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Tips For Accessorizing Your Walls

Today I am giving tips on how to accessorize your walls to create an elegant, everyday space that is your own.

 

There is no right or wrong to what you select to place on your walls, but there are a few guidelines that will help you know how to display them.

 

Artwork is a personal thing and you should always choose pieces that are more than just space fillers.  If you come across a piece you love, buy it as I promise you will  find a spot for it.   Surround yourself with artwork and accessories you will want to keep forever, and buy the best you can afford.

 

 

Here are a few quick tips to help you decide what to hang on your walls:

 

1. Mix it up

If you have a two oil paintings in a room, add a different medium such as one under glass.  This gives the room more dimension and depth.  I also love a good gallery wall because it instantly makes a room feel like it has been collected over time.

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Jean Allsopp

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2.  Make it personal.

When I was working on this client’s home,  she showed me this beautiful watercolor she commissioned of one of her girls.   We floated it in some glass and made it a focal point.  Isnt it a pretty piece?

 

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3.  Always try to hang a mirror in a room.  Remember to check what it is reflecting.

 

Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Jean Allsopp

Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Jean Allsopp

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Layer.  

Here I have layered a pencil sketch over a mirror (and the mirror reflects an oil painting).

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5.  If you have a collection, consider framing it together.  

 

My clients are HUGE baseball fans and had all of these incredible signed baseballs sitting all over the place.   We consolidated them in a shadow box, which gave them a higher prominence in this study.

 

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Hope these tips help you when adding this important layer to a room.   Make your house your own by filling it with pieces that speak to you.    As always, if you like what you see and want to know if we can help you with your home, email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com.

Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

 

 

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Is your home almost complete, but still missing the last layer of art, rugs, and accessories to pull it together?

 

Not sure how to do this, so you need someone to come in and finish it for you?

 

If so, DWI is offering a new design service called “Everything In Its Place”, and it may be the perfect one for you.

 

We normally design full rooms or entire homes, but lately my junior designers have taken on a few day projects offering this service, and it has gone over really well- and made a huge difference in some interiors.

 

They say the devil is in the details, and this last step is just as important as all of the others.

 

Here is how “Everything In Its Place” works:

 

Our junior designer makes a site visit to discuss your home and needs.    She makes a list of the areas to address and takes lots of measurements and pictures.    She sits down with me for a couple of hours and we make a list of how to approach these spaces.

 

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She then goes shopping for you, and she and one of our other designers schedule a day to install.

 

Once they have finished, you decide what you would like to keep.   You are not obligated to buy everything they pull but there is a minimum and an hourly rate for this service.

 

 

Artwork by Wellon Bridgers recently commissioned for a recent client. Dana Wolter Interiors

Artwork by Wellon Bridgers recently commissioned for an “Everything In It’s Place” client. Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

If you would like more information on “Everything In Its Place” or the other services we offer, feel free to email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com.  Let us know your needs as we look forward to hearing from you-

 

Dana

 

 

 

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So you want to hire a designer to help you with your home?  Congrats!

 

I am taking the mystery out of the process and giving you the scoop.   Hopefully, these tips will ensure the process is fun and smooth-sailing when hiring a designer for your home.

 

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1.Know Your Budget.  Be honest at the very beginning how much you want to spend and what the budget needs to include.   A good designer can tell you approximately how much a typical room will cost, but you must be forthcoming so the design discussion can evolve accordingly.   You may be entrusting this person to spend your money wisely for your home, so make sure you are on the same page from the very beginning.

 

2.Don’t Be Afraid To Ask How The Process Works.   Your designer can give you specifics about how the entire design process will unfold, and guess what?  There are many different ways designers in our industry work, so be sure to ask about the process, the length of the process, and how the firm charges.

 

3.Ask Around.   I love all of my clients, but I especially love when someone calls me and has gotten my name from a friend.   This tells me they have done their homework- they know my design aesthetic, how I charge, what I am like to work with, etc..   If you find someone off of the internet, don’t be shy to ask for references and stalk search them on social media.   Find out as much as you can about whom you are thinking of hiring.

 

4.Show Your Designer Anything You Can to Convey Your Taste. Communication  is key, and pictures are worth a thousand words, as they say.  Make a Pinterest board to share that inspires you and know what you like about each picture.   Giving your designer a visual will help him or her evoke your unique taste into the look of your home.

