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Progress With #ProjectExpansion

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We’ve made lots of progress with #ProjectExpansion, and in more ways than one.

The babies are here, and they are gorgeous.  And perfect.  And big!

 

 

As you recall, I have been busy working on a home renovation/addition here in Mountain Brook, Al, for a couple that recently gave birth to two babies within five weeks of one another.

Yes, this is possible, and if you aren’t familiar with their story, it is a good one.  If you are needing to smile, be sure to read the entire story here.

 

 

We began working on this project in June.   The house was gutted and a master suite, laundry room, and screened-in porch have been added onto it.  Pete Pritchard was the architect and we worked closely deciding the layout, details and finishes throughout the home.

 

 

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I was grateful for the trust this couple put in me, as they took some risks that were hard to visualize AND added to the budget.   These additions paid off, with an incredible end result.

 

 

They are moving this week, so our office has been busy ordering bathroom mirrors, marking cabinet hardware, checking on furniture shipments, etc….It has been a lot of fun working on this project, and I kind of feel like I am birthing a baby as well.

So much of myself goes into my projects, and I can’t wait to see this family of four begin to make memories in their new home.

 

Here is a glimpse of some of the cabinetry and hardware.

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Cabinets are gorgeous and what a difference true custom cabinets make in a home.  No filler pieces- they are truly made to fit the space like a glove.  I love it!

Here is a sneak peek of how my cabinet guy took my vision for a few areas and turned them into reality:

 

 

Kitchen Before:

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Kitchen After:

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Family Room Before:

 

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Family Room After:

 

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Stay tuned as I share more of the “after” pictures over the next few weeks.   As always, if you are planning on building a new home -or doing a major renovation to your current one- email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com.  We would love to discuss helping you turn your dream home into a reality.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

 

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In several client appointments lately, I have been asked about what to do when their home is filled with silver finishes, but they are wanting to incorporate the gorgeous brass patina that is so popular right now.

 

My answer is easy and simple….   Mix the two!

 

I love a space with mixed metals as it instantly makes the room look like it has evolved over time, rather than everything so matchy matchy like it was bought on the same day in the same showroom.

 

I am not only talking about a finish here and a different finish there, as I have been doing this all along.  I am talking about a bold metal finish that grounds the room, with perhaps another type of finish thrown in.

 

 

 

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Below is a picture of a home we worked on several months back.  As you can see below, there are brass finishes throughout……..

 

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But notice how we mixed the two by adding in polish nickel fixtures in the kitchen:

 

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If you like this look of mixing metals and want to see more images, check out my Pinterest account, DWolterinterior.   I am also adding info on these other social media sites as well, so be sure to follow along!

 

 

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Take care and have a great day,

 

Dana

 

Also, if you are needing a design plan for your home that you can implement on your timeframe and budget, check out our new service here. Lots of information in a detailed plan!

 

Five Easy Ways To Create A Warm, Inviting Foyer (while setting the tone for the rest of your home)

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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 and a room you want to hurry your guests through?

 

On any project I am working on, I always look for ways to make a statement and create warmth in the foyer.  This is the first impression of your home, and you want to make a good one.

 

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

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Here’s a quick recap of a few quick suggestions I make in the video:

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

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

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 evolved over time.

 

Hope you find these tips helpful.   If you try them, let me know the difference they make.

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

Dana

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I don’t know about you, but I find the summer heat and going from one activity to the next exhausting.

Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful to be busy and am excited to share with you very soon some things that are happening.   With work, on top of family and other commitments, I stay out of trouble on my toes.

While some people only know me because of my design work,  there are others who only know me through my children.   I always smile when someone, who has known me for a few months, realizes I have another side to me that works and creates and changes the way people live in their homes.

I love that because while I am grateful and proud of all that has come my way professionally, in the end, I want to put my aside my pride and be known for my character versus my accomplishments.

 

 

So….. Having said that, I thought it would be fun to let you “spend a day with me” to see how the two mix and are intertwined.

I  love what I do, but I’m thrilled to spend more time this summer with my over scheduled girls. Their schedule is more lax when school is out, and with one headed to college in a few months, I am savoring every moment of family time.

Here goes …..Get ready to juggle as I have a lot of balls in the air…..

 

 

My day started Wednesday around 6:15 when I woke up, showered and reviewed my notes before filming a segment from ABC 33/40’s “Talk of Alabama”.

I arrived at ABC 33/40 at 8:30 for a live segment on “Five Ways To Update A Room (Without Breaking The Bank)”. I blogged about this last week, so be sure to check it out here if you haven’t seen it.

 

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After I finished, I ran to the office around 10:45 to meet with the rep for Cotton and Quill to look at the new fabrics.  They have lots of great patterns, and I particularly loved the soft colors in these for a bedroom we are beginning.

