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With the new year just a couple of days away, I thought it would be fun to look back at 2016.  This year has been a good one for us in so many ways, and here is a recap of a few things that took place:

 

We started the new year finishing up #ProjectExpansion for some favorite clients.   They have a cute story as to why they needed more space.  You can read about it here and here.

 

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FOYER-BEFORE

 

 

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FOYER-AFTER Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors Photography by Graham Yelton

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FAMILY ROOM BUILT-IN -BEFORE

 

 

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FR Built-in before the glass doors were installed

 

 

 

The kitchen in this home has been shared so many times on the web, yet very few people have seen the “before” pictures.   It was quite the transformation.

 

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This is the photo that has been shared numberous times on social media. It's even been referred to as the "poltergist" picture with stylist Monica Stewart making an appearance. Dana Wolter Interiors

This is the photo that has been shared numberous times on social media. It’s even been referred to as the “poltergist” picture with stylist Monica Stewart making an appearance. Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

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January began with a feature in Birmingham Home and Garden magazine.   This home was approximately 12 years old and it needed an update.   We took several of the rooms and dramatically changed them.    Here are a few of the before and after pictures:

 

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BEFORE- LIVING ROOM

 

 

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AFTER- LIVING ROOM, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

You can read more on the transformation of a few of the rooms here, here, and here.

 

 

In February, I hosted a party for Southern Living‘s Design Conference that took place in Birmingham, AL.    There’s nothing like a party to make you do a few things around your own house, and it was just the kick in the pants that I needed.

 

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It was a lot of fun as designers across the country came together for a few days, and I was glad they were able to see all that Birmingham, Al, has to offer.

 

 

Southern Living also included me in their April issue with a feature on using lavender in your home.

 

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In October, Flower Magazine used my home as a backdrop for a Fall feature.

 

 

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Flower Magazine

Flower Magazine

 

 

I was also asked by Coastal Living‘s Ellen McGauley and Southern Living’s Zoe Gowen to take part in a panel for ADAC on how to use social media and technology to grow a design business.   Designer Cortney Bishop from Charleston, SC, joined in on the fun with us.

 

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While there, the Editor-At-Large followed up by asking my thoughts on how ADAC is a great resource for designers.

 

 

Editor At Large Interview with Arianne Nardo

Editor At Large Interview with Arianne Nardo

 

 

The last quarter of 2016 did not disappoint, either.   We announced we are moving our office into the heart of Mountain Brook Village in Birmingham, AL.   We are finishing up a few details now and will be in by the first of the year.

 

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I was THRILLED to have one of our favorite kitchens for amazing clients in the Holiday Issue of Traditional Home.  This was such a fun project for clients who trusted my vision, and the detail and customization in this home truly paid off.

 

 

November/December 2016

November/December 2016

 

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors,  Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

You can read my blog post here to learn more about this project or click here to see the actual feature in Traditional Home.

 

The feature of my house in the November/December issue of Southern Living was a ton of fun.  We photographed my home for Christmas in the summer and with the Southern Living elves setting everything up, it was as easy as it could be.

 

They spoiled me and I was missing their help when December rolled around and it was time to decorate again.    You can read the 10 page feature here.

 

 

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Stylist Buffy Hargett did an amazing job on the flowers and decoration

 

 

 

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The Southern Living team

 

 

As I look back at 2016, I cannot forget the online mentions and other amazing projects we have been part of this year that I did not highlight.   I am having several projects photographed in a few weeks we have designed this year, and I cannot wait to share.

 

Thanks to all of you for following along on this journey.   I have met some amazing people because of my job and am grateful to those who have trusted us with the investment of their home.

 

But more importantly, watching how an organized, functional, healthy home changes how a family lives is truly the best part of my job.

 

Here’s to a happy, healthy, blessed 2017 for all-

 

Dana

 

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Southern Living Christmas Feature- Behind The Scenes

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Christmas came early for us when Southern Living published a feature on my home in their December issue.  While the issue is now out on newsstands, I thought it would be fun to take a look behind the scenes.

 

I had the best time this summer shooting with them, as their team is so much fun.  We had these polite, young men and ladies who helped us decorate, and guess what?   They did not complain once. 🙂  Christmas decorating made easy!!   With Christmas a few weeks away, I sure could use their help now.

 

Their team came in for a week in August to set up and shoot, and with a 10′ Christmas tree delivered directly from North Carolina, we decorated, Southern Living style.

