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Living Well: 4 Ways To Create A Home You Love

Potential clients will often reach out to us for different reasons.

Sometimes they can’t quite put their finger on why they aren’t happy with their home, but it is intuitive- it feels like wasted space or it’s dated or just not quite right.  

Some are even embarrassed to have visitors over because of how it looks.

You can’t put a price tag on some things, and a home that offers a place to retreat is one of them.

Here are four ways to create a home you love:

  1. Have a well-thought out design plan created for your home.  After the purchase, furnishing your home is the second largest investment you will probably make.  

Furnishing a home isn’t cheap, and you want to make sure you are spending your money wisely the first time….  

You see- designing a home is an investment, so hire a professional to give you a detailed plan on how – and where- to invest in the furnishings of your home.

 

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 Think long term with your investment and life.

2.  Include pieces that speak to you and that you love.  When we begin a turnkey project, there is a lot of conversation with our client about their dreams, what’s important to them, etc…  Your home needs to be a reflection of you and what makes your heart happy.  

3.  Give a room a purpose, and work the furniture around it.  Unfortunately, you can’t have a home that feels good and works for you unless it works for your needs.

 Cant figure out one?  Contact us here to assess your needs and to help you invest your money wisely.

4.  How can you add to the quality of your life through your home?   Do you want to expand your circle of friends and want to invite more people over to dinner on a regular basis?   Great- let’s make sure your home will flow like it needs to do so.

 

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Life is too short to not love the place you spend the majority of your life.  Your home should be a place that feels good, rejuvenates you and gives you a place to restore and rest.

Here’s to making your house one you love-

Dana  

 

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What’s New With DWI

It’s hard to believe summer is in full force AND 2018 is half way over.

And while my blogging has taken a nosedive the past three months (so sorry!!), it’s been for good reason.   We’ve had lots of EXCITING things going on and I thought it would be fun to share a few highlights.

We installed the last two rooms of a home recently built.  It’s hard to believe this is a new home as the interiors are beautiful and classic and timeless.   I can’t share too much, but warm weather is here and it’s time open up that pass-through window to the pool…..

 

We’ve also been on the road quite a bit….

Projects in and outside of Alabama have put some miles on our cars.   Lots of wood shavings and dust are flying around with renovations and new builds, and some are being updated with new furnishings and decoration…

My one-time 3.5 hour consults are going strong as it is a great way to have a plan for your home that you can implement as your time and money allow. 

For the second year in a row, we were nominated for the 2018 ADAC and Veranda Southeast Designer of the Year awards.  It’s a huge honor and we were thrilled to be recognized for two years straight.  

 

Robert Brown Interior Design of Atlanta, GA, walked away as the winner of the award.  If you aren’t familiar with his work, look him up.  He’s a super nice guy and his work is beautiful.  

As mentioned here,  we designed a lounge and bath in the Southeastern Showhouse in Atlanta, GA.  The Showhouse did not disappoint so be on the lookout for pictures this fall in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles.

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

I just came back from visiting my daughter in Charleston and then drove to Asheville with my husband for a few days.   We slept too much, ate too much, and might have had a drink or two every night.  I think God meant for life to be just like this- slow, easy and stress free.

 

 

View from the Biltmore Estate

In the meantime, I am headed back to reality Birmingham with my roller skates on and my eyes to the ground.

 

XO,

Dana

 

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Living Well: Five Ways to Wisely Invest In Your Home

Your home is one of the biggest investments you will make, and you want to make sure you are investing your time and money wisely.

Our goal for any project is to create a home that adds value to your life and will hopefully increase in investment if you ever decide to sell.

 

HERE ARE FIVE WAYS TO WISELY INVEST IN YOUR HOME: 

1. Use classic materials in the shell of your home:

By sticking with classic materials such as natural stones and architectural elements that are in keeping with the type of home you have, you will create a home with a timeless feel that will support any style of furnishings you layer in. 

Look at the gorgeous doors, and the dogs are pretty cute, too. Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

2.  Be strategic with the types of fabrics you select:

Are you contemplating purchasing a new sofa or reupholstering one you already own? Opt for a higher quality fabric with a high double-rub count and have it professionally treated. Taking these factors into consideration will pay off down the road when your furniture still looks fresh.

The following pictures are projects of high-traffic spaces where we strategically selected fabrics based on how the room functions. 