 

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I hurried to the physical therapist for a lunchtime appointment.   I have been battling pain in my hip, and after having about five months of pain, I am grateful to have it finally under control.  Thank you, Jesus!!

 

On the way back, I picked up my youngest who had eaten lunch with a friend.

I came back to the office and met with the homeowner of #projectexpansion. We discussed a few details with the construction of her project such as flooring, doors, hardware and cabinetry.

 

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Next, the homeowner and I were off to Triton to look at slabs that were brought in for her project. We selected a couple of beautiful ones.  Holy moly- can’t wait to share.

 

After we finished, I also met with a producer to film a video on selecting countertops. Stay tuned for more on this.
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We finished up around 4:45- 5:00.   I headed home and intended to workout,  but that didn’t happen. Instead, I enjoyed lounging with the girls in my gym shorts.

Close enough.   Wearing gym clothes= working out, right?!

 

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I probably should have spent the downtime cooking dinner but that didn’t happen either, so we enjoyed takeout instead.  A meal together is what matters, not who cooked it, right?

My bed was calling my name so I crawled in face planted, and enjoyed reading Jay Abraham’s “The Sticking Point Solution.”   It’s a book with a lot of great tips on building your business and brand.   I love reading before I go to sleep as it’s the best way for me to unwind.

You’ll find that my life isn’t very exciting, and for the most part, it’s pretty predictable.   It’s my hectic life, though, and I am grateful for every single bit of it.

 

Here’s to making the most of a day,

dana

 

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In case you live under a rock did not realize, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

 

 

 

While most people are aware of breast cancer,  many forget to take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages.

 

Early detection saves thousands of lives every year, and what better time than now to schedule a mammogram.

 

 

For today’s Friday Favorite, I want to share some pink images that caught my eye.

 

 

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Image from Kate Long Stevenson

 

 

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Teen room we installed a few years back- Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

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Have a good one,

 

dana

 

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I had the best time in California last week for a Traditional Home/Thermador event.   A group of designers, print media, and bloggers across the country came together to discuss design trends.  Thermador was a gracious host and no detail was forgotten by them.

If you aren’t familiar with Thermador, check out their line of kitchen appliances here.   I have Thermador products throughout my own kitchen, and if you have been reading since day one, I listed my Thermador warming in my very first post as one of my top five favorite things in my home.  For a family on the run, it is a necessity.

I thought I knew their product line pretty well, but after an extensive tour, I learned so much more.

 

Here are a few quick pieces of information that stuck with me, and I hope you find them helpful:

1. If I was building again, I would incorporate a steam/convection oven into my home.  This is a super neat appliance that keeps food moist (and vitamins in) while browning and cooking at a faster rate.

Look at this 14lb. turkey they cooked for us in it.  Super easy and it was ready to eat after cooking for only 90 minutes.

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2. I have a Pro Range in my home, but I had no idea it could do this.   Yes, these are chocolate chips melting- on a paper plate– on its XLO setting.   I haven’t tried this yet, but when I do (AND I WILL!), let’s hope I don’t burn my house down.  YIKES!

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3. One of my favorite discoveries was the refrigerator columns in their line.  Because of their hinges, the front panel on all of their refrigerators can hold over 200 pounds, and I could not help but brainstorm about what I could cover the doors in.  In the right setting, how does antiqued mirror sound?

 

The trip was a lot of fun and I learned so much, all while making a few new friends.

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Karen Williams of St. Charles New York cooking a Cherry Clafoutis with me.

 

I hope this info was helpful, and let me know your “must-haves”  in your next kitchen.

Take care and have a great week, everyone-

Dana

 

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I am excited to be working on a renovation in Mountain Brook, AL, and the talented Louis Nequette of Dungan Nequette has drawn the plans for the couple.   Louis is a well-known architect across the country, but if you haven’t seen his work, click here.  I am honored to be partnering with him and look forward to seeing this project progress.

The house is French in style and was built about 10 years ago.   There are some exciting changes in store for this home, and one of my favorite transformations is in the kitchen.

Here is a sneak peek of Louis’ vision for it.

 

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Drawing by Louis Nequette

 

Who doesn’t love a great sketch- and a great kitchen, right?!

Originally,  the kitchen was very modern in design and you can see from Louis’ drawing that he is bringing it more in line with the architecture of the home.  It reminds me a little of a French bistro with the marble countertops and walls, custom marble/iron shelving,  glass cabinetry, and the incredible view into a quaint courtyard.

This house will be filled with beautiful finishes and details throughout, and I am excited to begin sharing this project with you.

Stay tuned as I keep you informed on the progress….

