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 I’ve always been proud of how our designs change how people live- because they do.  I’ve seen time and time again how a beautiful, well-functioning home can add to the quality of a family’s life and save them from costly mistakes.

While the reason we do what we do hasn’t changed, we gave it a name in early 2017.   We added to our Vision Statement “To change people’s lives through the art of Living Well in their home.”

So, in keeping with Living Well in my own life, I thought it would be fun to look back at what 2017 held for me.   Here is a recap- the good and the bad- that took place.   

We began the year opening my new office in Mountain Brook, AL.   I kept my office in my home for several years to stay close to my children, but now that they are older and my team has grown, it was time to move out.  We are now in the heart of Mountain Brook Village, so still close to my own home which I love.


BEFORE of the space



Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography



Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography



Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography


Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography


January also included installing our #DiamondsOfDesign vignette for the AmericasMart market in Atlanta, GA.   It was 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.


Dana Wolter Interiors, photo courtesy of AmericasMart


In March, we installed our spaces in the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle’s  Southeastern Showhouse in Atlanta, GA.






Designers from across the Southeast were asked to participate in this showhouse, and we loved being included.  The house is a James Means’ creation where his designs were based upon Classicism and craftsmanship.  The renovation/addition was by Yong Pak of Pak Hyde & Associates.

Here are a few pictures from our Mudroom photographed by Emily Followill:



March came with a family trip to The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas for spring break.   It was a much needed break, and the fresh air and scenery were exactly what I needed.


We were thrilled to learn in early April that we were a Finalist for the 2017  ADAC and Veranda Southeast Residential Designer Of The Year award.


Though we didn’t win, it was a fun few days celebrating and catching up with design friends. 


Talking with my friend, Arianne Nardo, of The Editor At Large



Rebecca and me heading to the awards’ ceremony


2017 also included publications of our work.   We loved this feature here in Charlotte’s Peachy Magazine featuring one of our designs from years’ past.   It’s an example that good design doesn’t go out of style….

Mountain Brook Magazine featured one of my favorite renovations. The backstory to this project is a feel good story for all, so be sure to read here .



StyleBlueprint did a wonderful feature on our work.  You can see the article here.

I also visited New York a few times for work and for fun.  I love the city and find inspiration from new sources so easily there.   When I was there in July, I drove over with my friend Vicki to see the Traditional Home Hamptons’ Showhouse in July.  It was filled with amazing talent and every space was gorgeous.

Vicki and I enjoying the Hampton Showhouse with Jill Waage, Traditional Home’s Editor In Chief


I can’t leave out moving TWO of my girls to college.   While it is always time for them to go back to school when the time comes (and this is Lucy’s junior year), it is still emotional for me.  Not sure why- because they are doing amazingly well, but I just miss them.  

Mother/Daughter senior trip to the Grand Velas in May



We took over Traditional Home’s Instagram feed here in October and it was a ton of fun.


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I enjoyed showing their followers around Birmingham, AL.  People are always pleasantly surprised to see how urbanized our city is and all that it offers in the Deep South.   


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We had several installations this year, and for our amazing clients, we are always grateful.  Here are some pictures of a few of the homes(photography by Graham Yelton):













If you are still reading following me here on Instagram, you know I recently had hip surgery.  It was a big decision for me to go through with it as I have had hip pain for over three years. Quite frankly, I just became tired of being in pain and not being able to walk long distances.   It has been a rough few weeks, but every day I seem to be a little stronger.   I just pray 2018 will be pain free and that I will be able to walk as far as I would like without thinking twice.  I’ve learned it’s the simple things that I take for granted, like bending over to tie my shoes (I can’t do this for six weeks post op).   If you see me walking into my office barefoot, you will know why.:)


And while 2017 has been a pretty good year for business and accolades, what I am most grateful for is my family.  Living Well for me is enjoying my family and creating memories with them whenever I can.    I recently turned an extra room in our house into a tv room, and I have loved watching all of the many movies we did over the holidays.

So here’s to Living Well in 2018, whatever your definition may be.   If it includes transforming your home into one that works hard to live up to your definition, give us a shout here.   We’d love to hear from you.


