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Making A Design Plan For Your Home

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at 3:30 am

With the pretty weather and people in the mode of working on their home, I want to remind you about the 3.5 consult I offer where we create a detailed plan for your home.

 

While we tend to 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.

 

I have even traveled across the country for them.

 

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, you have my undivided attention to help you accomplish all that we need to do so in this time.

 

 

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 answering any question you can possible think to ask me.  We can discuss design dilemmas, furniture arrangements, fabric direction, 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.

 

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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 make your home the place you dream, email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com.   I would love to talk with you.

 

Have a good day,

dana

 

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Tuesday’s Design Tip Of The Day

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 at 3:30 am

Here’s Tuesday’s design tip of the day for your home…..

 

Instead of using a standard fireplace screen to sit in front of your fireplace opening, customize an old gate to fit your space for one that is unique.

 

I found an old gate for my family room fireplace that was smaller than the opening and had my welder add a few pieces of iron so it would fit the opening perfectly.

 

 

The result?  A beauitful custom gate that is unique to the space and functional.

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors. Graham Yelton Photography.

Dana Wolter Interiors. Graham Yelton Photography.

 

 

Hope you find Tuesday’s Design Tip Of The Day helpful.   If you are not already subscribed to our blog, click here to do so and be sure to follow all of the steps.  Thanks for stopping by-

 

XO,

 

Dana

 

 

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Before And After- Client’s Foyer

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 at 3:30 am

Your foyer sets the tone for your home, and I am sharing a client’s to see the amazing difference in the before and after.  The foyer is the first glimpse someone sees into your home-and how you live, so you better make it a good one.

 

I taped a television segment (here) and gave five tips ( here ) on creating an inviting foyer if you are interested.

 

This particular foyer was part of a renovation/addition we did for a cute couple with two newborns.  It was a fun, fun project as they trusted our vision, took some risks, and let me be creative.

 

I think they would say- or at least I hope they would- that the leap of faith they took resulted in an amazing finished project.

 

And after all of our changes,  this foyer looks completely different.

 

Here are a few BEFORE pictures:

 

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And here is how it looked AFTER we made some changes:

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Dana Wolter Interiors Photography by Graham Yelton

Dana Wolter Interiors Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

 

What do you think of these before and after pictures?  It’s amazing what a few changes (and a cute pup) can make.

 

 

As always, if you are building, renovating, or adding onto your home, email us here if we can help.  We’d loved to discuss your project.

 

 

Have a great weekend-

 

Dana

 

 

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The Designer Tip Of The Day

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 at 3:30 am

The Designer Tip Of The Day is one I find myself discussing often.   With the investment that it takes to furnish a home for the long haul, clients want to make sure their beautiful home can endure children, grandchildren, pets and everyday life.

 

And rightly so.

 

I have to educate some of my clients the importance of looking past the color of the fabric and more at the makeup of it when designing a room.

 

The content of the fabric is what matters- not necessarily the color.

 

With technology these days, you can treat a fabric to make it a commercially grade fabric without changing the nap on it.   This means it looks the same but spills and stains come up more easily.

 

Believe it or not, this bone colored Schumacher fabric on my living room sofa has been treated and is ready for everyday life.  But would you know if I didn’t tell you my little secret?

 

 

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Before you turn away from a light colored fabric because you are worried it wont hold up to all of the living that happens in your home, ask a few questions.  You may be pleasantly surprised.

 

Let me know if this Designer Tip Of The Day is helpful.  Have a great day-

 

Dana

 

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Five Reasons Design Online Might Be The Perfect Service For You…

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 3:30 am

Are you looking for a detailed plan for a room that can be implemented by you as your timeframe and budget allows?  If so, our Design Online service may be the perfect service for you.

 

 

 

Here are  five reasons Design Online is helpful to the client who likes to implement their own design plan but needs specific direction:

 

  1. Quick Turnaround:

Want a complete room makeover fast? Then our design online service is the perfect fit.  Projects are delivered within 4-6 weeks with this service.

 

      2. Budget Friendly:

On a budget? Design Online is a personalized and affordable alternative when a full interior design service is not an option.  You still receive a professional interior design plan and one that gives links to specific pieces you can purchase directly.

 

     3.  Convenience:

Want a full room makeover delivered right to your door? Through this service everything is done online, so no matter where you live, one of our experienced interior designers can help you with your home.

 

    4. Implement on your own Timeline:

Not sure exactly when you can tackle the entire project? We give you everything you will need for your room and you can implement as your timeline and budget allows.

 

   5.  Single Room Service:

Do you have only one room you want to update at this time right now?  This service works on one room at a time and we offer a wide range of room options.

 

 

 

Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll receive…

 

 

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If you are interested in learning more about Design Online or about our full interior design services we offer, please contact our team at info@danawolterinteriors.com for more information and pricing.

