It’s Like Birthing A Baby……

Have  you ever created a website?  If so,  you know how much time and energy it takes, even if you aren’t the one building it.   The end result is worth all of the hard work, but in the beginning it is not always so easy to see.

It’s like birthing a baby….

Not really, but you get the point.

I have been working with the talented Chad Martin of The G Brand on changing my branding materials and redesigning my website pages, and he has nailed my new look.  My little business has grown and I needed to adjust my wording and update my pictures on my site.  (I haven’t added any of the professional shots I have had taken in the past two to three years- yikes!).

Dataperk in Birmingham created my original site and has worked diligently (or patiently…choose your word) on making these changes in a quick turnaround.

I wish I could show each of you the “work in progress” as I am excited where my site is headed.   Just like my design work, I  am going for classic but edgy, simple but functional…..

Here is a sneak peek…..   Hopefully, it will be live soon and I can share the fruit of all of our efforts.


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If you have any helpful hints, let me know.   Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

 

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Can’t Hold In My News Any Longer…..

Hi  Everyone,

I have some exciting news I have been looking forward to sharing with each of you.

And today I finally can……

I have been named by one of my favorite publications, Traditional Home, as a New Trad up and coming designer for 2014.

The article is hot off the press.   So hot that I  have not even seen the article in person.  A friend text me (she found the issue at the airport) a few pictures of the article from April’s issue of  Traditional Home.  Here they are:

 

April's cover features a New Trad designer from last year.

April’s cover features Andrew Howard, a New Trad designer from last year.

 

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The New Trad designers are introduced in this issue of the shelter magazine, and Trad Home, Traditional Home’s online publication, is featuring a project of each of ours in the May issue.   I will be sure to let you know when it is online, as the project featured of mine is a good mix of custom and box store items.

A big thanks goes to each of you.  Thank you for sharing my work, encouraging my work,  keeping up with my work, and more importantly, trusting me to come into your homes and change how your home functions for your family.

Because of you, Traditional Home noticed me.

I especially want to give a big shout out to Ann Maine, Editor in Chief of Traditional Home, and to Jenny Bradley, Editor of Trad Home.   Thank you very much for including me in your incredible publications, as I am honored.

Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

 

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Here’s Looking to Spring and Its Trends

With the warmer weather we had last week and the colder, dreary past couple of days, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring!

Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite trends forecasted for spring 2014.

 

Radiant Orchid

Living Room by Alexander Doherty.

image from House Beautiful

Lela Rose F/W 2014

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You recognize this color?  It’s become one of my favorite!

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes this color as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones…… It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

It is popping up more and more in my interiors, and I have even adopted it into my own home of late.

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Jumpsuits

I don’t know why I have always been drawn to the jumpsuit, but I have.  I’ve owned a couple over my lifetime, once when I was a teenager (friends called it my pajamas),  when I was pregnant, and I recently bought the one below.

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The jumpsuit is making its way into stores, and I have seen an array of styles that will flatter and suit many figures and budget.

Here’s a short one I love for a summery, daywear style.

Theory Cadiz Hadrine Romper

image from Theory

 Sheers

Who doesn’t want light and airy when it comes to spring?

Sheers are ideal for a space where you want privacy but don’t want to rob the room of the natural light. They are also great for layering.

We’ve seen how sheer curtains can create an airy and light appearance when used as a stand alone.

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Light and Refreshing Cocktails

As winter turns to spring, my tastes tend to reflect the change in seasons. When it comes to drinks, I like lighter cocktails with fresh ingredients, including herbs and fruits.

Five Spring Cocktails

image from Your Southern Peach

lavender champagne

image from Martha Stewart

 

What spring trend are you most excited to embrace? Leave a comment and let me know.

Here’s to the coming days being sunny and bright.

Have a good one,

dana

 

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Real Homes for Real People- Family Room Edition

Like most of you, this is how I spent the past few weeks.

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While I loved having my girls home and enjoyed being forced to shut down for a few days, I was ready to get back to work.   The warmer temperatures and sunshine have been a nice change.

 One of the best parts of my job is when I am called in to make a space more functional for a family, and a good friend of mine asked me to do just that.

