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How To Create A Budget-Friendly Dorm Room

Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 3:30 am

With another school year coming to an end and seniors looking ahead to next year, I thought I would publish again a popular post I wrote last year, How to Create A Dorm Room On A Budget.

 

 

I gave these tips when designing my daughter’s last year, and for those of you who will be sending your child off soon, I hope you find these helpful.

 

 

 

Here goes:

 

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While a dorm room isn’t something I create every week, I have been involved in one this summer, and it’s been on a budget.

 

It’s different than what I normally do- the rooms I design are usually designed for a specific space-  custom bedding, custom upholstery, true wood, etc…

 

I have been pulling together my daughter’s room for college (yikes- it is really happening), and we wanted to watch what we spent.    We want it to be cute, but because she won’t use most of it for more than a year, our budget was challenging low.

 

So after hitting West Elm, Target, and a few other sources around town, this is what we created.

 

 

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The quality of the pics isn’t great, but you get the idea.   We mixed in a little custom with home store finds to make it as budget- friendly as we could.

 

Here are a few tips to follow when working on a budget-friendly room at any age…

 

1.   According to the space and budget, buy the best upholstery you can.

Even for a dorm room, I created a custom headboard.  A nice, weighty piece of upholstery makes such a difference, the quality is much better, and I knew she would use it for three years.  This leads me to my next point……

 

2.  Mix your pricepoints based upon the piece’s use.

While we spent more on the custom upholstered headboard, we bought a Target bookcase (and the cute baskets) to go in between them.   The bookcase only needs to last a year, and if we end up using it for longer than that, it is a bonus.

The euros, draperies and headboard are “to the trade fabrics”  with the headboard fabric from Schumacher and the euro pillows and drapery panels from Duralee.  The dust ruffle- yes, please don’t tell, is a Target drapery panel reworked with a gray banding added to the bottom of it.   The solid fabric and Greek key trim for the front pillow were found at a local fabric store.

 

3.  Find your colorway.

I gave my daughter and her roommate two colorway options, and they voted for the indigo blue and gray one.   As you can see, I let the blue be the “pop” and repeated the soft gray throughout.   You see it in the rug, the headboards,in the Target baskets, banding on the bottom of the dust ruffle,etc….

 

4. Mix patterns.

I love to mix patterns in a space, and the key is to use different scales.   Even for a dorm room, I threw in a solid (a fabric from a local fabric store) to break up the patterns.

 

Hope this post helps you create a budget- friendly dorm room.  Everyone shows love in different ways, and I showed my love language to my little girl by leaving a little bit of me behind with her.

 

 

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Cheers to showing how you care in your own special way-

Dana

 

 

UPDATE:   It is hard to believe my girl’s freshman year in college is coming to an end.  It has been a good one and I am grateful she has made some really sweet friends and has done so well.  Her room held up well- we are reusing her headboard and maybe her pillows next year.   The only feedback I have gotten from her was that the dust ruffle was cumbersome- I loved how it covered up the storage under it, but she felt the dust ruffle was in the way of accessing the under the bed storage.   Maybe it’s time I design a line for dorm rooms that includes custom storage in a chic, functional way that suits us both.

 

 

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DWI Is Hiring!

Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at 3:30 am

DWI has exciting news- we are hiring a junior designer to join our team in Birmingham, AL.

 

 

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We have lots of exciting projects starting up and we are looking for someone who can hit the ground running.  has impeccable taste, a strong work ethic, good character, takes the initiative and has great communication skills.  We take pride in taking very good care of our clients, so if you are a people person and have at least two years design experience, send us your resume.

 

Reach out to us and let us know why you need to join our team in Birmingham, AL.   We look forward to hearing from you-

 

Dana

 

 

 

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Tuesday’s Tip Of The Day- TV Mounting Ideas

Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at 3:30 am

Tuesday’s Tip Of The Day deals with how to handle a bookcase that was built to accommodate a deep television when your television now is pencil thin.  And replacing the bookcase is not an option.

 

We encountered this exact situation in a home, so we added tongue and groove boards running vertically to the space to mount the television.

 

 

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As you can see,the symmetry inside the bookcases didn’t change one bit, but we’ve updated the space for today’s technology.

 

Hope you find this Tuesday’s Tip of the Day about mounting your tv helpful.  If you like what you see, subscribe to my blog here.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

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Why Purple Is A Good Option For Your Home

Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at 3:30 am

Southern Living asked me in this month’s issue about my favorite color of purple.  Whether you are looking for a soft color or a bold one, it can a good option for the home.

 

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I love a lavender shade of purple in a room-  It is soft, soothing, and can be a very versatile color.  It’s great as an accent or as the wall color as seen in this bedroom we installed a few years back.

 

Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Jean Allsopp

Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Jean Allsopp

 

 

Benjamin Moore’s Oyster, the color I mentioned in the article,  has a hint of gray, making it more of a neutral.    It is soft and soothing, masculine but sexy.

 

 

I have used touches of lavender and purple throughout my own home and in several of my projects.   You can see it here in my foyer and in my family room.

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors. Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

 

 

We played off the purple in this client’s artwork, and I love how it is bold, fresh, yet not too trendy.

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors. Graham Yelton Photography

Dana Wolter Interiors. Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

So the next time you are looking for a fresh color with a little versatility, give purple a try.  I promise it won’t disappoint.

 

 

Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 3:30 am

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and we have some great options in our gift guide to pamper the special ladies in your life.  Prices range from $12 to $465 so there is something for everyone.

 

Here goes:

 

 

 

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1.  Splendid Classic Short Pajama Set $78  This classic style pajama set is cute and comfortable.  Available in four colors   Buy here.

 

 

2. Diptyque ‘Basies’ Scented Candle $32 – $62  Diptyque products are very popular and rightfully so. The beautiful scent consists of a bouquet of flowers and blackcurrant leaves,  mixed together to create a light, refreshing scent.   Buy here.

 

 

3. Barefoot Dreams ‘Cozy Chic’  Robe $99   Who wouldn’t love a soft, cozy robe?  I love mine to wear when getting ready for the day, and it comes in seven different colors.      Buy here.

 

 

4. BP. Bar Pendant Necklace $12  This dainty, polished gold bar necklace is the perfect layering necklace to wear everyday.   Buy here.

 

 

5. Gorjana ‘G Ring’ Hoop Earrings $60  These classic,casual or dress up, hoop earrings are the perfect gift. They are a great size and come in three different colors.  Buy here.

 

 

6. UGG ‘Scuffette II’ Slipper $84.95   The rich suede slipper is such a great product from UGG.  They are so comfortable and great for everyday wear, 365 days out of the year!  Buy here.

 

 

7. Viktor&Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ perfume $55 – $215  I have shared this perfume with you before and it was a big hit! Here it is again in this Mother’s Day gift guide because it is a soft scent any Mom will love.    Buy here.

 

 

8. Faribault Woolen Mill ‘Lodge Stripe’ $190  This 100% wool blanket is both pretty and cozy, making it great for home decor and for comfort.  You can never go wrong with a gorgeous, wool blanket. Buy here.

 

 

9. La Mer Creme de la Mer Moisturizing Cream  $85 – $465 This moisturizing cream is one of the best selling beauty products out there, as some say it is ‘a miracle in a jar’. This is a great gift if you are wanting to pamper your mom!      Buy here.

 

 

Hope you found a few things to pamper in this gift guide for your mom this Mother’s Day.  Let me know your favorite-

Dana

 

 

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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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