Recent installation of a client’s foyer. The loveseat and chair are ready for an active family. Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

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3. Utilize every space in your home:

From large and spacious to small and quaint, maximizing your square footage is imperative.  

As I wrote in a previous blog post here, we helped this large family transform their garage into a second family room to create some needed extra space.

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

4. Neat and tidy landscaping:

Your landscaping is the first impression people see as they approach your home. Allow the appearance of your home’s exterior to catch your guests at the door with a few simple and effective ways.

For example, keep your sidewalks and porches cleanly swept so leaves and cobwebs don’t accumulate.

I also like to have the mulch in our yard freshened up twice a year (in the fall and spring). You will be shocked with how this truly makes your shrubs and trees pop.

Lastly, keep the edging of your grass clean and crisp so its not encroaching in areas it shouldn’t. 

Dolores Del Rio House, Arturo Jimenez Photography

 

5. Customize your kitchen and bathrooms:

Updating your kitchen or an out-dated bathroom are both places where you can add value to your home. Not only for re-sale purposes, but also in terms of function for you and your family. 

We designed this client’s kitchen to suit their needs in a new build.  As empty-nesters, they didn’t want a large breakfast room because they enjoy eating everyday meals around an island. With emphasis on the island design and function, we added counter stools and a table-like feel as a perfect solution for ‘island dining’.  

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

Another great way to maximize space in a kitchen is to incorporate banquette-style seating with your breakfast room table. 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

I hope you find these five ways to invest in your home helpful and that they guide you to wisely invest in the space you call home. Let me know what you think.

Have a great day,

Dana

 

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Living Well: 4 Problems With Your Home And How To Solve Them

With as many homes I am in and out of, I see recurring problems that come from everyday life and living.

I love seeing a home transform from one that’s cluttered, dark, and doesn’t work for a family to one that allows them to Live Well in their home.

And while your definition of Living Well may be different than mine or your neighbors’, I’m giving a few tips to solve some common problem areas.

  1. Clutter:  Organize your home so everything has a place.  Incorporate hidden storage where you can create a visual calm and remember to store alike things together.

If organizing overwhelms you, start by cleaning out a small space, such as the towel drawer in your kitchen.

 

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The hidden door under my stairs allows for all kinds of hidden storage for my family, Dana Wolter Interiors

 

2.  A room that is a catch-all for stuff because it isn’t being used

 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.

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Looking Into The New Family Room, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

Because of where these two rooms are placed in the house, the family now finds themselves using both spaces on a regular basis.

 

3. Dark, cramped spaces that don’t function well.  

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.

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

 

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.

Recent Breakfast Room completed, Dana Wolter Interiors. Graham Yelton Photography

 

4.  Spaces in your house that don’t feel like home

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.

Sentimental family photos are added into this new, casual space, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

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.

 

Dana

 

 

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Living Well: Tips For A Great First Impression In Your Foyer

The foyer is the first impression of your home when someone walks in, so it needs to make a good one.

After all, whether family or a visitor, you want guests to feel welcome.

We recently began working on the foyer of a current project.  It is a beautiful home and while we have finished up several rooms in the house, we are now focusing in on this space.   As I was assessing the best way to soften this room and make it look like the family has lived there for some time, I thought I would share some tricks with you. 

 

Here are five tips to making a great first impression in your foyer:

1.  Add a piece of furniture and or seating (preferably something with fabric) to soften the space.

 

Foyer, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

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McAlpine Booth and Ferrier

 

 

2.  Make the space personal- Add your favorite piece of artwork, a frame with a family photo, etc….

Artwork by my daughter (that I love) personalizes the entrance into my office, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

 

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3.  Make the space useful- Depending on the size, create a place to sit to put your shoes on, or at the very least, add a tray to catch your keys.

 

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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 been collected over time.

 

 

 

 

Below is a video I shot a few years back with Wendy Garner talking about how to transform this overlooked space.  Click here to watch for a few more tips for your foyer.

 

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Dana Wolters’ TV Segment on “Ways To Create An Inviting Foyer”

 

 

So, what does your foyer say about your home?   Does it set the tone and catch your eye, or is it a “catch-all” area you want to hurry your guests through?

 

Have a great day, everyone, and here’s to your foyer making a good first impression.