 

Have a great day-

dana

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Beach And Pool “Must-Haves” For The 30+ Woman

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at 3:30 am

I want to share some of my favorite “must-haves” for the 30+ woman at the beach and pool.  If you are like me and wait until summer to buy a few things for the water, you end up disappointed because most things are sold out.

 

Hopefully, this list will ease the search and you will find a few things you like.   The price points range from $18 to $455 so there is something for every budget and age.

 

Here goes:

 

 

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1. La Blanca ‘Island Fare’ V-Neck Cover Up Tunic $99  I like how this coverup has some detail but is still a pretty basic piece.  It comes in five different colors so you can find one that blends with any color bathing suit in your closet.     Buy here.

 

2. Dior ‘Abstract’ 58mm Sunglasses $367  I have shared these Dior glasses before and I want to share them again.  I love them!   They are hot right now, and I love how they are chic yet still a classic look you can wear for a few years.   I buy a new pair every three or so years, and I think this is going to be my next one.  Buy here.

 

3. S’well ‘Sparkling Champagne’ Stainless Steel Water Bottle $45   Who doesn’t enjoy a stylish water bottle?  This one is perfect for keeping drinks cold in your car, on the beach or by the pool.  LOVE the gold color!  Buy here.

 

4. Linum Home Textiles Herringbone Striped Turkish Pestemal Towel $34   These towels are great to throw on as a coverup wrapped around your waist or to lounge on by the pool.   This is also the perfect gift for any age.  They come in all different colors but the gray and beige are my favorites. Buy here.

 

5. Seafolly ‘Block Party’ High Neck Bikini $102  Halter bikini tops are a big hit this year and this is one of my favorites.  I love its simplicity and if you like wearing a bikini, it’s a good one as it covers more than most. Buy here.

 

6. Stuart Weitzman Gladiator Sandal $455  This trend is appealing to me big time.   I can see wearing these with shorts or a casual dress this summer.   With this pair being Stuart Weitzman, you also have the quality, along with the look,  behind the shoe.  Buy here.

 

7. BP. Straw Fedora $18 A hat is a necessity at the beach and for this price, this is the perfect one! This classic straw fedora, with a touch of black, will go with a bathing suit or outfit! Buy here.

 

8. Tory Burch Logo Flip Flop $50  Everyone should have a pair of these flip flops from Tory Burch.   They are comfy, cute and easy to throw on! Buy here.

 

Hope you found a few things from my list that can make you beach or pool ready.   Sure hope so!  Let me know what you think-

 

Have a great day-

dana

 

 

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#Vestavia Project In Full Swing

Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 at 3:30 am

Our #Vestavia project is in full swing as the footings are poured and they hope to begin framing very soon.

 

This is a new construction where we were hired during the drawing stages and will follow through until the installation of the furnishings.  It’s the forever dream home for a cute couple with young children, and how exciting to play a small part in creating a home where family memories will be made for years to come.

 

We have been working on the furniture layouts in many of the rooms to make sure all flows as intended.  I like to draw these early on when needed as it is a lot easier to change things before framing begins.

 

I am a big believer that all rooms, especially your kitchen, should welcome guests into your home and make them feel at home.

 

I think that is probably why I am such a fan of banquettes-  I love how more people can sit around them than just a table with chairs, and a banquette adds an element of customization and softness in a room filled with hard surfaces.

 

This is exactly my reasoning for adding one in this home we are building.

 

Architect’s plans of Before:

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The architect had drawn a desk on the west wall of the breakfast area (though it isnt shown here).   We’ve added a banquette in its spot and mirrored the opposite wall with built-in desks along the wall.   My client likes the idea of a desk area for her girls to one day work on homework, etc…..  I don’t see top cabinets here as I want the space itself to read clean, even though on some days it may be filled with papers and everyday living    Lots of storage in the desk will keep this area neat and tidy, all while the banquette maximizes seating, which is great for entertaining friends and family.

 

We have extended the walls to accommodate this switch, and while there is still plenty of room to walk around the island, I am wanting to cut it down a little bit and get rid of the two counter stools at the end.  The end of the island is encroaching into the walkway a bit and with the island not being centered in the space, I think making it as close to center as possible will look better.

 

The banquette has been drawn two ways.  Which one do you like best?

 

 

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The homeowners have already chosen their favorite, but I would love to know what is yours.

 

If you are building and are interested in having us help you create the home of your dreams, email us at info@danawolterinteriors.  We would love to discuss your project with you.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

 

Dana

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Five Ways To Bring Joy Into Your Home

Posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 3:30 am

None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, so today is the day to find joy in life and home.

 

Yes, we want to exude joy onto others, but we must first find happiness within before we can share it.

 

With our homes being the place we spend more time than anywhere, it’s important to surround yourself with things you love and make you happy.

