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It’s Like Birthing A Baby……

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Have  you ever created a website?  If so,  you know how much time and energy it takes, even if you aren’t the one building it.   The end result is worth all of the hard work, but in the beginning it is not always so easy to see.

It’s like birthing a baby….

Not really, but you get the point.

I have been working with the talented Chad Martin of The G Brand on changing my branding materials and redesigning my website pages, and he has nailed my new look.  My little business has grown and I needed to adjust my wording and update my pictures on my site.  (I haven’t added any of the professional shots I have had taken in the past two to three years- yikes!).

Dataperk in Birmingham created my original site and has worked diligently (or patiently…choose your word) on making these changes in a quick turnaround.

I wish I could show each of you the “work in progress” as I am excited where my site is headed.   Just like my design work, I  am going for classic but edgy, simple but functional…..

Here is a sneak peek…..   Hopefully, it will be live soon and I can share the fruit of all of our efforts.


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If you have any helpful hints, let me know.   Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

 

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Hi  Everyone,

I have some exciting news I have been looking forward to sharing with each of you.

And today I finally can……

I have been named by one of my favorite publications, Traditional Home, as a New Trad up and coming designer for 2014.

The article is hot off the press.   So hot that I  have not even seen the article in person.  A friend text me (she found the issue at the airport) a few pictures of the article from April’s issue of  Traditional Home.  Here they are:

 

April's cover features a New Trad designer from last year.

April’s cover features Andrew Howard, a New Trad designer from last year.

 

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The New Trad designers are introduced in this issue of the shelter magazine, and Trad Home, Traditional Home’s online publication, is featuring a project of each of ours in the May issue.   I will be sure to let you know when it is online, as the project featured of mine is a good mix of custom and box store items.

A big thanks goes to each of you.  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.

Because of you, Traditional Home noticed me.

I especially want to give a big shout out to Ann Maine, Editor in Chief of Traditional Home, and to Jenny Bradley, Editor of Trad Home.   Thank you very much for including me in your incredible publications, as I am honored.

Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

 

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Real Homes for Real People- Family Room Edition

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Like most of you, this is how I spent the past few weeks.

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While I loved having my girls home and enjoyed being forced to shut down for a few days, I was ready to get back to work.   The warmer temperatures and sunshine have been a nice change.

 One of the best parts of my job is when I am called in to make a space more functional for a family, and a good friend of mine asked me to do just that.

She has a great home in Vestavia and needed help making the family room more suitable for her growing teenagers and their friends.  You may recognize a few of the other rooms in this home from the pictures below.  They were published a few years ago in one of my favorite publications, Birmingham Home and Garden.

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While I am keeping the family room a surprise until we add the last few pieces, I thought I might show you a glimpse of what we have installed already…..

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I’ll share pictures of the finished room in a few weeks.

Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

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The Best Is Yet To Come

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Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  It’s hard to believe Christmas has come and gone and we are into a new year.

I have been a little absent the past few weeks as I took some time off.   I’ve spent time decompressing and enjoying my family.  It has been a nice break and I am rejuvenated for 2014.

Speaking of 2014, it’s only appropriate for me to share my resolutions in the first post of the year.

Like many of you, I always spend the first of the year looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year.  It’s an obvious time to reflect on the changes I want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on them. That being said, I’ve come up with a couple I am excited to share with you.

Simplify.  Be more with less.

21 Quick Actions You Can Take Today to Simplify Your Life

 

Yes, I said it again.  Can you tell this “idea” is on the forefront of my mind?

For me, this means eliminating distractions for the essential, trading chaos for peace, and spending time doing what’s important.  I’ve spent the past couple weeks getting rid of the clutter around the house and I cannot tell you how much better this makes me feel.  Try it, as I promise it will make you feel better, too.

I love the saying “if you don’t use it, lose it” and I especially love putting it into practice. Learning to live with less allows me to enjoy more.

And while I think material items need to be kept in perspective, I do think our surroundings affect us.   I know they do me. There is something to be said about how a calm, beautiful, organized, peaceful home makes you feel.   A home that is warm but elegant is one you can enjoy and make memories with family and friends.

I am also going to ….

Take Care of Me.

Take care of yourself

I know this resolution seems cliché, but over the holidays,  I was sick.  Being forced to slow down and lay in bed made me to realize how worn down I was.  Like most moms, I’d been so busy working and taking care of family that I exhausted myself.

So to make sure doesn’t happen again, I’m making time for me.

Time for me to challenge myself professionally.  Time to take my craft and skill to the next level, not by doing more, but by doing more to the best of my ability.

I’m planning to exercise, eat well, get adequate sleep, moisturize properly, read more, take my vitamins….you know, all those things that just make you feel better.  Bottom line, when I am happy and well, I am my best self.

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Cheers to 2014 being the best yet…

-dana

 

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Looking for a Few Decorating Ideas for the Holidays?

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Hi  Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying the last few days until Christmas.   There are 14 days left (Yikes!), and I am not finished with my decorations.   Hopefully my house will be ready in time, and if it isn’t, I know special memories will still be made within my family.

Are you familiar with the blog StyleBlueprint?   They are one of my favorite, and they have become a go-to source for me on style, fashion, and great places around the Southeast.   They were kind enough to ask my my thoughts on decorating for Christmas,  and if you would like to see a few of the ideas I suggest, click here.

