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With as many homes I am in and out of, I see recurring problems that come from everyday life and living.

I love seeing a home transform from one that’s cluttered, dark, and doesn’t work for a family to one that allows them to Live Well in their home.

And while your definition of Living Well may be different than mine or your neighbors’, I’m giving a few tips to solve some common problem areas.

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

If organizing overwhelms you, start by cleaning out a small space, such as the towel drawer in your kitchen.



The hidden door under my stairs allows for all kinds of hidden storage for my family, Dana Wolter Interiors


2.  A room that is a catch-all for stuff because it isn’t being used

 Find a Purpose for every room in your home.  No room should serve as  a “walk-through” or a one that is used once or twice a year.  Once you give the room a function, take a step back and assess the items in it.  Do they bring you 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 home below that we worked on recently.   The living room was never used, the family room wasn’t working for the family, so we flipped the two.

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Looking Into The New Family Room, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

Because of where these two rooms are placed in the house, the family now finds themselves using both spaces on a regular basis.


3. Dark, cramped spaces that don’t function well.  

Find a Balance with how your home flows and functions.  To Live Well in your home, it should work hard for everyday living  while easily transitioning to host a party when needed. 

Does the kitchen allow for quality work space?  Is there a place for guests to sit and linger?  If not, it may be time to renovate your kitchen.

We took this outdated, dark, cramped kitchen and made it accommodate today’s living.  By raising the ceiling, taking the sunroom into the kitchen space and adding a wall of hidden storage, we created a kitchen that is functional, bright and works hard for this family.







Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton


I also love adding a banquette when I can in a kitchen.  It allows for more seating AND it adds a layer of softness to a room filled with many hard surfaces.

Recent Breakfast Room completed, Dana Wolter Interiors. Graham Yelton Photography


4.  Spaces in your house that don’t feel like home

What makes you smile and brings you 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.

Sentimental family photos are added into this new, casual space, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography


I hope these tips help you make an honest assessment about your home so you can find ways to add to your quality of life.

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

Here’s to Living Well in your home, whatever your definition may be.





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The foyer is the first impression of your home when someone walks in, so it needs to make a good one.

After all, whether family or a visitor, you want guests to feel welcome.

We recently began working on the foyer of a current project.  It is a beautiful home and while we have finished up several rooms in the house, we are now focusing in on this space.   As I was assessing the best way to soften this room and make it look like the family has lived there for some time, I thought I would share some tricks with you. 


Here are five tips to making a great first impression in your foyer:

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


Foyer, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography



McAlpine Booth and Ferrier

McAlpine Booth and Ferrier



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

Artwork by my daughter (that I love) personalizes the entrance into my office, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography




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


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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.





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 more 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 eye, or is it a “catch-all” area you want to hurry your guests through?


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




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Welcome to Birmingham-Traditional Home Instagram Takeover

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If you love Instagram as much as I do, be sure to follow along with us this weekend as I take over Traditional Home’s Instagram feed later today.


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I am excited to share pictures of my weekend and show you around my hometown of Birmingham, AL.  People are always pleasantly surprised to see how urbanized our city is and all that it offers in the Deep South.   


Birmingham, AL, the “Magic City.” Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography


I am going to share a few of my favorite places to eat, shop, and relax around town.  You can see my Instagram account here and can follow along on Traditional Home’s account here.   


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Monday Motivation: Quote Of The Day

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Here’s to Monday morning…..


I find myself tackling on Monday the things I put off on Friday, all while trying to organize myself for the week.   


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So here’s to tackling that email or conversation or opportunity that you pushed aside last week.    Let’s make it a great week together-






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Not to show my age, but who remembers the bulky televisions with the rabbit ears? There was no hiding those big ‘ole things.  
 Thankfully, tvs have become a little more discreet over the years.
On many projects, I have clients ask where should they place the tv in a room and how it should be treated within it.
 I try to tuck them away when possible or make sure they are not a big focal point.  If they are placed on a main wall, it usually calls for me to try and soften around it.

