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Fall Favorites

The weather is cooling down and it is time for me to share a few of my Fall Favorites

 

The list includes pieces to wear as well as accessories for the home.   With the price points ranging from $30 to $975, there is something for everyone.

 

 

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1. Paige ‘Zoey’ Quilted Leather Bomber Jacket $975.00  A leather jacket is an investment piece to keep for many years, and the one I have chosen is one you can dress up or down. Buy here.

 

2. & 3. Vanessa Mooney Velvet Choker $32.00 | Jules Smith ‘Hera’ Pendant Choker $30.00  Chokers are a huge trend this fall and these two are some of my favorites. They are  simple but make a bold statement, and if the neckline allows, I would layer either one with a longer necklace to go along. Buy here and here.

 

4. Vince Crop Rib Wool & Cashmere Pullover $365  Chunky sweaters are a staple piece in a fall wardrobe and I love most things Vince, including this wool and cashmere ribbed sweater. They have classics with great cuts, making their pieces timeless.  Buy here.

 

5. J Brand ‘Maria’ Velvet Flare Pants $228    I bought these velvet, flared pants last year, and I love them.  Velvet is hot in fashion this year, and you can’t go wrong with this particular pair.  Buy here.

 

6. Vince ‘Warner’ Platform Sneaker $250.00 Not sure when I crossed over by looking for comfort AND style in my shoes, but this is where I am at my age.   Sneakers cover both and are a big hit this fall.   These in particular stand out to me because they are neutral and versatile.  Buy here.

 

7. Stuart Weitzman ‘Leggylady’ Over the Knee Boot $798.00  This boot was such a hit last fall that it sold out, so it is back and stronger than ever.   These over-the-knee boots are pretty versatile in how you can wear them- I would pair with a short skirt, a skinny pant or jeans. Buy here.

 

8. Mid Century Modern Bronze Vase $345.00  This bronze vase is from an ultra-chic gallery in Miami, and it is a great piece to add into your home. The shape and color make it a versatile accessory.  Buy here.

 

9. Halogen Rib Knit Cashmere Wrap $208.00  One pieces of clothing  I keep close by when the weather turns colder is a good wrap that will go with anything. This beige/oatmeal cashmere wrap is versatile and can be worn many different ways, making it a must have! Buy here.

 

10. Molton Brown London Body Wash $30.00  Molton Brown products are becoming some of my favorites.  The body wash in Gingerlilly is one of my favorites because the scent is light. Buy here.

 

11. Barbara Cosgrove ‘Yuan Vase’ Table Lamp in Bronze $579.00  I love this black lamp and would pair it with a black shade.  It is a good height for a side table and I can see using it in a media room or study- somewhere I need a to add a little edge.  Buy here.

 

12. Max Mara ‘Ronco’ Camel Hair Pencil Skirt $625.00  This camel- hair pencil skirt is on my list because it is a piece to keep for years to come.   A good classic never goes out of style.  Buy here.

 

13. Italian Alabaster Bud Vases $195.00  Bud vases are one of the most practical gifts you can give someone, and this pair of hand-carved solid alabaster bud vases are perfect!   Buy here.

 

14. Indigo 7 Stripe Merino Wool Blanket $245.00  Last but not least, a beautiful neutral throw to bundle up in this fall and winter.  Throws are a great way to add warmth and comfort to any room, so I always love having a nice one close by.   Buy here and here.

 

Hope you see something on my Fall Favorite list that you love.   There are lots of great pieces to update your wardrobe and home this fall.

 

 

Here’s to turning leaves, dropping temperatures, and bundling up by a fire.

 

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We Are Hiring!

Dana Wolter Interiors is growing-again!

 

 

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We have two part-time positions available in Birmingham, so if you are the perfect fit for our firm, let us hear from you.

 

Junior Designer- We are looking for someone who is motivated, organized, articulate and takes the initiative.   You must have excellent written and verbal skills, a professional demeanor, and exquisite taste for our custom projects.  AutoCad and Photoshop proficiency are required.

 

Marketing Intern- This internship requires someone who writes well, is excellent with social media, and is organized with the task at hand.    You must be articulate, savvy with technology, have an eye for design/art, great with a camera, and proficient in WordPress.

 

 

If you meet these qualifications, email us your resume and references to info@danawolterinteriors.com. We would love to know why you should join our team-

 

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Flower Magazine Feature

Flower magazine reached out earlier this summer asking if they could create and photograph a fall arrangement in my living room.

