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It has been a full four weeks since my last update on the progress on our home. After many tedious punch list items, we are fully complete inside, and have moved back in. Home Choice came through! Marvin Windows sent one of their factory technicians to go through the entire house and tweak everything. They

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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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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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Lighting is an integral part of what I do as designer.  It has the power to be one of the most important elements of a design because it can control the mood of a room.  Bright light promotes activity, while dim light promotes relaxation and conversation.  Lighting also is important because it is a great way

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Candace Manroe of Traditional Home wrote the below article, “Free pass for all us pack rats.” This is a brilliant summary of how a collector feels. I never have been able to put my finger on the reason I can’t stop, but Candace has. The connection to the past. Bobby and I are collectors to

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I have had some requests to see how our home looks during the Christmas season.  This morning, we awoke to the season’s first snowfall, and the view from the bedroom window inspired this post.  Nothing says Christmas like snow.  It was so beautiful here this morning, I had to share.  The first photos are of

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Televisions being exposed in a room are no longer the fashion faux pas they once were as we embrace technology in 21st century design. Leading manufacturers have created thin, classically simple electronic components that can be incorporated into most any décor. In our own home, we have hung a flat panel television over an 18th

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“Holiday memories begin at Bobby Todd Antiques.”  Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. for Bobby Todd Antique’s annual holiday open house. “Making Spirits Bright” is this year’s theme. Shoppers will find red, green and gold decorations with extra sparkly vintage flair as we unveil this year’s window. We will be closed

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