TV is placed on a side wall, Dana Wolter Interiors

The picture below is from a client’s living room.  Yes, I said living room, and that is a tv near the piano.   This large room with incredible light was – get this-  pretty much a walk-through room.   They have a large family with a revolving door to family and friends, so it made sense that when we redesigned this room to incorporate a tv in here.   We tucked it into a side wall where it can be pulled out if needed.
We reworked the furniture layout to add more seating.  The room is casual enough to feel comfortable lounging on the sofa with your feet propped up with a bowl of popcorn, or it can be a little more formal when having a dinner party.  Either way, it works, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, the space is used by their family.
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Make no doubt about it, sometimes a tv needs to stand proudly in a room, ready to serve its purpose, but a little softness never hurts.
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What are your thoughts concerning the tv?   Are you a “let it hang on out there” and serve its purpose or do you like to tuck it away? Let me know what you think-
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Living Well: Six Tips For Creating A Bedroom You Love

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I have been talking a lot lately about the importance of making your home your own.  #Livingwell and creating a home around what is important to you. 

A bedroom is the perfect room to create a spot to call your own – a place that allows you to relax and surround yourself with things you love.

I’ve come up with six tips for creating a bedroom special to you.  Here goes:

1. Use colors that SPEAK to you: I normally keep colors in the bedroom soft because I need tranquility in my life (Ha!), but if a bright color speaks to you, then certainly use it.


Bedroom created a few years back for a favorite client; Dana Wolter Interiors, Jean Allsopp Photography

2. Mix your Furniture Pieces for a Collected Look.  Gone are the days of matching bedroom sets, so mix your finishes.

Vincent Wolf

 3. Layer- Bedrooms can have quite a few hard surfaces, so it is important to add softness through a rug, window treatments, pillows, bedding, etc…

I love this upholstered niche by Circa Interiors

4. Incorporate things that you love, such as favorite photographs and artwork.




 5. Keep it simple… Don’t clutter or overcrowd your bedroom with too much stuff.  Make sure the room can breathe, so you can as well.  


6. Find a place to sit.  While you don’t want to overcrowd, I always try to add some sort of sitting in a bedroom.  A place to lounge if you aren’t quite ready to curl up in bed.

A leather or upholstered chair to cozy up in to finish that book you started are pieces that can enhance a bedroom space and make it feel like your very own private suite.   #Livingwell in your home by making it your own.



Bedrooms should have all things in it that you love. It should be the place you cannot wait to get to at the end of your day or sneak off to when you just need a moment to yourself.  

If you want help or need guidance on how to make your bedroom feel like its very own getaway, email us here.


Here’s to creating a bedroom you love and #livingwell in your home.

xo- Dana 


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It’s always fun to go back to a finished project and see how a client is LIVING in the home.  


I am always amazed at how your surroundings can completely revamp how you feel and live.


After all, #LivingWell in your home is about making your home work for you and your family.  Making it special  to you.


We made a two day visit to professionally photograph this home, and I loved seeing the hustle and bustle of everyday life for them.  This family of five stays on the go, and their home needs to work hard for them.


Southern style at its best- spaces that invite guests in to visit, spaces that are workhorses for their needs, and in the end are just really pretty rooms.


I think we succeeded in making it just that….


It is their forever home, but when they bought it a year ago, there wasn’t much to it that made it feel like it was their own.


While I can’t show you the full room pictures, I can give you a glimpse….


You might have seen this picture of the foyer on My Instagram that I posted last week, or this one today……



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And here are a few more……..


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Kitchen Banquette Detail-Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography




Details on the loveseat in the bay window, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography



If you feel like your home isn’t helping you make the most of your life and your family’s, email us here.  Let us help you #LiveWell in your home, too.






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With the devastation we’ve had lately from floods and Hurricane Irma, I’ve been reminded of the importance of home.  I’ve realized I take for granted having a roof over my head, a place to retreat from life.


None of us are promised a perfect tomorrow, so why are we waiting to create a home that makes us feel comfortable, happy, and protected?


