Our Designer Network is a group of trailblazers and icons that Sunset and sister publications Coastal Living and Southern Living work with to curate the best home designs for the magazines.
This week, we feature Dana Wolter of Dana Wolter Interiors in Birmingham, AL.
Sunset: How would you describe your style?
DW: My style is classic with an edge. I like for a room to stand the test of time, but have uniqueness and details that catch your eye. Everyday elegance—rooms that are functional for everyday use, yet can easily transition for a party.
Sunset: What’s a design trend you’re loving right now?
DW: I love that navy is becoming the new black. It’s a neutral that goes with so much.
Sunset: What’s your #1 piece of design advice for homeowners?
DW: To create a healthy home that has purpose and is organized. You should surround yourself with pieces you love and that work for you and your family. Every object should have a place, even if it doesn’t always stay in it.
Sunset: What are your (beach, mountain, lake, farm) house essentials?
DW: Beach house essentials—great towels, linens, selection of good paperback books
Sunset: What’s your go-to statement-making front door paint color?
DW: Benjamin Moore Blue Notte 2129-30
Sunset: Coastal/Southern/Western destination of choice?
DW: Palm Springs- it’s casual, pretty and has lots to offer for all ages.
Sunset: Favorite places to shop?
DW: Birmingham is home to some of the prettiest local stores in the South. I love Circa Interiors for unique finds, Paige Albright Orientals for great rugs, Village Framers for framing and Gallery 1930 for art.
Sunset: Favorite designers/tastemakers/etc. to follow on Instagram?
DW: Kelly Wearstler (@kellywearstler), Ruard Veltman Architecture (@ruardveltmanarchitecture), and Ashley Stark Kenner (@ashleytstark).
Sunset: Favorite hotels to stay in on the coast?
DW: The Ritz Carlton at Palm Beach.
Sunset: When it comes to (beach house) kitchens, what’s your preference: Island or peninsula?
DW: Island, always!