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If you are like me, you enjoy reading and being inspired by books.

 

I love to curl up to the latest coffee table book and there are some really good ones out there.   They are also  a great way to inject personality into a space by stacking and displaying them.

 

Thanks to Birmingham Home and Garden, Birmingham Style, will soon be at the top of my reading list.  It is going to be a must-read for anyone interested in stylish living.

 

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This hardcover coffee table book, which is due out November 1st,  highlights the best designs in Birmingham with more than 200 images of architecture, interior design and gardens.  Over 30 homes from the area are featured,  mine being one of them.

The editors of Birmingham Home and Garden have done a great job of showcasing some really pretty spaces throughout our city, and I love they have decided to cultivate some of their favorites into this book.    Below is an image I snapped of my bedroom while they were taking pictures.   I cannot wait to see what made the final cut.

 

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The living spaces in this publication range from classical architecture to cozy cottages to lofts with exquisite city views. I feel so lucky to live in a place that has such an array of beautiful homes, along with so many incredible tastemakers and trendsetters!

 

With all the beautiful images, you are sure to find inspiration, ideas and resources that will  have your wheels turning and creative juices flowing.

 

Be sure to preorder yours here today, and what better way to get your holiday shopping started than by buying a few extras for all the interior stylists on your list.

 

 

Happy reading,

 

Dana

 

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With school back in and the holidays around the corner, my little design world has gotten pushed into high gear.  My team and I have put our roller skates on and we have hit the ground rolling.

 

We have been fortunate to begin some projects that have gotten us really excited about what we are working on around here.   I am always amazed how a well-designed home can truly change how a family lives, and am always grateful for those who ask me to help with something so personal.

 

And while we work on mostly full room or turn-key projects, I have realized we have missed out on a need that is out there, simply because it did not fit into our little box of what we do.

 

That being said, I want to share a new service that we are offering……

 

Drumroll please…..

 

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We have begun thinking out of the box to see how we can service the clients who need direction and decisions but do not need full interior design services.

 

 

 

SO…….

If  your home is almost complete, but you cannot quite pull it together, this service is for you.

If you are you tired of your interior colors and want a new color palette, this service is for you.

If you like to do the running around to look for pieces, but aren’t sure of the size or scale to buy, this service is for you.

If you are a take it and run with it kind of person, this service is for you.

If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, this service is screaming your name!

 

 

 

This service works by you sending over to me a list of what you would like to accomplish with your home.    We make an appointment, and I will then spend 3.5 hours of  uninterrupted time in your home, answering any question you can possible think to ask me.  We can discuss design dilemmas, furniture arrangements, fabric swatches, 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.

 

This service is a great way to invest in your home by making sure that 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 allow, all while following professional advice.

 

I have provided this service to a few people, and it has gone really well.   One client emailed me a few months later to say she was following the suggestions and was loving the progression.   Even her husband, who wasnt excited about changing up the home, had jumped on board.  They were moving onto the kitchen renovation she and I had discussed in length during our session.

 

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 great day, everyone,

 

Dana

 

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Who doesn’t need some inspiration from time to time?

 

I am always looking for a new color palette or a subtle detail to add into my interiors, and Pinterest has become one of my favorite tools lately.

 

Not only does it inspire me, but it is a great way to share photos back and forth with my clients.

 

I encourage all of my clients to join Pinterest so we can collaborate on a board and pin together.  This is a great way to kick off a project and help me find the look that is best for their home.

 

Here are a few of my favorite pins of late….

 

This first interior speaks to me.   It could be a room that was installed yesterday, yet it looks like it has evolved over time.   What a great balance between old and new, shiny and matte, smooth and textural.

 

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Love the mix of elements here. Wood, stone, and mirror against lush fabrics and old, crusty pieces. Beautiful!

 

The objects in the room below look like they could be pieces from the homeowner’s collection (instead of off a showroom floor), pulled together to form a seating area.  Again, notice the mixture of elements- stained wood, marble, metal, and painted wood.   Very little duplication of pieces of furniture, but enough to allow your eyes to rest.

This seating area blends beautifully together.  I also love how the fabric panels soften that big, gorgeous window without obstructing the view.

 

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Interiors by Susan Ferrier

 

 

Are you familiar with Ruard Veltman?  If not, look at his work here.  He is extremely creative and I bet you will find his work as inspiring as I do.   The kitchen below is from one of the homes he designed.

Ruard Veltman Architecture ~ Dutch Colonial ~ sleek

 

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Casual yet chic

 

Kathleen Clements Design

 

If you aren’t using Pinterest to organize and collect your thoughts, sign up here. Follow our boards, create your own boards, and discover great things.  After all, can’t we all appreciate a little “eye candy” every once in a while?!

 

Happy pinning,

Dana

 

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Photo creds:

Pic One: Eleanor Cummings Interior Design

Pic Two: Design by Susan Ferrier

Pic Three: Ruard Veltman Architecture

Pic Four: Emerson Fry

Pic Five: Kathleen Clements Design

 

I just came back from the sixth annual “What’s New, What’s Next” event at the New York Design Center.  What a great time I had!

 

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Louisa and Allyson joined me for a fun night in the city!

 

The energy in the building was amazing…..  Over 70 showrooms participated in the event that featured product introductions, informative lectures, and book signings all day long.

 

As mentioned before, I had the privilege of joining Traditional Home Senior Design and Market Editor Tori Mellot in a panel on mixing traditional and modern design.