Dana

 

 

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Welcome to Birmingham-Traditional Home Instagram Takeover

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.

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

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.   

 

Stop by and say hello.   I’d love to hear from you-

 

Dana

 

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Living Well: Where To Place A TV In A Room

Not to show my age, but who remembers the bulky televisions with the rabbit ears? There was no hiding those big ‘ole things.  
 
 Thankfully, tvs have become a little more discreet over the years.
 
On many projects, I have clients ask where should they place the tv in a room and how it should be treated within it.
 
 I try to tuck them away when possible or make sure they are not a big focal point.  If they are placed on a main wall, it usually calls for me to try and soften around it.
 
TV is placed on a side wall, Dana Wolter Interiors
 
 
The picture below is from a client’s living room.  Yes, I said living room, and that is a tv near the piano.   This large room with incredible light was – get this-  pretty much a walk-through room.   They have a large family with a revolving door to family and friends, so it made sense that when we redesigned this room to incorporate a tv in here.   We tucked it into a side wall where it can be pulled out if needed.
 
We reworked the furniture layout to add more seating.  The room is casual enough to feel comfortable lounging on the sofa with your feet propped up with a bowl of popcorn, or it can be a little more formal when having a dinner party.  Either way, it works, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, the space is used by their family.
 
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Make no doubt about it, sometimes a tv needs to stand proudly in a room, ready to serve its purpose, but a little softness never hurts.
 
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What are your thoughts concerning the tv?   Are you a “let it hang on out there” and serve its purpose or do you like to tuck it away? Let me know what you think-
 
Have a great day,
 
Dana
 
 
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Living Well: Six Tips For Creating A Bedroom You Love

I have been talking a lot lately about the importance of making your home your own.  #Livingwell and creating a home around what is important to you. 

A bedroom is the perfect room to create a spot to call your own – a place that allows you to relax and surround yourself with things you love.

I’ve come up with six tips for creating a bedroom special to you.  Here goes:

1. Use colors that SPEAK to you: I normally keep colors in the bedroom soft because I need tranquility in my life (Ha!), but if a bright color speaks to you, then certainly use it.

 

Bedroom created a few years back for a favorite client; Dana Wolter Interiors, Jean Allsopp Photography

2. Mix your Furniture Pieces for a Collected Look.  Gone are the days of matching bedroom sets, so mix your finishes.

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 3. Layer- Bedrooms can have quite a few hard surfaces, so it is important to add softness through a rug, window treatments, pillows, bedding, etc…

I love this upholstered niche by Circa Interiors

4. Incorporate things that you love, such as favorite photographs and artwork.

  

     

 

 5. Keep it simple… Don’t clutter or overcrowd your bedroom with too much stuff.  Make sure the room can breathe, so you can as well.  

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6. Find a place to sit.  While you don’t want to overcrowd, I always try to add some sort of sitting in a bedroom.  A place to lounge if you aren’t quite ready to curl up in bed.

A leather or upholstered chair to cozy up in to finish that book you started are pieces that can enhance a bedroom space and make it feel like your very own private suite.   #Livingwell in your home by making it your own.

 

 

Bedrooms should have all things in it that you love. It should be the place you cannot wait to get to at the end of your day or sneak off to when you just need a moment to yourself.  

If you want help or need guidance on how to make your bedroom feel like its very own getaway, email us here.

 

Here’s to creating a bedroom you love and #livingwell in your home.

xo- Dana 

 

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After Pictures- Southern Style At Its Best

It’s always fun to go back to a finished project and see how a client is LIVING in the home.  

 

I am always amazed at how your surroundings can completely revamp how you feel and live.

 

After all, #LivingWell in your home is about making your home work for you and your family.  Making it special  to you.

 

We made a two day visit to professionally photograph this home, and I loved seeing the hustle and bustle of everyday life for them.  This family of five stays on the go, and their home needs to work hard for them.

 

Southern style at its best- spaces that invite guests in to visit, spaces that are workhorses for their needs, and in the end are just really pretty rooms.

 

I think we succeeded in making it just that….

 

It is their forever home, but when they bought it a year ago, there wasn’t much to it that made it feel like it was their own.

 

While I can’t show you the full room pictures, I can give you a glimpse….

 

You might have seen this picture of the foyer on My Instagram that I posted last week, or this one today……

 

 

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And here are a few more……..