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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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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 ūüôā




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Fly high, my sweet girl…… Dana Wolter Interiors



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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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FR Built-in. Still needing glass doors installed

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.












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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Dana Wolter Interiors




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Dana Wolter Interiors

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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.






In October, Flower Magazine used my home as a backdrop for a Fall feature.






Flower Magazine

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.



Editor At Large Interview with Arianne Nardo

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.





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.



November/December 2016

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.








Stylist Buffy Hargett did an amazing job on the flowers and decoration









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-




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A Different Kitchen (AKA- A Nonwhite One)

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Recently, I blogged about a kitchen here that I designed that is featured now in the Holiday issue of Traditional Home.  I love that not only was it custom designed specifically for my client, but that it is a gray kitchen versus a white one like you are seeing everywhere.


Don’t get me wrong- I love a white kitchen because¬†they are clean, classic, and¬†on trend. ¬† I recently painted my own a version of this palette¬†and I am enjoying it.


But when I am able to start from scratch and create a space¬†you won’t see in any other house,¬†I am all over¬†making it unique. ¬†After all, that is why clients hire us- to give them a space that is classic enough to stand the test of time, but one that is custom and special and different than their neighbor’s.


I kept¬†the colors soft to suit the owners and their style, so I chose Sherwin Williams “Crushed Ice” for the cabinetry and walls. ¬†The kitchen is light and airy without having to be white.




Sherwin William’s Crushed Ice



It’s hard to tell from these photographs but we played with the Crushed Ice color. ¬†I watered down the color on the wood walls but¬†used the same color in full formula¬†for the cabinets. ¬† This kitchen had many details that added warmth and contrast to the design, while remaining¬†bright and airy.



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Even though the cabinetry and walls were light,¬†the countertops were a great place to add warmth. The dark soapstone really stood out in this space and helped marry the darker island base. ¬†Soapstone is a forgiving material, so it was perfect for this type of workspace. ¬† The island countertop is Mystery White marble, and this “clean” material was fitting for this somewhat formal-feeling kitchen.



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dana wolter interiors – photography by Graham Yelton



The¬†French white oak floors from Bois Chamois ¬†are not only beautiful, but practical as well. With two dogs in the house, they are scratch resistant and won’t show dog hair. The waxed finish keeps the color light, but its gray tones blend¬†into the rest of the kitchen.



dana wolter interiors - photography by Graham Yelton

dana wolter interiors – photography by Graham Yelton



The warm gray charcoal finish on the white-oak island base added contrast, as well as a touch of formality with it’s soft lines and reeded cabinet doors. It became a grounding piece against the lighter cabinets and wood floor.



Classic details, such as mixing metals in the light fixtures and hardware, softly added more warmth through these layers. Keeping these details refined and purposeful is one of the best ways to create a tasteful space.


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Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015! Do you have plans for the new year?

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It’s hard to believe that 2014 has come and gone. ¬†As I reflect on the past 12 months, there are so many moments to celebrate.


First and foremost, THANK YOU for being a part of such an amazing year.   Thank you for sharing my work, encouraging my work,  keeping up with my work, and more importantly, trusting me to come into your homes and change how your home functions for your family.  I love what I do, and am blessed by your encouragement.


At the start of the 2014, my goal was to simplify.  For me, that meant eliminating distractions for the essential, trading chaos for peace, and spending time doing what’s important.  My favorite moments this year were spent with my family.  I simplified best during our vacations together to Mexico, to the beach,  and to New York. There is nothing that makes me feel better than when we are all together and away from everyday distractions.




One of my biggest accomplishments this year was being named one of Traditional Home’s Designer’s to Watch in 2014. It was a huge honor and one ¬†I am very proud to be included.



New Trad’s Designers To Watch in 2014


That honor led to me being a part of the Hunter Douglas/ Trad Home contest to vote for the New Trad Designer that best matched their reader’s¬†style.


By creating “real homes for real life”, my goal has always been to blend comfort and elegance through layering textures, making the most of light, and combining modern, antique, and classic elements.


Thank you for choosing my style as the one you liked the best.



The project that won me this incredible honor- Dana Wolter Interiors



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In August, I updated my website and that was a huge feat, to say the least. We took my old one, added to it, changed it around, and uploaded a lot of new projects. ¬†It was quite a process and if you’ll remember, I compared it to birthing a baby.


