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If you follow us on social media, you have seen us post pictures of a new construction project we have been working on this past year.    I  have been meaning to share them with you, and as this project comes to close, it is time!

This new house, soon to be home to a fun and really nice couple,  has been a project I have enjoyed tremendously.   We have described it as “snappy casual”- a home not too serious but still maintains a sense of formality,  soft lines, classic materials, and eye-catching details.  This couple has been open to new ideas, which has in turn produced a much prettier home in the end.

I am going to show you some transgression photos of a few areas and details in this home.   Barrett Architecture has done a great job drawing the plans and you can look their site here.  The home is going to be gorgeous when all is said and done!!

Let’s start with the family room as Abbey checks the framed dimensions against the plans….

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This room will be painted a bone color with a gray undertone.   The texture of the wood will appear but the walls will read as painted.

The kitchen and family room were drawn as one really big space.  We decided to add an opening to break down the feel of one large room.  What do you think?  Keep in mind the cased opening will be painted the same color as the walls.

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Off of the family room is a gallery.  Notice what we added at each end to shorten the long hall.

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We added this deep opening on each side of the gallery

 

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In the middle of the “x” will be a beautiful gilded sconce.

 

I have to include some pictures of a few of the cabinetry details in this home.   Notice the soft curves included throughout.

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Master bath cabinetry

 

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Love this marble backsplash with the soapstone countertops

 

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A few of the kitchen cabinetry details

 

I couldn’t end this post without mentioning the stairwell.   We wanted to do something a little different but that would still blend with the walls in this enclosed area.   Here is what the painted stairwell we created will look like:

 

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Drawing by the talented Chad Martin of The G Brand

The panels are going to be made up of laser cut panels overlayed over one another, with all of them will be painted the same color as the walls and trim.

Here is a mock up (not to scale) of what the trim carpenter built so we could have a visual.

What do you think?

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This home is about a month away from completion.  As I take photos, I will try to be better about posting in a timely manner.

Take care and have a great day-

Dana

 

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I don’t know about you, but shopping for a Father’s Day gift can be somewhat of a challenge for me.

The dads in my family never seem to ask for much and that can sometimes be hard when trying to find a gift.

I can always give the classics like a tie, a garden tool, or an iTunes gift card.  But this year I want to give a more unexpected gift that they really wouldn’t buy themselves.

In my quest to find some creative gift ideas,  I’ve put together a list of suggestions that I think will help turn your father’s Father’s Day into more than just another day.

 

Club W

Club W is the best way to get acquainted with cool quality wines.  Based on a palate profile test completed at sign-up, the Club makes personal recommendations that are  home-delivered for tasting. https://www.clubw.com/wines/

 

Jawbone UP

UP® is a system that takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. The wristband tracks your movement and sleep in the background. The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward. http://jawbone.com/store/buy/up24

“Smokin” Recipes

From the time he was old enough to stoke a pit, Mixon learned the art of barbecue at his father’s side. He grew up to expand his parent’s sauce business, Jack’s Old South, and in the process became the leader in competitive barbecue. After three world championships and more than 180 grand championships, he is now the breakout star of TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters. http://www.amazon.com/Smokin-Myron-Mixon-Winningest-Barbecue/dp/0345528530/ref=zg_bs_4246_1

Barons Baseball Tickets

The Barons take on the Montgomery Biscuits at 3:00 Sunday. What better way to honor your dad than to spend time together as a family at the ballpark? http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t247

Backup Iphone Battery

Ever since Spring Break 2013, this accessory has become one we’re addicted to in our family.  This backup battery goes everywhere, and it’s a great way to recharge on the go. https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/accessories/tech/PRDOVR~22072/22072.jsp

I hope these ideas help you find the perfect gift for your father.

Have a great day, everyone!

dana

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I thought it might be fun to look at a few BEFORE and AFTER pictures of the home featured in TradHome (click here to see the full article) to see why I took the design approach I did for this project.  This is going to be in two posts, so here goes part one….

When the homeowner first contacted me, she was frustrated.   She had purchased a few pieces that did not fit in her home and she wanted to unify her choppy, cluttered, mismatched home.  She wanted it to reflect their fun personality, but she also wanted it to feel calm, cohesive, and be a place to retreat from their hectic lifestyle.

Below is the foyer, which sets the tone for the home.  As you can see, there wasn’t much to the existing space, other than a rug too big for the space.

 

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BEFORE- the foyer

 

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The space is tiny, but you can see we added quite a bit of warmth without overcrowding the area.

