Advocate and Democrat article

Local designer featured in national magazine

We were so excited to see this Advocate and Democrat article about Todd Richesin being featured in House Beautiful’s “Next Wave of Top 20 Designers” by Tommy Millsaps.

When you think of hotbeds for great interior designers, glamorous places like Beverly Hills or New York City probably come to mind.

But you can now add Sweetwater to that list.

Sweetwater native Todd Richesin was recently selected as one of House Beautiful magazine’s “Next Wave of Top 20 Designers.”
The magazine’s December/January edition with Richesin hit the newsstands Tuesday.
The article features up and coming interior designers who are on their way to making a big name for themselves while setting design trends.

Richesin’s business, Todd Richesin Interiors, is based in Knoxville. But Richesin grew up in Sweetwater and is a 1988 Sweetwater High graduate. He and Bobby Brown run Bobby Todd Antiques in downtown Sweetwater though Richesin said he mainly concentrates on his interior design business 40 miles up the road.

“This is very exciting for me,” Richesin said of his appearance in the magazine.
Richesin said he had sent some samples of his design work to House Beautiful, but was in no way expecting such a prestigious honor.
“That’s pretty good,” the small town boy acknowledged.
But Richesin also said he is very humbled to have an objective party judge his work so highly. Richesin said he is proud of what he has done and his clients are pleased, however it is sure nice to hear accolades from someone else.

Doretta Sperduto, decorating director of House Beautiful, said Richesin’s work speaks for itself.  “He is obviously talented and deserves to be featured in this article,” Sperduto said.
Though Richesin has decorated many upscale homes all over the United States, his motto is quite simple. “Everybody deserves a pretty place to live,” he said.
His blog: “On the Fringe,” hosts a variety of posts that can be found at;

Richesin’s fan page on Facebook is also growing at
Todd Richesin Interiors, LLC (, is a full-service interior design studio that utilizes custom furniture, antiques and luxury fabrics to express each client’s individual style, Richesin said.

The firm’s services include floor plan design; pre-construction analysis of floor plans and furniture layouts, flooring, plumbing, tile and lighting selection, selection of all interior finishes, cabinetry consultation and design, custom furniture, draperies, rugs and accessories, artwork selection and antiques.

Richesin’s parents are Bobby and Patricia. He has an older brother, Michael, who lives in Sweetwater.
Richesin graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College and got his start at an upper-end design and furniture store in Maryville before striking out on his own.

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