 

Chad Graci of Graci Interiors and Katie Lydon of Katie Lydon Interiors discussed with us how incorporating modern touches into spaces can push- but not overstep- the boundaries of traditional design.

 

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All of us before the panel.

 

We were given ten items ahead of time that were a mix of modern and traditional, and we were asked to distinguish how we would balance the modern with more traditional pieces and the traditional pieces with more modern ones.

 

Below are a few of the images given to us and my interpretations for each.

 

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I could see placing this modern chandelier into a similar breakfast area.  The scale of the piece would obviously need to be smaller and I would balance the hard lines of it with some sort of upholstery and wooden dining table like below.

 

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Another image I was given was this Mr. Brown console.

 

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I love this piece and would not hesitate to place it in one of my interiors. I would soften the piece by placing something upholstered under it, such as the style of the two stools in the picture below.

 

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As for the top of the console, I would create a layered vignette, with a piece of artwork or a mirror as my starting point, such as below.

 

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A final image I would like to share are these Bolier nesting tables.

 

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I love these tables as they are very versatile and could be used in many different interiors. I could have easily replaced the Baker tables in the picture below with one set of these.

 

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I would also have used the tables near upholstery that is skirted, as shown in the image below.

 

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“What’s New, What’s Next” continues to unite the industry and become a benchmark for introducing new products and celebrating the very best in design.  Thank you, Traditional Home, for including me in the discussion.  I was extremely honored.

 

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Here’s to finding the perfect balance in your home,

 

Dana

 

 

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I was thrilled to be asked by Traditional Home to take part in the “What’s New, What’s Now” interior design event in New York on September 18th at the New York Design Center.

 

Are you familiar with it?  It’s going to be a fun day filled with events with over 36 presentations from designers, architects, and people in the design industry from across the country.

 

I will be a part of the panel discussion about incorporating modern touches into spaces to push–but not overstep–the boundaries of traditional design. The panel will feature Chad + Christina Graci from Graci Interiors, Katie Lydon, and myself.  The fabulous Tori Mellot, of Traditional Home, will moderate the discussion.

 

 

I am  honored to be a part of the event and I look forward to sharing more when I return.    If you are in New York, please join me and say hello!

 

If you have any recommendations of “must dos” while I am in New York, please comment below.  I am there pretty often, but always love to hear of the latest restaurant, show, etc….

 

Have a great day, everyone!

dana

 

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If you recall, I mentioned a few weeks ago I was painting the exterior of my home.

 

I finally slowed down a bit this summer and worked a little on my own house.    I had been wanting to paint my exterior, and this seemed like the perfect time to do it.

 

I wanted it to read as a warm white.  Not cream but more of a bone color.

 

Clean and crisp is the direction I was headed.  Something completely different than the taupe colors it has been the past seven years.

 

A friend rode past my house the other day and asked me what color I chose.  You know who you are, so this post is for you!

 

The color is Benjamin Mooore OC-21, cut to half formula.

 

 

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What do you think? Leave me a message and let me know.

 

Have  a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

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If someone were to walk into your home, what would they say about it?

 

Would they know your home is yours, filled with your likes and your personality?

 

I hope so because it is important to make your home is a snap shot of who you are.

 

When it comes to designing your living space, it is imperative for your architect and/or designer to understand your needs and your wants. Your living space represents you and should be in sync with your particular lifestyle.

 

Throughout my home, I have incorporated mostly neutrals.    I tend to naturally be drawn to more greige colors.  For me and where I am in my hectic life, I want my surroundings to be peaceful and calm.

 

Yet, I am finding myself using more and more color as an accessory.   Color is hot right now, so I am incorporating it in not such permanent ways.

 

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Who says I don’t use color?! This is a snapshot of my hallway.

 

 

 

You will also notice in this picture there are many layers in the space.  A grass rug, topped by an oushak rug.  Chairs and love seats filled with throws and pillows to soften the space.  A small occasional table placed in front of a larger one.

 

Though you may buy everything in a room at one time, you want your home to “look” like you have collected pieces over time.

 

Does this mean a room has to be complete in one day? Absolutely not. Some of my favorite pieces are those I have waited for and slowly collected.

 

You know the saying, “the best things are worth waiting for”.   This is true for your home as well, because it means your home will be a better reflection of you.

 

Remember, every home should tell a story, so make yours one you are proud to share.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

 

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Guess what?!

 

I am excited to announce my new website is finally up and running!

 

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We took my old one, added to it, changed it around, and uploaded A LOT of pictures.  If you have ever been involved in creating a new site, you can relate to how much work goes into it.

 

As I tuck my tail between my legs, I hesitantly admit I had projects from over two years ago that were not up on my site.   Thankfully, that is not the case anymore as my site is as current as it can be- at least for now.

 

Click here to see and let me know what you think!  We also have a place on our contact page to sign up for our latest newsletter.  I promise you won’t want to miss it!

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

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Remember the contest that I  hounded  asked you to vote for me as the Trad Home designer whose style you like the best?

I cannot believe it, because I never win anything, but  I WON!

Yes, I WON!

 

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There is no doubt in my mind YOU are the reason I won.   I am humbled and grateful, and I could not be more flattered.

Thank you.   Thank you for all of your support and for your vote.

Hunter Douglas was giving away $1,000 to a lucky recipient who entered the contest.  I am hoping one of you won, so if you did, please let me know!

As always, thank you for reading and for encouraging my work.  I truly love what I do, and I am grateful for the opportunities and blessings that have come my way.

 

Have a great day, everyone!

dana

 

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

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

 

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See what I mean?!

Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

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