 

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The photography team with stylist Buffy Hargett pointing out something specific

 

 

Buffy and I decided to keep the colors simple- gold, white, with touches of purple. Lots of greenery and white flowers- We were going for texture and unique ideas versus busy and color.

 

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Love Buffy’s idea of a Eucalyptus garland draped over my bed

 

 

 

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Boxwood garland holding up an angel over my Family Room mantle

 

 

Look how gorgeous this mantle arrangement is in my Living Room that Buffy and her team created.   It was stunning and I wish I could have kept it alive to enjoy a little longer.

 

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Close up of the arrangement

 

 

The feature ended up being several pages and shows different spaces throughout my house.  It is interesting, too, how some of the colors in the rooms read differently in the magazine versus in person.

 

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Photograph of my upstairs’ landing in the Southern Living December issue

 

To see more photographs, pick up the December issue now.   I hope you see something that inspires you this holiday season-

 

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Transformation Of A Living Room

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We have been working on a beautiful house in Mountain Brook, AL, that we blogged about here  and are installing the Living Room after the first of the year.

 

I thought I would give a little insight into the transformation that is going to take place with this space.  It is going to be pretty and chic and filled with a mix of velvets, wools, leathers, linens, and silks.   Charcoal gray, tan, cream and blush colors will be mixed in with iron, mixed metals, and different wood finishes.

 

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Look how gorgeous this silk is going to be as drapery on the floor-to-ceiling windows

 

 

 

 

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We are mixing furnishings from two homes, and while the room was a blank canvas and several new pieces have been ordered, we have tried to incorporate as many of their existing things as we possible could.  It’s going to be a good blend of new pieces and antiques.

 

 

 

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Because of the size of this room, I want the space to feel like it has been collected over time.  Pieces that will blend but nothing that feels too matched or contrived.  While it will have more of a dressy feel than some of other parts of the house, I am big on designing this space so this large family will USE it.  The room is going to be too pretty and take up too much space in the house for people to walk past it.  A large sofa in the main seating area and a second seating area with two custom loveseats will provide comfortable seating for many.

 

 

The room has recently been painted from the pictures above and the rug is now installed.  It already feels better with a few coats of paint and a floor covering that fits the space.   Stay tuned as we install the furnishings and accessories in 2017.

 

Dana

 

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Simple, Elegant Ways To Decorate For Christmas

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It’s hard to believe the holidays are here.   With Christmas around the corner, I am looking for simple, easy elegant ways to decorate.   Jesus didn’t mean for the season to be stressful, and I am determined I am going to stay calm and relaxed this year.

 

Your home should be a place you can live in comfortably and that works well for your family, even during the holidays! While shooting for the feature of my house in the December issue of Southern Living, I had the chance to stream this VIDEO live with them to discuss tips for decorating.  Click on the first one listed to watch.

 

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Southern Living team working their magic!

 

Here is a recap of the tips in the video:

 

  1. Simplicity: Create spaces you can live in and that work for your family. This goes along with holiday decorating, too! Sometimes the simplest detail is the most elegant.  It doesn’t need to be fussy or expensive.

 

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Magnolia wreath sprayed with white paint and hung in my foyer

 

 

2. Texture: Mix textures to achieve a layered look.  By adding simple greenery to shiny ornament balls on my mantle, I added some softness to my limestone fireplace. When decorating, think of pairing shiny with matte sheens, smooth finishes with textural, etc….

 

 

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3. Repetition: Pick a couple of colors and repeat them throughout all of your decor. In this instance we chose white and gold and mixed textures through the wrapping paper, ribbons, and calling cards.

 

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4.  Surround yourself with things you love.  I showcased this sweet nativity set from Amano in Mountain Brook Village.   I love how it reminds  me the reason for Christmas in such a subtle way.

 

 

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I hope these tips make decorating for Christmas a little easier for you this year.  Take care and enjoy the season-

 

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Update On My Office Space

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As I wrote here, I am moving my office to the heart of Mountain Brook Village in Birmingham, AL, in a few weeks, and thought I would give you an update.

 

Lots of exciting changes have been happening.   Hardwood floors have been put down and waxed in the front room, built-ins were added to a hallway and the entire space has been painted.

