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What’s Keeping You From Making Your Home A Haven?

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 3:06 am

I have been thinking a lot about simplifying lately.

 

I made “simplifying” my word in January for 2015.  Maybe it’s my age, maybe it’s because my children are beginning to leave my nest….  I don’t know what it is, but I do know I want to take off the roller skates, relax and take time to slow down.

 

This certainly doesn’t mean I want to sit around all day. Not practical and certainly not my personality.  It does mean, though, that I want to stay above the chaos of everyday life and say no to things that I don’t have to do or that don’t touch my heart.

 

I have been doing a lot of simplifying around my house this summer.  If you could see the stuff- yes, all the stuff- my girls and I are taking out of my house, you would be amazed. As I have mentioned before, I do not like to let things pile up, but when I do, there is nothing better than cleaning out.

 

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Like my own home, I am running into a lot of homes lately where I see rooms that either serve as catch alls or rooms that are completely empty.

 

Sure, if you just bought a house, I can understand you having one or both of these kinds of rooms.  But if you have been living in your home for a few years and you still have an unused room, ask yourself why?

 

What are you waiting on?

 

Stop a moment and take a good look as to how this room needs to function for you.   Don’t wait- do it now.   Life is too short and too stressful for your home to not be a place to retreat.

 

And while this home that a family of four recently moved into didn’t need simplifying, it needed a plan and a purpose for a few rooms, and we have been working on giving them a plan for each.  I am still waiting on a few pieces to come in, but I love where it is going.

 

 

 

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What do you think?

 

If you could use help turning your home into a haven, email me. I would love to talk to you about how we may be able to help.

 

Take time to simplify,

 

dana

 

 

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A Few Of My Finds At Market

Posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 3:30 am

If you follow me on social media, you saw some of the pretty pieces I found at the Atlanta market last week.

 

 

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Wing chair from Oly in a beautiful, silver mohair

 

 

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Collection of beautiful books from Assouline

 

 

The marketing team at the Merchandise Mart asked me to be a style spotter for them, and honestly, I had the best time.   It was a great way to document my finds and I loved all of the new people I met because of it.

 

I have been to market in Atlanta quite a bit over the years, but there was something really special about this one.   As always, the existing showrooms did not disappoint.  The overall energy was incredible, and I loved the addition of more boutique showrooms at the show.   I picked up a few new lines, some from showrooms that had never shown at the Atlanta market before, which is always exciting to me.

 

I also noticed more showrooms are carrying antiques or one of a kinds, which in my opinion, makes a market feel a little more high end and custom.    As a designer, this makes our job easier in creating a special room with unique finds.   Sure- the staples are always needed in every project, but if you can mix in a couple of crusty, old pieces, it makes the home that much prettier.

 

 

 

 

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Large, antiquel olive jar from Gabby

 

 

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How incredible are these 18th century leather chairs? I found them at Marshall Clements

 

 

 

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Another pretty find from MC

 

 

Maybe I am a little partial because I am a southerner, but I love seeing the MerchandiseMart thrive and grow.   Atlanta is easy to fly or drive into, and word on the street is they are adding a valet service, making it even easier to shop.

 

But…. Before I close, I have to share a picture of my assistant for my time there.

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I always try to bring one of my girls along with me to summer market, and this year it was Ann’s turn.  It’s good for them to be exposed to what I do, and selfishly, I treasure the one on one time with each.

 

Ann has a great eye, and I think I am going to hold on to this picture for the day we are headed to market as design partners versus mom and daughter.

 

Hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my finds,

 

Dana

 

 

 

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Recent Magazine Feature

Posted on Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 3:30 am

As I have mentioned before,  I love a beautiful piece of marble.

 

Marble is a classic element that never goes out of style, and in my opinion, it only looks better with a little age and wear.

 

A few months ago, Birmingham Magazine  wrote an article on Masonry Arts, a stone fabricator who just bought a marble quarry in Alabama (yes, Alabama White does come out of the ground here).

 

I was honored when they asked to include me in it.   I am a big fan of this stone and have used Masonry for several of my installations.

 

As you will see by the custom marble vanity I designed, marble can be used in other ways besides countertops.  Below is the pic they included in the article.

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custom vanity designed by DWI

 

 

 

While marble is becoming more common in the home, I still run across people who are afraid to use it.   Don’t be!!!    Misinformation about the material is completely overstated.   I have it all through my house and believe me, we  live in my  home.   Think about the old, gorgeous buildings with marble floors, stairs, etc…  They are even prettier today than when installed years ago.

If you would like to read the full article, click here.

 

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

dana

 

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Spending The Weekend As A Style Spotter At Market

Posted on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 at 3:30 am

Hi Everyone!   I am excited to head over to Atlanta later tomorrow for market.   The AmericasMart marketing team has asked me, along with a few other southern designers, to come in this weekend and let you know through social media what my favorite pieces are in the show.

 

The weekend is jammed packed with lots going on, and I am looking forward to sharing my favorite products and trends for 2015 with you.   I always enjoy catching up with my friends in the design world, so the lunches and dinners will be a lot of fun, too.

