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Living Well: Tips For Pet-Friendly Interiors

Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 2:20 am

Pets Are Family, Too- Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

Pets are part of the family, and #LivingWell with a pet means creating durable, pretty interiors that can withstand the wear and tear that comes from them.  Interiors you can enjoy with your pets, family and friends.

 

Ask my dog, Bitsy, as she is sure to show you how she has free rein in my home.

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen on my Instagram stories how I refer to her as Waldo- you never know where she may appear- but it’s always in a comfortable spot.

 

 

Bitsy always finds a comfy chair

 

 

Pets need to be taken in consideration when designing your home. Yes, you can have a gorgeous, jaw dropping home the entire family can actually live in, including them.

 

Here are a few tips for worry-free living with your best friend: 

 

     1. God-made materials, such as natural stone, only become prettier with a little wear and tear.   Scratches, etching- it’s called patina.   

 

2. When selecting fabrics, choose ones that have a high durability rating.   If it doesn’t have one, have the fabric treated.

 

I use this trick- a lot.    Let me show you a few examples……

 

Chaises with a treated fabric, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

 

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3.  Incorporate antique and semi-antique rugs.  Needless to say, if it has lasted a hundred years or close to it, it can stand the wear from a pup.

 

Maggie was quite the model when shooting this home.  She loved to be where the action was (and on the rugs).

 

 

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What can I say?  Some can easily claim a favorite spot of their very own. Isn’t he the sweetest?

 

Where’s your pet’s favorite spot to perch, or is he even allowed on the furniture?

 

Here’s to #LivingWell with pets.   After all, they are part of the family, and a home should be enjoyed by all.

 

 

Have a great day-

dana

 

 

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3.5 Hour Consult- Is This Service A Good Fit For You?

Posted on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 2:20 am

Fall is here and with the holidays around the corner, people are ready to make changes to their home.

 

If this includes you, I want to remind you about the 3.5 hour consult I offer.

 

While we 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 may be, you have my undivided attention to accomplish all we need to do 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.  We make an appointment, and I will then spend 3.5 hours of uninterrupted time discussing your project.  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 in knowing what you want to accomplish, 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 notes on what was discussed and a list of the suggestions from me.   This allows you to maximize your time with me while I 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 allow, all while following professional advice.

 

I had one last week and the client sent me this email afterwards.  She said it was fine for me to share, so here goes:

 

Hi Dana,
I just wanted to thank you again for yesterday! As I drove home, I literally felt less stress in my body having so many decisions made that I am excited about! You offer a wonderful service and it fit my needs perfectly.
I look forward to really seeing the transformation take place!
Thank you again and have a great upcoming weekend!

 

 

 

If you think this service can help you, email us here.   I would love to talk with you.

 

Have a great day,

dana

 

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After Pictures- Southern Style At Its Best

Posted on Thursday, September 14th, 2017 at 2:20 am

It’s always fun to go back to a finished project and see how a client is LIVING in the home.  

 

I am always amazed at how your surroundings can completely revamp how you feel and live.

 

After all, #LivingWell in your home is about making your home work for you and your family.  Making it special  to you.

 

We made a two day visit to professionally photograph this home, and I loved seeing the hustle and bustle of everyday life for them.  This family of five stays on the go, and their home needs to work hard for them.

 

Southern style at its best- spaces that invite guests in to visit, spaces that are workhorses for their needs, and in the end are just really pretty rooms.

 

I think we succeeded in making it just that….

 

It is their forever home, but when they bought it a year ago, there wasn’t much to it that made it feel like it was their own.

 

While I can’t show you the full room pictures, I can give you a glimpse….

 

You might have seen this picture of the foyer on My Instagram that I posted last week, or this one today……

 

 

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And here are a few more……..

 

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Kitchen Banquette Detail-Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

 

Details on the loveseat in the bay window, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

If you feel like your home isn’t helping you make the most of your life and your family’s, email us here.  Let us help you #LiveWell in your home, too.

 

xo,

 

Dana

 

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Living Well- Tips For Making The Most Of Your Home

Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 2:20 am

With the devastation we’ve had lately from floods and Hurricane Irma, I’ve been reminded of the importance of home.  I’ve realized I take for granted having a roof over my head, a place to retreat from life.

 

None of us are promised a perfect tomorrow, so why are we waiting to create a home that makes us feel comfortable, happy, and protected?

 

My heart goes out to all of the people across our country having to start over and rebuild.   Now more than ever, it is important to #Livewell by creating a home you love- one that makes you want to retreat to from the craziness of this world.  

 

It’s deciding what makes you happy and taking the steps to create it.   For instance, is family important to you?  If so, think about creating a gallery wall of your favorite family photos.  

