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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 ūüôā

 

 

 

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Fly high, my sweet girl…… Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Have a great day and thanks for reading,

 

Dana

 

 

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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:

 

 

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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?

 

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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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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:

 

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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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In case you are wondering where I have been……

 

I fell off the blog post train the past few weeks, as I have been living on the road and out of a suitcase.  

 

We have been pretty busy with current projects, and with being out of town, my blog writing, the dog grooming appointments, and the cleanliness of my own house have fallen by the wayside.

 

Here is a glimpse into what has been going on with us…….

 

As I wrote here a few weeks ago, I was asked to participate in the Atlanta Home’s and Lifestyle’s Southeastern Showhouse in Atlanta, GA.  

 

We spent two days in Atlanta installing the Mudroom, Mudroom Powder, and the Butler’s Pantry.  Though it poured as we moved in, we had a blast.  

 

 

Abbey at odds with the umbrella, and I think the umbrella may have won….

 

 

Monica and Abbey taking inventory

 

 

My goal was to make these small, but important rooms, feel true to the home.  The house is beautiful and  extremely traditional. Our rooms needed to blend into the architecture, but not at the cost of being boring.

 

 I wanted to create spaces that are functional- a place to catch your keys, use the desk behind the cabinet doors, etc.    

 

Layered, collected, timeless.

 

Here are a few pictures of our spaces for you to see.

 

Gorgeous console and lamp are from Parc Monceau. The Louis Philippe mirror is from Huff Harrington and the sculptural hands are from Travis and Co

 

 

 

Drapery panel covering a nondescript closet door. It also adds softness to the room while balancing the opposite wall.

 

I love the Tantalus and oil painting below from Parc Monceau.   If you haven’t been to their shop in Buckhead, you need to stop by.  

 

The Plateau is an architectural fragment I found at an antique store, and I had my marble guy cut a piece of Alabama White for the top.   It’s one of my favorite serving pieces in my own home.

 

 

 

 

Royal Standard china and Baccarat crystal

 

The Showhouse closes May 14th so be sure to catch it. 

 

After we installed our rooms, I vacationed in Miami for a few days with two of my girls.   It was Lucy’s Spring Break, so we took a few days to get away.    Feeling the sun on your back, and your toes in the sand, does a person good.

 

We loved DIRT in Miami- a fresh and healthy take on food

 

 

I came back Tuesday from Miami and left Wednesday for the opening of the show.  Abbey went with me and we had a blast.

 

 

It was back to work for a day while I was back in Birmingham, AL.  We had a site visit to select hardwood floor color, and we also began working on a living room design for a new client.

 

 

 

 

I then headed back to Atlanta for Design ADAC and for the Southeastern Designer & Architect Awards.

 

 

The Design ADAC panels were awesome as expected.  I especially loved the one with the Editors of Veranda  moderated by Carolyn Englefield.   I think I could have listened to Lisa Newsom’s stories from the past all day long.

 

  

As I wrote here, I was thrilled to learn we were a finalist for the ADAC & Veranda 2017 Southeast Designers & Architect Of The Year awards.

 

 

2017 Southeast Designers & Architect Of The Year Award

 

 

I thought it might be fun to show you a few of the pictures submitted, as I tried to share a variation of our work.

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton.

 

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

Rebecca and I before the party

 

 

 The Editor At Large interviewing me at the party

 

Phoebe Howard took home the Residential Designer Of The Year award, and my Birmingham, AL, friend, Jeff Dungan, took home the Architect Of The Year Award.

  

I have to give my team a huge shoutout.  They held down the fort while I was in and out of town, and I truly could not do all of this without them.  They are the BEST, and I am grateful for each of their gifts that they bring to our firm.

 

I loved being in Atlanta this past month, and always said that if I didn’t live in Birmingham, Atlanta is where I would hang my hat.  Not sure my husband would comply, but I could work on him…..

 

And while I have worked on projects in Atlanta in the past, I would love to do more work there.  If you have a project and you like our style, reach out to us.

 

I am back in Birmingham for a few weeks before I head out of town again.  I plan on catching up on work and cleaning my house :).  If I am lucky, my hands will end up in the dirt planting a few things this weekend.

 

 Stay tuned as we keep you filled in on some more exciting news….

 

Have a great day-

 

Dana

 

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We have some very exciting news to share….

