We work on a lot of renovations, and every one is special in its own way.
This particular one is the wife’s childhood home. As I shared with you here, we renovated to give it new life for their family to grow into it.
I have no doubt many memories are waiting to be made.
Gone are the finishes of the 80s and it is now a chic, livable, family-friendly home that has made quite the transformation.
Here are a few before and after photos:
Custom cabinetry and gorgeous marble slabs create a custom kitchen while the unlacquered brass hardware and lighting finishes the room.
What a difference taking down walls and adding in new windows made, too.
Its hard to tell in the picture, but the kitchen roman shade is green and charcoal gray. Green is the homeowner’s favorite color, so we pulled it into her Dining Room.
It gives me such pleasure seeing this cute family enjoying their new home and adding in items, such as her grandmother’s dining table, that are important to them. After all, isn’t that the reason behind each of us having a home to call our own.
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Home Sweet Home – an old adage that I’m taking to heart more and more these days.
As I mentioned here, I’ve found a few simple ways that have made me fall back in love with my home again now that I have been staying in. Isn’t it funny what you notice about your home when you spend all day some time in it?
With how heavy the news and life have been, I’m finding peace and comfort in having my family all under the same roof. I’m so appreciative and fortunate to have a safe place to be quarantined and thought I would share 4 Ways I’m falling back in love with the place I’ve called home for 13 years.
Ways I’m Falling Back In Love With My House
1. Getting Back In The Kitchen
Growing up with Italian roots, I love a home cooked meal. But, because of long work days, our empty nest, and the pure convenience of takeout, cooking has taken a back burner the past year.
It’s been fun being back in the kitchen with my girls and husband during the quarantine. My refrigerator has a revolving door and the dishwasher runs constantly, but I have loved every moment of it. Cooking has been a nice escape and having my kitchen where all my girls gather has been a wonderful blessing.
2. Sleeping In
While we are thankfully still very busy with client projects, I have embraced the stillness of the mornings . With no need to rush out the door, I’m trying to learn to sleep in a bit later and enjoy new morning rituals.
I’ve found myself sitting and actually enjoying my morning coffee and watering all the springtime flowers that are emerging. This is my favorite time of year for my garden so learning to see it in a new light has been refreshing.
3. In-Home Spa
I’ve quickly been reminded that it is the little things that bring great joy. A nightly mask and occasional bubble bath have been a treat and a way I can practice self-care without the need or ability to leave the house.
4. Al Fresco Dining
One of the several silver linings I’ve thought about during this quarantine is that it’s springtime and a fabulous time of year to spend outside. On days the weather is nice, we try and take advantage of eating a meal outside when possible. We’ve also set the dining room table a few times and it was fun to linger afterwards with casual conversation.
I hope you are staying healthy and enjoying your time in your home. Cheers to falling back in love with your home again. Take care,
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As I’ve spent more time at home the past few days, I wanted to share some of the easy ways I’m breathing new life in some of our rooms- all without leaving the house.
4 Ways To Refresh Your Interiors Without Leaving Home
As a homebody, the thought of needing to stay home as much as possible isn’t hard for me. With all of the uncertainty going on in this world, home is exactly where I want to be-regardless of my nature.
I’m taking this time to work from home on some wonderful client projects we have going on, soak up some unexpected family time while my girls are here, and to spiff up my own home.
Our homes are refuge from so much and keeping it light and fresh during these heavier times is more important than ever before.
#1 – Bring The Outside In
Thank goodness its officially spring and flowers are blooming (and birds are singing. They seem so much louder and happier this year…they must know we need it!).
Snip some flowers or beautiful budding branches to make a simple, effortless arrangement. Flowers always give me a little more pep in my step – and according to my youngest, they make our house look cleaner.
#2 – Go Shopping In Your House
This is such a fun exercise to give your home new life. Pull all your accessories in a central location (like on your Dining Room table) to create an ‘accessories shop’. Live with everything bare for a day or two…this is also a great time to do some spring cleaning :).
As you begin to see your spaces empty, go ‘shopping’ and replace the empty spots with new pieces. As you continue this practice, start a donate pile of things you just don’t love anymore.
Once complete, your interiors will feel fresh AND you will have purged a few things in the process. I’d love to see some of your before and after pictures so do share.
#3 – Spring Cleaning
Speaking of spring cleaning and purging, now is a better time than any to really tackle the clutter.
Don’t let this stress you out – start small. For example, what is actually hiding in your kitchen junk drawer? If it’s anything like mine, I found everything from random batteries and pens to gift cards and notepads.
The pantry is another great space to organize (and it helps us see what we have in hopes of limiting trips to the grocery).
Starting small encourages us to tackle other organizational projects that are looming (but we haven’t had time to do anything about them).
#4 – Switch Out Framed Photographs
One thing that I forget to do is switch out photos in my picture frames. There are certainly ones that hold my favorite pictures that won’t ever change but others I like to keep current.
Find the frames that you wish to replace the pictures and then go through you camera roll to send to your local printer. Before going through this practice, I couldn’t remember the last time I had personal pictures printed. It was also such fun to go through and reminisce on all the travels and fun our family has had over the past year.
