Urban Ranch General Store
Urban Ranch General Store celebrated its opening in April 2011 - bringing proprietor Durette Candito's long-time dream to life. The store specializes in hand-selected, artful and sustainable details for homes and boutique hospitality projects, including specialty door and cabinet hardware, lighting, custom furniture, gifts and other decorative accessories - a general store for modern city dwellers.
Durette Candito Interior Design
Durette is an experienced interior designer and Urban Ranch also acts as her showroom.
She studied architectural design in New Mexico, working as an interior designer for both an interior design studio and an architecture firm before creating her own architectural design consultation business, first in Santa Fe and then in Las Vegas, opening her architectural design consultation business over twenty years ago. Her projects include custom residences in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos, New Mexico, homes in Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Beverly Hills, California, as well as health food stores and spas in Texas, New Mexico, and Nevada.
Urban Ranch History
Durette's Studio located on Main Street in downtown Las Vegas was Durette's first location. It opened in the fall of 2004 and featured the finest door and cabinet hardware from all over the world. Durette gradually started adding lighting, furniture and accessories and eventually the store evolved into the unique Urban Ranch style. She moved her store location from downtown Las Vegas to Sahara Avenue and now to the current Cheyenne Avenue address.
Durette's Story - growing up in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Durette Candito grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she was heavily influenced by the world-class art galleries and museums. Her studies in architecture and design were furthered by her incredible surroundings of European architecture with Spanish and Moorish details, as well as modern pueblo desert construction styles and techniques. Durette works toward a goal of "simple elegance" in her design work, always striving to incorporate sustainability in products and installation. She says, "If we can all work towards less waste, and more recycling, we can decrease our footprint on the Earth. Shopping with a conscience is a great way to start. I like to know the source of the products that I'm buying for the store - and ultimately, my clients. Feeling good about your purchase is a bonus!"
Durette was raised in a family that was always involved in volunteering in one form or another. So, giving back is second nature to her. She has worked with many non-profits both in Santa Fe and Las Vegas - serving on the board of the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center, as past president of NEWH (the hospitality industry non-profit) and on the boards of both ALS of Nevada and Forgotten Song Foundation.
She is now actively involved with the Nevada Commission for Women where she is a Commissioner; the Interior Design Society (IDS) and the Architectural & Decorative Arts Society (ADAS), a nonprofit professional organization committed to creative and business development and community.
In the News
Check out the latest article about Durette in Chic Compass.
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