 

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Kitchen Banquette Detail-Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

 

Details on the loveseat in the bay window, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

If you feel like your home isn’t helping you make the most of your life and your family’s, email us here.  Let us help you #LiveWell in your home, too.

 

xo,

 

Dana

 

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Living Well- Tips For Making The Most Of Your Home

With the devastation we’ve had lately from floods and Hurricane Irma, I’ve been reminded of the importance of home.  I’ve realized I take for granted having a roof over my head, a place to retreat from life.

 

None of us are promised a perfect tomorrow, so why are we waiting to create a home that makes us feel comfortable, happy, and protected?

 

My heart goes out to all of the people across our country having to start over and rebuild.   Now more than ever, it is important to #Livewell by creating a home you love- one that makes you want to retreat to from the craziness of this world.  

 

It’s deciding what makes you happy and taking the steps to create it.   For instance, is family important to you?  If so, think about creating a gallery wall of your favorite family photos.  

 

I do this all the time- I’ll designate a specific hall, a wall, or both in a home where photos can be displayed.   Here are a few from a couple of my projects:

 

Make a wall in your home personal to you, Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Jean Allsopp Photography

 

 

For some, #LivingWell might be having friends over.   Casual impromptu dinners are always great, but don’t be afraid to pull out your china, silver, crystal.  If using these things brings you joy,  pull them out-stop saving them for tomorrow.  Let’s enjoy today.  

 

 

I love to create a spot somewhere in the home that clients can call their own.  A cozy corner that calls their name. 

 

 

An extra-deep loveseat in this bay window creates an inviting spot to sit. Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

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A cute couple I helped with a design/build liked to sit at their island for their meals.  If you are going to sit at the counter for a few meals each day, why not make it functional and pretty and unique? 

 

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For today, I hope you are inspired to find ways to turn your home into one you love…….

 

 

Here’s to creating a home you enjoy and can #livewell in

 

 

Dana

 

 

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Fly My College Girl and A Few Other Summer Highlights

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 🙂

 

 

 

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Fly high, my sweet girl…… Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Have a great day and thanks for reading,

 

Dana

 

 

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Fall Favorites – Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

What better way to get your fall wardrobe started off than with a sale.

 

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale goes public tomorrow, July 21st, and I have curated several of my “Fall Favorites” from it. Prices range from $50- $329.

 

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1. Vince Ribbed Wool and Cashmere Sweater $243.90 – originally $365   Who doesn’t love a cozy sweater? This one is a great staple to have in your closet because its neutral ‘Heather Toast’ color goes with so much. Buy here.

 

2. Vince Corbin Slip-On Sneaker $129.90  (originally $195)   Comfortable- and chic! Sneakers are still a hot trend that we are loving. This pair is sleek, they look comfortable, and are available in six different colors. Buy here.

 

3.  Leith Suede Clutch $49.90 (originally $75)    Need a classic clutch with a touch of fun? This black suede clutch is the perfect buy with its lush tassel, and it’s a great price. Buy here.

 

4. Eileen Fisher Asymmetrical Merino Wool Pullover $185.90  (originally $278)   This cozy and lightweight pullover is the perfect staple to add to your closet. It’s great with jeans or leggings, depending on your mood.  Buy here.

 

5. Vince Wade High Top Sneaker $164.90  (originally $250)   Suede sneakers are a must and these add a bit of flare with its white platform and high top. Buy here.

 

6. Paige Hoxton High Waist Ankle Skinny $99.90  (originally $189)   Everyone needs a pair of dark, ankle, skinny jeans for the fall.  They are transitional, classic and the price is a steal for this brand. Buy here.

 

7. A.L.C. Kai Silk Top $196.90  (originally $295)   This silk crepe blouse has a fun and modern twist with its plunging triangle neck line. I think it would be great for a night on the town.  Buy here.

 

8. Nordstrom Signature Cashmere Bell Sleeve Pullover $199.90 (originally $299)   Having a piece of cashmere in your fall wardrobe is a must and this beautiful cream knit pullover is the perfect one to add. Buy here.

 

9. Halogen Wool and Cashmere Tunic Sweater $99.90 (originally $149)   Asymmetrical hemlines are a great look on everyone and this army green sweater has it all. Buy here.