 

I do this all the time- I’ll designate a specific hall, a wall, or both in a home where photos can be displayed.   Here are a few from a couple of my projects:

 

Make a wall in your home personal to you, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Jean Allsopp Photography

 

 

For some, #LivingWell might be having friends over.   Casual impromptu dinners are always great, but don’t be afraid to pull out your china, silver, crystal.  If using these things brings you joy,  pull them out-stop saving them for tomorrow.  Let’s enjoy today.  

 

 

I love to create a spot somewhere in the home that clients can call their own.  A cozy corner that calls their name. 

 

 

An extra-deep loveseat in this bay window creates an inviting spot to sit. Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

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A cute couple I helped with a design/build liked to sit at their island for their meals.  If you are going to sit at the counter for a few meals each day, why not make it functional and pretty and unique? 

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

For today, I hope you are inspired to find ways to turn your home into one you love…….

 

 

Here’s to creating a home you enjoy and can #livewell in

 

 

Dana

 

 

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Living Well- Tips For Making The Most Of Your Space In A Smaller Home

Posted on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 2:22 am

A few recent projects have been for families downsizing to smaller homes. And while moving to a home you are excited about can be a blessing, it can sometimes be difficult to lose square footage.

 

It’s amazing all of the stuff we accumulate over the years. I feel like I am constantly cleaning out my house and I try to watch what comes in.

 

How to make the most of small spaces can sometimes be overwhelming , so I thought I would give six helpful tips to #LivingWell in a smaller home.

 

1. Clean Out and Keep Only What You Love Or Will Use.   Simple enough- Do you love it or use it? If not, get rid of it.  No more storing things you “might” need in the future or because you feel guilty getting rid of them.

 

2. Are There Pieces That Can Be Repurposed? If there is a piece you LOVE but don’t have a place for it, can it be reworked for extra storage? 

 

3. Look Above And Below. Look for ways to hide storage, such as using ottomans that open up, raising a bed a few inches to create more space underneath, or  adding built-in seating with drawers underneath.  I also love adding ottomans under an open console or coffee table- not only to work as a layering piece but as an extra seat that can be pulled out if needed.

 

 

An ottoman slides under a coffee table in a client’s Family Room- Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

Drawers pull out for extra storage in this window seat, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

4. Simplify- When Looking At Your Stuff, Give Away The Extras Of The Same Items.  After all, you might need a few extra sets of sheets, but do you need five sets for the same bed? No- so give away to someone who can use them.

 

5. Think Long And Hard How Your Home Needs To Work For You and Delegate A Function For Every Room Or Unused Corner.  There is something refreshing about simplifying your life and surroundings. But with smaller homes, you need to think long and hard ahead of time to make sure the new home functions like it needs to for you.  If you see an extra corner, could you add a chair and floor lamp for an extra place to sit?

Or a custom banquette to create more seating around a breakfast table?

 

Photography by Jean Allsopp, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

If working on a new build or renovation, hire a designer before the plans are drawn.  An extra set of eyes for how your family will live in the house is invaluable. Every square inch needs to work hard so you can have the pretty with a purpose.

 

6. Let Go Of The Guilt. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is hard to get your money out of furniture and rugs (and even some antiques) when selling.  Just know this is the case and let go of the pieces…. Do not hold onto stuff for any reason other than you love it.

 

#LivingWell isn’t necessarily about having the best of everything- It’s about surrounding yourself with a home that brings you joy.  A place you love to make memories with family and friends.  

 

Downsizing can be a blessing if you allow it, as it is a way to lighten your connection to material “stuff” and create spaces that are customized and truly special to you.

 

Hope you find these six tips helpful to #LivingWell in a smaller home. Let me know what you think-

Dana

 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Feature

Posted on Thursday, August 24th, 2017 at 2:20 am

As I am slowly starting to feel a change in the seasons, I was excited to see the September 2017 issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles out on newsstands.

 

 

 

 

The issue features the Southeastern Showhouse in Atlanta that we participated in last spring.  As I blogged about here and here, it is a James Means’ house based upon Classicism and craftsmanship. The renovation/addition was by Yong Pak of Pak Hyde & Associates.

 

 

Designers from across the Southeast were asked to participate in this showhouse, and we were honored to be included. 

