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Living Well- Tips For Making The Most Of Your Space In A Smaller Home

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A few recent projects have been for families downsizing to smaller homes. And while moving to a home you are excited about can be a blessing, it can sometimes be difficult to lose square footage.

 

It’s amazing all of the stuff we accumulate over the years. I feel like I am constantly cleaning out my house and I try to watch what comes in.

 

How to make the most of small spaces can sometimes be overwhelming , so I thought I would give six helpful tips to #LivingWell in a smaller home.

 

1. Clean Out and Keep Only What You Love Or Will Use.   Simple enough- Do you love it or use it? If not, get rid of it.  No more storing things you “might” need in the future or because you feel guilty getting rid of them.

 

2. Are There Pieces That Can Be Repurposed? If there is a piece you LOVE but don’t have a place for it, can it be reworked for extra storage? 

 

3. Look Above And Below. Look for ways to hide storage, such as using ottomans that open up, raising a bed a few inches to create more space underneath, or  adding built-in seating with drawers underneath.  I also love adding ottomans under an open console or coffee table- not only to work as a layering piece but as an extra seat that can be pulled out if needed.

 

 

An ottoman slides under a coffee table in a client’s Family Room- Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

Drawers pull out for extra storage in this window seat, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

4. Simplify- When Looking At Your Stuff, Give Away The Extras Of The Same Items.  After all, you might need a few extra sets of sheets, but do you need five sets for the same bed? No- so give away to someone who can use them.

 

5. Think Long And Hard How Your Home Needs To Work For You and Delegate A Function For Every Room Or Unused Corner.  There is something refreshing about simplifying your life and surroundings. But with smaller homes, you need to think long and hard ahead of time to make sure the new home functions like it needs to for you.  If you see an extra corner, could you add a chair and floor lamp for an extra place to sit?

Or a custom banquette to create more seating around a breakfast table?

 

Photography by Jean Allsopp, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

If working on a new build or renovation, hire a designer before the plans are drawn.  An extra set of eyes for how your family will live in the house is invaluable. Every square inch needs to work hard so you can have the pretty with a purpose.

 

6. Let Go Of The Guilt. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is hard to get your money out of furniture and rugs (and even some antiques) when selling.  Just know this is the case and let go of the pieces…. Do not hold onto stuff for any reason other than you love it.

 

#LivingWell isn’t necessarily about having the best of everything- It’s about surrounding yourself with a home that brings you joy.  A place you love to make memories with family and friends.  

 

Downsizing can be a blessing if you allow it, as it is a way to lighten your connection to material “stuff” and create spaces that are customized and truly special to you.

 

Hope you find these six tips helpful to #LivingWell in a smaller home. Let me know what you think-

Dana

 

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Feature

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As I am slowly starting to feel a change in the seasons, I was excited to see the September 2017 issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles out on newsstands.

 

 

 

 

The issue features the Southeastern Showhouse in Atlanta that we participated in last spring.  As I blogged about here and here, it is a James Means’ house based upon Classicism and craftsmanship. The renovation/addition was by Yong Pak of Pak Hyde & Associates.

 

 

Designers from across the Southeast were asked to participate in this showhouse, and we were honored to be included. 

 

Here are a few of the pictures of our Mudroom space:

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Photography by Emily Followill

 

 

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We could not have created our space without the help of so many.   A special thanks to the following vendors:

Travis & Co– Bronze Hands

Donna Hughes/ Bradley USA– Oil Painting

Parc Monceau– Anglo-Indian Console, Lamp

Baccarat/Rosse and Associates– Crystal in Butler’s Pantry

Huff Harrington– Louis Philippe Mirror, Barometer

J Douglas/Noir – Ladderback Chair

Donghia– Fabric on the chair

Stark– Sisal Rug

Circa Lighitng– Ceiling Flush Mount

Osborne and Little/ Ainsworth Noah– Roman Shade fabric

Pierre Frey/ Jim Thompson Showroom– Ottoman Fabric

Holly Hunt/ Jim Thompson– Throw Pillow Fabric

Clarence House/Jerry Pair– Throw Pillow Fabric

Schumacher– Roman Shade Tape

 

 

If you’d like to read more of the article, click  here.  I think you will enjoy it.