 

My friend, Stacy Kunstel of Dunes and Duchess, has given me a sneak peek of their new 42″ upholstered ottoman.  Isn’t it incredible?!   The fabric pictured is Tillett/T4, a favorite fabric line of Jackie Kennedy.

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It would be perfect in so many settings as the fabric you choose could completely change its look.

See?  It reminds me of this vintage piece below I found for this living room I designed several years ago. Upholstering the ottoman in leather or velvet would completely change its look.

 

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On Friday night, I’ll be attending the Portman White party, where architect and developer John Portman will be honored with a design exhibition in honor of his signature paint color, Portman White Sherwin Williams-PW240. The vignette gallery will feature unique vignettes by seven acclaimed interior designers: Brian Patrick Flynn, Michelle Workman, Stan Topol, Michel Boyd, Niki Papadopoulos and Kerry Howard. I am excited to see how these tastemakers show the Portman White paint color and featured products sourced throughout AmericasMart.

 

Make sure you’re following me on social media so you can see all my posts of the “Best of the Best” from the showrooms.

 

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You’ll also want to follow these hashtags to keep up with the other style spotters at market.

 

#atlmkt, #atlmktfav, #portmanwhite

 

 

Let me know if you’ll be there as I would love to see you.

 

Have a good one,

 

dana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Service Offered- Design Online

Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 3:30 am

How would you like a complete room designed by us but with the option to complete the space in a timeframe your budget and schedule allow?

 

If this interests you, then the new service we are offering, Design Online, is for YOU!

 

What is Design Online?

 

Design Online is a great way for us to customize a room in your home according to your timeframe and budget, without us ever stepping foot in your door. You provide us with your budget, detailed measurements, pictures of your space, inspiration photos, and answers to a questionnaire we send over to you.  Within four to six weeks, we send you a pretty little package filled  with a floor plan,  color scheme,  lighting, furniture selections, accessories, and fabric swatches with all of the design specifications and information needed for you to implement the plan.  

 

Here is an example of a family room we created.  You will receive something similar with all of the specifications mentioned above.

 

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The great news is that no distance between us matters, as this service is all online!

 

Also, don’t forget we also offer a one time 3.5 hour consult. This has been a fun addition to the scope of our work as I mostly do full room or home design. I’ve been doing a lot of these recently, and the clients seem to be getting a lot out of our time together.  Click here to read more.

 

Think either of these may be the right service for you? Send us an email at info@danawolterinteriors.com, and let’s get started!

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

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Summer is here and I find myself cleaning.  Cleaning out drawers, wiping down drawers, etc…   Makes me happy!

And while I preach to throw away or give away things that you don’t love or are not using, I know there are times when you want to keep certain things just to keep.

I thought I would rerun this post from a few years ago on how to display your clutter  stuff …….      Here goes….

 

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The holidays are over, and who isn’t looking for a few ways to declutter their home?   It’s easy to discard the items you don’t use, but what about the knick knacks you love and want to display?

Do your “special” items look like a pile of mess to others?   If so, what should you do?

Create a few vignettes in your home.

Start with your big items, such as the painting, sconces, lamps, and urn in this picture.   Next, stagger your accessories throughout, making sure you balance out each side.  Notice how they did not forget the space under the console.

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What a great job they did of taking family keepsakes, which, after all, make a house a home, and displaying them in a beautiful way.

How about adding in a few of your personal items when entertaining? At this client’s home, instead of just setting out her china and everyday, we decided to mix it up a bit.

Speaking of entertaining……

What do you do for all of the silver and crystal you have crammed into your cabinets?

Display it as we did in this client’s home.   Here, we mixed in some of her silver pieces with her crystal and pottery.  Everything has its place, and it is beautiful!

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When creating a focal point, whether it is a vignette or glass cabinet, don’t forget to layer and add different textures.

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So, the key is to make the space your own by displaying your items in a neat, organized way.

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Even when there is a family pet involved- such as the frog for this family- can you display it in a clever way.

A Day In My Life- What Do I Do All Day? Let’s Find Out!

Posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 3:30 am

I don’t know about you, but I find the summer heat and going from one activity to the next exhausting.

Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful to be busy and am excited to share with you very soon some things that are happening.   With work, on top of family and other commitments, I stay out of trouble on my toes.

While some people only know me because of my design work,  there are others who only know me through my children.   I always smile when someone, who has known me for a few months, realizes I have another side to me that works and creates and changes the way people live in their homes.

I love that because while I am grateful and proud of all that has come my way professionally, in the end, I want to put my aside my pride and be known for my character versus my accomplishments.

 

 

So….. Having said that, I thought it would be fun to let you “spend a day with me” to see how the two mix and are intertwined.

I  love what I do, but I’m thrilled to spend more time this summer with my over scheduled girls. Their schedule is more lax when school is out, and with one headed to college in a few months, I am savoring every moment of family time.

Here goes …..Get ready to juggle as I have a lot of balls in the air…..

 

 

My day started Wednesday around 6:15 when I woke up, showered and reviewed my notes before filming a segment from ABC 33/40’s “Talk of Alabama”.