 

 

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Fabrics and colors for the front room- Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

I am tweaking the exterior a little, and I thought I would share a peek.    My paint color scheme has changed from the picture, but you can see where I am going with this….

 

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The inside consists of basically two rooms connected by a hallway.  I see the front room serving as a meeting room, and I want it to feel like you are walking into a warm, inviting living room to visit a friend.   Something pretty from the street but functional for my firm’s needs.  Here is a “Before” picture of the space:

 

 

 

 

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AFTER of the Hallway.  Doors aren’t hung here, but once they are, this space becomes hidden storage.

 

 

 

 

There is a bar area in the back room.  I opened it up and replaced the countertop and faucet.    I love this Kallista one given to me as a gift,  and it can be purchased from Ferguson in Birmingham, AL.

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I am thrilled to be in the heart of Mountain Brook Village.  I love being from the South, and I am especially proud to call it home. There are so many positive changes taking place in Mountain Brook and in the city of Birmingham, so stay tuned to some exciting things happening here.

 

My office project has been a slow process because it has taken a back seat to my client’s projects.   It looks like the construction will be finished in the next week or so, and we will be moving shortly after.  I will keep you posted on the finished space.

 

Have a great day-

 

dana

 

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A Different Kitchen (AKA- A Nonwhite One)

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Recently, I blogged about a kitchen here that I designed that is featured now in the Holiday issue of Traditional Home.  I love that not only was it custom designed specifically for my client, but that it is a gray kitchen versus a white one like you are seeing everywhere.

 

Don’t get me wrong- I love a white kitchen because they are clean, classic, and on trend.   I recently painted my own a version of this palette and I am enjoying it.

 

But when I am able to start from scratch and create a space you won’t see in any other house, I am all over making it unique.  After all, that is why clients hire us- to give them a space that is classic enough to stand the test of time, but one that is custom and special and different than their neighbor’s.

 

I kept the colors soft to suit the owners and their style, so I chose Sherwin Williams “Crushed Ice” for the cabinetry and walls.  The kitchen is light and airy without having to be white.

 

 

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Sherwin William’s Crushed Ice

 

 

It’s hard to tell from these photographs but we played with the Crushed Ice color.  I watered down the color on the wood walls but used the same color in full formula for the cabinets.   This kitchen had many details that added warmth and contrast to the design, while remaining bright and airy.

 

 

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Even though the cabinetry and walls were light, the countertops were a great place to add warmth. The dark soapstone really stood out in this space and helped marry the darker island base.  Soapstone is a forgiving material, so it was perfect for this type of workspace.   The island countertop is Mystery White marble, and this “clean” material was fitting for this somewhat formal-feeling kitchen.

 

 

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dana wolter interiors – photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

The French white oak floors from Bois Chamois  are not only beautiful, but practical as well. With two dogs in the house, they are scratch resistant and won’t show dog hair. The waxed finish keeps the color light, but its gray tones blend into the rest of the kitchen.

 

 

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dana wolter interiors – photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

The warm gray charcoal finish on the white-oak island base added contrast, as well as a touch of formality with it’s soft lines and reeded cabinet doors. It became a grounding piece against the lighter cabinets and wood floor.

 

 

Classic details, such as mixing metals in the light fixtures and hardware, softly added more warmth through these layers. Keeping these details refined and purposeful is one of the best ways to create a tasteful space.

 

And, as always, if we can help turn your home into one you think you can only dream about, reach out to us here.  We would love to hear from you-

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Five Ways to Create A Warm, Inviting Foyer (and set the tone for the rest of your home)

Your foyer is the first impression of your home, and you want to make it a good one.

 

On any project I am working on, I always look for ways to make a statement and create warmth in the foyer.  After all, it gives your guests the first impression of what to expect in the rest of your house.

 

Here are five ways to create a warm, inviting  foyer:

 

1.  Add a piece of furniture and or seating (preferably something with fabric) to soften the space.

 

 

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Opposite view of the same room.   Isn’t it gorgeous?   I love the mix of textures throughout.

 

 

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McAlpine Booth and Ferrier

 

 

2.  Make the space personal- Add your favorite piece of artwork,  a frame with a sepia photo, etc….

 

 

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3.  Make the space useful- Depending on the size, create a place to sit to put on your shoes or at the very least add a tray to catch your keys.

