am

I came back from Atlanta last week just in time to bypass getting stuck in the snowstorm that hit the Southeast.   We only had a dusting, but it was the ice that closed us down.

 

I was in Atlanta setting up my #DiamondsOfDesign vignette for the AmericasMart market that begins today.   It is their 60th anniversary and to celebrate, they had 10 designers from across the country create spaces based upon a style icon from the past 60 years.  I chose design icon David Hicks because of his mix of elements, his love of new and old pieces, and his bold use of pattern.   His rooms in the 60s and 70s were always beautiful, warm, collected, and many times, bold.

 

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David Hicks, Google images

 

 

RestyleSource was kind enough to do an interview with all of the designers.  If you would like to know a few of our favorite things, you can read about them here.  Don’t judge that I like a home-cooked meal, as long as it isn’t cooked by me.  Ha!

 

Each designer’s space is made up of pieces curated from the vendors at market.  I am loving the addition of antiques to the AmericasMart as I like a “collected” look in any space- even if it is newly designed.

 

The space is only 10′ x 10′ in size, and I knew I wanted some sort of library or sitting room feel.  Something warm, and collected, and a space that makes you want to sit down and stay for awhile.

 

I began by selecting this wallpaper from Schumacher for the walls.

 

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Schumacher Whirlpool Wallcovering in Champagne

 

 

They were gracious to donate it as well as this IKAT fabric for pillows for the sofa.

 

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Schumacher Kashgar IKAT

 

 

Lots of vendors lent us pieces for my vignette.  Everything from a loveseat to lamps to art to accessories to books make up my space.   I can’t show the finished product yet, but here are a few quick snapshots of my vignette.

 

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Diamonds Of Design, AmericasMart vignette, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

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Loving this Currey and Co. floor lamp, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

 

If you are in Atlanta for market this week, stop by and see the designer spaces.    There are so many good ones!

 

I will also be sharing pictures from it and a few of my favorite finds from market this weekend.  If you would like to keep up, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest.

 

Have a great week-

 

Dana

 

 

 

 

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Healthy Home, Happy Life

Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 1:10 am

Are you ready to leave behind the stress you find in your surroundings and create a healthy, happy life that begins before you walk out your front door?

 

 

Your environment is one of the seven top causes of stress, and your surroundings attribute to your health just as much as what you eat,  who you surround yourself with, how much you exercise, etc…

 

 

Think about it…   If you try to eat healthy, exercise, get good sleep, does it make sense to spend the majority of your time in a a space that is cluttered, dark and disorganized?

 

 

A healthy lifestyle is one that encompasses all facets of your life, not just a few areas.

 

 

Don’t get me wrong…..There are days when your house is going to be a mess.  I have had people in and out of my home quite a bit lately, and with the holidays, mine is now.   Too many children pulling things out and not putting them up.

 

 

But the difference is that when you have a mess in a healthy home, it is because things are out of their specific place versus having things randomly lying around and piling up.

 

 

 

Take a step back from your home and make an honest assessment about how your home makes you feel.   Does it bring your joy and peace?

 

 

 

If you find your house a place of uneasiness, apply these few tips to your home and see if you can figure out why :

 

  1. Organize your home so everything has a place.  Incorporate hidden storage where you can create a visual calm and store alike things together.

 

You would never know it, but the hidden door under my stairs allows for all kinds of storage for my family.

 

 

 

 

 

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2.  Find a Purpose for every room in your home as no room should serve as a “walk-through” or a room used once or twice a year.   Then take a step back and assess the items in each room.   Do they bring your joy or are they useful?  If neither, it is  time to give them away or throw them out.

 

 

This may also mean switching rooms around, or changing how the furniture is arranged in a room.

 

 

Take this room in this cottage below that we worked on a few years back.  It was a walk-through room, a catch-all, and the it was the largest room in the house.  

 

 

By changing the type of furniture placed in this room, we were able to create a place to sit and relax, play on your phone, read a good book, etc…  The chaises draw you in to sit and stay for awhile.

 

 

 

 

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You can see more Before and After of this house from this previous post here.

 

 

 

We did the same thing with this home.  The biggest room in their house was the “walk-through’ room.  It was rarely used while this family of seven used a small sitting room off the kitchen to watch tv.

 

 

 

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What you can’t see in this picture is that we tucked a television on a side wall that can be pulled out when needed.  Our goal was to create a family-friendly space for this family to enjoy while keeping it formal enough to serve as a living room if needed.   Mission accomplished!

 

 

 

3. Find a Balance with how your home flows and functions.   Your home should work well for everyday living and be able to transition to host a party when needed. 

 

 

4.   What makes you smile and bring your joy?  Whether it is a sparse room, layered objects, bright colors, or a wall filled with books, use discernment in adding these touches to your space.   Find ways to add what makes you smile to bring you Warmth and Joy in your house.

 

 

 

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Chad James Interior Design, Elle Decor, Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck

 

 

If you need help into turning your house into one you love, reach out to us here.   We would love to hear from you.

 

Here’s to a healthy, happy life-

 

Dana

 

 

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A Look Back at 2016

Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at 1:10 am

With the new year just a couple of days away, I thought it would be fun to look back at 2016.  This year has been a good one for us in so many ways, and here is a recap of a few things that took place:

 

We started the new year finishing up #ProjectExpansion for some favorite clients.   They have a cute story as to why they needed more space.  You can read about it here and here.

 

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The kitchen in this home has been shared so many times on the web, yet very few people have seen the “before” pictures.   It was quite the transformation.