 

I am headed to a photo shoot so wish me luck.   Be sure to look at our Instagram stories as I will share some glimpses throughout the day.

 

Dana

 

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Fly My College Girl and A Few Other Summer Highlights

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I’ve been little sporadic blogging this summer, but that doesn’t mean lots of exciting things- personally and professionally- haven’t been going on.   I don”t know where to start, so I thought I would give a few highlights. 

 

I have been super focused right now on packing up my middle daughter, Ellie, and moving her into college TOMORROW.  Lots of mixed emotions as I don’t think a move with my second child will be any easier than it was with my first.  

 

We are doing a mix of custom and store bought finds for her dorm room.  I’ve tried to spend a little more on the items that can be reused and go more for “look” on the basic items.

 

The girls want to be surprised, so they haven’t seen anything yet.  I am a little nervous about not having feedback from them but I’ve had a hip, college intern this summer who approved.  Hopefully, they will feel the love that has gone into creating their room by this old, not so cool (at least in my daughter’s eyes)  mom.

 

I will try to share some picture on social media so you can see how it turned out.   Be sure to follow along here on Instagram……

 

Our office closed the week of the Fourth of July and I headed to the beach.  My oldest, Lucy,  is working in New York this summer and Ellie was at the lake, so Danny and I took Ann and friends to Watercolor  in Santa Rosa, FL, for the week.  

 

I loved having some time (well, as much as they would give us) with these girls, and the rest was good for all.  The one on one time with my hubby was icing on the cake.

 

Girls celebrating the Fourth

 

 

 

 

Am I not like an old person? Sitting in the sun all covered up :). How times have changed…..

 

 

It’s a good thing we rested as my team and I came back to a huge install.  This is a new construction we have been working on for over two years, and the cute couple, who built their forever home, were moving in that week. 

 

 

The scope of the project covered all of the finishes/ details in the house, and the beginning of the summer included lots of attention to making sure all went seamlessly.   We selected all of the upholstery, furnishing, accessories, window treatments, etc…, for the entire downstairs and a few things in the media room.  The home is stunning with custom touches throughout.

 

 

It’s these custom touches that make a house go from pretty to pretty incredible.  Lots of fabric cuttings going back and forth, creating a “catch your eye” focal point in each room, blending of finishes, making sure everything works with the piece next to it without being too perfectly matched…..   You get the point.  It’s custom what we do and attention to detail is our specialty.

 

 

 

 

Window treatment coming next week……

 

 

 

 

 

Upholstered doors against the slab of Calcutta Gold marble turned out beautifully in the bar, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

Custom banquette fits JUST right in the breakfast area, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s been a fun project as we’ve blogged about it here if you’d like to read more.

 

 

 

I headed to the Hamptons at the end of July to celebrate the opening of the Traditional Home Showhouse in Southampton.  It was a lot of fun and the two homes are gorgeous.  Lots of stunning details shown on Traditional Home’s Instagram here.   Be sure to look for more pictures of the homes in next summer’s issue.

 

 

Pictured here with Jill Waage, Editor In Chief, and Vicki Carra of Traditional Home

 

 

We’ve also been diligently working on a few new rooms that have been added to the scope of a current project.  It is a stately house with great bones with a cute, active family that lives in it.   Lots of beautiful stone throughout- but it needed some softness and layers and unique details added into the mix.   We’ve brought in an architect to make the rooms flow better.   It doesn’t matter how pretty a space is if it doesn’t function well for your family.  Right??!

 

 

Curating a few fabrics for the foyer, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Stay tuned as we are sharing some exciting news soon.  In the meantime, wish me luck moving in my girl.  

 

 

I am going to miss her infectious laugh and the relaxed feel she adds to the house. Wondering if crying when dropping off college kids is embarrassing to them.   I am only asking for a friend 🙂

 

 

 

Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

 

Fly high, my sweet girl…… Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Have a great day and thanks for reading,

 

Dana

 

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors. Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

I posted this picture Here on Instagram a few months ago, and I had someone comment they couldn’t believe this beautiful, functional room once served as a Garage.  Me neither…..