 

Of course I agreed as I love the editors and the look of the magazine.  I have several tear sheets from this publication over the years- they do an amazing job creating gorgeous arrangements and giving great instruction on how to achieve the pieces they create.  I have also saved several beautiful and unique wedding ideas for when the time comes for my girls.  It’s never too soon to be inspired, right?

 

Floral designer Sybil Sylvester created the arrangement for the feature and used several colors and textures from my living room as her inspiration.

 

I love that organic and texture were her “buzzwords” for the piece, because anyone who is familiar with my work knows I love to create texture by layering natural materials into my interiors.

 

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Flower Magazine

 

Pick up the October copy of Flower magazine for a little fall inspiration.  I promise it will do its job-

 

 

Here’s to welcoming fall sooner than later,

Dana

 

 

 

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Painted Hardwood Floors

I go through spurts working on my own home, and one project I’ve taken on recently has been painting my daughter’s hardwood floors.

 

We decided a few months ago we wanted a different look from what she had, and as the summer rolled to the end, it was time to tackle .

 

So with an idea in mind, we put our thoughts on paper.  When you are talking about a pattern being painted on your hardwood floors, you have to know exactly how it will lay out.  No time for guessing.

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Pattern for the painted floor- Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

Painted hardwood floors are beautiful, but it is a process.  The floors were stained, so we first began by putting a coats of Kilz on top of the stain.   After it dried, we painted two good coats of a custom mixed porch paint to match the wall color.

 

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As you can see, the entire family pitched in.

 

 

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Good thing Bitsy didn’t leave a print or two.

 

 

After the base coat was finished, I called in the experts at Paintworks to paint the pattern. The drawing we created was detailed for them to follow, and I thought it was best to leave this part to someone who does it on a regular basis.

 

Danny at Paintworks told me we should have painted our stripe color first.  NOTE: If you try this, this is a big point, because it led to having to repaint our base coat.

 

 

 

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This time with the right color painted as the base

 

 

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The white color painted over the taped pattern

 

 

 

 

As you can see, the humidity caused the tape to pull up a little bit of the gray color, but after he fixed these places, the floor looked great.

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Painted hardwood floors complete- Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Stay tuned on social media as I share pictures of the room as we furnish it.   It’s already made quite a transformation.

 

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Also, I am scheduled to speak at ADAC on September 28th at 1:00 on how to use technology and social media to grow your business.  If you would like to read more and register, click here.

 

 

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Design Inspiration: Jean-Louis Deniot

I am feeling inspired.  And it’s because of another designer.

 

Lately, I cannot get enough of Jean-Louis Deniot’s work.

 

I love how his work is refined yet edgy, modern but traditional. He always has the perfect mix of pieces, metals, finishes, and textures to create rooms that look beautiful and comfortable and cohesive.

 

 

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Jean-Louis Deniot for Baker Furniture

 

 

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Jean-Louis Deniot

 

 

 

I am currently working on a living room for a client, and the picture below of his work reminds me a little of how I want my client’s room to read.

 

 

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The house is very traditional in style, yet she is stylish and chic and has a little edge to her.  I see this space as traditional enough to flow with the rest of the home and stand the test of time, but certainly not stuffy.  It needs to have a mix of finishes and a few details that catch your eye.  I want the room to feel layered and to draw you in to enjoy for awhile.

 

The homeowner’s marble table serves as a color palette for the room.    We are thinking warm wood, gold, and iron, mixed in with a color palette of gray, cream, black, and a touch of blush.

 

Client's existing table is serving as inspiration

Client’s existing table is serving as inspiration

 

 

 

Stay tuned as I will keep you posted on our progress.  We are installing several of the rooms, including the media/playroom I mentioned here , around the first of September. I can’t wait to see this home slowly transform.

 

Dana

 

 

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ADAC Panel: How To Incorporate Technology And Social Media Into Your Business

I am thrilled to announce I am taking part in a panel at the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center in Atlanta, GA,  on September 28th at 1:00.

 

We are discussing how to incorporate technology and social media into a design business.  Coastal Living Homes Editor Ellen McGauley and Southern Living Senior Homes Editor Zoë Gowen will lead the panel, and Cortney Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina, will join us.  Special thanks to The Shade Store for sponsoring.

 

There will be lots of conversation on what’s working online, what’s not working, and what the future of design entails with social media and technology.

 

Hopefully, you will walk away with a few ways to grow your business by using these tools, too.

 

 

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Click here to register as seating is limited.  Let me know if you will be there so I can look for you.  It’s going to be a lot of fun-

 

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Christmas in August- Southern Living Style

Though my car read 113 degrees the other day, I’ve been doing a little Christmas planning, Southern Living style.