 

Dana

 

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A Fun Project Coming To An End

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If you follow us on social media, you have seen us post pictures of a new construction project we have been working on this past year.    I  have been meaning to share them with you, and as this project comes to close, it is time!

This new house, soon to be home to a fun and really nice couple,  has been a project I have enjoyed tremendously.   We have described it as “snappy casual”- a home not too serious but still maintains a sense of formality,  soft lines, classic materials, and eye-catching details.  This couple has been open to new ideas, which has in turn produced a much prettier home in the end.

I am going to show you some transgression photos of a few areas and details in this home.   Barrett Architecture has done a great job drawing the plans and you can look their site here.  The home is going to be gorgeous when all is said and done!!

Let’s start with the family room as Abbey checks the framed dimensions against the plans….

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This room will be painted a bone color with a gray undertone.   The texture of the wood will appear but the walls will read as painted.

The kitchen and family room were drawn as one really big space.  We decided to add an opening to break down the feel of one large room.  What do you think?  Keep in mind the cased opening will be painted the same color as the walls.

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Off of the family room is a gallery.  Notice what we added at each end to shorten the long hall.

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We added this deep opening on each side of the gallery

 

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In the middle of the “x” will be a beautiful gilded sconce.

 

I have to include some pictures of a few of the cabinetry details in this home.   Notice the soft curves included throughout.

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Master bath cabinetry

 

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Love this marble backsplash with the soapstone countertops

 

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A few of the kitchen cabinetry details

 

I couldn’t end this post without mentioning the stairwell.   We wanted to do something a little different but that would still blend with the walls in this enclosed area.   Here is what the painted stairwell we created will look like:

 

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Drawing by the talented Chad Martin of The G Brand

The panels are going to be made up of laser cut panels overlayed over one another, with all of them will be painted the same color as the walls and trim.

Here is a mock up (not to scale) of what the trim carpenter built so we could have a visual.

What do you think?

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This home is about a month away from completion.  As I take photos, I will try to be better about posting in a timely manner.

Take care and have a great day-

Dana

 

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What A Difference A Plan Makes- Part One

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I thought it might be fun to look at a few BEFORE and AFTER pictures of the home featured in TradHome (click here to see the full article) to see why I took the design approach I did for this project.  This is going to be in two posts, so here goes part one….

When the homeowner first contacted me, she was frustrated.   She had purchased a few pieces that did not fit in her home and she wanted to unify her choppy, cluttered, mismatched home.  She wanted it to reflect their fun personality, but she also wanted it to feel calm, cohesive, and be a place to retreat from their hectic lifestyle.

Below is the foyer, which sets the tone for the home.  As you can see, there wasn’t much to the existing space, other than a rug too big for the space.

 

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The space is tiny, but you can see we added quite a bit of warmth without overcrowding the area.

We painted her existing console table because the size was good for the space.  Everything else was added.   What was once a cold, mismatched space now feels warm and pulled together.

Know what my favorite thing is in there?  The cast baby foot of one of her now teenage girls…  How sweet is that touch?!

The foyer opens up into the living room, which was a walk-through space for the family.  Imagine an 18 x 24 room of basically wasted space they never used.

Here is the BEFORE of the living room:

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I wish I had a picture to the right of the sofa in the bay window.  Not only did we create a great place to lounge, we also included a second seating area with the sofa and two chairs.

 

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AFTER- the living room

 

The homeowners have several collections- from crosses from oncology patients, to tons of family photos, to baseballs from their favorite major league teams.  They had them spread throughout several rooms with no order to them at all.

I incorporated their momentos in a way that is cohesive and tidy.

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Notice the grouping of family photos and the shadow box of the baseballs?  Now they hold special meaning and are focal points in this home.

Stay tuned for part two as I will talk about the master, family room, and kitchen.    This transformation is amazing- not only aesthetically, but how this home functions for this busy family of five.

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Dana

 

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Cast Your Vote- It Only Takes A Second

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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am very excited about being named  by Traditional Home  a New Trad designer to watch in 2014.

 

 

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It’s a HUGE honor and one I am proud to be included.

Have you seen the April issue?  I was in great company, and I look forward to showing you my project in more detail when in the Tradhome digital issue comes out May 15th.

I hope you noticed in the shelter magazine you have a chance to vote for the designer that matches your style.

I would be honored if you would vote for me.

It’s quick- and EASY!   When you vote, you are entered for a chance to win $1,000 from Hunter Douglas, a window treatment company.

Visit HunterDouglas/TraditionalHome to cast your vote.  You can vote once a day per email, so the more you vote, the more chances you have to win.   The contest will run through July 17th.

Happy Voting,

Dana

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