 

 

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I believe you can make your home the home of your dreams, or something pretty close to it.

 

 

Here are five ways to create joy in your home:

 

1.  Fill it with love     What makes you happy?  Is it a color-filled room?  A relaxing bath?  Or a cozy spot tucked away in a room?   Whatever you gravitate towards, begin in that room or space and make it one you love.  If you aren’t sure of how to go about doing this, hire a professional designer to help.

 

 

 

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Brooke Gianetti- Patina Farm for Veranda

 

 

 

2.   Clean out  I am a big believer you cannot enjoy a space filled with stuff that doesn’t appeal to you.

You can read here and here where I have talked about cleaning out clutter.

If you don’t love a piece,-nor are you using it- sell it, give it away or throw it away.  

Life is too short to surround yourself with things that bring you down.

 

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Life is too short to surround yourself with things that bring you down.

 

 

 

3.  This next one follows along with the previous one…..Surround yourself with things you love.   Just as I want you to clean out, I want you to surround yourself with things you love.

Maybe it is a picture that reminds you of a moment when you were little, or a bunch of baseballs collected from professional games you went to with your family.

 

 

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Dana Wolter – Trad Home magazine

 

 

Your home doesn’t have to be perfect, only perfect to you.

 

4. Act Today.  Dont procrastinate.   I have walked into too many houses where they are not wanting to do anything because they “might” move, yet five or more years later, they are still waiting and living miserably.

Who knows what tomorrow holds for any of us?

Yes, be practical with how you invest in your home, but don’t let life pass you by.   Life is too short, make the changes to your home and ENJOY them.

 

5.   Don’t Compare Yourself To Your Neighbors.  No one’s life is perfect, and while your neighbor’s may look like it is on the outside, I promise it is not.  Be grateful for where you are in life and the blessings you take for granted.  We all have them- they are there.

 

 

Hope you found this helpful in creating joy in your home.   Life is a beautiful thing, and enjoy where you are today and make the most of it.

 

Have a great day, my friends-

 

dana

 

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Inspiration For A Few Projects From Pinterest

Posted on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 at 3:30 am

We are starting several new projects this month and next and I love looking at Pinterest for inspiration and details.

 

While most people try to stay away from the computer before going to bed, looking at Pinterest relaxes and inspires me.

 

I am pretty visual and can remember something months later to incorporate into a project. Is anyone else like this?

 

Here are a few details that have inspired me lately:

 

 

Who doesn’t love a mix of wood, plaster, and steel?

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from Vickys-home.blogpost.com

 

 

Great way to treat a corner in a butler’s pantry.  This waxed wood is gorgeous, too.

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from obrienharris.com

 

 

Love, love, love how the planking doesn’t go all the way down and the fireplace surround wall extends past the break line……

from This Photographer's Life. Stan Dixon Architecture.

from This Photographer’s Life. Stan Dixon Architecture.

 

 

 

Beautiful millwork detail on the cabinet glass doors

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from Design Chic

 

 

 

How gorgeous are these inset handles?

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Holly Hunt

 

 

Hope you enjoyed a few things I have pinned recently.   If you would like to see more of my Pinterest boards, follow here.

 

Have a great day-

 

Dana

 

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Design Online- Master Bedroom

Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2016 at 3:30 am

A few weeks back, I shared with you a master bedroom for one of our Design Online projects.   After a short couple of weeks, the package is on its way to the homeowners in Mobile, Alabama.   We have loved helping them pull together a bedroom that is custom to them and their needs.

 

Our Design Online service is perfect for those who want a packaged plan for a room-everything from the layout to the paint color to the fabrics to the exact pieces of furniture- but want to order and install themselves according to their timeline and budget.

 

For this particular project, our clients wanted a soft, soothing bedroom created from natural textures and earth-toned fabrics.  We added fabric across two of the walls in the room to give another texture and to create a cozy space.   We completely rearranged the furniture from how she had it to begin, and the result gave the space a more open flow.

 

 

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In her package, we included printed copies of the floor plan, elevations, spec sheets of the products we list with where and how to buy, samples of the fabrics and work orders for anything custom.  The spec sheets and work orders give very detailed directions so ordering is easy and stress-free!

 

The finished plan is delivered right to the door step.  Could designing a room in your home be any easier?!

 

 

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We also include a ‘mood board’ showing you an image of all of the pieces we have pulled for the space, giving you a better idea of what the overall look of the room is going to be.  Each piece of furniture for your floor plan is coded so you know exactly where each piece is placed in the room.

 

 

This has been such a fun process and is a great way for someone to have a room with our look, all while doing it on their own time and in their budget.

 

If you are interested in this service or our full interior design services, please contact our team at info@danawolterinteriors.com for more information and pricing.

 

Have a great day-

Dana

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