My heart goes out to all of the people across our country having to start over and rebuild.   Now more than ever, it is important to #Livewell by creating a home you love- one that makes you want to retreat to from the craziness of this world.  


It’s deciding what makes you happy and taking the steps to create it.   For instance, is family important to you?  If so, think about creating a gallery wall of your favorite family photos.  


I do this all the time- I’ll designate a specific hall, a wall, or both in a home where photos can be displayed.   Here are a few from a couple of my projects:


Make a wall in your home personal to you, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography




Dana Wolter Interiors, Jean Allsopp Photography



For some, #LivingWell might be having friends over.   Casual impromptu dinners are always great, but don’t be afraid to pull out your china, silver, crystal.  If using these things brings you joy,  pull them out-stop saving them for tomorrow.  Let’s enjoy today.  



I love to create a spot somewhere in the home that clients can call their own.  A cozy corner that calls their name. 



An extra-deep loveseat in this bay window creates an inviting spot to sit. Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography



Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography




A cute couple I helped with a design/build liked to sit at their island for their meals.  If you are going to sit at the counter for a few meals each day, why not make it functional and pretty and unique? 


Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography



Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography



For today, I hope you are inspired to find ways to turn your home into one you love…….



Here’s to creating a home you enjoy and can #livewell in






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Fly My College Girl and A Few Other Summer Highlights

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I’ve been little sporadic blogging this summer, but that doesn’t mean lots of exciting things- personally and professionally- haven’t been going on.   I don”t know where to start, so I thought I would give a few highlights. 


I have been super focused right now on packing up my middle daughter, Ellie, and moving her into college TOMORROW.  Lots of mixed emotions as I don’t think a move with my second child will be any easier than it was with my first.  


We are doing a mix of custom and store bought finds for her dorm room.  I’ve tried to spend a little more on the items that can be reused and go more for “look” on the basic items.


The girls want to be surprised, so they haven’t seen anything yet.  I am a little nervous about not having feedback from them but I’ve had a hip, college intern this summer who approved.  Hopefully, they will feel the love that has gone into creating their room by this old, not so cool (at least in my daughter’s eyes)  mom.


I will try to share some picture on social media so you can see how it turned out.   Be sure to follow along here on Instagram……


Our office closed the week of the Fourth of July and I headed to the beach.  My oldest, Lucy,  is working in New York this summer and Ellie was at the lake, so Danny and I took Ann and friends to Watercolor  in Santa Rosa, FL, for the week.  


I loved having some time (well, as much as they would give us) with these girls, and the rest was good for all.  The one on one time with my hubby was icing on the cake.


Girls celebrating the Fourth





Am I not like an old person? Sitting in the sun all covered up :). How times have changed…..



It’s a good thing we rested as my team and I came back to a huge install.  This is a new construction we have been working on for over two years, and the cute couple, who built their forever home, were moving in that week. 



The scope of the project covered all of the finishes/ details in the house, and the beginning of the summer included lots of attention to making sure all went seamlessly.   We selected all of the upholstery, furnishing, accessories, window treatments, etc…, for the entire downstairs and a few things in the media room.  The home is stunning with custom touches throughout.



It’s these custom touches that make a house go from pretty to pretty incredible.  Lots of fabric cuttings going back and forth, creating a “catch your eye” focal point in each room, blending of finishes, making sure everything works with the piece next to it without being too perfectly matched…..   You get the point.  It’s custom what we do and attention to detail is our specialty.





Window treatment coming next week……






Upholstered doors against the slab of Calcutta Gold marble turned out beautifully in the bar, Dana Wolter Interiors




Custom banquette fits JUST right in the breakfast area, Dana Wolter Interiors








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It’s been a fun project as we’ve blogged about it here if you’d like to read more.




I headed to the Hamptons at the end of July to celebrate the opening of the Traditional Home Showhouse in Southampton.  It was a lot of fun and the two homes are gorgeous.  Lots of stunning details shown on Traditional Home’s Instagram here.   Be sure to look for more pictures of the homes in next summer’s issue.



