Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

It’s that time already!  Can you believe the holidays are here?!

 

Radio stations are playing Christmas music,  and lights and greenery are hung.

 

We thought it might be nice over the next few weeks to offer a few quick tips on how to simplify this crazy time of year.

 

Homes will soon be filled with festive décor, food, friends and family, and hopefully our tips will help you not stress enjoy this season.

 

Today, I am sharing a TV segment I taped a few years back for  NBC-13  Birmingham with David Lamb on a few easy ways to fold napkins.  David and I had a lot of fun perfecting the art, and I promise, if we can do it, so can you.   Take a look:

 

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Little tricks – from hand-written place cards and unique napkin folds – can help make for memorable meals during the holidays.

 

Watch this video to see how easily you can add elegance to your table and set the scene for a delicious feast.

 

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This is my Thanksgiving table from last year. Notice how the folded napkin is a small detail that makes a beautiful statement. Image from Dana Wolter Interiors.

 

I hope you found this post helpful.  Stay tuned for more holiday entertaining ideas.

 

Ready or not….. Tis the season,

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We will be announcing the winners of the “Birmingham Style” book giveaway Friday so stayed tuned for that as well. In case you missed the giveaway details, check out my blog post from last Friday. It’s not too late to enter!

 

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Here’s to getting through this joyous (and certainly hectic at moments) time of the year,

It is a good kind of crazy right now.

I have been super busy with a couple of home installs, a new home construction (can’t wait to share with you-  it is going to be incredible), a photo shoot, and not to mention my girls’ daily activities.   I have made myself a promise to enjoy the holiday season and not stress.

One of the ways I relax is by reading at night, and I have a few design blogs I always enjoy.  Not only are they inspiring, but I find myself drawn to their personalities and wanting to read more.

Does this happen to you?

I decided to ask a few of my favorites (yay- they responded!!) their holiday wish this season.  From their responses, you will see why I love each of them.  Here we go:

 

Cote De Texas

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Cote de Texas– I’m not sure Joni needs much of an introduction seeing that she has over 71,000 visits on her blog each month.  She must be doing something right!   I am drawn to her blog because of the friendly, witty, casual feel to it, and every time I read a post, I feel like I am sitting in her kitchen having a  glass of wine cup of coffee with her.  It’s obvious Joni does her research and knows what she’s doing.  She has explored, researched, studied, and investigated every design story worth knowing.  Joni was stated as saying, “The French just have excellent taste in everything” and I would say the exact same thing about her.

Joni hopes that “for this holiday season and the new year,  everyone in my family continues to have good health and happiness, and that all my friends and my extended family have all their wishes come true!”

To read more from Joni, click here.

 

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Velvet and Linen–  What can I not say about Brooke’s blog?   Her genuineness and her style show through her writing and her pictures, and people have taken notice.   She has written a book, Patina Style, and she has done an amazing job with her architect husband Steve designing/building their new home, Patina Farm.   Their work is incredible and inspiring.  Though I have never met Brooke in person, we have emailed back and forth a few times, and because of her warmth and kindness, I consider her a friend.

For this Christmas season, Brooke states, “My wish for this holiday season is to slow things down and spend time with my family doing silly things like ice skating and puzzles.”

To read more from Brooke, click here.

 

Greige 

Greige – I love Christina’s blog because of the organic feel it has to it.  I love neutrals, and Christina does too.  Christina and I also share the beliefs your home should be a true reflection of you,  it should be special, and it should house what you love.

Christina’s holiday wish is “to be organized so that I can enjoy every bit of the season with my family.”

I totally agree as making memories with my family is at the top of my wish list, too.  To read more from Christina, click here.

 

StyleBlueprint Birmingham

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StyleBlueprint Birmingham–  Style Blueprint Birmingham has made quite an impact in a short amount of time thanks to its editor, Catherine.   It is a great source for food, fashion, style and places around Birmingham and the Southeast.

Catherine wants “to live every day like it’s a holiday- being thankful, spending time with family and friends and looking with hope to the future.”

I love this, Catherine, and hope to do the same.  To read the latest on StyleBlueprint, click here.

Nestegg

RHalverson_352Nestegg– Need to put a smile on your face?  This blog will do it to you.   Rachel is just fun and I love seeing her cute personality show through in her posts.

Rachel wishes this for Christmas: “That Hoyt and I survive the big renovation we’re planning on doing to our house this upcoming year!  And that I don’t go over budget.   Correction: That we make more money so I can go over budget.”

See why I like her??

On a more serious note, Rachel said, “I wish for a cure for cancer.  I know it’s far fetched but having lost my aunt this month to cancer I want it more than ever.  Surely somebody can come up with the cure in 2014?”

I sure hope so, Rachel.  Check out more from her here.

 

Blueprint Bliss

Blueprint Bliss– Brooke’s blog appeals to me as I remember the days of having small children so close in age.  Not only does Brooke provide design inspiration, she also writes about her favorite recipes and who doesn’t enjoy trying new ones?  I love that Brooke and I agree fresh flowers, bubble baths and a good book are “must-haves”.

Brooke shares “My wish for this holiday season is for simplicity. I would love to truly enjoy the season with the focus being on Jesus and not on the hustle and bustle which can so easily consume me.”

Amen, Brooke!  I could not have said it better myself.  To check out Brooke’s blog, click here.

 Parish

Parish– Being a working mom, I love how Ashley does such a great job balancing home and the office.  From her posts, there is no doubt Ashley is a great mom and designer.   Her instagram is also fun to follow, so be sure to look her up there as well.

Ashley says, “There is nothing better than seeing Christmas through the eyes of my little ones.  My Christmas wish is that they always see the magic in Christmas and never stop believing!”

To check out Ashley’s blog, click here.

In a season that tends to be full of chaos and rushing around, I am trying to remember to take time and reflect on what really matters.  My holiday wish is to enjoy my family, make good memories and remember why I am celebrating the season.

Merry Christmas, everyone-

Dana

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