 

I realized that I should share some progress pictures so you can see the transformation.  Who knew a garage could look so good……

 

Before:

 

 

 

What do you see? I see a future family room. Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

After:

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography 

 

 

 

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I love how this family took their home and made this room work for them.  The home functions for a large family, and they needed extra space to spread out and watch television.  

 

The Garage made the most sense, and with its doors turned into French doors and a back entrance reworked, the room quietly transformed.   

 

We added an extra-long sleeper sofa, so it is perfect for the times they need an extra bed, too.

 

So here’s to making the most of your home, one room at a time.

 

Dana

 

 

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Living Well: Tips On Incorporating A Mirror Into Your Interiors

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

 

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

 

 

See what I mean?

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Elton Photography

 

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Elton Photography

 

 

 

I also love incorporating a mirror in an entrance way when possible.  The picture of this foyer is from several years back, but I still love how it adds reflection and softness to the space.

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Jean Allsopp Photography

 

 

Hope these tips help when you are deciding where to hang a mirror in your home.   Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

 

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Remember me?!  

 

I am the one who used to blog, but then suddenly disappeared for a few weeks….

 

It’s never intentional.  Life gets busy- my mother has been sick again, I’ve been trying to spend more time with my family, and we’ve started a few new projects.

 

When I haven’t been with my family or working, I have been traveling quite a bit.  One of the places I visited last month was New York City.

 

As I made a stop into the Saks on Fifth Avenue, a transformation on their second floor knocked my socks off   caught my attention.

 

Saks- Justin Bridges Photography

 

 

Gone are the racks and racks of clothes on this floor- though they still have some active wear and accessories for sale.

 

It has become a Wellness Floor called The Wellery, and I loved what Saks has done with it.

 

In a world where I feel like I am trying to find a balance because I am being pulled in 10 different directions, I actually felt my blood pressure drop as I walked around.  

 

If it wasn’t for my girls urging me onto the escalator, I probably would have circled the space a few more times.

 

I don’t claim to be the most healthy, but I do love the thought of trying.  

 

With the exception of a juice bar, this floor has Everything.   From a nail salon, to bikes, to exercise classes, to salt rooms, to dermatology services, to gym bags and activewear, it’s all there.  

 

And it SPOKE to me.

 

I’ll take a green bike, please…. The Wellery, Saks Fifth Avenue, NY

 

 

 

JUST BREATHE……..

The Wellery offers Salt Rooms.  Has anyone tried this before?

 

 

 

The Wellery, Saks Fifth Avenue

 

 

It is such a new, innovative way to position a clothing store, but it got me thinking…..  

 

Health and wellness are not just what you eat and if you exercise.  Living Well is a way of life-  

 

I have talked here how a healthy lifestyle is one that encompasses all facets of your life, not just a few areas.

 

It carries over to how your home makes you feel when you walk through the door.  Does your home stress you out  or make you feel at peace when you walk through the door?

 

Living well is taking all of the chaos life throws at us and keeping it all in perspective.  

 

Keeping perspective when life doesn’t give much of one.

 

I understand- with a sick mom, children, and quite frankly, hip and female issues, life is not always rosy…

 

But I am going to continue working hard to be the best version of myself that I can be.  Warts and all.

 

So how can you live well?  Does it involve tweaking your home so it works and functions better for you and your family?  

 

If you need help creating a customized space, email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com.   We would love to hear from you.

 

Here’s to a well-lived life, despite all the chaos life may bring-

 

Dana

 

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  • If you’d like to read more about The Wellery, read this Domino article here.

A client reached out to us about helping them with a few rooms in their newly purchased home.  One of the rooms they commissioned with us was the Dining Room.

 

The house is a typical 80s style house on a stately lot, and I wanted to add a little edge and detail through the interiors.  A Dining Room is often nondescript, making it important to layer so it feels soft- and special.

 

Here are a few of the “Before” pictures:

 

BEFORE

 

 

BEFORE

 

 

We kept the wall color and her buffet, but everything else was a clean slate.