 

 

4.  Include something fresh such as flowers or a plant.

 

 

5.  Layer the space with accessories to create dimension and to make it look like it has been collected over time.

 

 

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Below is a video I shot a few years back with Wendy Garner talking about how to transform this overlooked space.  Click here to watch for a few tips for your foyer.

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Dana Wolters’ TV Segment on “Ways To Create An Inviting Foyer”

 

 

So, what does your foyer say about your home?   Does it set the tone and catch your visitor’s eye, or is it a “catch-all” area you want to hurry your guests through?

Have a great day, everyone, and here’s to making your foyer makes a good first impression.

Dana

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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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Five Ways To Bring Joy Into Your Home

None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, so today is the day to find joy in life and home.

 

Yes, we want to exude joy onto others, but we must first find happiness within before we can share it.

 

With our homes being the place we spend more time than anywhere, it’s important to surround yourself with things you love and make you happy.

 

 

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I believe you can make your home the home of your dreams, or something pretty close to it.

 

 

Here are five ways to create joy in your home:

 

1.  Fill it with love     What makes you happy?  Is it a color-filled room?  A relaxing bath?  Or a cozy spot tucked away in a room?   Whatever you gravitate towards, begin in that room or space and make it one you love.  If you aren’t sure of how to go about doing this, hire a professional designer to help.

 

 

 

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Brooke Gianetti- Patina Farm for Veranda

 

 

 

2.   Clean out  I am a big believer you cannot enjoy a space filled with stuff that doesn’t appeal to you.

You can read here and here where I have talked about cleaning out clutter.

If you don’t love a piece,-nor are you using it- sell it, give it away or throw it away.  

Life is too short to surround yourself with things that bring you down.

 

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Life is too short to surround yourself with things that bring you down.

 

 

 

3.  This next one follows along with the previous one…..Surround yourself with things you love.   Just as I want you to clean out, I want you to surround yourself with things you love.

Maybe it is a picture that reminds you of a moment when you were little, or a bunch of baseballs collected from professional games you went to with your family.

 

 

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Dana Wolter – Trad Home magazine

 

 

Your home doesn’t have to be perfect, only perfect to you.

 

4. Act Today.  Dont procrastinate.   I have walked into too many houses where they are not wanting to do anything because they “might” move, yet five or more years later, they are still waiting and living miserably.

Who knows what tomorrow holds for any of us?

Yes, be practical with how you invest in your home, but don’t let life pass you by.   Life is too short, make the changes to your home and ENJOY them.

 

5.   Don’t Compare Yourself To Your Neighbors.  No one’s life is perfect, and while your neighbor’s may look like it is on the outside, I promise it is not.  Be grateful for where you are in life and the blessings you take for granted.  We all have them- they are there.

 

 

Hope you found this helpful in creating joy in your home.   Life is a beautiful thing, and enjoy where you are today and make the most of it.

 

Have a great day, my friends-

 

dana

 

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Design Online- Master Bedroom

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A few weeks back, I shared with you a master bedroom for one of our Design Online projects.   After a short couple of weeks, the package is on its way to the homeowners in Mobile, Alabama.   We have loved helping them pull together a bedroom that is custom to them and their needs.

 

Our Design Online service is perfect for those who want a packaged plan for a room-everything from the layout to the paint color to the fabrics to the exact pieces of furniture- but want to order and install themselves according to their timeline and budget.

 

For this particular project, our clients wanted a soft, soothing bedroom created from natural textures and earth-toned fabrics.  We added fabric across two of the walls in the room to give another texture and to create a cozy space.   We completely rearranged the furniture from how she had it to begin, and the result gave the space a more open flow.

 

 

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In her package, we included printed copies of the floor plan, elevations, spec sheets of the products we list with where and how to buy, samples of the fabrics and work orders for anything custom.  The spec sheets and work orders give very detailed directions so ordering is easy and stress-free!

 

The finished plan is delivered right to the door step.  Could designing a room in your home be any easier?!

 

 

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We also include a ‘mood board’ showing you an image of all of the pieces we have pulled for the space, giving you a better idea of what the overall look of the room is going to be.  Each piece of furniture for your floor plan is coded so you know exactly where each piece is placed in the room.

 

 

This has been such a fun process and is a great way for someone to have a room with our look, all while doing it on their own time and in their budget.

 

If you are interested in this service or our full interior design services, please contact our team at info@danawolterinteriors.com for more information and pricing.

 

Have a great day-

Dana

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