Welcome to askDECOR
I'm Nancy Del Santo & I help people design their second half with greater intention.

Through my transformative system I help clients live more authentically, doing the things they cherish most, in homes that better support their lifestyle.
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You're in the right place if you usually feel
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confident and accomplished but right now uncertainty permeates your thoughts. The changes you're contemplating are nagging at you. It’s unsettling to your psyche. You’re not sure about your next steps.

It feels like the answers to your questions are behind a veil of fog that can’t be penetrated. You’re in uncharted territory. It would be so nice to have some guidance.

Why is no one talking about this stuff? 

That’s the question I asked myself several years ago. Anxiety started to overcome me. I knew it was time to make some changes but I was afraid of a misstep.

My fears led me to discovery. I began to curate new experiences into my life in a very intentional way. I invoked the power of my senses and they awakened a wisdom inside of me.

I had to let go of a lot of conventional thoughts that I was holding onto ~ thoughts that said I didn’t have enough time or money or knowledge. I had to let go of self doubts and trust that I was heading into something better.

Now I’d like to share what I’ve learned with you to eliminate the overwhelming anxiety you’re feeling. I created a way for you to discern the next steps you should to take on your journey though life that will lift the clouds of doubt about your future. I call this proprietary program the Lifestyle Align Design System (LADS). 


In 2015,

 I made a radical personal move. After a lot of soul searching, my husband and I sold our suburban family home - the one the kids grew up in - and bought a condo at the beach. It was a big process, not only physically, but mentally too.

I sold 80% of what I owned, embraced a completely new lifestyle, and absolutely love it. 


​​​​​​​The transformation I experienced led me to develop my Lifestyle Align Design System.

​​​​​​​I'm an interior designer that believes experience should be the focus of our lives. 
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​​​​​​​I look at the world of decorating differently and that’s been an advantage for me. I grew up immersed in antique auctions and stolls along Decorators Walk.
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My crazy-fun adopted aunt was an interior designer. We moved a lot and redecorating became a way of life.
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​​​​​​Back then, I didn't think interior design was a serious career so when I went to college, I got a business degree.  I thought working in a big corporation would make me happy and for a while it did.  I moved up the ladder and even got a Masters Degree in Business from the University of Southern California.
What I really loved was interior design and decorating. I filled my spare time remodeling several homes, helping friends with their decorating projects, and assisting benefit groups like the Red Cross and our church with decor for their big events

​​​​​​​Eventually, I decided to make my passion a full time job. In 2000, I left corporate America and opened a design firm in the Los Angeles area. All of those business and people skills really helped me in the world of interior design.
Clients said I really listened to them. I didn’t have a design agenda I was trying to talk them into. And I was organized. They were happy, told their friends,  and those friends would call me for design projects.

My business grew quickly and I continued to learn and grow.  I became a Certified Interior Designer in the State of California, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

I've been recognized for my work & the way I think about design.

I've been featured on HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation, The Pasadena Showcase House of Design, The Philharmonic Society of Orange County House of Design, Pasadena’s ASID Kitchen & Home Tour, The Los Angeles Times, CBS Los Angeles Local Newscast, Kitchen Trends Magazine, Bathroom Trends Magazine, NKBA Profiles Magazine, & The Laguna Design Center’s Entertaining By Design.

In addition to this, I’m a Best of Houzz Award Winner, House Beautiful Online Blogger, Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame Nominee & askDECOR was named in the Modenus Top 100 Interior Design Blogs.

"Nancy was incredibly helpful to me when I had to make so many decisions during our remodel. She had many wonderful suggestions that I would never have thought of on my own. The end product turned out beautifully." ~ S.R.L., client

Do you find yourself on a journey-one that involves change? Do you want to intensify your feelings of joy, connection, and fulfillment? 

Through my signature Lifestyle Align Design System, I'll help you live more intentionally through curated experiences that will surprise and delight your senses. 
If you’ve read this far, thank you. I hope this is just the beginning of our relationship. I’d love to learn more about you. The best way to share that and stay connected is to make sure you become an askDECOR insider by just entering your name and email below.

​​​​​​​As soon as you do, you'll get my gift to help you discover 5 secrets to avoid regrets and missteps as you design your second half. In it, I’ll walk you through how to get the answers you need to make good decisions and know you are on the right path.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. I'm thrilled we're connected and I'm excited for the journey ahead.
 
~Nancy
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