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A New Project Is Beginning!

I am excited to be working on a renovation in Mountain Brook, AL, and the talented Louis Nequette of Dungan Nequette has drawn the plans for the couple.   Louis is a well-known architect across the country, but if you haven’t seen his work, click here.  I am honored to be partnering with him and look forward to seeing this project progress.

The house is French in style and was built about 10 years ago.   There are some exciting changes in store for this home, and one of my favorite transformations is in the kitchen.

Here is a sneak peek of Louis’ vision for it.

 

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Who doesn’t love a great sketch- and a great kitchen, right?!

Originally,  the kitchen was very modern in design and you can see from Louis’ drawing that he is bringing it more in line with the architecture of the home.  It reminds me a little of a French bistro with the marble countertops and walls, custom marble/iron shelving,  glass cabinetry, and the incredible view into a quaint courtyard.

This house will be filled with beautiful finishes and details throughout, and I am excited to begin sharing this project with you.

Stay tuned as I keep you informed on the progress….

 

Dana

 

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It Turned Out Beautifully!

I thought I would give you a quick update on the stairwell in my client’s new home.

If you recall,  Dungan Nequette’s talented Chad Martin of The G Brand helped us with designing the pattern.    This home has a French feel, and I knew I wanted a design with soft lines and one that would blend in with the walls in this enclosed space.

If you follow us on social media, you have probably seen this drawing.

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Drawing by Chad Martin

The majority of it was installed today, and it turned out beautifully!   We are still missing a few transition trim pieces, but look how gorgeous it is, and it’s not even painted.

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I can visualize how this area is going to look with some artwork and a gorgeous runner, and I am pleased!

Have a great day, everyone!

Dana

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A Fun Project Coming To An End

If you follow us on social media, you have seen us post pictures of a new construction project we have been working on this past year.    I  have been meaning to share them with you, and as this project comes to close, it is time!

This new house, soon to be home to a fun and really nice couple,  has been a project I have enjoyed tremendously.   We have described it as “snappy casual”- a home not too serious but still maintains a sense of formality,  soft lines, classic materials, and eye-catching details.  This couple has been open to new ideas, which has in turn produced a much prettier home in the end.

I am going to show you some transgression photos of a few areas and details in this home.   Barrett Architecture has done a great job drawing the plans and you can look their site here.  The home is going to be gorgeous when all is said and done!!

Let’s start with the family room as Abbey checks the framed dimensions against the plans….

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This room will be painted a bone color with a gray undertone.   The texture of the wood will appear but the walls will read as painted.

The kitchen and family room were drawn as one really big space.  We decided to add an opening to break down the feel of one large room.  What do you think?  Keep in mind the cased opening will be painted the same color as the walls.

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Off of the family room is a gallery.  Notice what we added at each end to shorten the long hall.

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We added this deep opening on each side of the gallery

 

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In the middle of the “x” will be a beautiful gilded sconce.

 

I have to include some pictures of a few of the cabinetry details in this home.   Notice the soft curves included throughout.

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Master bath cabinetry

 

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Love this marble backsplash with the soapstone countertops

 

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A few of the kitchen cabinetry details

 

I couldn’t end this post without mentioning the stairwell.   We wanted to do something a little different but that would still blend with the walls in this enclosed area.   Here is what the painted stairwell we created will look like:

 

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Drawing by the talented Chad Martin of The G Brand

The panels are going to be made up of laser cut panels overlayed over one another, with all of them will be painted the same color as the walls and trim.

Here is a mock up (not to scale) of what the trim carpenter built so we could have a visual.

What do you think?

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This home is about a month away from completion.  As I take photos, I will try to be better about posting in a timely manner.

Take care and have a great day-

Dana

 

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Quick Tips For Creating a Warm, Inviting Foyer

I thought you might enjoy a few tips for creating a foyer in your home that sets the tone for the rest of your house.

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It isn’t hard to do, as long as you follow these simple principles.   Watch this video here from my latest television segment from NBC-13 Daytime Alabama with Wendy Garner and let me know how your foyer evolves.

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Have a great day, everyone.

Dana

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Cast Your Vote- It Only Takes A Second

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I am very excited about being named  by Traditional Home  a New Trad designer to watch in 2014.