 

Southern Living and their editors reached out several weeks ago about wanting to photograph my house for their December issue.  It’s been fun to think- even in the middle of the heat-  ways to make my decor special for Christmas.

 

Their stylist and I have been planning- and there’s going to be lots of gold, white, and texture.  If you follow my stories on Instagram, you saw where a real tree from North Carolina arrived last week, courtesy of a tree farm owner who drove it down.

 

My children have asked if we can keep the decorations up for a day or two and have a Christmas party in August.   My child, who has a Christmas birthday, asked if we could celebrate her birthday while we are at it, too.  Not going to happen, but it sounds fun in theory!

 

Stay tuned as I will be sharing pictures all week on social media on how we are decorating for Christmas in August, Southern Living style.

 

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I love these angels and nativity scenes available at Amano in Mountain Brook Village.

 

 

 

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#VestaviaHills Project – Library

One of the new construction projects we are working on includes a library/office space.  It is going to be beautiful with waxed oak cabinetry and paneling, along with a hidden room behind one bookcase.

 

As you can see, we’ve taken the existing layout and tweaked it.   I like adding the furniture plan into a room before it is framed to know EXACTLY how a room lays out.  This allows us to make any tweaks to the shell before framing begins.

 

 

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Having a seating area and a desk in this room provides many functions for this space, which I love because I am always looking for ways to draw you into a room.  You should live in every square inch of your home, but sometimes you need to know ahead of time just what you will be doing in there.

 

With the detailing of the hidden door and custom cabinetry, this is where it pays to have a really good cabinet craftsmen working on the project.  Thanks goodness ours likes detail and customized projects.

 

We’ve shared the breakfast room/kitchen space here, and stay tuned as we share the progress on the rest of our #VestaviaHills project.   It is going to have some really pretty elements built into it.

 

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A Transformation In Progress

A family in #Vestavia, AL, has hired me to change the interiors in several of the rooms in their home.  The house was built around 20 years ago and while it was furnished well, it is time to renew and refresh.

 

One of my favorite rooms in the home is going to be the dining room.   It began as ornate, dark, and full of English and French furniture.  While I love that my client has many antiques that we can curate through and add back in where needed,  her home is going to look so much more fresh and updated when we are finished.   Antiques give instant age and a “collected look” to a room, so when I can add a few into the mix, I always try to do so.

 

Two walls of the dining room are going to be draped in fabric, which will create drama in itself.   We are adding a few custom pieces of furniture to the mix- a dining room table and a console.   And while I like mixing my woods in a space, I want to make sure all finishes, colors and undertones blend in the room.

 

Fabrics for the dining room space. Dana Wolter Interiors

Fabrics for the dining room space. Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

Blending the finishes on the new pieces of furniture with the fabrics

Blending the finishes on the new pieces of furniture with the fabrics

 

 

This room and the others have been ordered and the powder is completely gutted as we speak.   The transformation is in progress, and it’s going to be unbelievable.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

 

 

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A House Made Into A Forever Home

We’ve been working on a new project for a cute couple with school-aged children.   This is their forever home, but right now this recently purchased property doesn’t feel very special to them.

 

They’ve hired us to completely redo the furnishings in the foyer, living room, family room, dining room, breakfast room, and playroom.   We are adding in a new front door and tongue and groove planking in the foyer.   My goal is to make this house their HOME and a place to watch their children grow and make memories.  It sits on a wonderful piece of property, and is perfect for a family with growing children.

 

When we first sat down, my client had a stack of pictures for me to see.  I loved hearing what she liked about each and what grabbed her attention.  She likes a collection of antiques mixed with new pieces.  A collected, layer look, which is what I love to create.

 

My client is drawn to the look of Steve and Brooke Gianetti’s Patina Farm, which you can also see in more detail from a feature in Veranda several months back.   The rooms we are creating need to carry them through for many years, but that doesn’t mean they will be boring or predictable.

 

We are creating some edge through a layering of fabric textures, custom furniture, and a few upholstered pieces I am designing for specific spaces.

 

 

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Everyday elegance is our goal- practical and durable for life with a busy family, but sophisticated enough to enjoy with adult friends and family.

 

Purposeful living that is pretty, simple and sophisticated.  Neutral fabrics with touches of tan and soft blues and grays.

 

 

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Fabrics selected for the upholstery and drapes in the living room. Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

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Close up of an alpaca fabric going on an occasional chair in the living room

 

 

This house is going to transform- and in a big way.   We presented all of the spaces last week so we begin ordering very soon.

 

It is going to be beautiful and I look forward to installing in a few months.   We will keep you posted on its progress.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

 

Dana

 

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