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A few recent projects have been for families moving to smaller, yet more custom  homes.  And while moving to a more refined home can be a huge blessing, it can be hard when you are used to more square footage.

 

It’s amazing all of the stuff we accumulate over the years.  I feel like I am constantly cleaning out my house and I try to watch what I bring into it. 

 

It can sometimes be overwhelming in deciding what furnishings to take and what to replace or give away when moving, so I thought I would give six helpful tips to streamline the process.  Here goes:  

 

1. Go Through Each Item and Decide What You Love Or Will Use.    Simple enough- Do you love it or  use it?    If not,  get rid of it.   Life is too short to have pieces you don’t love taking up space in your home.   No more storing things you “might” need in the future or because you feel guilty getting rid of them.  

 

2.  Are There Pieces That Can Be Repurposed?    If there is a piece you LOVE but don’t have a place for it, can it be reworked?   For instance, can the doors to the large, deep French armoires that were popular in the 90s be taken off, stripped and reworked to go somewhere else?   Reworking pieces can be a tedious process, so make sure you LOVE the piece to make it worthwhile.

 

 3. Unsure What To Keep And What To Give Away? Hire A Professional.    A designer can curate through your things to decide what can be used in the new home.   We have gone through storage units to  measure and photograph existing pieces to see what can be included in the furniture plans of the client’s new home we are furnishing.   An objective eye may be just what you need.

 

4. Simplify- When Looking At Your Pieces, Give Away The Extras Of The Same Items.  After all, you might need a few extra sets of sheets, but do you need five sets for the same bed? No- so give away to someone who can use them.

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5.  Think Long And Hard How The New Home Will Work For You.   There is something refreshing about simplifying your life and surroundings.  But with less space, you need to think long and hard ahead of time to make sure the new home functions like it needs to for you.

 

If working with an architect, hire a designer before the plans are drawn.   An extra set of eyes for how your family will live in the house is invaluable.   Every square inch needs to work hard so you can have the pretty with a purpose.

 

6.  Let Go Of The Guilt.   I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is hard to get your money out of furniture and rugs (and even some antiques) when selling.  Just know this is the case and let go of the pieces…. Do not hold onto stuff for any reason other than you love it.

 

All aspects of downsizing can be a blessing if you allow it.   Look at it as a way to lighten your connection to material “stuff” and create spaces that are customized and truly special to you.

 

Hope you find these six tips helpful.  Let me know what you think-

Dana

 

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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 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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Take care and have a great day,

 

Dana

 

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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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