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Wednesday evening, after having worked on the decorations for the past five days, all of the volunteers were invited to a reception at the White House. This would be the first of many holiday parties at the house this season. Mrs. Obama estimated that over 100,000 people would get to enjoy the decorations we had created.

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It took an hour for 90 people to get through three security checkpoints to get inside the White House. They were super thorough.

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Green room with trees and wreaths made from recycled magazines and newspaper

Once inside, it was easy to move about the public areas of the house. There was a screen set up in the lower cross hall to screen the President and First Family as they came and went. I am certain they have little privacy, so this was understandable. The house is really beautiful. It feels very intimate for the President’s residence, which surprised me. It is a big house, don’t get me wrong, but the overall feeling is very approachable and welcoming.

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About the second week of October I got a wonderful surprise. It was an email from the Social Secretary at the White House asking me to be one of the 100 volunteers they select each year to help decorate the White House for Christmas. I had written a letter to the Chief Floral Designer and to the Social Secretary back in January telling them of my interest, and finally word came. As I talked with the volunteers once I was in DC, it was clear that we all had done the same thing. We were not really selected on our ability to decorate….or who we were….or what we did in our daily lives. We were selected because of our passion to want to be a volunteer in the People’s House, and to help make it beautiful for the People of the United States. If I learned anything during this week of decorating, I learned that being a proud, helpful American is one of the most important things we can be.

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Making Spirits Bright Eclectic translates to selective at Bobby Todd Antiques where Christmas reigns supreme. “For most, October is a month of Susan G. Komen 5K’s, pumpkins and candy corn. In Sweetwater, however, the first chill off all air signals the approach of the merriest season—a season which begins with the Bobby Todd Antiques Annual

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Recently, I attended the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, North Carolina.  This is the showcase of everything new and exciting in the furniture and design business.  Designers, buyers, retailers, and manufacturers all descend on this small town twice each year to see what everyone else is doing.  For me, this is usually a

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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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Enjoy this project of ours from Key West.  It is featured in the June/July 2010 issue of Traditional Home.  This consummate conch cottage is one of the island’s oldest homes.

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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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Recently, I was asked by a local television station to do an interview about the latest features of my work in House Beautiful and Traditional Home magazines.  This was a fun interview by a gracious producer, Erin Donovan.  She came to my home, Casa Real, one afternoon and we talked about design, the future, and other topics for a

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