 

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5.Once You Show Pictures Of What You Like, Let Them Do Their Job and Use Their Creativity.   No one wants to copy someone else’s work, and you don’t want to hire someone who copies someone’s work, so show them what you like, why you like it, and let them do their thing.

 

6.How Involved Do You Want to Be and Who Is The Decision Maker In The Process? Some clients want no part in the design process, while other clients want to be involved in many of the details.  It’s also important to let your designer know up front who in your family will be making the decisions.

 

7.Trust your Designer. This is a big one.

I get it- Furnishing a home is a long term investment, and you dont want to make any mistakes.

But at the end of the day, you hired this particular person for a reason – because you like his/her style and you felt comfortable with them.

A pretty room can be created in different ways, but I have found that when I am given the leverage and trust by my clients to do my job and use my creativity, the room goes from pretty to pretty incredible.  Invest in someone reputable and good, and be open to what you may not be able to envision.

 

8.We Want to Make You Happy. Yes, your designer wants to please you, and yes, your designer wants you to be ecstatic with the end result.   Your project is her baby, too.

We work hard and do not always convey the million times we have had to call about a shipment never shipped or that we had to send something back that was not up to our standards.

In the end, we are in this together, and we have the same goal:  To make your home elegant in a way you can enjoy and live in every single day.

 

I hope these tips for hiring a designer for your home make the process enjoyable, and that the end result will be the home you always imagined!

 

Have fun,

Dana

 

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Have you ever chosen a paint color, knowing it is the “perfect” one, only to have it painted to discover it looks completely different than what you imagined ?!

 

If so, you are not alone!

 

Take the guesswork out of choosing a  color by following this process.  It will ensure the color you achieve on your walls is what you are hoping for.

 

Here’s how to select the perfect paint color:

 

The important first step in choosing a paint color is getting it out of the store.  Choose a handful of hues, or borrow the entire fan deck of colors, and bring the chips back home.

 

 

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We like to make our own swatches so we can be sure the color is what we think.

 

Nothing will help you choose a color better than seeing the hue applied to the wall.
Take the samples home and brush them on the walls of your room.  If your walls are dark, paint the samples on a white piece of poster board so the current color doesnt interfere with the new ones.
Look at the colors at all times of day, from bright morning light to golden afternoon light to lamp-lit darkness. Sun, or lack thereof, can make a huge difference in how a color reads.
Always paint two very good coats to get a good idea of what the color is going to look like on the wall. Once the test sections are dry, hang artwork over them, push furniture in front of them, and stand back in the room to see how they look.
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This image shows your the difference in one and two coats.

 

When choosing a sheen, remember that flat paint gives you color closest to the original cardboard paint chip, where semi gloss paint will have a moderate reflective quality.
Remember  with so many color choices available, it is necessary to take your color for a test drive before you buy.
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These are some Sherman Williams and Benjamin Moore colors we tested for a current project.

 

Happy painting,
dana
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Give me a deadline, such as a party at my own house,  and it is a sure way to make me tackle a few things on my to-do list.

 

Remember the Southern Living Design Summit party I hosted at my house back in February?

 

If you recall, Southern Living celebrated their 50th birthday with a fun-filled weekend.  They gave a tour around Birmingham, AL to the designers who came into town, and my house was the first stop on a list of some fun places.   When you think of so many people coming in and seeing how you live, it became the perfect reason to do a few things I have been meaning to change for a while.

 

In my family room, I changed out my grass rug to a larger one and added sheers across two walls.

 

I love the way sheers soften a room and take the formality down a notch.  The one below is from Schumacher and is a go-to for me.

 

I am still looking for the perfect piece to hang on top of them above my sofa, but what a difference they make.

 

 

 

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The velvet on the chair is another by Schumacher.  Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton.

 

I love for a space to feel organic, layered, pulled together… but not so formal that it feels stiff and unwelcoming.    My family room is filled with durable, treated fabrics, so we can live in this room and not worry about everyday life.  This is what I call, Everyday Elegance.

 

And why not?  Why not create a home that feels good and pretty to you, but is bold enough to live up to everyday life?

 

I also changed up a few fabrics on the other side of the room by reupholstering my club chairs (in a durable velvet) and adding a custom screen behind them.

 

 

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It’s amazing how much better crossing off a few things on your to-do list makes you feel.  With summer here and my house feeling a little more “lived-in” with my children home, I think I need to look at my list again soon.

Here’s to tackling a few things on our to-do lists, one task at a time.

Dana

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DWI Is Hiring!

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

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

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.

 

 

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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 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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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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Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

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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