Antiques

So after 7 years, our home, Casa Real was ready for a little facelift.  Thanks to a horrible hail storm in April of 2011, we ended up with a long list of things that needed to be done.  The major projects were to replace all the windows and exterior doors, as well as the slate

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Summer is always a favorite season at Casa Real. We love this garden. After the hail storm here in Knoxville in April, it was crippled. Mother nature has been a fast healer, and finally, in summer’s final days, it has become beautiful once again. Enjoy these photos of our little paradise in Summer’s final days.

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Traditional Home is one of my favorite magazines.  I have had a subscription since I was in college.  Their outlook on design is much the same as mine.  Classic interiors that are timeless.  There are ways to make them feel fresh, and that is exactly what we do at Todd Richesin Interiors!  They have just published

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Laurel Magazine is monthly shelter magazine focusing on life in Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina and the surrounding community.  They do lots of interesting stories about local happenings, new restaurants, where to stay, what to see and do, and also feature some beautiful homes in the area.  For the September issue, they selected a home

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On our travels we are forever gathering design inspiration to bring back to our clients.  What better place to do that than to visit a few Villas in the Veneto?  We toured three villas along the Brenta Canal.  The Brenta Canal is a natural waterway that connects Venice with Padua.  In the 18th Century (and even

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     On our first day in Venice, we visited the studio of Angela R. Greco on the Ponte Delle Ostreghe, near San Marco.  Angela and her sister have been in this same location for years, and make the most beautiful Venetian style lamp shades I have found anywhere on the planet.  Each shade is made

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Antique shopping is always a part of our travel, and Venice is no exception.  You never know where you might end up, but if you are truly interested in the products a merchant has, and you are polite, doors might open.  Today we were casually walking toward Campo San Maurizio in San Marco and happened

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A favorite stop in Venice is the studio of Bruno Vianello on Calle De Pistor in Castello.  Bruno is a painting restoration specialist whose work appears in the Accademia, the Hotel Danielli, and in many private Venetian collections.  Currently, he is working on a group of Biblical paintings from the 16th century in which he

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Besame Mucho on Petronia Street Ten years ago when we started to vacation in Key West, we never suspected it would become a favorite spot.  It has, and as we have come here more for both pleasure and work, we have discovered many secrets of the island.  One is that there is really great shopping. 

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Living room with the Italian chest and prints from Bobby Todd Antiques On our trip to Nashville, we visited our friend Sarah Ross.  Sarah is a friend of mine from high school, and she is a great customer at our shop, Bobby Todd Antiques.  We stopped by to see the progress on her house, which

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