 

Here are a few of the pictures of our Mudroom space:

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Photography by Emily Followill

 

 

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We could not have created our space without the help of so many.   A special thanks to the following vendors:

Travis & Co– Bronze Hands

Donna Hughes/ Bradley USA– Oil Painting

Parc Monceau– Anglo-Indian Console, Lamp

Baccarat/Rosse and Associates– Crystal in Butler’s Pantry

Huff Harrington– Louis Philippe Mirror, Barometer

J Douglas/Noir – Ladderback Chair

Donghia– Fabric on the chair

Stark– Sisal Rug

Circa Lighitng– Ceiling Flush Mount

Osborne and Little/ Ainsworth Noah– Roman Shade fabric

Pierre Frey/ Jim Thompson Showroom– Ottoman Fabric

Holly Hunt/ Jim Thompson– Throw Pillow Fabric

Clarence House/Jerry Pair– Throw Pillow Fabric

Schumacher– Roman Shade Tape

 

 

If you’d like to read more of the article, click  here.  I think you will enjoy it.

 

I am headed to a photo shoot so wish me luck.   Be sure to look at our Instagram stories as I will share some glimpses throughout the day.

 

Dana

 

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Fly My College Girl and A Few Other Summer Highlights

Posted on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 2:10 am

I’ve been little sporadic blogging this summer, but that doesn’t mean lots of exciting things- personally and professionally- haven’t been going on.   I don”t know where to start, so I thought I would give a few highlights. 

 

I have been super focused right now on packing up my middle daughter, Ellie, and moving her into college TOMORROW.  Lots of mixed emotions as I don’t think a move with my second child will be any easier than it was with my first.  

 

We are doing a mix of custom and store bought finds for her dorm room.  I’ve tried to spend a little more on the items that can be reused and go more for “look” on the basic items.

 

The girls want to be surprised, so they haven’t seen anything yet.  I am a little nervous about not having feedback from them but I’ve had a hip, college intern this summer who approved.  Hopefully, they will feel the love that has gone into creating their room by this old, not so cool (at least in my daughter’s eyes)  mom.

 

I will try to share some picture on social media so you can see how it turned out.   Be sure to follow along here on Instagram……

 

Our office closed the week of the Fourth of July and I headed to the beach.  My oldest, Lucy,  is working in New York this summer and Ellie was at the lake, so Danny and I took Ann and friends to Watercolor  in Santa Rosa, FL, for the week.  

 

I loved having some time (well, as much as they would give us) with these girls, and the rest was good for all.  The one on one time with my hubby was icing on the cake.

 

Girls celebrating the Fourth

 

 

 

 

Am I not like an old person? Sitting in the sun all covered up :). How times have changed…..

 

 

It’s a good thing we rested as my team and I came back to a huge install.  This is a new construction we have been working on for over two years, and the cute couple, who built their forever home, were moving in that week. 

 

 

The scope of the project covered all of the finishes/ details in the house, and the beginning of the summer included lots of attention to making sure all went seamlessly.   We selected all of the upholstery, furnishing, accessories, window treatments, etc…, for the entire downstairs and a few things in the media room.  The home is stunning with custom touches throughout.

 

 

It’s these custom touches that make a house go from pretty to pretty incredible.  Lots of fabric cuttings going back and forth, creating a “catch your eye” focal point in each room, blending of finishes, making sure everything works with the piece next to it without being too perfectly matched…..   You get the point.  It’s custom what we do and attention to detail is our specialty.

 

 

 

 

Window treatment coming next week……

 

 

 

 

 

Upholstered doors against the slab of Calcutta Gold marble turned out beautifully in the bar, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

Custom banquette fits JUST right in the breakfast area, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s been a fun project as we’ve blogged about it here if you’d like to read more.

 

 

 

I headed to the Hamptons at the end of July to celebrate the opening of the Traditional Home Showhouse in Southampton.  It was a lot of fun and the two homes are gorgeous.  Lots of stunning details shown on Traditional Home’s Instagram here.   Be sure to look for more pictures of the homes in next summer’s issue.

 

 

Pictured here with Jill Waage, Editor In Chief, and Vicki Carra of Traditional Home

 

 

We’ve also been diligently working on a few new rooms that have been added to the scope of a current project.  It is a stately house with great bones with a cute, active family that lives in it.   Lots of beautiful stone throughout- but it needed some softness and layers and unique details added into the mix.   We’ve brought in an architect to make the rooms flow better.   It doesn’t matter how pretty a space is if it doesn’t function well for your family.  Right??!

 

 

Curating a few fabrics for the foyer, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Stay tuned as we are sharing some exciting news soon.  In the meantime, wish me luck moving in my girl.  

 

 

I am going to miss her infectious laugh and the relaxed feel she adds to the house. Wondering if crying when dropping off college kids is embarrassing to them.   I am only asking for a friend 🙂

 

 

 

Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

 

Fly high, my sweet girl…… Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Have a great day and thanks for reading,

 

Dana

 

 

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Before And After: Turning A Garage Into A Family Room

Posted on Friday, July 21st, 2017 at 2:30 am

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors. Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

I posted this picture Here on Instagram a few months ago, and I had someone comment they couldn’t believe this beautiful, functional room once served as a Garage.  Me neither…..