She has a great home in Vestavia and needed help making the family room more suitable for her growing teenagers and their friends.  You may recognize a few of the other rooms in this home from the pictures below.  They were published a few years ago in one of my favorite publications, Birmingham Home and Garden.

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living room-courtesy of Jean Allsopp photography

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kitchen banquette- Jean Allsopp photography

 

While I am keeping the family room a surprise until we add the last few pieces, I thought I might show you a glimpse of what we have installed already…..

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I’ll share pictures of the finished room in a few weeks.

Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

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Thanks for the Article, Birmingham Home and Garden

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are having a great week.

I was excited to receive the January/February issue of  Birmingham Home and Garden  as there is a nice article on Jeff Dungan and me from the Antiques at The Gardens show.

 

They asked the Tastemakers a few personal and professional questions, and I enjoyed reading everyone’s answers.   You can check out the entire edition here.

BHG

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I hope the interview left you wanting to know more about how I approach each project.   If so, here are few more of the questions with my answers that didn’t make it into the article.

 

BHG: Your work reflects casual, livable, elegance.  First and foremost, your work leans towards the way your client’s live, but you do have some signature “Dana” pieces. What are some of your favorite pieces to use and why? Are they custom or purchased?

DW: I incorporate many custom-designed upholstered pieces such as banquettes, sofas, screens, dining tables, and ottomans into my interiors.  My interiors are not shiny or trendy, and these type of pieces add uniqueness and subtle detail to a room.

Many designers can create a pretty home.  I try to take my work a step further and create a pretty home that can change how a family lives.

BHG: When taking on a new client, what are some clues you look for to help determine their hopes for the project?

DW: A home is most likely the largest investment made in a lifetime, and any improvements should only increase its value.

Communication Is Key.

When taking on a new client, it is important they are as comfortable with me as I am with them. There has to be open dialogue and trust for the end result to be the desired outcome.

Have a Budget in Mind.

I won’t take on a project without knowing a budget.   It is extremely important from day one for all to have an understanding of what the budget can buy so the design process can evolve accordingly.

Show Me Anything You Can to Convey Your Taste.

Communication is key, and as they say, pictures are worth a thousand words.  I love walking into a client meeting and being handed a notebook full of pictures that inspire them.  Pictures, whether of certain rooms or landscapes or colors or artwork, give me great insight into what can sometimes be difficult to communicate.

BHG: You work on a lot of family homes. What are your five family-friendly go-to fabrics/ finishes / furniture?

DW: Leather, velvets, waxed woods, natural stones, and crusty antiques only look better with age and a little wear and tear.  When choosing fabrics for upholstery, I emphasize to my clients it isn’t just the color of the fabric that matters, but more importantly, its content.

BHG: What are your favorite two coffee table books and or design books in your collection?

DW: I am constantly reading personally and professionally, so it is hard to say my favorites.   I love Kelly Hoppen’s Interiors, Axel Vervoordt’s Timeless Interiors, and John Saladino’s Style by Saladino.

Thanks again, BHG!

dana

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We’re Growing!

DWI had so much going on at the end of the year that I failed to mention some exciting news…   

We are growing!

We have added Abbey Powell Dunn to our team, and what an asset she is to our firm.   Abbey is an interior designer with an extensive background in commercial design, and we are glad to have her working with us.  

We thought it might be fun to ask Abbey a few things so you can know her a little better….

 

 

I’m happiest when….I am with my family  

A typical day is….there is no such thing as a “typical” day when working with Dana and that is why I love it! Whether its pulling fabrics, ordering furniture, or staging a clients house for a photo shoot, everyday is a new and a fun adventure!  

You’ll always find this in my purse….EOS lip balm, a tape measure, and gum.

I just read/ watched….Gone Girl…it is a must read!  

My guilty pleasure is…..chocolate, of course!  

I’m inspired by…..my mother…she is the strongest woman I know.  

If I could live anywhere, it’d be…..I’m honestly so happy in Birmingham! I love this city!  

Quick design tips….when designing a particular space I often like to start by finding one great statement piece, such as a piece of art or a beautiful fabric and work around it.

 

See why we love her?!!

 

Have a great week, everyone!

Dana

 

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The Best Is Yet To Come

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  It’s hard to believe Christmas has come and gone and we are into a new year.

