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  • Carlotta Crosby, Visual Designer

A Designer Blueprint.

Updated: Oct 16, 2021


Where Does Normalcy Start?


With confidence, it can be said, finding a sense of normalcy starts at home.

From those first primary years to adulthood, establishing a place where you have your own corner of the world and where you belong is inescapable. Many people would say that place is called home. From the people in it, to the memories, and little momentos that remind us all about a connection of the spaces in between our everyday life and the beauty of our existence.



How to Reflect The Warmth of Connection and Family In Your Home.

If you ask me, warm tones were made in heaven. Like "Thy kingdom come, thy beige tones be done" kind of design. Instead of using color for the sake of color, I like to effectively try nuetral monochromatics to bring warmth with a pop of color contrast here and there. Sometimes less of something highlights it more and this can also be the case with color. Contrasting this to create complexities and depth can simply be done with textures and layers like hides, velvets, and stones instead. Also, while you can use woods on floors and that's what you will see in most homes in America, if you hop a skip or a jump overseas to architecture that has been around for centuries you will see wonderful stone on floors and fireplaces with lots of character and aging that's genuinely gorgeous.



Authenticity In Your Design

Unlike, avid lovers of all things distressed and random antiques I tend to stay away from anything unnaturally distressed. When I do have a distressed item, it's because it got that way authentically. I also will hang onto items or replicas that hold personal keepsake value to the actual owner or project itself, otherwise I tend to stay away from other people's antiques. What need do I have for another grandmother's record player I never knew? Unless there's true period or ancestral meaning behind the historical pieces in your design, I'd highly recommend going with an original item it can be cost effective and unique!



While you can use wood on floors and that's what you will see in most homes in America, if you hop a skip or a jump overseas to architecture that has been around for centuries you will see wonderful stones under your feet and on fireplaces with lots of character and aging that's genuinely gorgeous.

Get Inspired

Where do you get inspired? Well for me, I can tell you it doesn't start at the antique auction or local garage sale. Creating is an absolute joy when we let it be. However the materials you use to create can obviously come from anywhere, the garbage, a piece of paper, burlap, or yes... an antique store as a starting point for your creation. Anything that brings the real you out. Don't settle for something already made. Why not make yourself a great piece, that has the joy of becoming an original family keepsake and going through the journey of life with you, with all the dents and scratches in the middle. Find a material, any material and create the look you want!

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