 

We just learned we are a finalist for the 2017 Southeast Residential Designer Of The Year award.

 

 I try not to get too caught up in awards and accolades, but I do have to admit,  I am thrilled.   It’s an honor to be included in this esteemed group of designer friends and by judges I admire and respect.

 

 

 

2017 Southeast Designers & Architect Of The Year Award

 

 

 

I’ve listed the other finalists in the Residential category and have included their websites so you can learn more about those you may not know.

 

Susan Ferrier of McAlpine

James Michael Howard

Phoebe Howard

Joel Kelly Design

J Banks Design

Robert Brown Interior Design

 

 

If interested, you can read more about it here.   This award ceremony is sponsored by Veranda and ADAC and is Thursday, April 27th,  at the Southeastern Showhouse in Atlanta, GA.   

 

 

This is the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle’s Showhouse I have been working on the past few weeks, and if you have a chance to tour it between April 20th and May14th, GO!  The home is beautiful and it is for a great cause. 

 

 

Take care and thanks for reading.  Have a great day, everyone.

 

Dana

 

 

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 Are there other ladies out there who despise bathing suit shopping as much as me?

 

 

I was in St. Thomas last week, and as I wore my old bathing suits,  I decided to make it a priority to find a few I felt comfortable in for the next beach trip.

 

 

 I thought I would share a few that stood out to me.  Hopefully, you too will see something that you like and makes you feel good.  Prices range from $39 to $225. 

 

 

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1 Ted Baker Plunge One Piece Swimsuit $139  This plunging neckline, one-piece swimsuit is a classic that is also daring. Available in three colors, though you can never go wrong with black. Buy here.

 

2.  Robin Piccone Harper Cover-Up Tunic $98 Airy and easy for the beach is this semi-sheer cover up. I love that it has the open shoulder, which is a popular look this season.  Buy here.

 

3.  Ted Baker Ruffle One-Piece $169 This asymmetrical ruffle suit is unique yet classic.  To me, it looks more expensive than it is.  Buy here.

 

4. L Space Ridin’ High Serina Rib Bikini Top and Bottoms $183  Still rockin’ the bikini?  Sleek and simple with a stylish high neck top, this is a good one. With people mixing bikinis these days, you can always put the top with bottoms that offer more coverage if needed.  Buy the pieces here and here. 

 

5. Elan V-Back Cover-Up Maxi Dress $58 I love the versatility of this dress.  It’s light weight and easy to throw on for the beach or for lunch.  Buy here.

 

6. Halogen Straw Panama Hat $39 The older I become, the more important I realize it is to cover my face while in the sun.  I am not a sun goddess-my white skin gives me away.  A hat has become a must have for me while at the beach or the pool, and  I love how the versatility (and price) of this one.  Buy here.

 

7.  Robin Piccone Side Split Cover-Up Pants $78 These chic pants can take you from the beach to lunch in no time.  Buy here.

 

8. Linum Herringbone Striped Turkish Towel $34 You can’t go wrong with a Turkish towel, and this one can be worn as a sorong or used as a towel. It comes in seven different colors. Buy here.

 

9. Ted Baker Halter One-Piece $149 This bathing suit comes in two colors and has a gold embellishment at the top to give a more dressy feel.   Buy here.

 

10. Halogen Floppy Hat $39 This wide-brimmed, floppy sun hat is a staple for any summer wardrobe-and at a great price point.  Buy here.

 

11. Vix Swimwear Cover-Up Caftan $163 Instantly get into beach mode with this light weight cover-up that goes with anything.  Buy here.

 

12. Tory Burch ‘Lipsi’ Underwire One-Piece $225 This color-blocked swimsuit is classic in style and has a fun pattern. Buy here.

 

13. Robin Piccone Ava Bikini Top $110 This fun, flirty bikini top with cut outs is cute and fresh.  Buy here.

 

14. Hinge ZigZag Woven Sun Hat $49 Like a subtle pattern?  This hat is for you with its black and white zigzag pattern. Buy here.

 

15. MiracleSuit Jena One-Shoulder One-Piece $162 This is my favorite bathing suit in this post, and I plan on ordering it myself.  I love how it isn’t a full one piece, but it gives more coverage than a bikini.  It also looks more expensive than its price point.  Buy here.

