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I am working on several kitchen renovations and designs right now, so I immediately went to one of my favorite sources for inspiration, Pinterest.  If you don’t have your dream kitchen yet,  I bet you probably have an idea of how it will look.


Everyone loves a beautiful kitchen, right? After all, it tends to be one of the most lived in rooms in a home.


Before working on any kitchen space, it’s important I understand my clients’ style and needs.   Are they cooks or not? Are they a family of two or a family of seven?  Do they like to entertain?  How old are their children and/or grandchildren?   All of these things come into play and make a difference in how a kitchen needs to function.


So……having said that, I love nothing more than a really pretty AND functional kitchen.


Here are a few that have caught my eye recently:


This kitchen is from a few years back, and while kitchens have gone lighter and brighter, I still love it.  Greige is the new black, and I love the planked walls and cabinetry. I also love the wood detail in the ceiling and the softness of the benches are a beautiful addition to the room.


Greige is the new black... Pursley Dixon Architecture - kitchens - hardwood floors, dark hardwood floors, sisal rug, sisal area rug, greige cabinets, greige cabinetry,...

Image from Decorpad


The simplicity of this kitchen is beautiful and how gorgeous is the marble island? I also love the pops of black against the stone.


gorgeous simple kitchen with marble island

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This kitchen is light and bright, yet there are so many layers and textures in this space.



Image from Bates Corkern



Ruard Veltman is one of my favorites when it comes to architecture. He is incredibly creative and talented, and his work in inspirational. He puts great attention into details, and it’s obvious in his designs.


Image from Home Bunch


What kitchen images have caught your eye recently?  Let me know as I always love to see a pretty room.


Here’s to being inspired,



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It’s my favorite day….Friday!


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Today’s Friday Favorite is a picture of a dining room install from several years ago.


I love the uniqueness of this upholstered dining room table.   It adds a lot of look, softness, and durability to the space, all without breaking the bank.


For me, a well designed room comes down to the details.  They are the finishing touches that can take a room from pretty to pretty incredible.


Keep in mind, details should not be obvious.   Instead, they should enhance and balance the overall feel of the room.



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Thanks for the Article, Birmingham Home and Garden

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Hi Everyone,

I hope you are having a great week.

I was excited to receive the January/February issue of  Birmingham Home and Garden  as there is a nice article on Jeff Dungan and me from the Antiques at The Gardens show.


They asked the Tastemakers a few personal and professional questions, and I enjoyed reading everyone’s answers.   You can check out the entire edition here.




I hope the interview left you wanting to know more about how I approach each project.   If so, here are few more of the questions with my answers that didn’t make it into the article.


BHG: Your work reflects casual, livable, elegance.  First and foremost, your work leans towards the way your client’s live, but you do have some signature “Dana” pieces. What are some of your favorite pieces to use and why? Are they custom or purchased?

DW: I incorporate many custom-designed upholstered pieces such as banquettes, sofas, screens, dining tables, and ottomans into my interiors.  My interiors are not shiny or trendy, and these type of pieces add uniqueness and subtle detail to a room.

Many designers can create a pretty home.  I try to take my work a step further and create a pretty home that can change how a family lives.



BHG: When taking on a new client, what are some clues you look for to help determine their hopes for the project?

DW: A home is most likely the largest investment made in a lifetime, and any improvements should only increase its value.

Communication Is Key.

When taking on a new client, it is important they are as comfortable with me as I am with them. There has to be open dialogue and trust for the end result to be the desired outcome.

Have a Budget in Mind.

I won’t take on a project without knowing a budget.   It is extremely important from day one for all to have an understanding of what the budget can buy so the design process can evolve accordingly.

Show Me Anything You Can to Convey Your Taste.

Communication is key, and as they say, pictures are worth a thousand words.  I love walking into a client meeting and being handed a notebook full of pictures that inspire them.  Pictures, whether of certain rooms or landscapes or colors or artwork, give me great insight into what can sometimes be difficult to communicate.

BHG: You work on a lot of family homes. What are your five family-friendly go-to fabrics/ finishes / furniture?

DW: Leather, velvets, waxed woods, natural stones, and crusty antiques only look better with age and a little wear and tear.  When choosing fabrics for upholstery, I emphasize to my clients it isn’t just the color of the fabric that matters, but more importantly, its content.

BHG: What are your favorite two coffee table books and or design books in your collection?

DW: I am constantly reading personally and professionally, so it is hard to say my favorites.   I love Kelly Hoppen’s Interiors, Axel Vervoordt’s Timeless Interiors, and John Saladino’s Style by Saladino.

Thanks again, BHG!


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