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I thought I would share with you a project we began a few months ago.

 

It is for a cute, fun family of four who purchased a new home earlier this year.   Like many who recently move, they had several empty rooms where their existing furniture did not fit nor fill.

 

I have known them for several years, and they are the best.  Their two children are teenagers (one is in college), so they wanted a rooms with edge but that could stand lots of fun and casual entertaining among all ages.

 

Below is the furniture layout for the family room.  It is a large room, and our goal was to make good use of the space while giving lots of seating for football games and movies around the television.

 

Bullock-- family room

 

The homeowners love blue and wanted bright colors so we kept these things in mind when selecting fabrics for the room. I love all the textures in these fabrics as they will help create depth and dimension in the room. These colors scream cozy and inviting to me. What about you?

 

Bullock-- FR fabrics

 

We also created a layout for their dining room.

 

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We pulled darker browns and gray tones for the fabrics in their dining room. The richness in these fabrics will create a more dramatic feel that isn’t too overpowering, with sheers lining two of the walls.  Again, lots of edge (an upholstered table ) but a casual, functional space to create memories with friends.

 

Bullock-- living room fabrics

 

I am excited to see these rooms come to fruition. Stay tuned for more pictures of the finished product as we will be installing next month.

 

Have a great day-
Dana
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Good Morning and Happy Friday,

 

I came upon this outfit as I was doing a little online shopping and while I love the outfit, I love the colors for an interior even more.

 

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Image from Piperlime

 

Lilac, pink, and gray are big colors right now and I think this color palette would be beautiful in a bedroom. I love how peaceful and serene these colors read together, but the pop of color can really make a room come alive.

 

What colors are you into these days? I would love to hear from you.

 

Have a good one,

dana

 

As I mentioned in an Instagram post a few weeks ago, I am thrilled to add a new upholstery line option to my library.   Cindy Smith, of Circa Interiors, has pulled together a talented team of architects and designers to create the Catbird Collection.  The pieces were created with the notion that a piece of furniture can inspire a room, and I completely agree.

 

I have often said every room needs something to catch your eye, and why can’t it be an upholstered piece?  The line is sophisticated, well made and most importantly, comfortable.

 

Cindy Smith has said that developing the Catbird Collection presented a welcome challenge and a privilege.

 

“As a lover of antiques, I treasure the one-of-a-kind piece and hope to translate this individuality into a range of upholstery. My aim was to create a collection of pieces that has a life of its own, holds your attention, gives spirit to a space, and perhaps even inspires a room’s design.”

 

Are you excited yet?!  I certainly am.

 

While all of the pieces are unique and beautiful, there are a few that I am particularly drawn towards.

 

Look at Cindy’s sofa, “Whitlow”.   I love how it deep it is, making it feel more like a daybed.  I can picture myself curled up on it with a blanket and a good book (or maybe even taking a nap).

 

Whitlow

Image from Catbird Collection

 

Because of its versatility, one of my favorite pieces from the collection is Jeremy Corkern’s, Rebecca sofa. It’s classic enough to stand the test of time, but has enough edge to draw you in.

 

Rebecca

Image from Catbird Collection

 

Paul Bates, another Birmingham talent, designed a beautiful sofa that perfectly bridges modern and traditional styles. I love the weight and the clean lines of his Sullivan sofa.

 

Sullivan

Image from Catbird Collection

 

Emily Bourgeois designed several beautiful counter/bar stools. The lines in each stool are unique, yet they complement each other in a wonderful way.

 

catbird stools

Aren’t they gorgeous?!

 

I also love the Charlie chair that Bobby McAlpine designed. Bobby designed his pieces based off “a source for mature, quiet furnishings who accept their presence alongside antiquity”.  A great piece to mix in with antiques for sure.

 

Charlie

Image from Catbird Collection

 

The nice touch about this line is that you can customize the length and the fabric to truly make it your own.

 

If you live in Birmingham or Charlotte, make sure to stop by Circa and take a look at the collection.  Or better yet, schedule a road trip to look at these pieces if you live out of town.  I promise they will not disappoint.   The entire line is gorgeous and you are sure to find the best seat in the house.

 

Have a great day,

dana

 

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With spring right around the corner, I am ready for my garden to be filled with color and fragrance.