 

 

Let me know what you think of these options and if any appeal to you.  Hopefully, the next time you see me at the beach, I will look a little more stylish than my past trip.

 

 

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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A few recent projects have been for families moving to smaller, yet more custom  homes.  And while moving to a more refined home can be a huge blessing, it can be hard when you are used to more 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 I bring into it. 

 

It can sometimes be overwhelming in deciding what furnishings to take and what to replace or give away when moving, so I thought I would give six helpful tips to streamline the process.  Here goes:  

 

1. Go Through Each Item and Decide What You Love Or Will Use.    Simple enough- Do you love it or  use it?    If not,  get rid of it.   Life is too short to have pieces you don’t love taking up space in your home.   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 instance, can the doors to the large, deep French armoires that were popular in the 90s be taken off, stripped and reworked to go somewhere else?   Reworking pieces can be a tedious process, so make sure you LOVE the piece to make it worthwhile.

 

 3. Unsure What To Keep And What To Give Away? Hire A Professional.    A designer can curate through your things to decide what can be used in the new home.   We have gone through storage units to  measure and photograph existing pieces to see what can be included in the furniture plans of the client’s new home we are furnishing.   An objective eye may be just what you need.

 

4. Simplify- When Looking At Your Pieces, 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.

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5.  Think Long And Hard How The New Home Will Work For You.   There is something refreshing about simplifying your life and surroundings.  But with less space, you need to think long and hard ahead of time to make sure the new home functions like it needs to for you.

 

If working with an architect, 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.

 

All aspects of downsizing can be a blessing if you allow it.   Look at it as 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.  Let me know what you think-

Dana

 

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Fridays are always fun days to share exciting news- and I am thrilled to¬†announce we are part of the design team selected for¬†the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle’s¬†¬†Southeastern Showhouse in Atlanta, GA.

 

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Designers from across the Southeast have been asked to participate in this showhouse, and we are honored to be included. ¬† The house is a James Means’ creation where his designs were¬†based upon Classicism and craftsmanship. ¬†The renovation/addition is by Yong Pak¬†of Pak Hyde &¬†Associates.

 

This incredible home¬†is located in Buckhead’s Kingswood neighborhood and will run from April 14th- May 20th. ¬†You will not believe the gorgeous piece of property the home sits on- the view is incredible.

 

We are working on the Mudroom, Mudroom Powder, and the Butler’s Pantry. The¬†proceeds benefit the Atlanta History Center.

 

 

Other designers involved include:

 

Jackye Lanham, JACQUELYNNE P. LANHAM DESIGNS (Atlanta)
Stan Topol, STAN TOPOL & ASSOCIATES (Atlanta)
Tammy Connor, TAMMY CONNOR INTERIOR DESIGN (Charleston, SC, and Birmingham, AL)
Matthew Quinn, Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio (Atlanta)
PHOEBE HOWARD (Jacksonville, FL)
William Peace, PEACE DESIGN (Atlanta)
Will Huff and Heather Dewberry, HUFF-DEWBERRY (Atlanta)
Tristan Harstan, TRISTAN HARSTAN INTERIOR DESIGN (Palm Beach, FL)
Lauren DeLoach, LAUREN DELOACH INTERIORS (Atlanta)
Chad James, CHAD JAMES GROUP (Nashville, TN)
Mark Simmons, MARK SIMMONS INTERIORS (Nashville)
Paige Schnell, TRACERY INTERIORS (Rosemary Beach, FL)
Sarah Bartholomew, SARAH BARTHOLEMEW DESIGNS (Nashville)
ANNA BRAUND (Atlanta)
Lisa Palmer, SUMMERHOUSE (Jackson, MS)
B.D. JEFFRIES (Atlanta)
Susan Jamieson, BRIDGET BEARI DESIGNS (Richmond, VA)
GORDON DUNNING (Atlanta)
MINHNUYET HARDY (Atlanta)
HUFF HARRINGTON HOME (Atlanta)
Cindy Ingram for ETHAN ALLEN (Atlanta)
Dan Belman and Randy Korando, Boxwoods Garden & Gifts (Atlanta)
Margaret Kirkland of MARGARET KIRKLAND INTERIORS (Atlanta)

 

 

Stay tuned as we share over the next few weeks what we have planned.   It is going to be a lot of fun to watch this house transform.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

 

 

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