I have been a little absent the past few weeks as I took some time off.   I’ve spent time decompressing and enjoying my family.  It has been a nice break and I am rejuvenated for 2014.

Speaking of 2014, it’s only appropriate for me to share my resolutions in the first post of the year.

Like many of you, I always spend the first of the year looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year.  It’s an obvious time to reflect on the changes I want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on them. That being said, I’ve come up with a couple I am excited to share with you.

Simplify.  Be more with less.

21 Quick Actions You Can Take Today to Simplify Your Life

 

Yes, I said it again.  Can you tell this “idea” is on the forefront of my mind?

For me, this means eliminating distractions for the essential, trading chaos for peace, and spending time doing what’s important.  I’ve spent the past couple weeks getting rid of the clutter around the house and I cannot tell you how much better this makes me feel.  Try it, as I promise it will make you feel better, too.

I love the saying “if you don’t use it, lose it” and I especially love putting it into practice. Learning to live with less allows me to enjoy more.

And while I think material items need to be kept in perspective, I do think our surroundings affect us.   I know they do me. There is something to be said about how a calm, beautiful, organized, peaceful home makes you feel.   A home that is warm but elegant is one you can enjoy and make memories with family and friends.

I am also going to ….

Take Care of Me.

Take care of yourself

I know this resolution seems cliché, but over the holidays,  I was sick.  Being forced to slow down and lay in bed made me to realize how worn down I was.  Like most moms, I’d been so busy working and taking care of family that I exhausted myself.

So to make sure doesn’t happen again, I’m making time for me.

Time for me to challenge myself professionally.  Time to take my craft and skill to the next level, not by doing more, but by doing more to the best of my ability.

I’m planning to exercise, eat well, get adequate sleep, moisturize properly, read more, take my vitamins….you know, all those things that just make you feel better.  Bottom line, when I am happy and well, I am my best self.

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Cheers to 2014 being the best yet…

-dana

 

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What My Favorite Bloggers Are Wishing This Holiday Season

It is a good kind of crazy right now.

I have been super busy with a couple of home installs, a new home construction (can’t wait to share with you-  it is going to be incredible), a photo shoot, and not to mention my girls’ daily activities.   I have made myself a promise to enjoy the holiday season and not stress.

One of the ways I relax is by reading at night, and I have a few design blogs I always enjoy.  Not only are they inspiring, but I find myself drawn to their personalities and wanting to read more.

Does this happen to you?

I decided to ask a few of my favorites (yay- they responded!!) their holiday wish this season.  From their responses, you will see why I love each of them.  Here we go:

 

Cote De Texas

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Cote de Texas- I’m not sure Joni needs much of an introduction seeing that she has over 71,000 visits on her blog each month.  She must be doing something right!   I am drawn to her blog because of the friendly, witty, casual feel to it, and every time I read a post, I feel like I am sitting in her kitchen having a  glass of wine cup of coffee with her.  It’s obvious Joni does her research and knows what she’s doing.  She has explored, researched, studied, and investigated every design story worth knowing.  Joni was stated as saying, “The French just have excellent taste in everything” and I would say the exact same thing about her.

Joni hopes that “for this holiday season and the new year,  everyone in my family continues to have good health and happiness, and that all my friends and my extended family have all their wishes come true!”

To read more from Joni, click here.

 

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Velvet and Linen-  What can I not say about Brooke’s blog?   Her genuineness and her style show through her writing and her pictures, and people have taken notice.   She has written a book, Patina Style, and she has done an amazing job with her architect husband Steve designing/building their new home, Patina Farm.   Their work is incredible and inspiring.  Though I have never met Brooke in person, we have emailed back and forth a few times, and because of her warmth and kindness, I consider her a friend.

For this Christmas season, Brooke states, “My wish for this holiday season is to slow things down and spend time with my family doing silly things like ice skating and puzzles.”

To read more from Brooke, click here.

 

Greige 

Greige - I love Christina’s blog because of the organic feel it has to it.  I love neutrals, and Christina does too.  Christina and I also share the beliefs your home should be a true reflection of you,  it should be special, and it should house what you love.

Christina’s holiday wish is ”to be organized so that I can enjoy every bit of the season with my family.”

I totally agree as making memories with my family is at the top of my wish list, too.  To read more from Christina, click here.