 

I realized that I should share some progress pictures so you can see the transformation.  Who knew a garage could look so good……

 

Before:

 

 

 

What do you see? I see a future family room. Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

After:

 

 

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I love how this family took their home and made this room work for them.  The home functions for a large family, and they needed extra space to spread out and watch television.  

 

The Garage made the most sense, and with its doors turned into French doors and a back entrance reworked, the room quietly transformed.   

 

We added an extra-long sleeper sofa, so it is perfect for the times they need an extra bed, too.

 

So here’s to making the most of your home, one room at a time.

 

Dana

 

 

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Fall Favorites – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 at 2:30 am

What better way to get your fall wardrobe started off than with a sale.

 

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale goes public tomorrow, July 21st, and I have curated several of my “Fall Favorites” from it. Prices range from $50- $329.

 

Image by Dana Wolter Interiors

 

1. Vince Ribbed Wool and Cashmere Sweater $243.90 – originally $365   Who doesn’t love a cozy sweater? This one is a great staple to have in your closet because its neutral ‘Heather Toast’ color goes with so much. Buy here.

 

2. Vince Corbin Slip-On Sneaker $129.90  (originally $195)   Comfortable- and chic! Sneakers are still a hot trend that we are loving. This pair is sleek, they look comfortable, and are available in six different colors. Buy here.

 

3.  Leith Suede Clutch $49.90 (originally $75)    Need a classic clutch with a touch of fun? This black suede clutch is the perfect buy with its lush tassel, and it’s a great price. Buy here.

 

4. Eileen Fisher Asymmetrical Merino Wool Pullover $185.90  (originally $278)   This cozy and lightweight pullover is the perfect staple to add to your closet. It’s great with jeans or leggings, depending on your mood.  Buy here.

 

5. Vince Wade High Top Sneaker $164.90  (originally $250)   Suede sneakers are a must and these add a bit of flare with its white platform and high top. Buy here.

 

6. Paige Hoxton High Waist Ankle Skinny $99.90  (originally $189)   Everyone needs a pair of dark, ankle, skinny jeans for the fall.  They are transitional, classic and the price is a steal for this brand. Buy here.

 

7. A.L.C. Kai Silk Top $196.90  (originally $295)   This silk crepe blouse has a fun and modern twist with its plunging triangle neck line. I think it would be great for a night on the town.  Buy here.

 

8. Nordstrom Signature Cashmere Bell Sleeve Pullover $199.90 (originally $299)   Having a piece of cashmere in your fall wardrobe is a must and this beautiful cream knit pullover is the perfect one to add. Buy here.

 

9. Halogen Wool and Cashmere Tunic Sweater $99.90 (originally $149)   Asymmetrical hemlines are a great look on everyone and this army green sweater has it all. Buy here.

 

10. Halogen Colorblock Cashmere Wrap $125.90  (originally $189)   This wrap is on my list because it is  perfect to wear on cold, fall nights.  Buy here.

 

11. Theory Tolleree Cashmere Sweater $169.90 (originally $255)   A short-sleeve cashmere sweater is the perfect transitioning piece to add to your wardrobe, and this one comes in three beautiful colors. Buy here.

 

12. Steve Madden Gabbie Thigh High Boot $86.90 (originally $129.95) Over the knee boots aren’t going anywhere and this one is at a great price. The suede fabric and stacked heel will also keep you on trend this fall. Buy here.

 

13. Vince Bomber Jacket $329.90 (originally $495)  I have had my eye on this bomber jacket and want to add it into my wardrobe.  They are big for the fall and this one is reasonable for this brand. Buy here.

 

14.  ALLSAINTS Ray Nubuck Crossbody Bag $185.90 (originally $278)  A saddle bag has been in style for years and this chic velvety-soft leather one is beautiful. Buy here.

 

Hope you find a few things you like, as there are some really good bargains.   Let me know what you order-

Dana

 

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Living Well: Tips On Incorporating A Mirror Into Your Interiors

Posted on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 at 2:20 am

As I was going thru some photos of my work recently, I was reminded of something important…..

 

When hanging a mirror, not only is the placement important, but also be mindful of what it reflects.

 

 

See what I mean?

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Elton Photography

 

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Elton Photography

 

 

 

I also love incorporating a mirror in an entrance way when possible.  The picture of this foyer is from several years back, but I still love how it adds reflection and softness to the space.

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Jean Allsopp Photography

 

 

Hope these tips help when you are deciding where to hang a mirror in your home.   Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

 

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