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We Have A New Look!

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Guess what?!

 

I am excited to announce my new website is finally up and running!

 

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We took my old one, added to it, changed it around, and uploaded A LOT of pictures.  If you have ever been involved in creating a new site, you can relate to how much work goes into it.

 

As I tuck my tail between my legs, I hesitantly admit I had projects from over two years ago that were not up on my site.   Thankfully, that is not the case anymore as my site is as current as it can be- at least for now.

 

Click here to see and let me know what you think!  We also have a place on our contact page to sign up for our latest newsletter.  I promise you won’t want to miss it!

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

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Guess What?!!

Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 2:12 am

Remember the contest that I  hounded  asked you to vote for me as the Trad Home designer whose style you like the best?

I cannot believe it, because I never win anything, but  I WON!

Yes, I WON!

 

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There is no doubt in my mind YOU are the reason I won.   I am humbled and grateful, and I could not be more flattered.

Thank you.   Thank you for all of your support and for your vote.

Hunter Douglas was giving away $1,000 to a lucky recipient who entered the contest.  I am hoping one of you won, so if you did, please let me know!

As always, thank you for reading and for encouraging my work.  I truly love what I do, and I am grateful for the opportunities and blessings that have come my way.

 

Have a great day, everyone!

dana

 

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How To Choose An Exterior Paint Color

Posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Recently we had a few readers share some design questions and ideas they would like to see us address on our blog.

One popular topic mentioned was how to select an exterior paint color.  Considering I just painted the exterior of my house, I had to answer this one first.

My house was a combination of taupe brick and a darker trim.  While there was nothing wrong with it, after seven years, I was ready for a change.

What color scheme did I choose?   A cream on cream that has very little yellow to it.  A clean, crisp combination.

 

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Paint transformation in progress with the primer….

 

Choosing exterior colors for your house can be daunting, but it’s well worth the hassle.

Here are a few tips you should take into account when choosing your exterior paint color.

Do your research. Before you begin painting, drive around or look through magazines, Pinterest, etc…to see what color schemes appeal to you.  Try to choose a color palette that will blend in with your surroundings but that’s special in its own way. With well-placed color choices, your home will stand out in a tasteful manner.

Plan around the elements that are hardest to change. Unless you’re doing a complete renovation, surfaces such as roof shingles, stonework, pathways and driveways will remain in place.  Use these elements as color resources because there are numerous shades and hues in building materials.  Are they warm or cool? Look for paint colors that will tie these fixed elements together in a harmonious way.

 

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The side of my home after it is primed

 

Examine color samples outdoors, at various angles, and at different times of the day. Consider buying small quantities of desired colors and paint a section of the house where the body, trim and accent colors can be viewed together. Study it at various times of day and under different weather conditions. How do the colors change with the light?  Do you see blue or yellow undertones?

 

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Choosing a color for the brick…..

 

Obviously my house is a work in progress (this is the primer coat) but I am already enjoying the transformation.

Don’t let the wide array of color choices give you a case of chromophobia, a fear of colors. Plan ahead, try colors on your house first, and be confident in your color choices.  You’ll be thrilled when your house has a fresh, exciting new look!

Who said watching paint dry is no fun?  I certainly have enjoyed watching it dry on mine, and I look forward to sharing the final “after” pics with you soon.

We would love to hear from you.  Please comment below and share some topics that you would like to see us address.

 

Have a good one,

Dana

 

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Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall

Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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

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

 

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See what I mean?!

Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

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Renovating a Kitchen? This Post is for YOU!!

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 at 2:43 am

I had the best time in California last week for a Traditional Home/Thermador event.   A group of designers, print media, and bloggers across the country came together to discuss design trends.  Thermador was a gracious host and no detail was forgotten by them.

If you aren’t familiar with Thermador, check out their line of kitchen appliances here.   I have Thermador products throughout my own kitchen, and if you have been reading since day one, I listed my Thermador warming in my very first post as one of my top five favorite things in my home.  For a family on the run, it is a necessity.

I thought I knew their product line pretty well, but after an extensive tour, I learned so much more.

 

Here are a few quick pieces of information that stuck with me, and I hope you find them helpful:

1. If I was building again, I would incorporate a steam/convection oven into my home.  This is a super neat appliance that keeps food moist (and vitamins in) while browning and cooking at a faster rate.

Look at this 14lb. turkey they cooked for us in it.  Super easy and it was ready to eat after cooking for only 90 minutes.

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2. I have a Pro Range in my home, but I had no idea it could do this.   Yes, these are chocolate chips melting- on a paper plate- on its XLO setting.   I haven’t tried this yet, but when I do (AND I WILL!), let’s hope I don’t burn my house down.  YIKES!

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3. One of my favorite discoveries was the refrigerator columns in their line.  Because of their hinges, the front panel on all of their refrigerators can hold over 200 pounds, and I could not help but brainstorm about what I could cover the doors in.  In the right setting, how does antiqued mirror sound?

 

The trip was a lot of fun and I learned so much, all while making a few new friends.

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Karen Williams of St. Charles New York cooking a Cherry Clafoutis with me.