 

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This is the photo that has been shared numberous times on social media. It's even been referred to as the "poltergist" picture with stylist Monica Stewart making an appearance. Dana Wolter Interiors

This is the photo that has been shared numberous times on social media. It’s even been referred to as the “poltergist” picture with stylist Monica Stewart making an appearance. Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

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January began with a feature in Birmingham Home and Garden magazine.   This home was approximately 12 years old and it needed an update.   We took several of the rooms and dramatically changed them.    Here are a few of the before and after pictures:

 

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AFTER- LIVING ROOM, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

You can read more on the transformation of a few of the rooms here, here, and here.

 

 

In February, I hosted a party for Southern Living‘s Design Conference that took place in Birmingham, AL.    There’s nothing like a party to make you do a few things around your own house, and it was just the kick in the pants that I needed.

 

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It was a lot of fun as designers across the country came together for a few days, and I was glad they were able to see all that Birmingham, Al, has to offer.

 

 

Southern Living also included me in their April issue with a feature on using lavender in your home.

 

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In October, Flower Magazine used my home as a backdrop for a Fall feature.

 

 

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Flower Magazine

 

 

I was also asked by Coastal Living‘s Ellen McGauley and Southern Living’s Zoe Gowen to take part in a panel for ADAC on how to use social media and technology to grow a design business.   Designer Cortney Bishop from Charleston, SC, joined in on the fun with us.

 

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While there, the Editor-At-Large followed up by asking my thoughts on how ADAC is a great resource for designers.

 

 

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Editor At Large Interview with Arianne Nardo

 

 

The last quarter of 2016 did not disappoint, either.   We announced we are moving our office into the heart of Mountain Brook Village in Birmingham, AL.   We are finishing up a few details now and will be in by the first of the year.

 

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I was THRILLED to have one of our favorite kitchens for amazing clients in the Holiday Issue of Traditional Home.  This was such a fun project for clients who trusted my vision, and the detail and customization in this home truly paid off.

 

 

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November/December 2016

 

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors,  Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

You can read my blog post here to learn more about this project or click here to see the actual feature in Traditional Home.

 

The feature of my house in the November/December issue of Southern Living was a ton of fun.  We photographed my home for Christmas in the summer and with the Southern Living elves setting everything up, it was as easy as it could be.

 

They spoiled me and I was missing their help when December rolled around and it was time to decorate again.    You can read the 10 page feature here.

 

 

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Stylist Buffy Hargett did an amazing job on the flowers and decoration

 

 

 

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The Southern Living team

 

 

As I look back at 2016, I cannot forget the online mentions and other amazing projects we have been part of this year that I did not highlight.   I am having several projects photographed in a few weeks we have designed this year, and I cannot wait to share.

 

Thanks to all of you for following along on this journey.   I have met some amazing people because of my job and am grateful to those who have trusted us with the investment of their home.

 

But more importantly, watching how an organized, functional, healthy home changes how a family lives is truly the best part of my job.

 

Here’s to a happy, healthy, blessed 2017 for all-

 

Dana

 

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Southern Living Christmas Feature- Behind The Scenes

Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 1:10 am

Christmas came early for us when Southern Living published a feature on my home in their December issue.  While the issue is now out on newsstands, I thought it would be fun to take a look behind the scenes.

 

I had the best time this summer shooting with them, as their team is so much fun.  We had these polite, young men and ladies who helped us decorate, and guess what?   They did not complain once. :)  Christmas decorating made easy!!   With Christmas a few weeks away, I sure could use their help now.

 

Their team came in for a week in August to set up and shoot, and with a 10′ Christmas tree delivered directly from North Carolina, we decorated, Southern Living style.

 

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The photography team with stylist Buffy Hargett pointing out something specific

 

 

Buffy and I decided to keep the colors simple- gold, white, with touches of purple. Lots of greenery and white flowers- We were going for texture and unique ideas versus busy and color.

 

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Love Buffy’s idea of a Eucalyptus garland draped over my bed

 

 

 

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Boxwood garland holding up an angel over my Family Room mantle

 

 

Look how gorgeous this mantle arrangement is in my Living Room that Buffy and her team created.   It was stunning and I wish I could have kept it alive to enjoy a little longer.

 

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Close up of the arrangement

 

 

The feature ended up being several pages and shows different spaces throughout my house.  It is interesting, too, how some of the colors in the rooms read differently in the magazine versus in person.

 

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Photograph of my upstairs’ landing in the Southern Living December issue

 

To see more photographs, pick up the December issue now.   I hope you see something that inspires you this holiday season-

 

dana

 

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Transformation Of A Living Room

Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 2:20 am

We have been working on a beautiful house in Mountain Brook, AL, that we blogged about here  and are installing the Living Room after the first of the year.

 

I thought I would give a little insight into the transformation that is going to take place with this space.  It is going to be pretty and chic and filled with a mix of velvets, wools, leathers, linens, and silks.   Charcoal gray, tan, cream and blush colors will be mixed in with iron, mixed metals, and different wood finishes.

 

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Look how gorgeous this silk is going to be as drapery on the floor-to-ceiling windows

 

 

 

 

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We are mixing furnishings from two homes, and while the room was a blank canvas and several new pieces have been ordered, we have tried to incorporate as many of their existing things as we possible could.  It’s going to be a good blend of new pieces and antiques.

 

 

 

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Because of the size of this room, I want the space to feel like it has been collected over time.  Pieces that will blend but nothing that feels too matched or contrived.  While it will have more of a dressy feel than some of other parts of the house, I am big on designing this space so this large family will USE it.  The room is going to be too pretty and take up too much space in the house for people to walk past it.  A large sofa in the main seating area and a second seating area with two custom loveseats will provide comfortable seating for many.

 

 

The room has recently been painted from the pictures above and the rug is now installed.  It already feels better with a few coats of paint and a floor covering that fits the space.   Stay tuned as we install the furnishings and accessories in 2017.

 

Dana

 

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