 

 

The goal was to make it feel warm, casual, and dramatic.   Maybe it was the mood I was in, but Cocoon was the word that kept coming to mind.

 

 

We decided to drape two of the walls in the room with a sheer that blended into her newly painted walls.  I wanted this room to draw you in, just as a Dining Room should.

 

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

I went with an upholstered table to add a little more drama and softness in the space.  I also love the touches of black and gold throughout.

 

 

Upholstered Table Detail, Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

After adding a table as big as the room could hold for maximum seating, there was room for a piece of furniture between the windows, but we had to watch its depth.

 

 I decided to go with an Etagere to give her a place to stack her china, crystal, and serving pieces.  Who says these type of pieces have to stay hidden in a cabinet or drawer?

 

The Etagere added a little more of a casual feel to a typically formal space, and it will look better and better the more pieces are added to it.

 

 

This piece will only look better with time as items are added.  Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

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So here’s to making your home feel like a cocoon; warm, inviting, and a reflection of you.    If we can help you turn your house into a home you love, email us here.   We would love to hear from you.

 

Dana

 

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What’s Keeping Your House From Being A Home You Love?

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Are you stuck, knowing your home could look and feel so much better, but you aren’t sure what to do?

 

Or you can’t seem to find the motivation or the direction to pull your home together?

 

Life is busy, and hectic, and stressful.

 

I get it, as I sometimes feel the same way, too.

 

 

A Kitchen Completed Last Year, Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

 

 

But I am constantly reminded how a well-functioning home, one that reflects you and allows you to breathe deeply and relax, can change your life.

 

And your family’s.

 

I see it happen all the time, and it is one of the most rewarding aspects about what I do.

 

A well-designed, high-functioning home, can change how you live and enjoy life.

 

If you are ready for a change for you and your family, now is the time to do it.

 

Let us help turn your home into one that works well for your needs. And, quite frankly, makes you feel good to be in your own home.

 

Who knew you can have pretty AND durable fabrics? Dana Wolter Interiors, Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 
The majority of our projects are full room or turnkey projects, where we devise a detailed plan according to your needs and budget, and we implement it for you.

 

 

We specialize in new construction, beginning with the schematics (many times I am hired before an architect has put pen to paper) to hanging the last picture on the wall. We work closely with the builder and architect to make sure every detail is thought through, from the beginning to the very end.

 

 

Your project becomes our project.

 

 

We also offer another service for clients who need direction and help making decisions for their home, but they like to do the legwork themselves according to their timeframe and budget. Our one-time, 3.5 hour consult service, is the perfect way to devise a plan tailored specifically for your home.

 

 

It has gone over really well, and the clients who have invested in it have been surprised over the amount of detail and information that comes from our meeting.    Matter of fact, I have even gone on the road -and in the air- to offer this consult.

 

 

If you think we can help make your home the place you dream, why are you waiting?

 

Email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com .  Let’s have a conversation about your goals so we can have a plan of action in place for you in the next few months.

 

Here’s to making your house a home, one detail at a time-

Dana

 

 

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I am working on a new project where the house is a beautiful shell but the interiors are a little tired.

 

The house was furnished over 15 years ago and it is time to freshen things up a bit.  Things have changed-a lot-in the last decade.  Children have left the nest in this family and grandbabies are now on the way.

 

They have hired us to update the furnishings in several of the rooms, and I see this home beautiful and functional for the couple who can easily throw together on a whim a casual dinner party for 20.   One that has quality finishes, materials, and details but where the future grandparents don’t have to worry about sippy cups and Goldfish Crackers ruining their pretty things.

 

I have been asking lots of questions on how they live, what they want this house to give to them.

 

The answers always seem to keep coming back to the same things- a placing to make really good memories.  A place that feels like home.

 

 

 

While we are incorporating their great artwork collection and several pieces that are special to them, I have turned to Pinterest for a little inspiration.

 

I love the warmth of the old wood with the charcoal doors and clean, crisp walls.

