Inspiration

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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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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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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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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A favorite resource for custom products is Kindel Furniture Company. Their story is as interesting as their products.  Started in St. Louis over 100 years ago, and still owned by part of the original founders, Kindel is considered one of the last great American furniture companies. Now located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they have a distinct ability

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Thanks to Traditional Home for including me in their list of “20 Young Designers to Watch”, in their March 2010 issue.  It is an honor to be included in this group of incredibly talented individuals, and great to be recognized by a favorite publication.  I had the privildege of getting to know one of the

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  Photo shows a painted kitchen floor   We work with several different types of painters in the interior design business.  Different jobs require different levels of expertise.  A painter who is experienced at wall and trim paint, getting a silky smooth finish on woodwork, and walls free of drywall seams and nail pops is

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Looking at my Facebook page tonight, I had a wide awakening.  I was browsing through a beautiful post Traditional Home magazine had done featuring 30 different table top vignettes.  The concept was to show how tables….not just dining tables, but buffets, chests, cocktail tables, and lamp tables can be turned into wholistic art pieces by

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