We painted her existing console table because the size was good for the space.  Everything else was added.   What was once a cold, mismatched space now feels warm and pulled together.

Know what my favorite thing is in there?  The cast baby foot of one of her now teenage girls…  How sweet is that touch?!

The foyer opens up into the living room, which was a walk-through space for the family.  Imagine an 18 x 24 room of basically wasted space they never used.

Here is the BEFORE of the living room:

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BEFORE- the living room

 

AFTER

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AFTER- the living room

 

I wish I had a picture to the right of the sofa in the bay window.  Not only did we create a great place to lounge, we also included a second seating area with the sofa and two chairs.

 

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AFTER- the living room

 

The homeowners have several collections- from crosses from oncology patients, to tons of family photos, to baseballs from their favorite major league teams.  They had them spread throughout several rooms with no order to them at all.

I incorporated their momentos in a way that is cohesive and tidy.

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Notice the grouping of family photos and the shadow box of the baseballs?  Now they hold special meaning and are focal points in this home.

Stay tuned for part two as I will talk about the master, family room, and kitchen.    This transformation is amazing- not only aesthetically, but how this home functions for this busy family of five.

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Dana

 

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I thought you might enjoy a few tips for creating a foyer in your home that sets the tone for the rest of your house.

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It isn’t hard to do, as long as you follow these simple principles.   Watch this video here from my latest television segment from NBC-13 Daytime Alabama with Wendy Garner and let me know how your foyer evolves.

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Have a great day, everyone.

Dana

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As I have mentioned several times, I was featured in Traditional Home  as a New Trad Designer to watch in 2014.

I hope you have had a chance to read the May issue of TradHome.   If not, the online magazine is now live. Check it out at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/2395d069#/2395d069/240.

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Stay tuned as we are working on a post that will go into detail on the transformation of the home.

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It’s quick- and EASY!   When you vote, you are entered for a chance to win $1,000 from Hunter Douglas, a window treatment company.

Visit HunterDouglas/TraditionalHome to cast your vote.  You can vote once a day per email, so the more you vote, the more chances you have to win.   The contest will run through July 17th.

 

Enjoy your day,

Dana

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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am very excited about being named  by Traditional Home  a New Trad designer to watch in 2014.

 

 

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It’s a HUGE honor and one I am proud to be included.

Have you seen the April issue?  I was in great company, and I look forward to showing you my project in more detail when in the Tradhome digital issue comes out May 15th.

I hope you noticed in the shelter magazine you have a chance to vote for the designer that matches your style.

I would be honored if you would vote for me.

It’s quick- and EASY!   When you vote, you are entered for a chance to win $1,000 from Hunter Douglas, a window treatment company.

Visit HunterDouglas/TraditionalHome to cast your vote.  You can vote once a day per email, so the more you vote, the more chances you have to win.   The contest will run through July 17th.

Happy Voting,

Dana

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Can Hiring a Designer For Your Home Save You Money?

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Have you ever made a large purchase for your home and the moment the piece came through the door, regret set in?

 

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As I was reading what my client wrote for my new testimonial page, it hit me there are probably a lot of you who can relate to what she writes below.

“Dana entered our recently renovated, chaotic, choppy home and listened to our family’s needs, vision, and lifestyle. 

Unfortunately I had  recently bought some furniture (that our kids loved) which did not necessarily match what I ultimately envisioned, but she was able to transform even expensive mistakes into a balanced, livable, inviting home. While at first I had misgivings that following all the recommendations could be costly, I quickly realized that Dana was spot-on and much less expensive than fixing more mistakes made by me with a loose credit card. ”

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I hesitate to even write a post that focuses on the monetary aspect of my profession, because I believe my value is in my knowledge, my creativity, my service, and my practical ability to create beautiful, functional homes that can change how a family lives.

BUT, I think a big misconception with hiring a designer is that it is costly.

Yes, if you look strictly at the cost of hiring a professional, then you will not see past the dollar signs.   After all, it is an investment, and one that can cost several thousands of dollars.

BUT, if you are making that kind of investment in your home,  can you afford NOT to hire someone to make sure you are doing it right the first time?

Making the right choices from the beginning saves you time, effort, and money.    If you hire someone who is trustworthy, talented, and practical, she will know how and where to invest your money.

How?

By listening to your needs and wants.  By creating the RIGHT plan of action tailored to your home and family.   A vision without costly mistakes, with pieces you will want to keep.   Designed spaces that will stand the test of time.