 

 

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It’s a HUGE honor and one I am proud to be included.

Have you seen the April issue?  I was in great company, and I look forward to showing you my project in more detail when in the Tradhome digital issue comes out May 15th.

I hope you noticed in the shelter magazine you have a chance to vote for the designer that matches your style.

I would be honored if you would vote for me.

It’s quick- and EASY!   When you vote, you are entered for a chance to win $1,000 from Hunter Douglas, a window treatment company.

Visit HunterDouglas/TraditionalHome to cast your vote.  You can vote once a day per email, so the more you vote, the more chances you have to win.   The contest will run through July 17th.

Happy Voting,

Dana

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Can Hiring a Designer For Your Home Save You Money?

Have you ever made a large purchase for your home and the moment the piece came through the door, regret set in?

 

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As I was reading what my client wrote for my new testimonial page, it hit me there are probably a lot of you who can relate to what she writes below.

“Dana entered our recently renovated, chaotic, choppy home and listened to our family’s needs, vision, and lifestyle. 

Unfortunately I had  recently bought some furniture (that our kids loved) which did not necessarily match what I ultimately envisioned, but she was able to transform even expensive mistakes into a balanced, livable, inviting home. While at first I had misgivings that following all the recommendations could be costly, I quickly realized that Dana was spot-on and much less expensive than fixing more mistakes made by me with a loose credit card. ”

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I hesitate to even write a post that focuses on the monetary aspect of my profession, because I believe my value is in my knowledge, my creativity, my service, and my practical ability to create beautiful, functional homes that can change how a family lives.

BUT, I think a big misconception with hiring a designer is that it is costly.

Yes, if you look strictly at the cost of hiring a professional, then you will not see past the dollar signs.   After all, it is an investment, and one that can cost several thousands of dollars.

BUT, if you are making that kind of investment in your home,  can you afford NOT to hire someone to make sure you are doing it right the first time?

Making the right choices from the beginning saves you time, effort, and money.    If you hire someone who is trustworthy, talented, and practical, she will know how and where to invest your money.

How?

By listening to your needs and wants.  By creating the RIGHT plan of action tailored to your home and family.   A vision without costly mistakes, with pieces you will want to keep.   Designed spaces that will stand the test of time.

Just food for thought.   Let me know what you think-

Have a great day, everyone-

 

dana

 

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It’s Like Birthing A Baby……

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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Can’t Hold In My News Any Longer…..

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:

 

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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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Here’s Looking to Spring and Its Trends

With the warmer weather we had last week and the colder, dreary past couple of days, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring!

Today, I’m sharing a few of my favorite trends forecasted for spring 2014.

 

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You recognize this color?  It’s become one of my favorite!

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes this color as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones…… It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

It is popping up more and more in my interiors, and I have even adopted it into my own home of late.

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Jumpsuits

I don’t know why I have always been drawn to the jumpsuit, but I have.  I’ve owned a couple over my lifetime, once when I was a teenager (friends called it my pajamas),  when I was pregnant, and I recently bought the one below.

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The jumpsuit is making its way into stores, and I have seen an array of styles that will flatter and suit many figures and budget.

Here’s a short one I love for a summery, daywear style.

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 Sheers

Who doesn’t want light and airy when it comes to spring?

Sheers are ideal for a space where you want privacy but don’t want to rob the room of the natural light. They are also great for layering.

We’ve seen how sheer curtains can create an airy and light appearance when used as a stand alone.
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Light and Refreshing Cocktails

As winter turns to spring, my tastes tend to reflect the change in seasons. When it comes to drinks, I like lighter cocktails with fresh ingredients, including herbs and fruits.

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What spring trend are you most excited to embrace? Leave a comment and let me know.

Here’s to the coming days being sunny and bright.

Have a good one,

dana

 

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Real Homes for Real People- Family Room Edition

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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What My Favorite Bloggers Are Wishing This Holiday Season

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:

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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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Looking for a Few Decorating Ideas for the Holidays?

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

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Are the Holidays Really Here?

There was talk I was hosting my family for Thanksgiving this year.

It ends up I will be hosting Christmas instead,  but I could not help but wonder how I was going to decorate all of those holiday tables.

