David Crosson’s Interior Design Blog

A Tradition Of Artful Living

Or, How to Decorate with Art

When people ask me what DCDC is all about I usually respond with, “A tradition of artful living”. That phrase can mean different things to different people but for me it encapsulates the notion of living well by appreciating the exquisite things life has to offer. Please note that I said ‘exquisite’ as opposed to ‘costly’, as the two need not be the same thing. Savouring a beautifully made cappuccino is not the exclusive domain of the wealthy, nor is flopping your head down onto the perfect (for you) pillow at the end of a long day. This goes double for art.

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I’m All About The Base… And Case

Or When It Comes to Paint, It’s Not Always the White Answer

Base and case (baseboards and window casings as they are called in the biz) are the kind of architectural elements that can really trip up a space. Oftentimes they are treated as afterthoughts as opposed to details in which the devil lurks. I frequently equate them to the cuffs and collar of a shirt because they really make the rest of the garment (read: room) make sense. (Note: crown molding is a whole other matter and one I prefer to deal with on a case by case basis.).

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Grout And About

Or, How to Best Use Grout to Make Tile Terrific

You know how it’s said a bad accessory can ruin an outfit? The same can be said of grout. Poor grout: the lowly little chorus member to the headlining tile. Poor grout: it’s not even the icing on the cake, it’s the filling between layers. What’s funny, though, is that tile is nothing without grout—and that is to say it can be quite something.

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Embracing A Blank Canvas

Or How to Decorate Your Space with Neutrals

As I pointed out in a previous post:  life is too short to be lived in a beige box. However, that’s not to say embracing an absence of colour will result in you getting stuck in neutral with no way out. Although it’s true that I—and my clients—do tend to embrace colour from pale to vivid, I can always find an angle of appreciation when it comes to ‘calmer’ options. Of course, the word beige does get a bad rap but all you have to do is view it in a different light (sometimes literally) to see its true value.

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This is Not a Library!

Or, How to Style Bookshelves with Verve I hate to break it to you but it’s been my experience that people either know how to style bookshelves or they don’t. That’s not to say you can’t get the general hang…

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Glory Underfoot

Or, Why Decorating with Rugs is Divine Have I mentioned how much I love rugs? I don’t mean terrible toupees but the exceptional works of art that skilled artisans toil over endlessly just to have us walk all over them…

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The Hue and Cry Myth

Or, Why Decorating with Colour is Not a Crime Against Humanity

I frequently tell people that life is too short to be lived in a beige box. Fortunately this topic rarely comes up with clients as most know of my predilection for colour and seek me out because of it. I came by this honestly, having as I did a mother who knew the value of a delicious palette (pun intended). I remember being about eight or nine years old and switching hotels while on a trip with my parents—due to an unfortunate scheme. “I feel colour,” I remember mum telling my ever-patient father, “and this room is really quite unsettling.” So off we went.

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BOOKS IN THEIR BIRTHDAY SUITS

Or, Why Dust Jackets are for Dustbins

I’ll be brief: dust jackets on books are a temporary protective layer, much like plastic on a lampshade. As soon as you get home you should recycle the paper wrapper, provided there is no metallic ink or other problematic materials present that might thwart your green efforts. If the photo on the outside is appealing, rest assured that it will make an appearance somewhere inside the book, if not on the actual cover.

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Florals and Stripes and Geos—Oh, My!

Or, How to Successfully Mix Patterns in an Interior Setting

People of a certain age will remember. People of certain other ages won’t. For a time in the 1980s, fashion (especially British fashion) was all about pattern mixing. Taboo in many circles for decades, this delicate art saw a resurgence circa 1984-87, having not been in vogue (if not Vogue) since the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Being in my youthful heyday in the mid-‘80s (drinking age, my own place, relatively trim frame, etc.), I was greatly influenced by this—and the images I saw in the pages of I.D., The Face and Blitz. I like to think I got the hang of it back then, something which serves me today in my interiors practice.

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