Just food for thought.   Let me know what you think-

Have a great day, everyone-

 

dana

 

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Have  you ever created a website?  If so,  you know how much time and energy it takes, even if you aren’t the one building it.   The end result is worth all of the hard work, but in the beginning it is not always so easy to see.

It’s like birthing a baby….

Not really, but you get the point.

I have been working with the talented Chad Martin of The G Brand on changing my branding materials and redesigning my website pages, and he has nailed my new look.  My little business has grown and I needed to adjust my wording and update my pictures on my site.  (I haven’t added any of the professional shots I have had taken in the past two to three years- yikes!).

Dataperk in Birmingham created my original site and has worked diligently (or patiently…choose your word) on making these changes in a quick turnaround.

I wish I could show each of you the “work in progress” as I am excited where my site is headed.   Just like my design work, I  am going for classic but edgy, simple but functional…..

Here is a sneak peek…..   Hopefully, it will be live soon and I can share the fruit of all of our efforts.


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If you have any helpful hints, let me know.   Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

 

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Hi Everyone,

I hope you are having a great week.

I was excited to receive the January/February issue of  Birmingham Home and Garden  as there is a nice article on Jeff Dungan and me from the Antiques at The Gardens show.

 

They asked the Tastemakers a few personal and professional questions, and I enjoyed reading everyone’s answers.   You can check out the entire edition here.

BHG

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I hope the interview left you wanting to know more about how I approach each project.   If so, here are few more of the questions with my answers that didn’t make it into the article.

 

BHG: Your work reflects casual, livable, elegance.  First and foremost, your work leans towards the way your client’s live, but you do have some signature “Dana” pieces. What are some of your favorite pieces to use and why? Are they custom or purchased?

DW: I incorporate many custom-designed upholstered pieces such as banquettes, sofas, screens, dining tables, and ottomans into my interiors.  My interiors are not shiny or trendy, and these type of pieces add uniqueness and subtle detail to a room.

Many designers can create a pretty home.  I try to take my work a step further and create a pretty home that can change how a family lives.

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BHG: When taking on a new client, what are some clues you look for to help determine their hopes for the project?

DW: A home is most likely the largest investment made in a lifetime, and any improvements should only increase its value.

Communication Is Key.

When taking on a new client, it is important they are as comfortable with me as I am with them. There has to be open dialogue and trust for the end result to be the desired outcome.

Have a Budget in Mind.

I won’t take on a project without knowing a budget.   It is extremely important from day one for all to have an understanding of what the budget can buy so the design process can evolve accordingly.

Show Me Anything You Can to Convey Your Taste.

Communication is key, and as they say, pictures are worth a thousand words.  I love walking into a client meeting and being handed a notebook full of pictures that inspire them.  Pictures, whether of certain rooms or landscapes or colors or artwork, give me great insight into what can sometimes be difficult to communicate.

BHG: You work on a lot of family homes. What are your five family-friendly go-to fabrics/ finishes / furniture?

DW: Leather, velvets, waxed woods, natural stones, and crusty antiques only look better with age and a little wear and tear.  When choosing fabrics for upholstery, I emphasize to my clients it isn’t just the color of the fabric that matters, but more importantly, its content.

BHG: What are your favorite two coffee table books and or design books in your collection?

DW: I am constantly reading personally and professionally, so it is hard to say my favorites.   I love Kelly Hoppen’s Interiors, Axel Vervoordt’s Timeless Interiors, and John Saladino’s Style by Saladino.

Thanks again, BHG!

dana

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DWI had so much going on at the end of the year that I failed to mention some exciting news…   

We are growing!

We have added Abbey Powell Dunn to our team, and what an asset she is to our firm.   Abbey is an interior designer with an extensive background in commercial design, and we are glad to have her working with us.  

We thought it might be fun to ask Abbey a few things so you can know her a little better….

 

 

I’m happiest when….I am with my family  

A typical day is….there is no such thing as a “typical” day when working with Dana and that is why I love it! Whether its pulling fabrics, ordering furniture, or staging a clients house for a photo shoot, everyday is a new and a fun adventure!  

You’ll always find this in my purse….EOS lip balm, a tape measure, and gum.

I just read/ watched….Gone Girl…it is a must read!  

My guilty pleasure is…..chocolate, of course!  

I’m inspired by…..my mother…she is the strongest woman I know.  

If I could live anywhere, it’d be…..I’m honestly so happy in Birmingham! I love this city!  

Quick design tips….when designing a particular space I often like to start by finding one great statement piece, such as a piece of art or a beautiful fabric and work around it.

 

See why we love her?!!

 

Have a great week, everyone!

Dana

 

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