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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,

 

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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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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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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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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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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,

 

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Enjoying Coffee with Amanda Carol

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A couple months ago Amanda, of Amanda Carol Interiors, asked me to take part in her blog series, “Coffee With…”.

 

Coffee With Dana Wolter

 

 

 

In this post, Amanda features a different designer and asks them a few questions.

 

I am honored  to share coffee with her and chat about my passion and  inspiration.

 

Check out our conversation here and make sure you take the time to browse Amanda’s website as she is super talented.     You will see we share the belief  the space you call home should be beautiful, and Amanda certainly knows how to make homes just that.

 

Thanks again for featuring me, Amanda, and have a great day, everyone-.

 

 

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Design Dilemma

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You ask, I answer!

Today I am so excited to announce a new blog series called “Design Dilemma.” Think of it as my spin on “Dear Abby,” the design edition. Feel free to email me at allyson@danawolterinteriors.com or you can comment on this post with any questions you would like answered. I plan to answer one or two questions per post. “Design Dilemma” will debut next week so stay tuned and start asking……