 

I hope this info was helpful, and let me know your “must-haves”  in your next kitchen.

Take care and have a great week, everyone-

Dana

 

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The Time Is Here!

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Time is running out to cast your vote for the TradHome designer that best matches your style, and I would be honored if you would vote for me.

I hope you have had a chance to read the May issue of TradHome.   If not, check it out here: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/2395d069#/2395d069/240.

 

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Voting is quick- and EASY!   When you vote, you are entered for a chance to win $1,000 from Hunter Douglas, a window treatment company.

Visit HunterDouglas/TraditionalHome to cast your vote.  The contest will run through tomorrow, July 17th, so please cast your vote today!

 

Again, a huge shout-out to TradHome for featuring me. I am so honored to have been named one of this year’s 10 up- and- coming designers.

Check out the link below to view a quick video of the new “New Trads”.

 

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Thanks for voting,

dana

 

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A New Project Is Beginning!

Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 3:01 am

I am excited to be working on a renovation in Mountain Brook, AL, and the talented Louis Nequette of Dungan Nequette has drawn the plans for the couple.   Louis is a well-known architect across the country, but if you haven’t seen his work, click here.  I am honored to be partnering with him and look forward to seeing this project progress.

The house is French in style and was built about 10 years ago.   There are some exciting changes in store for this home, and one of my favorite transformations is in the kitchen.

Here is a sneak peek of Louis’ vision for it.

 

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Drawing by Louis Nequette

 

Who doesn’t love a great sketch- and a great kitchen, right?!

Originally,  the kitchen was very modern in design and you can see from Louis’ drawing that he is bringing it more in line with the architecture of the home.  It reminds me a little of a French bistro with the marble countertops and walls, custom marble/iron shelving,  glass cabinetry, and the incredible view into a quaint courtyard.

This house will be filled with beautiful finishes and details throughout, and I am excited to begin sharing this project with you.

Stay tuned as I keep you informed on the progress….

 

Dana

 

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It Turned Out Beautifully!

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 at 5:33 am

I thought I would give you a quick update on the stairwell in my client’s new home.

If you recall,  Dungan Nequette’s talented Chad Martin of The G Brand helped us with designing the pattern.    This home has a French feel, and I knew I wanted a design with soft lines and one that would blend in with the walls in this enclosed space.

If you follow us on social media, you have probably seen this drawing.

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Drawing by Chad Martin

The majority of it was installed today, and it turned out beautifully!   We are still missing a few transition trim pieces, but look how gorgeous it is, and it’s not even painted.

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I can visualize how this area is going to look with some artwork and a gorgeous runner, and I am pleased!

Have a great day, everyone!

Dana

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Happy Birthday, America!

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 at 12:51 pm

It’s time to light up the grill, hit the beach or pool, and buy some fireworks because it is the week of the Fourth of July!

I’m celebrating the holiday at the beach with my family and am looking forward to some rest and relaxation.  Lots of family, friends, and making some good memories.

 

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Happy Fourth of July,

Dana

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A Fun Project Coming To An End

Posted on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 11:21 pm

If you follow us on social media, you have seen us post pictures of a new construction project we have been working on this past year.    I  have been meaning to share them with you, and as this project comes to close, it is time!

This new house, soon to be home to a fun and really nice couple,  has been a project I have enjoyed tremendously.   We have described it as “snappy casual”- a home not too serious but still maintains a sense of formality,  soft lines, classic materials, and eye-catching details.  This couple has been open to new ideas, which has in turn produced a much prettier home in the end.

I am going to show you some transgression photos of a few areas and details in this home.   Barrett Architecture has done a great job drawing the plans and you can look their site here.  The home is going to be gorgeous when all is said and done!!

Let’s start with the family room as Abbey checks the framed dimensions against the plans….

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This room will be painted a bone color with a gray undertone.   The texture of the wood will appear but the walls will read as painted.

The kitchen and family room were drawn as one really big space.  We decided to add an opening to break down the feel of one large room.  What do you think?  Keep in mind the cased opening will be painted the same color as the walls.

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Off of the family room is a gallery.  Notice what we added at each end to shorten the long hall.

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We added this deep opening on each side of the gallery

 

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In the middle of the “x” will be a beautiful gilded sconce.

 

I have to include some pictures of a few of the cabinetry details in this home.   Notice the soft curves included throughout.

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Master bath cabinetry

 

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Love this marble backsplash with the soapstone countertops

 

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A few of the kitchen cabinetry details

 

I couldn’t end this post without mentioning the stairwell.   We wanted to do something a little different but that would still blend with the walls in this enclosed area.   Here is what the painted stairwell we created will look like:

 

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Drawing by the talented Chad Martin of The G Brand

The panels are going to be made up of laser cut panels overlayed over one another, with all of them will be painted the same color as the walls and trim.

Here is a mock up (not to scale) of what the trim carpenter built so we could have a visual.

What do you think?

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This home is about a month away from completion.  As I take photos, I will try to be better about posting in a timely manner.

Take care and have a great day-

Dana

 

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