Party of Five
When one of your best friends is interior decorator Dana Wolter and your husband is over-the-top handy, it’s easy to see how Monica Stewart and her family crafted a home designed for family, fun, and entertaining.
photography by Jean Allsopp
Friends since their just-out-of-college days when they worked together as pharmaceutical reps, Monica Stewart and Dana Wolter have formed a bond that has surpassed suitcases and medical samples. Their most recent venture? Transforming Monica and Carter Stewart’s Vestavia Hills house into a comfortable home for the couple and their three daughters, Elson, Bradford, and Frances.
To start, Dana and Monica evaluated the boxy floorplan to see how the 1985 Georgian Revival house would better suit the family of five. Monica wanted a place where everyone could get together yet find private corners. Leaving most of the footprint intact, Dana and Monica began by altering the outdated kitchen and opening the space to the breakfast nook. Originally U-shaped with dated cabinets and appliances, Dana streamlined the space adding a marble-topped island, complete with cooktop and barstools.
In the living area, chaises longues take the place of traditional sofas, and hardwood floors are layered with seagrass rugs and cowhides. “My girls love to read in this room,” says Monica.
The adjacent dining room centers around a 60-inch table, covered drum style in synthetic white leather. “It’s a creative way to use less expensive material, and to bring it up a level” says Dana, “And a great way to get a new dining room table with a more formal look.” Antique cane back chairs covered in light blue velvet and matching custom window treatments complement both rooms.
From modifying the exterior, transforming the look of the first floor, and redesigning the second floor bedrooms, the interior boasts elegance and functionality. “I enjoy design,” says Monica. “And collaborating with Dana is really inspiring,” Though structural changes were minimal, the impact is large. Dana and Monica’s project is finished and they are ready for their next adventure. Perhaps a girl’s night out?
Interior Design: Dana Wolter Interiors • www.danawolterinteriors.com • email@example.com • 205.563.5779 Architect: Fred Yeager for addition and renovation • Builder: Taylor Burton
Family room with fireplace
Chandelier: Visual Comfort • Wing Chair: Circa Interiors • Floorlamps: Visual Comfort • Pillow in Chair: Beacon Hill thru Dana Wolter Interiors
Ottoman: Richard Tubb Interiors 2829 2nd. Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35223 • 205.324.7613
Barstools under island: Lee Industries thru Circa Interiors • Kitchen Table with metal: Dana Wolter Interiors • Chandelier: Currey & Company • cabinets: Brewer Cabinets 205.942.4000 www.brewercabinets.com • kitchen countertops: Masonry Arts, Inc. 205.428.0780 • www.masonryarts.com
Chandelier: Briarcliff Shop • 1829 29th Avenue South; Homewood, Alabama • 205.870.8110 • www.thebriarcliffshop.com
Bedding: Custom thru Dana Wolter Interiors
Sconces: Village Firefly 205.870.4560
Tile and fixtures: Kenny and Company 205.323.5616 • www.kennycompany.com