Have a great day and enjoy the last few weeks before Christmas.  I am posting ideas for the holidays regularly on Facebook and Instagram, so come join us.

 

Dana

A Few of My Favorite Paint Colors

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Hi Everyone,

Hope you are having a great day!

Have you ever chosen the “perfect” color for a room- or better yet, had a color suggested to you by a friend- only to find out the color looks horrible when painted in your space?

Repeat after me:

“Undertones and lighting play a huge part in how a color looks in a room.”

If you are familiar with my work, you know I mostly mix custom colors for each particular project.  I have one client who calls the color in her main living area my secret sauce.  Ha!

That being said, here are a few neutrals I consider to be “fail-safe” picks.

 

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray.   I just painted a bedroom in this color and it is BEAUTIFUL.  It’s light, warm,  and not stark white.

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6119 Antique WhiteBenjamin Moore Ballet White. This has a slightly warmer tint without being too golden.  If you are wanting to cut the yellow undertones such as in a kitchen where you are working with white marble, mix it at half formula.  Otherwise, it is beautiful in main living areas.

Benjamin Moore Titanium. This gray has a bit of greenish undertones.   Very soft for a bedroom needing a little color.

 

I hope these color suggestions work for you and your home.  If you end up using one of these colors, let me know it looks.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

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A Family of Five- Before and After

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Hi  Everyone,

I hope you are doing well.   I recently switched computers and in going through some old photos, I realized I have a lot of “before” pics on homes I have worked on the past few years.   So for fun, I thought it might be nice to show a couple of transformations.  Here goes the first of  several posts….

Below is the home to a family of five.  With a house of three girls ranging from a tween to teens, this busy family needed a home that could keep up with their fast-paced schedule.  Real Homes for Real Life.  By reworking a few key spaces in the house to make it more functional, family-friendly, and company-ready, we gave this family a home they can truly live in and enjoy.

 

Here goes the BEFORE

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If you would like to see more pictures of this amazing transformation, click here for a feature in the December issue of B-Metro magazine.  As always, thanks to Graham Yelton for the amazing photography.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

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Hi Everyone,

What a great time Jeff, Grant, and I had last week as Tastemakers for the 2013 Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Antiques at The Gardens show.   So much time, preparation, and work went into creating our space that I couldn’t decide if I was sad to see it end or ready to move on.

So how did all of this come to fruition?

After agreeing to serve as Tastemakers for the show, Jeff and I met several months ago and came up with the theme, “Fireside Chat”.  During a meeting one afternoon to see how we envisioned the space,  Jeff drew this on a random piece of paper as our inspiration…

 

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Sorry for the quality being so bad, but it was copied a few times over the course of the project.   Apparently, Jeff is known for sketching out some pretty incredible things on a napkin or two.  If you haven’t seen where some of his sketches have turned into reality, you can visit here.

Once we had the dimensions of our space and a vision we wanted to achieve, it didn’t take long to pull it together.   We tried to create an authentic space while watching what we spent.   Honestly, since this was for a charitable event versus a client, this is where the challenge came in.  It is easy to choose what I see in a space for a client-paid project, but to create a high-end look for a charitable event is a little more challenging.  Fortunately, several companies, vendors, and friends helped by lending us pieces, giving us special pricing, etc…

Thanks to Grant’s planning,  move-in day went surprisingly smooth.  It didn’t take  us  him long to put together the structure of the room.

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Jeff and Grant filled the fireboxes ever so perfectly. We had lots of comments about how nicely the wood was stacked, so their attention to detail paid off.

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This is how we ended the first day moving in…. Structure is up, curtains are hung, and tomorrow is the installation of the fireplace surround, upholstery, case goods, accessories etc….

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Stay tuned for pictures of the final reveal…..

Have a great day, everyone-

dana

Memorable Monday…… It’s Here!

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Hi Everyone,

It’s here! I am so excited to see all of our hard work finally come together this week for our space in the Antiques at The Gardens show.  I feel like I have been pregnant for nine months, and it is finally time to birth this baby.  The anticipation is mounting, making it today’s Memorable Monday…..

As much time as we have put towards creating our space for this fundraiser for The Gardens, I think I am going to miss working on it a little.  Jeff Dungan is an amazing architect and his creativity never ceases to amaze me. Not only is he super-talented, but he is a really nice guy.

And Grant Trick???? Grant and I grew up together in Tuscaloosa, and believe it or not, I used to babysit him. Yes, I am that old….. With Grant’s talent of creating beautiful window treatments/upholstery and his past experience in designing window fronts for stores in New York,  I think he was heaven-sent.  No joke.  Grant is extremely organized and not afraid of a little hard work.

While I cannot show any pictures of what we have planned just yet, here is a little glimpse…… Do stay tuned this week to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc… as we will post pictures as progress is being made.  Or better yet, stop by and see us. The show opens up Thursday at 1:00 and closes Sunday at 3:00.

 

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Hope to see you there!

Dana

Memorable Monday

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Hi Everyone,

For today’s Memorable Monday, I decided to share several pictures from a photo shoot taken a few years ago for Birmingham Home and Garden. If you aren’t familar with this publication, check it out as it is a good one!

These pictures were taken at a home that was featured in the ten year anniversary issue. It graced the cover of the very first issue and they decided to visit it again for this milestone. Thanks to the talented Chris Carter of Christopher Glenn for helping us with the styling of the flowers.

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Hope you have a Memorable Monday!