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2014, Thanks For The Memories

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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New Trad’s Designers To Watch in 2014

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Birmingham Style

 

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Dana Wolter Interiors Photography by Jean Allsopp

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Have a great day,

 

Dana

 

 

 

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Lake House Retreat

With the weather turning colder, we are excited to be working on a renovation/addition to a condo at Lake Martin.  Yes, it’s still cold there, but at least it allows us an opportunity to think of summertime fun.

 

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This retreat will have a new kitchen, bathrooms and outdoor living spaces. We are designing a custom banquette for the kitchen and the side porch to allow for lots of seating for family and friends.

 

Our client’s focus is all about making memories instead of being worried about making a mess, and we couldn’t agree more. The lake is supposed to be a place for less stress and more fun.

 

With a house full of children and grandchildren, we plan to use a lot of outdoor and durable fabrics.

 

As you can see below, our color inspirations are gray, plum, taupe and cream.

 

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Stay tuned for more updates on this project.  Have a great day!

 

dana

 

Please don’t forget to vote for the Traditional Home/ Ethan Allen Pinterest Sweepstakes at http://newtradsweeps.com/. Check out the last blog post if you missed the information about this contest.

 

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Family Room Recreated for Traditional Home/Ethan Allen

Remember the post a few weeks ago on social media where we asked you for your favorite Alabama landmark?
We did so because Traditional Home asked us – and five other designers across the country- to create a virtual mood board on Pinterest of a room inspired by a local landmark.   I chose the Vulcan in Birmingham, AL, and based it on the room below.
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I recreated this room by adding a little iron by Lucy Smith, some Alabama artwork and fabrics by Arthur Price and Coleman Taylor, and a few Ethan Allen pieces.   I included paint samples, fabrics, and accessories to create a classic design for modern life, one that embodies the Traditional Home “New Trad” aesthetic.
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I was very honored this summer when, because of all of you and your votes, I won the Traditional Home contest among all of the Trad designers for 2014.   I would be grateful and humbled again if you would take a second and vote for my board. http://newtradsweeps.com/ .
It’s quick , it’s easy, and best of all, you register with each vote to win a $2,500 gift certificate to Ethan Allen.  You can vote once a day and voting ends December 20th.
Thank you, my friends.   Let me know what you think!
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Giving Thanks

 With my favorite holiday a few days away, it always makes me reflect- as it should- on the many blessings I have.

Sure, my life is not perfect.   I have trials and tribulations that come up like all of us do. Lately, I have been dealing with a labral tear in my hip, but aside from day to day stresses, I have so much to be thankful for in my life.

And while I have so many blessings, there are many wonderful people out there that I am grateful for- family,  friends, clients, and people I work with on a regular basis.

I am also grateful for my children’s teachers, coaches,  and friends, as they play such a large part in influencing my girls.

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Thank you, thank you to all my clients and readers. Your support and encouragement mean so much.

 

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and meaningful Thanksgiving,

dana

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Inspiring Tablescapes for Thanksgiving Entertaining

Are you ready?

 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and there’s no time like now to start hammering out the details.

 

If you are like me, you haven’t done the first thing to prepare are determined to make the festive day smooth and stress-free. After all, the holiday is about coming together and giving thanks for all we are grateful.

 

BUT…….. Long before the food is served, your table will make a first impression.

 

Some of the loveliest tables aren’t necessarily about the china or silver, but rather the natural elements that suggest the occasion.  I love fine china and silver as much as the next person, but what really makes the table for me is a thoughtful arrangement, place cards, or special linens.

 

As mentioned in a previous post, unique napkin folds are an simple way to add elegance to your table.  If you haven’t already, watch this video  as I show how easily napkin folding can be done in a unique way.

 

Below we are sharing some of our favorite tablescapes from Pinterest.

 

 

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Take advantage of what nature provides. The varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and garden plants lend themselves to beautiful arrangements. Image from The Daily Basics.

 

 

I love the mixture of colors, tones and textures at this table. Image from Martha Moments.

 

 

Handmade place cards are such a nice, detailed touch. Image by Cottage and Vine

 

 

Instead of place cards, why not use words that are reminiscent of Thanksgiving such as thankful, grateful, appreciative and fortunate. A wonderful way to bring the Thanksgiving spirit to your table. | The Glamorous Housewife
Instead of place cards, use words that remind you of giving thanks. Image from The Glamorous Housewife.