Pictured here with Jill Waage, Editor In Chief, and Vicki Carra of Traditional Home



We’ve also been diligently working on a few new rooms that have been added to the scope of a current project.  It is a stately house with great bones with a cute, active family that lives in it.   Lots of beautiful stone throughout- but it needed some softness and layers and unique details added into the mix.   We’ve brought in an architect to make the rooms flow better.   It doesn’t matter how pretty a space is if it doesn’t function well for your family.  Right??!



Curating a few fabrics for the foyer, Dana Wolter Interiors



Stay tuned as we are sharing some exciting news soon.  In the meantime, wish me luck moving in my girl.  



I am going to miss her infectious laugh and the relaxed feel she adds to the house. Wondering if crying when dropping off college kids is embarrassing to them.   I am only asking for a friend 🙂




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Fly high, my sweet girl…… Dana Wolter Interiors



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Fall Favorites – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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What better way to get your fall wardrobe started off than with a sale.


Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale goes public tomorrow, July 21st, and I have curated several of my “Fall Favorites” from it. Prices range from $50- $329.


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1. Vince Ribbed Wool and Cashmere Sweater $243.90 – originally $365   Who doesn’t love a cozy sweater? This one is a great staple to have in your closet because its neutral ‘Heather Toast’ color goes with so much. Buy here.


2. Vince Corbin Slip-On Sneaker $129.90  (originally $195)   Comfortable- and chic! Sneakers are still a hot trend that we are loving. This pair is sleek, they look comfortable, and are available in six different colors. Buy here.


3.  Leith Suede Clutch $49.90 (originally $75)    Need a classic clutch with a touch of fun? This black suede clutch is the perfect buy with its lush tassel, and it’s a great price. Buy here.


4. Eileen Fisher Asymmetrical Merino Wool Pullover $185.90  (originally $278)   This cozy and lightweight pullover is the perfect staple to add to your closet. It’s great with jeans or leggings, depending on your mood.  Buy here.


5. Vince Wade High Top Sneaker $164.90  (originally $250)   Suede sneakers are a must and these add a bit of flare with its white platform and high top. Buy here.


6. Paige Hoxton High Waist Ankle Skinny $99.90  (originally $189)   Everyone needs a pair of dark, ankle, skinny jeans for the fall.  They are transitional, classic and the price is a steal for this brand. Buy here.


7. A.L.C. Kai Silk Top $196.90  (originally $295)   This silk crepe blouse has a fun and modern twist with its plunging triangle neck line. I think it would be great for a night on the town.  Buy here.


8. Nordstrom Signature Cashmere Bell Sleeve Pullover $199.90 (originally $299)   Having a piece of cashmere in your fall wardrobe is a must and this beautiful cream knit pullover is the perfect one to add. Buy here.


9. Halogen Wool and Cashmere Tunic Sweater $99.90 (originally $149)   Asymmetrical hemlines are a great look on everyone and this army green sweater has it all. Buy here.


10. Halogen Colorblock Cashmere Wrap $125.90  (originally $189)   This wrap is on my list because it is  perfect to wear on cold, fall nights.  Buy here.


11. Theory Tolleree Cashmere Sweater $169.90 (originally $255)   A short-sleeve cashmere sweater is the perfect transitioning piece to add to your wardrobe, and this one comes in three beautiful colors. Buy here.


12. Steve Madden Gabbie Thigh High Boot $86.90 (originally $129.95) Over the knee boots aren’t going anywhere and this one is at a great price. The suede fabric and stacked heel will also keep you on trend this fall. Buy here.


13. Vince Bomber Jacket $329.90 (originally $495)  I have had my eye on this bomber jacket and want to add it into my wardrobe.  They are big for the fall and this one is reasonable for this brand. Buy here.


14.  ALLSAINTS Ray Nubuck Crossbody Bag $185.90 (originally $278)  A saddle bag has been in style for years and this chic velvety-soft leather one is beautiful. Buy here.


Hope you find a few things you like, as there are some really good bargains.   Let me know what you order-



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