Above all else during this strange time, just enjoy the time you have with your loved ones. From longer family dinners around the table to slower mornings, soak in what really matters.
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Are you stuck knowing your home could look and feel so much better, but you aren’t sure what’s keeping you from turning it into one you love?
Or you can’t seem to find the motivation -or the direction- to make some much needed changes?
Life is busy and hectic and stressful. I get it, as I sometimes feel the same way.
Here Are A Few Tips To Turn Your Home Into One You Love:
With what I do day in and out, I am constantly reminded how a beautiful, well-functioning home- one that reflects you and allows you to breathe deeply- can change your life.
And your family’s.
I see it happen all the time, and it is one of the most rewarding aspects about what I do.
What makes you happy? Are there specific colors that speak to you or photographs that make you smile every time you see them?
If you are ready for a house that looks and feels like home to you, now is the time to take action. Make the changes now that will allow you to feel good in your own home, such as your bedroom.
3. Hire A Professional-
If you are overwhelmed and drastically changing your home is more than your skillset can cover, hire someone who can help you.
We work closely with builders, architects, and the landscape designers to make sure every detail is thought through from the beginning to the very end.
Your project becomes our project. The majority of our projects are turnkey where we devise a detailed plan according to your needs and budget, and we implement it for you until the very last picture is hung.
Email us here if you think we can help you create a home you love. Let’s have a conversation about your goals so we can have a plan of action in place for you in the next few months.
Here’s to making your house a home, one step at a time-
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I’m in a lot of homes, and I tend to see the same problems come up time after time.
Some are dark, cramped, outdated, not functioning well…. Can you relate to any of these issues in your own home?
If so, I am sharing a few simples ways to instantly make your house feel and look better.
It’s one of the best parts of my job when a client hires us to transform their personal space and for us to see how a beautiful, organized home can completely change how a family lives.
Here are a few ways to solve some common problems in the home:
1. Organize your home so everything has a place.
If organizing overwhelms you, start by cleaning out a small space such as the towel drawer in your kitchen. Incorporate hidden storage where you can create a visual calm and remember to store alike things together.
2. 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.
Because of where these two rooms are placed in the house, the family now finds themselves using both spaces on a regular basis.
3. 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.
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.
4. 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.
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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My daughter was home last weekend, and while it was 100 degrees on our morning walk, I am beginning to feel a cool breeze in the air when I first wake up. As summer slowly eases into the fall, there are a few design trends I am loving for the home.
What’s new for the home this fall:
A Warmer Color Palette
Yep- you read it right. Color palettes are warming up. Gray is still being used, but it is being paired with warmer colors such as caramel, chocolate brown, yellow, emerald green and blush.
I’ve been working on a second home for a client and the palette is a little warmer than what I used in the first one. It is still neutral to stand the test of time, but rich shades of cranberry, taupe and brown are now mixed in.
Stained and Waxed Cabinetry:
I recently had a lady who is building a new home in Atlanta reach out to us here about our services because she found this kitchen on Instagram.
We designed this kitchen a few years ago and it is still one of our most popular pins to date. You are seeing – and will be seeing- more and more waxed/stained cabinetry popping up in homes.
I love adding a dark, moody room into the mix of a light and airy home. Sometimes, a room just calls for it, such as this space in the 2018 Southeastern Showhouse in Atlanta, GA.
The dark color is warm and inviting, and we balanced it with a lighter rug and upholstery.
In a client’s home, we painted the Husband’s Cigar Room a gray/black. I love how it evokes a different mood than the light and airy feeling throughout the rest of the home.
Homes Configured For The Homeowner’s Needs and Lifestyle
I love that more and more people are turning rooms into spaces that work for them, rather than keeping conventional spaces (such as a living room or formal dining) just for the sake of having one.
People are valuing square footage and wanting to enjoy and live in their home, just as they should.
I hope you have enjoyed reading what home design trends I am loving this fall, and I would love to know which ones you appeal to you.
A few weeks ago we wrote the blog post, “Designing On A Deadline” (click here if you missed it). We received such great feedback that we decided to dive a little deeper into this topic and address a few common questions about the home renovation process.
Home Design With A Deadline – Common Questions When Starting A Renovation
When/How do I begin my project?
We often hear from our clients that they aren’t sure when or how to move forward with their project.
Reaching out to us via email or phone only takes a few minutes and from there, we will guide you through the entire process beginning with forming your entire team. This initial step will ironically be the easiest.
How long will it take?
If construction and renovations are required, we will first address your needs and help you set a timeline.
Rushing the renovation process is never wise so sometimes pushing the deadline back on the front end allows more realistic expectations.
I am also a big believer on not starting the project until the plans are complete. Demo goes quickly but things tend to slow down a bit after this step.
Will we have to move out?
This is the number one question I am asked and rightfully so. Going through a renovation is daunting to some, but moving out of their home throws people for a loop.
The good news is depending on your project needs, moving out may not be required. We’ve renovated entire kitchens with the clients still living at home. It’s not always pretty, but it can be done.