 

 

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It’s important to remember that you don’t have to break the bank to create a memorable setting. Image from Griffanie.

 

 

Beautiful and simple are the words for the day.   Here’s to getting your table ready to give thanks,

 

dana

 

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Wednesday Wisdom- Classic Materials Are The Way To Go

Happy Wednesday!

 

I came across this quote from Billy Baldwin and I love it.

 

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I have always been a believer in using classic materials and finishes throughout a home.  Mother Nature knows best, as a room filled with classic materials is always up to date.

 

 

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The finishes you choose for your next project can make or break certain design elements. Floor and wall coverings can greatly influence the style of a room.

 

Nothing is prettier to me than an old piece of marble. Marble is wonderfully rich and can turn any room into a dramatic showcase. The more it is used, the prettier it becomes.

 

 

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The old marble brought this fireplace back to life while creating a timeless look. Image from Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Wood is also a classic material that I love. I have been embracing it in an even bigger way this year with it appearing in all forms of interior objects from furniture to lighting to flooring.

 

 

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I love the classic look of the dark wooden staircase against the white walls. The wood is original to the house. Image from Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

Natural stones and materials are the way to go. By investing is these practical and gorgeous elements, you are sure to have a timeless room that you love!

 

 

Enjoy your day,

Dana

 

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Two Quick (And Pretty) Ways To Fold The Holiday Napkin

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,

dana

 

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,

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Friday Favorite- Birmingham Style Giveaway

Happy Friday!

 

For today’s Friday Favorite, I am sharing the must-have coffee table book, Birmingham Style, produced by Birmingham Home and Garden .

 

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As mentioned in a previous post, this book highlights the best design in Birmingham, Alabama.  There is a lot of talent in the city I call home, and I am honored to be included in this publication.

 

It is a collection of projects offering inspiration, ideas, and resources for readers who want to find their own style through images of beautiful homes and gardens.

 

Because I love this first-of-its-kind book for my city, and I know you will too, I am giving away two copies.

 

To enter into the drawing,  you must first subscribe to my blog (if you have not already) and share this post on Instagram and/or Facebook.   I will give a book away to one new subscriber and one to another person who shares this post.

 

Note, if you share this post and one of your friends shares it from you, not only will they be entered into the drawing, you will be entered two times.    Make sure to tag me so I know the post has been shared by you.   The winners will be announced next Wednesday.

 

Good Luck,

dana

 

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How To Find The PERFECT Paint Color

Have you ever chosen a paint color, knowing it is the “perfect” one, only to have it painted to discover it looks completely different than what you imagined ?!

 

If so, you are not alone!

 

Take the guesswork out of choosing a  color by following this process.  It will ensure the color you achieve on your walls is what you are hoping for.

 

The important first step in choosing a paint color is getting it out of the store.  Choose a handful of hues, or borrow the entire fan deck of colors, and bring the chips back home.

 

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We like to make our own swatches so we can be sure the color is what we think.
Nothing will help you choose a color better than seeing the hue applied to the wall.
Take the samples home and brush them on the walls of your room.  If your walls are dark, paint the samples on a white piece of poster board so the current color doesnt interfere with the new ones.
Look at the colors at all times of day, from bright morning light to golden afternoon light to lamp-lit darkness. Sun, or lack thereof, can make a huge difference in how a color reads.
Always paint two very good coats to get a good idea of what the color is going to look like on the wall. Once the test sections are dry, hang artwork over them, push furniture in front of them, and stand back in the room to see how they look.
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This image shows your the difference in one and two coats.
When choosing a sheen, remember that flat paint gives you color closest to the original cardboard paint chip, where semi gloss paint will have a moderate reflective quality.
Remember  with so many color choices available, it is necessary to take your color for a test drive before you buy.
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These are some Sherman Williams and Benjamin Moore colors we tested for a current project we are working on.
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dana
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Wednesday Wisdom- Help Us Choose!

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

 

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

There are so many wonderful sites in Birmingham and we need your help in deciding a front runner .
We have been asked by Traditional Home to choose an inspiration from Birmingham and create a virtual mood board based upon it that will be featured on their website.
Share with us, please!  What is your favorite landmark in Birmingham, AL?
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Friday Favorite: Go Pink

In case you live under a rock did not realize, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

 

 

 

While most people are aware of breast cancer,  many forget to take the necessary steps to detect the disease in its early stages.

 

Early detection saves thousands of lives every year, and what better time than now to schedule a mammogram.