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Another¬†exciting opportunity I had this fall was serving¬†on a panel at Traditional Home’s “What’s New, What’s Now” event at the New York Design Center. ¬†Over 70 showrooms participated in the event that¬†featured product introductions, informative lectures, and book signings. ¬†I had the privilege of joining Traditional Home Senior Design and Market Editor Tori Mellot¬†in a panel on mixing traditional and modern design.




There is a lot of talent in the city I call home, and I¬†was honored to be featured in Birmingham Home And Garden’s, Birmingham Style, that was published in October. If you haven’t already purchased this book, do yourself a favor and buy it.


Birmingham Style


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Dana Wolter Interiors Photography by Jean Allsopp


The year ended in a wonderful way¬†by me winning the “New Trads at Home” Pinterest Sweepstakes. Inspired by The Vulcan, I used pieces from Alabama artists and Ethan Allen to recreate a recent install.



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As I say goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015, I am¬†grateful for all the memories, and I am looking forward to what’s to come.


designer bags and dirty diapers: Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

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Please let us know if there is anything in particular you would like for us feature on the blog.   After all, you are who we write for, and who we hope to inspire.


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To those of you who have voted in the Traditional Home/ Ethan Allen Pinterest sweepstakes I posted last week, thank you.

As you recall, I based my board on the room below that I designed for a family.







Please continue to vote thru December 20th, and you can do so at

Each vote enters you in for a chance to win a $2,500 gift certificate from Ethan Allen.   The more you vote, the better your chances to win, and nothing would make me happier than for one of my supporters to win a nice gift card!


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Have you heard of Randy Newman’s song called “Birmingham”?
In it, he sings:
Birmingham, Birmingham
The greatest city in Alabam’
You can travel ‘cross this entire land
There ain’t no place like Birmingham


We think Randy must be a pretty wise guy as we totally agree with his lyrics.

There are so many wonderful sites in Birmingham and we need your help in deciding a front runner .
We have been asked by Traditional Home to choose an inspiration from Birmingham and create a virtual mood board based upon it that will be featured on their website.
Share with us, please!  What is your favorite landmark in Birmingham, AL?
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I¬†just came¬†back from the sixth annual “What’s New, What’s Next” event at the New York Design Center. ¬†What a great time I had!



Louisa and Allyson joined me for a fun night in the city!


The energy in the building was amazing….. ¬†Over 70 showrooms participated in the event that¬†featured product introductions, informative lectures, and book signings all day long.


As mentioned before, I had the privilege of joining Traditional Home Senior Design and Market Editor Tori Mellot in a panel on mixing traditional and modern design.


Chad Graci of Graci Interiors and Katie Lydon of Katie Lydon Interiors discussed with us how incorporating modern touches into spaces can push- but not overstep- the boundaries of traditional design.



All of us before the panel.


We were given ten items ahead of time that were a mix of modern and traditional, and we were asked to distinguish how we would balance the modern with more traditional pieces and the traditional pieces with more modern ones.


Below are a few of the images given to us and my interpretations for each.




I could see placing this modern chandelier into a similar breakfast area.  The scale of the piece would obviously need to be smaller and I would balance the hard lines of it with some sort of upholstery and wooden dining table like below.



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Another image I was given was this Mr. Brown console.




I love this piece and would not hesitate to place it in one of my interiors. I would soften the piece by placing something upholstered under it, such as the style of the two stools in the picture below.


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As for the top of the console, I would create a layered vignette, with a piece of artwork or a mirror as my starting point, such as below.



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A final image I would like to share are these Bolier nesting tables.


nesting tables


I love these tables as they are very versatile and could be used in many different interiors. I could have easily replaced the Baker tables in the picture below with one set of these.


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I would also have used the tables near upholstery that is skirted, as shown in the image below.



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“What’s New, What’s Next” continues to unite the industry and become a benchmark for introducing new products and celebrating the very best in design. ¬†Thank you, Traditional Home, for including me in the discussion. ¬†I was¬†extremely honored.





Here’s to finding the perfect balance¬†in your home,





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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-



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