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Turning A Dream Into Reality

Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at 5:28 pm

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

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at 1:10 am

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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David Hicks, Google images

 

 

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.

 

Schumacher Whirlpool Wallcovering in Champagne

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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Diamonds Of Design, AmericasMart vignette, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

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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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Healthy Home, Happy Life

Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 1:10 am

Are you ready to leave behind the stress you find in your surroundings and create a healthy, happy life that begins before you walk out your front door?

 

 

Your environment is one of the seven top causes of stress, and your surroundings attribute to your health just as much as what you eat,  who you surround yourself with, how much you exercise, etc…

 

 

Think about it…   If you try to eat healthy, exercise, get good sleep, does it make sense to spend the majority of your time in a a space that is cluttered, dark and disorganized?

 

 

A healthy lifestyle is one that encompasses all facets of your life, not just a few areas.

 

 

Don’t get me wrong…..There are days when your house is going to be a mess.  I have had people in and out of my home quite a bit lately, and with the holidays, mine is now.   Too many children pulling things out and not putting them up.

 

 

But the difference is that when you have a mess in a healthy home, it is because things are out of their specific place versus having things randomly lying around and piling up.

 

 

 

Take a step back from your home and make an honest assessment about how your home makes you feel.   Does it bring your joy and peace?

 

 

 

If you find your house a place of uneasiness, apply these few tips to your home and see if you can figure out why :

 

  1. Organize your home so everything has a place.  Incorporate hidden storage where you can create a visual calm and store alike things together.

 

You would never know it, but the hidden door under my stairs allows for all kinds of storage for my family.

 

 

 

 

 

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2.  Find a Purpose for every room in your home as no room should serve as a “walk-through” or a room used once or twice a year.   Then take a step back and assess the items in each room.   Do they bring your joy or are they useful?  If neither, it is  time to give them away or throw them out.

 

 

This may also mean switching rooms around, or changing how the furniture is arranged in a room.

 

 

Take this room in this cottage below that we worked on a few years back.  It was a walk-through room, a catch-all, and the it was the largest room in the house.  

 

 

By changing the type of furniture placed in this room, we were able to create a place to sit and relax, play on your phone, read a good book, etc…  The chaises draw you in to sit and stay for awhile.

 

 

 

 

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You can see more Before and After of this house from this previous post here.

 

 

 

We did the same thing with this home.  The biggest room in their house was the “walk-through’ room.  It was rarely used while this family of seven used a small sitting room off the kitchen to watch tv.

 

 

 

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What you can’t see in this picture is that we tucked a television on a side wall that can be pulled out when needed.  Our goal was to create a family-friendly space for this family to enjoy while keeping it formal enough to serve as a living room if needed.   Mission accomplished!

 

 

 

3. Find a Balance with how your home flows and functions.   Your home should work well for everyday living and be able to transition to host a party when needed. 

 

 

4.   What makes you smile and bring your joy?  Whether it is a sparse room, layered objects, bright colors, or a wall filled with books, use discernment in adding these touches to your space.   Find ways to add what makes you smile to bring you Warmth and Joy in your house.

 

 

 

Elle Decor, Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck

Chad James Interior Design, Elle Decor, Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck

 

 

If you need help into turning your house into one you love, reach out to us here.   We would love to hear from you.

 

Here’s to a healthy, happy life-

 

Dana

 

 

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A Look Back at 2016

Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016 at 1:10 am

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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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

 

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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

 

If you are looking to transform your home or looking to start anew, reach out to us here.  I would love to discuss your project and see how we can help you.

 

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Southern Living Christmas Feature- Behind The Scenes

Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 1:10 am

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-

 

dana

 

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Transformation Of A Living Room

Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 2:20 am

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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Holiday Gift Guide for the Man in Your Life

Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 1:10 am

With the holidays around the corner, we have put together a gift guide for that “hard to buy for” man in your life.  We’ve included some of our favorite things and the prices range from $25 to $395.

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1. Jack Spade “Norton” Watch $398 You can’t go wrong with a classic watch. This one is perfect for everyday wear and a great staple piece to add to your man’s collection. Buy here.