 

StyleBlueprint Birmingham

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StyleBlueprint Birmingham-  Style Blueprint Birmingham has made quite an impact in a short amount of time thanks to its editor, Catherine.   It is a great source for food, fashion, style and places around Birmingham and the Southeast.

Catherine wants “to live every day like it’s a holiday- being thankful, spending time with family and friends and looking with hope to the future.”

I love this, Catherine, and hope to do the same.  To read the latest on StyleBlueprint, click here.

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RHalverson_352Nestegg- Need to put a smile on your face?  This blog will do it to you.   Rachel is just fun and I love seeing her cute personality show through in her posts.

Rachel wishes this for Christmas: “That Hoyt and I survive the big renovation we’re planning on doing to our house this upcoming year!  And that I don’t go over budget.   Correction: That we make more money so I can go over budget.”

See why I like her??

On a more serious note, Rachel said, “I wish for a cure for cancer.  I know it’s far fetched but having lost my aunt this month to cancer I want it more than ever.  Surely somebody can come up with the cure in 2014?”

I sure hope so, Rachel.  Check out more from her here.

 

Blueprint Bliss

Blueprint Bliss- Brooke’s blog appeals to me as I remember the days of having small children so close in age.  Not only does Brooke provide design inspiration, she also writes about her favorite recipes and who doesn’t enjoy trying new ones?  I love that Brooke and I agree fresh flowers, bubble baths and a good book are ”must-haves”.

Brooke shares “My wish for this holiday season is for simplicity. I would love to truly enjoy the season with the focus being on Jesus and not on the hustle and bustle which can so easily consume me.”

Amen, Brooke!  I could not have said it better myself.  To check out Brooke’s blog, click here.

 Parish

Parish- Being a working mom, I love how Ashley does such a great job balancing home and the office.  From her posts, there is no doubt Ashley is a great mom and designer.   Her instagram is also fun to follow, so be sure to look her up there as well.

Ashley says, “There is nothing better than seeing Christmas through the eyes of my little ones.  My Christmas wish is that they always see the magic in Christmas and never stop believing!”

To check out Ashley’s blog, click here.

In a season that tends to be full of chaos and rushing around, I am trying to remember to take time and reflect on what really matters.  My holiday wish is to enjoy my family, make good memories and remember why I am celebrating the season.

Merry Christmas, everyone-

Dana

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Looking for a Few Decorating Ideas for the Holidays?

Hi  Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying the last few days until Christmas.   There are 14 days left (Yikes!), and I am not finished with my decorations.   Hopefully my house will be ready in time, and if it isn’t, I know special memories will still be made within my family.

Are you familiar with the blog StyleBlueprint?   They are one of my favorite, and they have become a go-to source for me on style, fashion, and great places around the Southeast.   They were kind enough to ask my my thoughts on decorating for Christmas,  and if you would like to see a few of the ideas I suggest, click here.

Have a great day and enjoy the last few weeks before Christmas.  I am posting ideas for the holidays regularly on Facebook and Instagram, so come join us.

 

Dana

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Are the Holidays Really Here?

There was talk I was hosting my family for Thanksgiving this year.

It ends up I will be hosting Christmas instead,  but I could not help but wonder how I was going to decorate all of those holiday tables.

You see, my husband and I both come from large families, so a family gathering is never small.   A beautifully set table-or two or three- makes any meal a special occasion.   And what dinner could be more important than Thanksgiving?

Even though I like to entertain and want things to look pretty, I don’t have hours and hours to spend setting several tables for my large family.  Who does??

Setting a table takes time, so I like to keep it SIMPLE.    Simple is almost always better in my world.

I created this Thanksgiving tablescape for a television segment last year for NBC-13 Daytime Alabama, and I am thinking recreating it when needed.  It is very simple, pretty, and softly layered.

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I’ve also been inspired by several tablescapes I have seen on Pinterest recently.   Here are a couple that caught my eye.

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Isn’t this arrangement gorgeous? Photo courtesy of Pinterest

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How cute- and easy- is this idea? What a creative idea for a place mat. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

love these place cards....

Simple and beautiful! Photo courtesy of Pinterest

I hope you feel inspired to set a table that’s dressed to impress.

Have a great day, everyone-

dana

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