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Fall Table Settings Set the Mood: How to Do It Yourself

Randi Destefano, ASID
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I have to admit that Fall is my favorite time of year.  Why do I love it?  Because, finally the temperatures begin to cool down and the leaves change to vibrant gold, orange, and red.  I love spending time on the porch having a glass of wine with my husband in the evening,...
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Bring the Colors of Santa Fe Home this Fall

Randi Destefano, ASID
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I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for. – Georgia O’Keeffe When I think of Santa Fe, I think of Pueblos and pottery. I think of art. But mostly, I think of the beautiful colors of the...
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Your Space Matters: 3 Secrets to Designing Your Life at Home

Randi Destefano, ASID
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Your Space Matters.  It really does!  As we go about our day, following our crazy schedules, it’s so easy to get caught up in life and ignore this place we call home. And then one day we wake up and notice that things around us are looking a bit worn and tired. There...
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Once a Tree: How Cabinets Are Made

Randi Destefano, ASID
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Once upon a time there was a tree. It could have been a maple tree, cherry tree, hickory, oak or alder. But each one of these hardwood trees provides the wood used in the cabinets that grace our homes. Visiting the Wellborn Cabinet factory was a fascinating experience where we...
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How to Clean and Restore Your Teak Furniture in 5 Easy Steps

Randi Destefano, ASID
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Summertime means spending a lot of time outdoors relaxing and entertaining.  And if you’re like me, by the time the first summer holiday rolls around, it’s time to take a look at the condition of my outdoor furniture.  Of course, I’ve already made it pretty with new...
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You Get What You Pay For: My On-Line Rug Shopping Experience

Randi Destefano, ASID
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Has anyone ever told you that sometimes the lowest price doesn't always mean it's the best choice for a project?  I know that I've heard it from my parents, my contractors, and other designer friends.  I even pass on these words of advice to my own clients. But with the...
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