 

2. Areaware Geometric Whiskey Rocks  $35 The perfect addition to your whiskey drinker’s bar. These cubes keep your drink cold without diluting it and they look good in the glass! Buy here.

 

3. Filson Twill Duffle Bag $395  Whether he is a weekend vacationer or business traveler, this is the bag for him. American-made from Filson’s water repellant twill, it’s meant to be timeless and long lasting. Buy here.

 

4. Peter Millar Leather Trim Quarter Zip Pullover $225  Perfect for everyday wear! Made from merino wool, you know this sweater will be comfy, and the leather trim adds a great masculine touch. Buy here.

 

5. S’well Stainless Steel Water Bottle $35 If he’s always on the go, this is the gift for him. The S’well bottle keeps his water cold for up to 24 hours, or coffee hot for 12! Buy here.

 

6. Fitbit  ‘Alta’ Wireless Fitness Tracker $129.95  A newer take on the ever popular Fitbit, this one wirelessly syncs to your smartphone or computer to track your fitness, sleep, training, and more. Buy here.

 

7. ‘Food & Beer” Book $49.95 For the foodie in your life, this book features 60 recipes and the beer to pair with them.   Buy here.

 

8. Patagonia Water Repellent Down Jacket $229  A classic jacket that is practical, too.  Every man can use a staple like this one in his closet!   Buy here.

 

9. Blundstone Chelsea Boot $174.95  Dress them up or dress them down, they are the perfect boot for everyday wear. With a reputation for comfort and durability, your man will thank you for these! Buy here.

 

10. Malin + Goetz $25.03-$125.73  Shaving cream that is heavy on the hydrating side! Full of vitamin E, this shaving cream soothes and protects even the most sensitive, dry skin. Buy here. 

 

Hope you find this holiday gift guide helpful! Let me know what you end up selecting..

 

Dana

 

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Holiday Gift Guide for the “Hard To Buy” Lady In Your Life

Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 1:10 am

Most of my female friends are the ones doing the shopping for their family, but what’s wrong with purchasing a treat for yourself or giving an idea or two to someone who needs to buy a gift for you?

While some are necessities and others are big splurges,  I varied the price points from $17.99 to $950 so there is truly something for everyone.

And yes, I LOVE all of them, so if you are looking for a present for someone like me, take note and make your shopping easy……

 

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image by dana wolter interiors

 

1. See by Chloe ‘Janis’ Bootie $450  We all need a go-to bootie in our closet. This one is the perfect combination of casual, with a dressier edge from the gold studs and stacked heel. These will become your favorite little black boot.  Buy here.

 

2. Tata Harper Skincare Resurfacing Mask $58 It seems like everyone is always looking for that one skincare product that will make you glow. This one does exactly that! The easy to use mask gets rid of dull skin cells to leave your face soft and clean. Buy here.

 

3. Franny E Semiprecious Stone Cuff $224 We love this simple, layering cuff! The abnormal shape gives it a delicate edge, which is on trend now. Buy here. 

 

4. ‘Cravings’ Cookbook $17.99  Is the lady in your life a cook?  If so, this gift is for her.   Full of user-friendly recipes for the family, parties, and more, the range of recipes are sure to please everyone. Worth getting just to read through–Chrissy’s life (and cooking) tips will having you laughing throughout the whole process. Buy here.

 

5. Burberry Reversible Merino Wool Cape $950 A splurge worthy gift, this cape will become a new staple in her closet. The timeless Burberry check, that is reversible, makes for an easy outfit to throw on and go. Buy here. 

 

6. UGG ‘Cheyenne’ Cashmere Robe $348 Everyone needs that one perfect robe to cozy up in! This cashmere one is just that and the shawl collar and ribbed trim add a more fashionable touch, too. Buy here. 

 

7. Elizabeth and James ‘Langley’ Pebbled Leather Backpack $296.98 (Was $495!) Whether it’s being used for work, a super chic diaper bag, or just for fun, this backpack is a great grab and go bag for any lifestyle. Buy here.

