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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.

 

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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

 

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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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Paint Color Complete!

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

If you recall, I mentioned a few weeks ago I was painting the exterior of my home.

 

I finally slowed down a bit this summer and worked a little on my own house.    I had been wanting to paint my exterior, and this seemed like the perfect time to do it.

 

I wanted it to read as a warm white.  Not cream but more of a bone color.

 

Clean and crisp is the direction I was headed.  Something completely different than the taupe colors it has been the past seven years.

 

A friend rode past my house the other day and asked me what color I chose.  You know who you are, so this post is for you!

 

The color is Benjamin Mooore OC-21, cut to half formula.

 

 

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What do you think? Leave me a message and let me know.

 

Have  a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

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What Does Your Home Say About You?

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

If someone were to walk into your home, what would they say about it?

 

Would they know your home is yours, filled with your likes and your personality?

 

I hope so because it is important to make your home is a snap shot of who you are.

 

When it comes to designing your living space, it is imperative for your architect and/or designer to understand your needs and your wants. Your living space represents you and should be in sync with your particular lifestyle.

 

Throughout my home, I have incorporated mostly neutrals.    I tend to naturally be drawn to more greige colors.  For me and where I am in my hectic life, I want my surroundings to be peaceful and calm.

 

Yet, I am finding myself using more and more color as an accessory.   Color is hot right now, so I am incorporating it in not such permanent ways.

 

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Who says I don’t use color?! This is a snapshot of my hallway.

 

 

 

You will also notice in this picture there are many layers in the space.  A grass rug, topped by an oushak rug.  Chairs and love seats filled with throws and pillows to soften the space.  A small occasional table placed in front of a larger one.

 

Though you may buy everything in a room at one time, you want your home to “look” like you have collected pieces over time.

 

Does this mean a room has to be complete in one day? Absolutely not. Some of my favorite pieces are those I have waited for and slowly collected.

 

You know the saying, “the best things are worth waiting for”.   This is true for your home as well, because it means your home will be a better reflection of you.

 

Remember, every home should tell a story, so make yours one you are proud to share.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

 

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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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