 

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 The house is going to have a “collected” feel- a mix of new pieces in with a few new antiques and existing pieces they love.

 

 

Susan Ferrier

 

 

A cocoon-like feel with draped walls and custom upholstery pieces.

 

Bobby McAlpine

 

 

Stay tuned as I will keep you posted on how this home progresses.  Have a great day-

 

Dana

 

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I was getting a little excited that spring weather was around the corner, but after the cold, damp weather we have had this week, it looks like I need to be patient.

 

 

While my big sweaters will stay in my closet a few more days,  in anticipation for the warmer weather, I thought I would share a few of my Favorite Spring Items found on the web. 

 

 

The price points vary from $19 to $365, so there is something for everyone’s budget.   

 

 

 

 

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Image by Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

1. Robert Rodriguez Ruffle Silk Cold Shoulder Blouse $365  A big trend on the runway are ruffles and cold shoulder tops, and this ivory silk blouse has both.  I like how this one can be dressed up or down, making it a versatile piece.  Buy  here.

 

 

2. Rag&bone ‘Dre’ Slim Boyfriend Jeans $250 Boyfriend and distressed jeans are “must-haves” and this pair fits any age with the slight distress and streamlined silhouette. I like how they can be worn by a 20 or 40 year old.  Buy here.

 

 

3. & 4. Karen Walker Helter Skelter $250 and Number One Sunglasses $250   Karen Walker’s chic style shows in her large collection of sunglasses.   I couldn’t pick just one,  so here are my top two.  Buy here and here.

 

 

5. Andrew Marc Oakley Oversized Quilted Jacket $150  This lightweight bomber jacket has a lot of look and is the perfect piece to add to your wardrobe for those chilly nights. Buy here.

 

 

6. Halogen Skinny Scarf $19  My oldest is the one that put the skinny scarf on my radar.   I love how this one adds a little extra touch in a subtle way.   Buy here.

 

 

7. L* Space Ridin’ High Serina Rib Bikini Top $99  Do I even want to open the discussion on bathing suit shopping?!  It has to be done, and if you like a bikini style, this top is sleek and gives great coverage.    Buy here.

 

 

8. Marc Fisher ‘Adalyn’ Espadrille Wedge Sandal $159.95   Everyone needs an Espadrille in her closet, and this wedge comes in three neutral colors.  Buy here.

 

 

9. Fraiche by J Off the Shoulder Jumpsuit $113   You’ve seen jumpsuits on my favorite lists before because I like how they are versatile, flattering, and a little different.   Need I say more, except that the price point on this one is great?!   Buy here.

 

 

10. Vix Deva Cloe Cover-Up Caftan $178   This short and ‘swingy’ cover-up is ready to hit the beach, poolside and everything in between. Buy here.

 

 

11. Joie ‘Mariner B.’ Track Pants $168   Track pants are another big trend that has stayed around and this refined blousy pair can be dressed up or down.  I own these and can tell you they are extremely comfortable.   Buy here.

 

 

12. Vince Shirred Back Split Neck Blouse $285  Vince is one of my “go-to” brands because they have basic, well made pieces that have a little edge to them.  This striped, shirred-back blouse is great for the beach or out on the town. Buy here.

 

 

13. Trina Turk Off the Shoulder One-Piece Swimsuit $128   The “off-the-shoulder” look is a trend that has been around for a couple seasons and I love how Trina Turk incorporated it into this age appropriate and chic suit.   Buy here.

 

14. Eileen Fisher Sport Platform Sandal $195  This sandal is known for its comfort and is a great pair you can wear everyday. Comes in six colors.    Buy here.

 

15. Halogen ‘Clarette’ Wedge Sandal $99.95 Looking for a shoe you can dress up and down? One you can pair with pants, shorts or dresses? Here is a good one-    Buy here.

 

16. Shiraleah Veronica Metallic Woven Tote $62  A woven tote bag is perfect for vacations or day at the pool.  This one is at a great price point and is durable for the beach or for shopping.   Buy here.

 

 

Let me know what you like and what appeals to you, as I am ready to make the switch over to spring myself.   Here’s to a new season-

 

Dana

 

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