 

10. Halogen Colorblock Cashmere Wrap $125.90  (originally $189)   This wrap is on my list because it is  perfect to wear on cold, fall nights.  Buy here.

 

11. Theory Tolleree Cashmere Sweater $169.90 (originally $255)   A short-sleeve cashmere sweater is the perfect transitioning piece to add to your wardrobe, and this one comes in three beautiful colors. Buy here.

 

12. Steve Madden Gabbie Thigh High Boot $86.90 (originally $129.95) Over the knee boots aren’t going anywhere and this one is at a great price. The suede fabric and stacked heel will also keep you on trend this fall. Buy here.

 

13. Vince Bomber Jacket $329.90 (originally $495)  I have had my eye on this bomber jacket and want to add it into my wardrobe.  They are big for the fall and this one is reasonable for this brand. Buy here.

 

14.  ALLSAINTS Ray Nubuck Crossbody Bag $185.90 (originally $278)  A saddle bag has been in style for years and this chic velvety-soft leather one is beautiful. Buy here.

 

Hope you find a few things you like, as there are some really good bargains.   Let me know what you order-

Dana

 

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Living Well: Tips On Incorporating A Mirror Into Your Interiors

As I was going thru some photos of my work recently, I was reminded of something important…..

 

When hanging a mirror, not only is the placement important, but also be mindful of what it reflects.

 

 

See what I mean?

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Elton Photography

 

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Elton Photography

 

 

 

I also love incorporating a mirror in an entrance way when possible.  The picture of this foyer is from several years back, but I still love how it adds reflection and softness to the space.

 

Dana Wolter Interiors, Jean Allsopp Photography

 

 

Hope these tips help when you are deciding where to hang a mirror in your home.   Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

 

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Living Well: A Way of Life

Remember me?!  

 

I am the one who used to blog, but then suddenly disappeared for a few weeks….

 

It’s never intentional.  Life gets busy- my mother has been sick again, I’ve been trying to spend more time with my family, and we’ve started a few new projects.

 

When I haven’t been with my family or working, I have been traveling quite a bit.  One of the places I visited last month was New York City.

 

As I made a stop into the Saks on Fifth Avenue, a transformation on their second floor knocked my socks off   caught my attention.

 

Saks- Justin Bridges Photography

 

 

Gone are the racks and racks of clothes on this floor- though they still have some active wear and accessories for sale.

 

It has become a Wellness Floor called The Wellery, and I loved what Saks has done with it.

 

In a world where I feel like I am trying to find a balance because I am being pulled in 10 different directions, I actually felt my blood pressure drop as I walked around.  

 

If it wasn’t for my girls urging me onto the escalator, I probably would have circled the space a few more times.

 

I don’t claim to be the most healthy, but I do love the thought of trying.  

 

With the exception of a juice bar, this floor has Everything.   From a nail salon, to bikes, to exercise classes, to salt rooms, to dermatology services, to gym bags and activewear, it’s all there.  

 

And it SPOKE to me.

 

I’ll take a green bike, please…. The Wellery, Saks Fifth Avenue, NY

 

 

 

JUST BREATHE……..

The Wellery offers Salt Rooms.  Has anyone tried this before?

 

 

 

The Wellery, Saks Fifth Avenue

 

 

It is such a new, innovative way to position a clothing store, but it got me thinking…..  

 

Health and wellness are not just what you eat and if you exercise.  Living Well is a way of life-  

 

I have talked here how a healthy lifestyle is one that encompasses all facets of your life, not just a few areas.

 

It carries over to how your home makes you feel when you walk through the door.  Does your home stress you out  or make you feel at peace when you walk through the door?

 

Living well is taking all of the chaos life throws at us and keeping it all in perspective.  

 

Keeping perspective when life doesn’t give much of one.

 

I understand- with a sick mom, children, and quite frankly, hip and female issues, life is not always rosy…

 

But I am going to continue working hard to be the best version of myself that I can be.  Warts and all.

 

So how can you live well?  Does it involve tweaking your home so it works and functions better for you and your family?  

 

If you need help creating a customized space, email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com.   We would love to hear from you.

 

Here’s to a well-lived life, despite all the chaos life may bring-

 

Dana

 

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  • If you’d like to read more about The Wellery, read this Domino article here.

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Cocoon

A client reached out to us about helping them with a few rooms in their newly purchased home.  One of the rooms they commissioned with us was the Dining Room.