 

 

For today’s Friday Favorite, I want to share some pink images that caught my eye.

 

 

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Teen room we installed a few years back- Dana Wolter Interiors

 

 

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Have a good one,

 

dana

 

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Wednesday Wisdom

For today’s Wednesday Wisdom, I am sharing some wise words from Thomas O’Brien.

 

 

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Making a space feel collected -versus a room that looks like it was installed in one day- is best achieved through layering different elements in unexpected ways.   Mix up your pieces as this creates depth and interest.  You never want all of your furniture or its woods to “match” as this looks too much like a showroom floor.

 

There are several ways to layer effectively while looking less than perfect. Check out the images below.

 

 

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The picture above is a great example of how layering artwork can make a space feel like it has evolved over time.

 

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The picture above shows how important it is to mix the woods found in a room.   You see stained, painted, and gilded all in this very small space, yet it works.

 

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This master is a good example of how important it is that not all of your upholstery have legs.  Again- it is a collected you are striving for- and you need some of each to balance the other out.

 

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Who knew a breakfast area could have so many layers?!   You have a stainless steel table top, mounted onto a painted wood base, that sits on a cowhide rug.   Again you have the exposed legs of the ghost chair sitting next to a skirted banquette.   Mixing is key.

 

 

 

Hope you found this post helpful. I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

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Friday Favorite

It’s my favorite day….Friday!

 

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Today’s Friday Favorite is a picture of a dining room install from several years ago.

 

I love the uniqueness of this upholstered dining room table.   It adds a lot of look, softness, and durability to the space, all without breaking the bank.

 

For me, a well designed room comes down to the details.  They are the finishing touches that can take a room from pretty to pretty incredible.

 

Keep in mind, details should not be obvious.   Instead, they should enhance and balance the overall feel of the room.

 

 

I hope you have a wonderful Friday,

 

dana

 

 

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Wednesday Wisdom

Happy Hump Day!

 

 

 

Do you share your home with those you love?  Or, do you rarely invite guests over because your house isn’t perfect?

 

The more happiness and laughter that enters your house, the more it will feel like a home.

 

While interiors make your home pretty, the people inside are your best accessories.

 

Recently, I had a friend make a comment about my home always having fresh flowers and looking “magazine ready”. While I wish that was the case, it is far from the truth.

 

Most days, my foyer is filled with the clutter of clothes, shoes, bags and books, much like the picture below.

 

 

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Yes, that is only one of two different pairs of shoes.  Who knows where the matches are?!

 

I’ll take the disorder, though.

 

The mess we make living our lives fills our home with memories and turns it into much more than a mere dwelling place.

 

Homes are meant to be lived in, and I hope my friends and family  always feel “at home” when they are in mine.

 

 

Have a good one,

 

dana

 

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A Friday Favorite

Who doesn’t love a Friday?!

 

It’s one of the best days of the week, and to mark my favorite day, I am starting a new series.

 

Friday Favorite begins today, and to kick it off I have chosen an image from a TV segment that I taped a few years ago.

 

Know all of those pumpkins and gourds you see at the farmer’s market and grocery?  Well here are a few ways to implement them into your fall decor.

 

 

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Both of these arrangements are super easy, so anyone , yes, anyone (I mean you!) can pull them together.   Choose your flowers and gourds and let your creativity do the rest.

 

I always love having fresh flowers in my house, especially when they are in beautiful colors and add a touch of fall.

 

Enjoy your day and have a great weekend,

 

dana

 

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Like A Good Coffee Table Book? If So, Put This One On Your List

If you are like me, you enjoy reading and being inspired by books.

 

I love to curl up to the latest coffee table book and there are some really good ones out there.   They are also  a great way to inject personality into a space by stacking and displaying them.

 

Thanks to Birmingham Home and Garden, Birmingham Style, will soon be at the top of my reading list.  It is going to be a must-read for anyone interested in stylish living.

 

Birmingham Style

 

This hardcover coffee table book, which is due out November 1st,  highlights the best designs in Birmingham with more than 200 images of architecture, interior design and gardens.  Over 30 homes from the area are featured,  mine being one of them.

The editors of Birmingham Home and Garden have done a great job of showcasing some really pretty spaces throughout our city, and I love they have decided to cultivate some of their favorites into this book.    Below is an image I snapped of my bedroom while they were taking pictures.   I cannot wait to see what made the final cut.