 

Before I go any further, let me assure you that I am no expert when it comes to gardening. I have been doing my homework, though, as I am trying to learn more about what I can do now to make it as pretty as it can be.

 

Below is a picture of my garden last spring.   It’s this time of year mine looks the best, and while I love it, life gets in the way so I do not always nurture it as I should.

 

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My garden last year. Image from Dana Wolter Interiors

 

I am trying to do better, hence the reading and researching.   Here are a few tips that stood out to me that I thought might be helpful to you as well:

 

1. Create a composting area

This is something I really want to begin doing.    The compost can be a ready-made compost bin or we can build a compost bin using spare bits of wood. Not only will we have somewhere to put  garden waste, but the plants will benefit from the rich compost created when it all breaks down! Make sure you have a good mixture of grass clippings, vegetable peelings, paper and woody prunings. To help the process along, we will have to turn the compost with a garden fork each month to keep it aerated.

 

How To Start a Compost Heap ~ it's really easy, affordable, useful, and sustainable.  Composting recycles kitchen and yard waste, diverting up to 30% from the trash and consequently reducing landfill waste. Compost adds nutrients and introduces beneficial organisms to the soil, and helps promote plant growth.

Image from apartmenttherapy.com

 

2. Prep the beds.
Remove winter mulch, leaves and any other debris from your beds. Cut back the old dead growth of deciduous grasses and perennials to make room for the new growth. Any weeds that appear in your garden will be easiest to pull now, as the roots are shallow.  I have done this and am making one more go around this weekend.

 

Gardening Tips for beginners

Image from grit.com

 

3. Fertilize the soil

Now’s the time to make sure your soil is properly balanced and ready for new plants. Once the beds are all cleaned out, it’s time to till the ground. This will help aerate and loosen up soil that has compacted over the winter, which will encourage the soil to absorb nutrients better. It will also make it easier to plant.

 

4. Prune

It’s time to prune back tree or shrub branches have been damaged by the cold, snow, and wind. Make sure to do so before buds begin to break into bloom or you’ll stress the tree and get a tiny crop, if any. Use a handsaw for any tree or hedge larger than ½ inch in diameter. Shaping hedges with hand pruners, rather than electric shears, prevents a thick outer layer of growth that keeps sunlight and air from reaching the shrub’s center.

 

veggie garden with formal hedge edges

Image from paradiseexpress.blogspot.com

 

5. Order bulbs and seeds

Decide now what flowers and plants you want in your summer garden. Order the seeds or the bulbs from a local plant shop like my local favorite Leaf and Petal or online. Hold onto the seeds and bulbs until the warmer weather arrives, but make sure that the seeds and bulbs will not deteriorate or lose quality if they sit for some time.

 

flower garden

Image from howardrice.co.uk

 

 

Let me know how it goes for you, and if my efforts pay off, I will share my progress as well.

 

Happy Gardening,

dana

 

PS If anyone feels extra inspired and wants to come to use these tips on my garden, I will happily welcome you, and I know my garden will too.

 

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If someone were to walk into your home, what would they say about it?

 

Would they know your home is yours, filled with your likes and your personality?

 

I hope so because it is important to make your home is a snap shot of who you are.

 

When it comes to designing your living space, it is imperative for your architect and/or designer to understand your needs and your wants. Your living space represents you and should be in sync with your particular lifestyle.

 

Throughout my home, I have incorporated mostly neutrals.    I tend to naturally be drawn to more greige colors.  For me and where I am in my hectic life, I want my surroundings to be peaceful and calm.

 

Yet, I am finding myself using more and more color as an accessory.   Color is hot right now, so I am incorporating it in not such permanent ways.

 

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Who says I don’t use color?! This is a snapshot of my hallway.

 

 

 

You will also notice in this picture there are many layers in the space.  A grass rug, topped by an oushak rug.  Chairs and love seats filled with throws and pillows to soften the space.  A small occasional table placed in front of a larger one.

 

Though you may buy everything in a room at one time, you want your home to “look” like you have collected pieces over time.

 

Does this mean a room has to be complete in one day? Absolutely not. Some of my favorite pieces are those I have waited for and slowly collected.

 

You know the saying, “the best things are worth waiting for”.   This is true for your home as well, because it means your home will be a better reflection of you.

 

Remember, every home should tell a story, so make yours one you are proud to share.

 

Have a great day, everyone-

 

Dana

 

 

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