 

8. Zestt Organic Cotton Throw $88 A simple throw is an easy way to add warmth and comfort to a room. This one comes in a variety of great colors bound to suit any space. Buy here.

 

9. Dior ‘Reflected’ 52mm Sunglasses $450 We are still seeing the aviator everywhere, and these glasses are the perfect take on a chicer version of the classic. The matte brown is ideal for everyday wear. Buy here. 

 

10. Stella McCartney ‘Falabella’ Faux Leather Pouch $425 A simple clutch is a great way to simplify your everyday purse. It makes it easy to run around with and will hold just the necessities! We love how this one has some edge with the chain detail, perfect for transitioning from day to night. Buy here.

 

11. Jo Malone London Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne $65-$130 Finding an everyday scent that is not too overpowering can be a task. Jo Malone is one of the best at creating delicate, elegant scents that can be worn from day to day, and this one is a favorite. It is the perfect combination of fresh and woodsy. Buy here.

 

12. Beyond Yoga Colorblock Capris $99 Is the lady in your life looking for that one thing to help push her to the gym? Or is she the type of girl who likes to run her errands in workout clothes?  If so, these leggings are a versatile option. She won’t be able to resist wearing these adorable color block leggings. Buy here. 

 

Hope you found this list helpful for the women you are shopping for (or yourself)!  Let us know what you end up purchasing.

 

dana

 

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Holiday Gift Guide for your Teenage/College Girl

Posted on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 1:10 am

Friends ask me all the time for Christmas ideas for my teenage and college girls.  It’s difficult, as they are pretty particular.  With their gifts costing more -meaning less is under the tree- I have tried to find things I know they and other girls 15 and up can use and enjoy. The price points vary from $14 to $890, so there is truly something for everyone.

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1. BLANKNYC ‘Morning’ Suede Moto Jacket $188  Every girl needs a moto jacket in their wardrobe and I love the suede take on this one. The wine color is perfect for the holiday season(and on trend for this season)  and the details give it a stylish, edgy look. Buy here.

 

2. Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ Expandable Travel Bag $255 The perfect bag for spending the night out or weekend trips! This overnight bag expands to twice it’s size to suit any length of stay. Buy here.

 

3. BP. Velvet Choker $14 Chokers continue to be a big trend! We love this velvet version because it’s great for layering with other pieces or for wearing alone.  Buy here.

 

4. Cambridge Audio ‘G2’ Mini Portable Bluetooth Speaker $149.99 For the teenage girl that is always listening to music. This bluetooth speaker has a touch of edge with the gold finish, and it’s great for taking with her wherever she goes. Buy here.

 

5. Bobbi Brown ‘Bobbi’s Beauty Book’ Eye, Cheek, & Lip Palette $76 (Was $95)  A palette is a great way to pair down your makeup and makes taking it with you on-the-go so simple! This one includes everything you need with six eye shadows, a bronzer/blush duo, mascara, lip gloss, and brushes. Buy here.

 

6. Bose SoundSport In-Ear Wireless Headphones $149.95 Whether she uses them for working out, studying, or just listening to music, these headphones are sweat resistant and wireless. A fun and practical way to up her headphone game! Buy here.

 

7. Tory Burch ‘Robinson’ Slim Saffiano Leather Card Case $85 A card case is an easy solution to keeping the necessities with you wherever you are. Perfect to slide in a backpack or small clutch, it will hold just what you need! Buy here.

 

8. Chloe ‘Mini Marcie’ Leather Crossbody Bag $890 Crossbody bags continue to be all the rage, and this is a great step up from the standard one. The cute curved shape is a change from the traditional rectangle. This one is a classic, an investment piece she can keep for years! Buy here.

 

9. Steve Madden ‘Ecntrcv’ Slip-On Sneaker $59.95 A shoe that embodies two of the season’s hottest trends-velvet and sneakers! We love this take on the slip-on sneaker. The velvet adds a chic, lush flare. Buy here.

 

Hope this helps when shopping for your teenage girls.  Let me know what you select for the teenage/young adult girl in your life.

 

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Simple, Elegant Ways To Decorate For Christmas

Posted on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at 1:10 am

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-

 

dana

 

 

 

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