You see, my husband and I both come from large families, so a family gathering is never small.   A beautifully set table-or two or three- makes any meal a special occasion.   And what dinner could be more important than Thanksgiving?

Even though I like to entertain and want things to look pretty, I don’t have hours and hours to spend setting several tables for my large family.  Who does??

Setting a table takes time, so I like to keep it SIMPLE.    Simple is almost always better in my world.

I created this Thanksgiving tablescape for a television segment last year for NBC-13 Daytime Alabama, and I am thinking recreating it when needed.  It is very simple, pretty, and softly layered.

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I’ve also been inspired by several tablescapes I have seen on Pinterest recently.   Here are a couple that caught my eye.

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I hope you feel inspired to set a table that’s dressed to impress.

Have a great day, everyone-

dana

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A Few of My Favorite Paint Colors

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

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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What A Fun Week- Part Two

Hi Everyone,

Here is the final post on the Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ Antiques at The Gardens show from a few weeks back.  If you haven’t seen the pictures of our space installed, here they are….

 

 

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So…….

From envision

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To fruition

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I think our vignette turned out pretty well (click to see a panoramic of the space).

 

To all of our friends who helped us in building and installing our space, we send a great BIG thank you….

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Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

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What A Fun Week- Part One

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

Living Well

Thanks, Schumacher!

Hi Everyone,

With the Antiques at The Gardens show this week, I want to give a BIG shout out and thank you to my friends at F. Schumacher and Co. for making it possible for us to use several of their exquisite fabrics in our vignette, “Fireside Chat”.

As if their fabrics don’t say enough, it is obvious teamwork and an encouraging environment in the workplace have contributed to the success of this company. I have yet to meet a person associated with Schumacher that I didn’t like, and I have met those working from customer service to the owner of the company. Schumacher is reliable, they stand by their products and they are customer-friendly. Perhaps this is why they have been in business for over 100 years…..

You won’t believe some of the beautiful pieces we created using Schumacher’s textured linens, quilted fabrics and soft velvets. Hopefully you will see them in person at the show, but in case you can’t make it, I will be sure to post a few on my social media as the week goes by.

Have I peaked your interest yet???

If you aren’t familiar with their wall coverings, floor coverings, furnishings, and fabrics, you need to check it out here. If you look closely through their line, you will notice I have used several of their fabrics in many of my interiors. Why? Schumacher has a classic, fresh look, exactly how I want my interiors to read. In my opinion, they have some of the prettiest linens around.

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A Schumacher fabric recently ordered for an upholstered table I am designing for a client.

 

As timing would have it, Schumacher announced Monday that Dara Caponigro, former Editor- In- Chief of Veranda magazine, is the new Creative Director for the company.

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Photo courtesy of F. Schumacher and Co.

Dara has an extensive background in the design world with her experience not only working at Veranda, but also at Domino, Elle Decor, and House Beautiful. There’s lots of talent and experience being added to this incredible company. To read more on this announcement, click on Schumacher’s blog here.

Thanks again Schumacher; We couldn’t have done it without you!

Have a great day, everyone!

Dana

 

 

 

Living Well

Memorable Monday…… It’s Here!

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

Living Well

“Living the Teenage Dream”

Not sure how you feel, but for me, summer seems to be going by way too fast. Before we know it, we will be buying pumpkins for Halloween and arranging our fall dining table.  I am ready to pump the breaks a little, as I am quickly reminded how time flies when looking at how quickly my girls are growing.

I was honored when B-Metro Magazine asked me in July’s issue for a few tips on how to furnish a teenage room.  In this article,  I share where to spend your money in the room to create a space that can grow with your child.   They were kind enough to share four rooms of my work, and while each child’s room has its own look, you will see similarities in each.  Balance your classic, more expensive pieces -like the headboard, window treatments, and bedding- with trendier, less expensive items to round out the room.

To read more on how to design a room for a teen, check out “Living the Teenage Dream” feature in B-Metro.   More pictures of these rooms will soon be up on Pinterest, or better yet, feel free to pin yourself.

Have a great day, everyone-

Dana

P.S. A BIG thank you to Graham Yelton for the amazing pictures!

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