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Designer James Farmer took your questions on how to refresh your home for fall.

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Interior designer, author and lifestyle expert James Farmer answered your questions on Thursday about how to refresh the home for fall. The native Georgian has based his business in his hometown of Perry, Ga., and his design work is a refreshed take on Southern style and comfort; he is known for creating welcoming homes. Farmer’s rooms are rooted in classic decorating and display his love for color, flowers and mixing old with new. Farmer has written 10 books, the latest being “Celebrating Home: A Time for Every Season,” which showcases room settings, holiday celebrations and parties. Here are some of the questions he answered:

Every Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern time, Jura Koncius helps you in your quest to achieve domestic bliss. She and weekly guests — whether it’s Martha Stewart, Marie Kondo, Jasmine Roth of HGTV, Paula Sutton of Hill House Vintage or TikTok’s Folding Lady, Sophie Liard — answer your decorating, decluttering, design, entertaining and home-keeping questions. For more than 20 years, our Q&A has hosted conversations about how to make your home comfortable, stylish, organized and fun.

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Helen Carefoot, writer and editorial aide for the Lifestyle section, produced this Q&A.