 

The house is a typical 80s style house on a stately lot, and I wanted to add a little edge and detail through the interiors.  A Dining Room is often nondescript, making it important to layer so it feels soft- and special.

 

Here are a few of the “Before” pictures:

 

BEFORE

 

 

BEFORE

 

 

We kept the wall color and her buffet, but everything else was a clean slate.

 

 

The goal was to make it feel warm, casual, and dramatic.   Maybe it was the mood I was in, but Cocoon was the word that kept coming to mind.

 

 

We decided to drape two of the walls in the room with a sheer that blended into her newly painted walls.  I wanted this room to draw you in, just as a Dining Room should.

 

 

 

Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

I went with an upholstered table to add a little more drama and softness in the space.  I also love the touches of black and gold throughout.

 

 

Upholstered Table Detail, Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

After adding a table as big as the room could hold for maximum seating, there was room for a piece of furniture between the windows, but we had to watch its depth.

 

 I decided to go with an Etagere to give her a place to stack her china, crystal, and serving pieces.  Who says these type of pieces have to stay hidden in a cabinet or drawer?

 

The Etagere added a little more of a casual feel to a typically formal space, and it will look better and better the more pieces are added to it.

 

 

This piece will only look better with time as items are added.  Dana Wolter Interiors, Graham Yelton Photography

 

 

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So here’s to making your home feel like a cocoon; warm, inviting, and a reflection of you.    If we can help you turn your house into a home you love, email us here.   We would love to hear from you.

 

Dana

 

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What’s Keeping Your House From Being A Home You Love?

Are you stuck, knowing your home could look and feel so much better, but you aren’t sure what to do?

 

Or you can’t seem to find the motivation or the direction to pull your home together?

 

Life is busy, and hectic, and stressful.

 

I get it, as I sometimes feel the same way, too.

 

 

A Kitchen Completed Last Year, Dana Wolter Interiors. Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 

 

 

But I am constantly reminded how a well-functioning home, one that reflects you and allows you to breathe deeply and relax, 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.

 

A well-designed, high-functioning home, can change how you live and enjoy life.

 

If you are ready for a change for you and your family, now is the time to do it.

 

Let us help turn your home into one that works well for your needs. And, quite frankly, makes you feel good to be in your own home.

 

Who knew you can have pretty AND durable fabrics? Dana Wolter Interiors, Photography by Graham Yelton

 

 
The majority of our projects are full room or turnkey projects, where we devise a detailed plan according to your needs and budget, and we implement it for you.

 

 

We specialize in new construction, beginning with the schematics (many times I am hired before an architect has put pen to paper) to hanging the last picture on the wall. We work closely with the builder and architect to make sure every detail is thought through, from the beginning to the very end.

 

 

Your project becomes our project.

 

 

We also offer another service for clients who need direction and help making decisions for their home, but they like to do the legwork themselves according to their timeframe and budget. Our one-time, 3.5 hour consult service, is the perfect way to devise a plan tailored specifically for your home.

 

 

It has gone over really well, and the clients who have invested in it have been surprised over the amount of detail and information that comes from our meeting.    Matter of fact, I have even gone on the road -and in the air- to offer this consult.

 

 

If you think we can help make your home the place you dream, why are you waiting?

 

Email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com .  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 detail at a time-

Dana

 

 

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Progress With #ProjectExpansion

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:

Kitchen Before
Kitchen Before

 

 

 

Kitchen After:

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Family Room Before:

 

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Family Room After:

 

FR Built-in. Still needing glass doors installed
FR Built-in. Still needing glass doors installed on the sides   Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

 

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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#BootcampTransformation: Ways To Make Your House A Home- Part Two

I kicked off  #BootcampTransformation last week with ways to make your house the home you wish, and today I want to pick up where we left off.   If you are just now reading, you can catch up here.

 

Now that you have chosen a room to tackle, you came up with five words to describe how you want this room to feel, and you’ve cleaned out everything you do not want to keep, it time to move on to the harder steps.   This is where it sometimes becomes too much for someone to do on their own.   Try these steps first, knowing you can always turn it over to a professional if needed.

 

 

Assess the room’s features

Decide what needs to be accentuated and what needs to be hidden.