 

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The living spaces in this publication range from classical architecture to cozy cottages to lofts with exquisite city views. I feel so lucky to live in a place that has such an array of beautiful homes, along with so many incredible tastemakers and trendsetters!

 

With all the beautiful images, you are sure to find inspiration, ideas and resources that will  have your wheels turning and creative juices flowing.

 

Be sure to preorder yours here today, and what better way to get your holiday shopping started than by buying a few extras for all the interior stylists on your list.

 

 

Happy reading,

 

Dana

 

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A Busy Time of Year and A New Service Is Offered

With school back in and the holidays around the corner, my little design world has gotten pushed into high gear.  My team and I have put our roller skates on and we have hit the ground rolling.

 

We have been fortunate to begin some projects that have gotten us really excited about what we are working on around here.   I am always amazed how a well-designed home can truly change how a family lives, and am always grateful for those who ask me to help with something so personal.

 

And while we work on mostly full room or turn-key projects, I have realized we have missed out on a need that is out there, simply because it did not fit into our little box of what we do.

 

That being said, I want to share a new service that we are offering……

 

Drumroll please…..

 

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We have begun thinking out of the box to see how we can service the clients who need direction and decisions but do not need full interior design services.

 

 

 

SO…….

If  your home is almost complete, but you cannot quite pull it together, this service is for you.

If you are you tired of your interior colors and want a new color palette, this service is for you.

If you like to do the running around to look for pieces, but aren’t sure of the size or scale to buy, this service is for you.

If you are a take it and run with it kind of person, this service is for you.

If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, this service is screaming your name!

 

 

 

This service works by you sending over to me a list of what you would like to accomplish with your home.    We make an appointment, and I will then spend 3.5 hours of  uninterrupted time in your home, answering any question you can possible think to ask me.  We can discuss design dilemmas, furniture arrangements, fabric swatches, paint colors, to knock down a wall or not– you name it!

 

The more legwork you do before our meeting, the more productive our time will be together.   We will make a Pinterest board with specifics of what to look for when shopping for your home, and I will take detailed measurements so you won’t have to worry about coming home with the wrong size sofa, ever again.

 

After our meeting, you will receive a detailed synopsis of what was discussed and a list of all of the suggestions I make for the entire home.   This allows you to maximize your time with me while I take notes and write down all the specifics for you to implement at a later date.

 

This service is a great way to invest in your home by making sure that what you are changing and buying is right for the space.  It also allows you the freedom to work on your project as your time and budget allow, all while following professional advice.

 

I have provided this service to a few people, and it has gone really well.   One client emailed me a few months later to say she was following the suggestions and was loving the progression.   Even her husband, who wasnt excited about changing up the home, had jumped on board.  They were moving onto the kitchen renovation she and I had discussed in length during our session.

 

If you think this service can help you make your home the place you dream, email us at info@danawolterinteriors.com.   I would love to talk with you.

 

Have a great day, everyone,

 

Dana

 

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Fall Favorites

The leaves are beginning to fall, the air is cooling off, and the days are getting shorter.  Football is in full swing and pumpkins are showing up everywhere.

 

This only means one thing… Fall is here!

 

As a way to celebrate the beginning of this new season, I wanted to share a few of my fall favorites from Pinterest.  As mentioned in my last post, Pinterest is my go-to for all things inspiration.

 

 

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With cooler temperatures, who doesn’t love a cashmere throw? Image from The Little Corner.

 

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I love the rustic elegance of this room. The ambiance of the room makes me want to wrap up in the blanket pictured above and enjoy a nice glass of red wine. Image by Cindy Smith and Patrick Lewis

 

Chocolate Pumpkin Cups ~ Can you believe these adorable little cups are entirely edible??
Can you believe these adorable cups are edible? I am sure this is a project my girls will love! Image from Oh, Nuts!

 

It’s time for sweaters and booties! Image from fashionablelittlethings

 

As you know, I am all about simplifying and this image screams serenity and peace. Image from Savy City Farmer.

 

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As I transition my garden from summer to fall, I added pumpkins to my planters. Image from Dana Wolter

 

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This is an arrangement I used on my tables for Thanksgiving last year. Image from Dana Wolter.

 

 

 

Even though I am sad to see the summer sun slip away, autumn is an incredible time of year and I am looking forward to enjoying all that it has to offer.

 

Have a good one,

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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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A Balancing Act

I just came back from the sixth annual “What’s New, What’s Next” event at the New York Design Center.  What a great time I had!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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All of us before the panel.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dana

 

 

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