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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.

 

 

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

 

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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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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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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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The Color I Am Loving Right Now…..

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There is a color out there that I am loving right now, and it isn’t one I normally use.

 

#Blush has caught my attention and I have found myself using it in the fabrics and art in a few of my current projects, including my office.  I did a #FacebookLive video here about it the other day, and apparently, I am not the only one who is loving this color…..

 

 

 

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As I shared with you here, I pulled several fabrics for a recent living room install that included this color.

 

 

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The room turned out soft, chic, and beautiful.    I can’t share much just yet, but here is a sneak peek…..

 

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And while I have paired blush with silver and gray, the room below with it against taupe caught my eye.

 

I am betting blush paired with taupe is going to be a big design trend before too long…..

 

 

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What colors are you loving right now?  Has blush crossed your radar yet?  Let me know – I would love to hear…

 

 

Dana

 

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Five Design Ideas To Create A Healthy Home, Happy Life

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I sense a change is taking place…   People are tired,  tired of feeling exhausted and stressed.

 

It is time to slow down and enjoy life more.  Find a balance.

 

Because life is short,  embracing the good and surrounding yourself with positive, healthy ways of living are more important than ever.

 

Don’t get me wrong.   I am the first to get caught up in everyday life.  Little things, that in the big scheme, don’t mean much.

 

But if we can make healthy changes in our home that have a positive impact on our quality of life, isnt this a good thing?

 

 

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Here are five, easy, design ideas to create a healthy home, and therefore, a happy life.   Here goes:

 

1. If you don’t love something in your home or aren’t using it, get rid of it.  Clean out, pair down,  and keep only what speaks to you and brings you joy.

 

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2.  Assign a purpose for every room in your home.  Every single room, even the little “catch-all” closet.     What exactly is the closet going to store?

 

 

3.   LIVE in your home and ENJOY.   No more off-limit rooms or  saving your china just for special occasions…   Use the dishes one night for dinner, just because…..

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4.  Make your home a reflection of you.  Do you like a little edge but your home doesnt quite capture who you are or how you want to reflect your style?  Reach out to a designer and hire someone who can turn your vision into reality.   Ask around and check with their references to make sure their style, type of budget they work with,  and their personality are a good fit for you.

 

5.  Create a space somewhere in your home that makes you feel calm and relaxed.  It doesn’t have to be big space- maybe it is a corner in a room with a chair, a blanket, and a table to place your morning coffee.  Do a little self care and create a spot to call your own.

 

 

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors. Photo by Jean Allsopp

 

 

Hope these five design ideas help you create a healthy home, and therefore bring a little happiness into your life.  Let me know what you think-

 

dana

 

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Need A Few Hours Of Design Advice? Our 3.5 Hour Design Consult May Be Just What You Need………

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Since the new year, a few people have reached out to me about the one time 3.5 hour consult I offer.

 

While my firm works mostly 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.

 

It has gone over really well, and I have even flown across the country a few times to offer this service.

 

People who have invested in this consult have been surprised over the amount of detail and information that comes with it.

 

I saw a lady last weekend at my daughter’s dance studio who hired me several months ago to help her with the finishes, colors, materials, furniture layout, etc for a family lakehouse under construction.

 

I couldn’t help but smile as she proudly showed me pictures of the finished product.  They don’t have furniture yet, but the house turned out so pretty.  She did a great job implementing my suggestions.

 

 

 

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Whatever your needs are with your home, you have my undivided attention during our time together.

 

 

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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.    During our appointment, I will then spend 3.5 hours of  uninterrupted time giving you my opinion and 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 detailed notes of what we discussed.   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 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 transform your home, email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com.   I would love to talk with you.

 

Have a great day-

dana

 

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IPhone Photo Dump

As I was cleaning off pictures on my phone the other day, I thought it might be fun to do an Iphone photo dump to see a few of my favorites. Here goes:

 

Everyone needs a little love…..

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As long as it isnt too close for comfort…..

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Or a little inspiration from my LA trip last April…

 

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Sometimes when I see something that speaks to me, I will snap a picture of it, too.

 

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Like most people, there are a few of my family on my camera, too.

 

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Now that I have shared a few of the pictures on my phone, what’s on yours? Comment below as I would love to know.

 

Have a great day, everyone, and keep snapping away-

 

Dana

Turning A Dream Into Reality

One of the BEST parts of my job is creating homes for families to grow into and make memories. Turning a dream into a reality.

 

I have been working on this #Vestavia project for a year and a half now, and we are in the middle of it. I was brought in before they broke ground and we are about half way complete.

 

Sheetrock is up, stone and tile are being installed, and trim and millwork will begin pretty soon.

 

I have been able to watch this project jump off of the pages of a plan and slowly turn into reality, and I am getting excited for this sweet family as so many good things- in so many ways-are in store for them. They have children and I see lots of wonderful memories being made in this home.

 

 

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We have selected all of the lighting and it has been ordered. We are in the process of selecting all of the fabrics and furnishings, and are presenting it later this week. The fabrics and upholstery will determine the paint colors throughout the home. Paint is the last element we select- not the first.

 

Our color palette will be light in most areas and rich in color in other rooms. Charcoal, silver, cranberry and a touch of yellow in specific places. I have been looking for old and new pieces to give some age to this new construction, too.

 

There are going to be some custom pieces scattered throughout, such as this tall upholstered screen in the living room. The ceilings are tall, and in order to add some weight to the room, I am attaching an upholstered screen that covers most of one wall. Sheers will hang behind it to add softness to the space as well.

 

 

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Stay tuned on Instagram in particular as I will be sharing pieces of the presentation later this week. It’s going to be fun watching this home turn into reality.

 

Dana

 

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#DiamondsOfDesign Vignette- AmericasMart 2017

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I came back from Atlanta last week just in time to bypass getting stuck in the snowstorm that hit the Southeast.   We only had a dusting, but it was the ice that closed us down.

 

I was in Atlanta setting up my #DiamondsOfDesign vignette for the AmericasMart market that begins today.   It is their 60th anniversary and to celebrate, they had 10 designers from across the country create spaces based upon a style icon from the past 60 years.  I chose design icon David Hicks because of his mix of elements, his love of new and old pieces, and his bold use of pattern.   His rooms in the 60s and 70s were always beautiful, warm, collected, and many times, bold.

 

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RestyleSource was kind enough to do an interview with all of the designers.  If you would like to know a few of our favorite things, you can read about them here.  Don’t judge that I like a home-cooked meal, as long as it isn’t cooked by me.  Ha!

 

Each designer’s space is made up of pieces curated from the vendors at market.  I am loving the addition of antiques to the AmericasMart as I like a “collected” look in any space- even if it is newly designed.

 

The space is only 10′ x 10′ in size, and I knew I wanted some sort of library or sitting room feel.  Something warm, and collected, and a space that makes you want to sit down and stay for awhile.

 

I began by selecting this wallpaper from Schumacher for the walls.

 

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Schumacher Whirlpool Wallcovering in Champagne

 

 

They were gracious to donate it as well as this IKAT fabric for pillows for the sofa.

 

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Schumacher Kashgar IKAT

 

 

Lots of vendors lent us pieces for my vignette.  Everything from a loveseat to lamps to art to accessories to books make up my space.   I can’t show the finished product yet, but here are a few quick snapshots of my vignette.

 

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Loving this Currey and Co. floor lamp, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

 

If you are in Atlanta for market this week, stop by and see the designer spaces.    There are so many good ones!

 

I will also be sharing pictures from it and a few of my favorite finds from market this weekend.  If you would like to keep up, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest.

 

Have a great week-

 

Dana

 

 

 

 

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