For instance, if I have a client with a not so pretty stained, wood fireplace surround that cannot be changed- and it’s a feature that doesn’t need to stand out- I would have it painted the wall color to make it disappear.

 

 

Based upon how the room needs to work for you, layout a general floor plan.

Begin by measuring out the room, wall by wall, allowing for casing, doors, openings, etc…   Assess the location of the doors, how the room needs to work, and decide where you may be able to add some sort of seating.

While some rooms may only have room for a chair (foyer), others may be large enough for a couple of seating areas.  Add in where a seating area makes most sense and keep a 34″-36″ walkway throughout.   Include in this plan any pieces that need to be placed in here or need to be reworked (such as a console that needs to be painted, etc….).

 

 

Choose your color palette

Do you want your home to be a retreat from the crazy world we live in…

 

so serene from Mary McDonald

 

 

 

…or do you want it to reflect your bold personality?

 

show the world your personality! by Jan Showers

 

 

 

Whichever you decide, make sure each room flows from one to the next.  A retreat space will have more muted colors and softer furnishings, while one that is more bold may have pops of color.

Figure out what you need when you are at home.  Perhaps you need quiet time, but your home feels loud and busy.  Perhaps you need a little more energy in your life, but all your furnishings are heavy and dark-colored.  All of these things make a difference!

 

 

lighten up and keep it simple… by Thomas Filicia

 

 

 

Accessorize

Add personal items that you LOVE  and want to see each day.    I have a plaster hand my youngest made several years ago that sits on top of some coffee table books on an ottoman.    It doesn’t have to be a fine piece if it speaks to you.

If you have lots of little things, group them together to make them more cohesive.   This post here from a few weeks ago gives some good tips on placing these finishing touches.

 

 

Your home can make you feel inspired and at peace, or it could possibly be draining you.  Stop waiting and start today by applying the above tips and let’s see if you can make a change for the better.

I bet you will  be amazed at how cleaning out and determining how a room needs to work for you can make all the difference in your home.   As always, feel free to call or email us if you would like for us to turn your house into a home you love.

 

Here’s to a more peaceful home for all,

dana

 

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Five Easy Ways To Create A Warm, Inviting Foyer (while setting the tone for the rest of your home)

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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picture of my foyer

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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A Few Favorite Pins Off Pinterest

Who doesn’t need some inspiration from time to time?

 

I am always looking for a new color palette or a subtle detail to add into my interiors, and Pinterest has become one of my favorite tools lately.

 

Not only does it inspire me, but it is a great way to share photos back and forth with my clients.

 

I encourage all of my clients to join Pinterest so we can collaborate on a board and pin together.  This is a great way to kick off a project and help me find the look that is best for their home.

 

Here are a few of my favorite pins of late….

 

This first interior speaks to me.   It could be a room that was installed yesterday, yet it looks like it has evolved over time.   What a great balance between old and new, shiny and matte, smooth and textural.

 

Eleanor Cummings
Love the mix of elements here. Wood, stone, and mirror against lush fabrics and old, crusty pieces. Beautiful!

 

The objects in the room below look like they could be pieces from the homeowner’s collection (instead of off a showroom floor), pulled together to form a seating area.  Again, notice the mixture of elements- stained wood, marble, metal, and painted wood.   Very little duplication of pieces of furniture, but enough to allow your eyes to rest.

This seating area blends beautifully together.  I also love how the fabric panels soften that big, gorgeous window without obstructing the view.

 

Feminine Alabama Home - Susan Ferrier Design - Veranda
Interiors by Susan Ferrier

 

 

Are you familiar with Ruard Veltman?  If not, look at his work here.  He is extremely creative and I bet you will find his work as inspiring as I do.   The kitchen below is from one of the homes he designed.

Ruard Veltman Architecture ~ Dutch Colonial ~ sleek

 

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Casual yet chic

 

Kathleen Clements Design

 

If you aren’t using Pinterest to organize and collect your thoughts, sign up here. Follow our boards, create your own boards, and discover great things.  After all, can’t we all appreciate a little “eye candy” every once in a while?!

 

Happy pinning,

Dana

 

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Photo creds:

Pic One: Eleanor Cummings Interior Design

Pic Two: Design by Susan Ferrier

Pic Three: Ruard Veltman Architecture

Pic Four: Emerson Fry

Pic Five: Kathleen Clements Design