I arrived at ABC 33/40 at 8:30 for a live segment on “Five Ways To Update A Room (Without Breaking The Bank)”. I blogged about this last week, so be sure to check it out here if you haven’t seen it.

 

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After I finished, I ran to the office around 10:45 to meet with the rep for Cotton and Quill to look at the new fabrics.  They have lots of great patterns, and I particularly loved the soft colors in these for a bedroom we are beginning.

 

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I hurried to the physical therapist for a lunchtime appointment.   I have been battling pain in my hip, and after having about five months of pain, I am grateful to have it finally under control.  Thank you, Jesus!!

 

On the way back, I picked up my youngest who had eaten lunch with a friend.

I came back to the office and met with the homeowner of #projectexpansion. We discussed a few details with the construction of her project such as flooring, doors, hardware and cabinetry.

 

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Next, the homeowner and I were off to Triton to look at slabs that were brought in for her project. We selected a couple of beautiful ones.  Holy moly- can’t wait to share.

 

After we finished, I also met with a producer to film a video on selecting countertops. Stay tuned for more on this.
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We finished up around 4:45- 5:00.   I headed home and intended to workout,  but that didn’t happen. Instead, I enjoyed lounging with the girls in my gym shorts.

Close enough.   Wearing gym clothes= working out, right?!

 

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I probably should have spent the downtime cooking dinner but that didn’t happen either, so we enjoyed takeout instead.  A meal together is what matters, not who cooked it, right?

My bed was calling my name so I crawled in face planted, and enjoyed reading Jay Abraham’s “The Sticking Point Solution.”   It’s a book with a lot of great tips on building your business and brand.   I love reading before I go to sleep as it’s the best way for me to unwind.

You’ll find that my life isn’t very exciting, and for the most part, it’s pretty predictable.   It’s my hectic life, though, and I am grateful for every single bit of it.

 

Here’s to making the most of a day,

dana

 

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New Home, New Look

Posted on Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 3:30 am

I thought I would share with you a project we began a few months ago.

 

It is for a cute, fun family of four who purchased a new home earlier this year.   Like many who recently move, they had several empty rooms where their existing furniture did not fit nor fill.

 

I have known them for several years, and they are the best.  Their two children are teenagers (one is in college), so they wanted a rooms with edge but that could stand lots of fun and casual entertaining among all ages.

 

Below is the furniture layout for the family room.  It is a large room, and our goal was to make good use of the space while giving lots of seating for football games and movies around the television.

 

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The homeowners love blue and wanted bright colors so we kept these things in mind when selecting fabrics for the room. I love all the textures in these fabrics as they will help create depth and dimension in the room. These colors scream cozy and inviting to me. What about you?

 

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We also created a layout for their dining room.

 

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We pulled darker browns and gray tones for the fabrics in their dining room. The richness in these fabrics will create a more dramatic feel that isn’t too overpowering, with sheers lining two of the walls.  Again, lots of edge (an upholstered table ) but a casual, functional space to create memories with friends.

 

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I am excited to see these rooms come to fruition. Stay tuned for more pictures of the finished product as we will be installing next month.

 

Have a great day-
Dana
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Five Ways To Update A Room (Without Breaking The Bank)

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at 3:30 am

Last week, I had the opportunity to do live segment for ABC3340’s “Talk of Alabama“.  It’s been several months since I have taped a design segment, and I forgot how much I enjoy it.  It was a lot of fun!

 

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In case some of you are wanting a quick overview of what I discussed, here are a few of the tips I shared.

And guess what?!    The first two suggestions are won’t cost you a dime!

 

1. Clean out. I am a big believer that if you are not using or don’t love something, get rid of it. Life is too short to surround yourself with things that you don’t love or enjoy.  You’ll be amazed at how much better a space looks when clutter is contained.

2. Arrange a new floor plan. After you clean out, access how your room flows. If it doesn’t seem right, move your furniture around and create a new arrangement. Your room will feel like a new one when you do this, and hopefully the space will function better for you and your family (which is always the goal!!).

3. Paint. This seems so simple but it’s truly the best and most economical way to make a big impact.  Color is hot right now, so consider going bold in a small room or space.

4. Add sheers. I love sheers because of the texture they provide, and Iuse them in quite a few of my projects. Regardless of the price point of the fabric, you’ll save money by not having to line them, and usually the labor is much less, too.  Sheers are perfect for the window with a gorgeous view, but just needs some softness around it.

5. Accessorize. Buy new pillows, artwork or a throw. These tend to be easy ways to completely change the look of a room.

 

Watch the segment below as there are a few more specifics not listed above (make sure you notice the beautiful pillows Suite Dreams in Mountain Brook let us borrow!).

Let me know what you think as I would love to hear from you!

 


Have a good one-

Dana

 

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Southern Living Designer Network is LIVE!

Posted on Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 3:30 am

I am excited to share that the Coastal Living Southern Living Designer Network website has launched.

 

If you remember, I shared a couple of months ago that I was selected by the editors as a member of this designer network for their readers.

 

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I am honored to be one of the few from Alabama, and as you can see, I am in great company.     Check out the live site at http://sldesignernetwork.com/ and let me know what you think.

 

Have a great day,

dana

 

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