If your renovation covers several main areas of your house, it’s possible to work in stages to avoid moving out. Just like we get creative with the design of our projects, we can also get creative helping you stay happy and comfortable- at home.
How involved will we need to be?
We understand that life is busy and adding extra tasks and decision making isn’t always ideal.
While some clients have more say-so in the selections, most want little involvement aside from the budgeting and approving the selections.
By intercepting daily decisions you may not know how to answer, we are hopefully alleviating stress from your already busy day. Our goal is to be our client’s advocate by making sure everything runs smoothly and correctly.
I hope I have answered some of your questions about renovating your home. Whether your hesitation to begin your project has to do with timing, fear of the unknown, or an array of other reasons, take the first step. I promise it will be worth it in the end.
3. Add a personal touch though art or family photos
My clients will tell you that I love using a hallway to create a personal photo gallery. I asked this client for some black and white photos that were special to their family, and we took it from there….
So the next time you are walking through one of your hallways and it seems a little bare, incorporate these design tips. Be sure to let me know how it transforms.
As always, if we can help you turn your house into a home you love, give us a call at 205-938-4848 or email us here.
Have a great day,
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Dana Wolter Interiors is hiring for two positions – a junior designer and a bookkeeper/office administrator.
Both positions require excellent organizational skills, people skills, an eye for detail, and experience in the related field.
Junior Designer Criteria:
Must hold a degree from an accredited Interior Design program
Two or three years experience within the field
Proficient in AutoCad, Sketchup, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, and Dropbox
Excellent grammar and verbal communication skills
Exceptionally driven and passionate about achieving excellence in your work
Full-time position; Salary based upon experience
Located in the Birmingham, AL area
Bookkeeper/Office Administrator Criteria:
Two years or more experience within the field
Proficient in QuickBooks
Experience in Studio Designer is a plus
Knowledge in filing tax documents
Excellent grammar and verbal communication skills
Exceptionally driven and passionate about achieving excellence in your work
Located in the Birmingham, AL area
We have a great group of talented people in our office, and if you think you would like to be part of the fun, email your resume and references to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know my family and I (minus one daughter- she has been studying abroad) spent an incredible two weeks traveling to different parts of Italy to celebrate a few milestones.
Not only did I have a BIG birthday, we were celebrating a high school and college graduation. Lots of changes going on in my life right now.
Several of my social media friends asked me to share what we did and where we stayed, so here are a few highlights from our trip to Italy.
Things to Do in Rome, Italy
We began the trip in Rome, Italy for three nights and stayed at the Grand Hotel Via Veneto. It was a nice, five star hotel with great service. My girls wished it was in a location with more activity around, but I guess I am showing my age- I loved the quiet and the simplicity.
We took in the regular sites such as The Vatican, The Trevi Fountain, etc…., but it was the intricate stonework throughout the city that caught my eye.
For anyone questioning using marble in their home, Rome is the perfect example to not think twice. If it can withstand the wear and tear for thousands of years, it can withstand the abuse in your kitchen and bath.
One of our favorite things we did was take a cooking class. My Italian grandmother would have been so proud as we learned how to make fresh pasta and sauce. Why I never had her teach me her secrets before she passed, I don’t know.
Armando Al Pantheon in Rome was delicious and one of our favorite restaurants when there. It’s family owned and has been around since the 60s.
A trip anywhere would not be complete without a little shopping. What can I say- I have three girls and with the two grandmothers they have, their love of shopping comes honestly.
Among the local boutiques, we found a great department store called Rinascente. It has several clothing lines we loved including a restaurant filled with fresh juices, pastries, etc… The store was beautiful inside, too (we also visited it in Florence and while the shopping was good there, the store was a little more run down).
The Best Things To Do In Florence, Italy
We took the train from Rome to Florence, and it was interesting handling all of our bags. I know you are suppose to travel lightly, but with my oldest staying in Europe for work, we had all of her luggage with us.
We loved staying in the two bedroom apartment in the Hotel Lungarno in Florence, Italy and would book it again. It was chic, comfortable, and you still had all of the amenities of a hotel (room service, housekeeping, etc…). We stayed for three nights but all of us felt like we could have stayed a fourth (or longer!).
One Of The Finest Resorts In The World- Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy
We took a train from Florence to Lake Como and stayed four nights in Cernobbio at the Villa D’este.
Why can I say…. It was the highlight of our trip. When their website says it is a destination, not a location, it is so true as the entire experience was incredible.
Put it on your bucket list as a place to stay.
Everything from the grounds, to the service, to the welcoming bottle of champagne, was on brand.
We spent a few days at the resort lounging by the pool, exploring the grounds, and another day on the lake seeing the neighboring towns. I highly recommend doing the same.
We found a cute neighborhood place called Harry’s (it was filled with lots of locals eating which is always a good sign), and Il Gatto Nero was suggested by a few friends. It was delicious, and I highly recommend it as well.
And while it is back to reality for me and my family, it’s amazing what a few weeks in a new place can do for inspiration and for your soul.
I can’t help but dream of our next big excursion, and am looking for our next bucket list place to stay. Please share with me any amazing places you have loved and experienced as I would love to know.
Cheers to dreaming and living,
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