Debra Cronin

Posted on Wed, 25 Aug 2010 by midcenturyjo

Imperfect and aged, decrepit and beautiful. A house’s history seems to be hot right now. Layers of life left not hidden, stripped but not shunned. Debra Cronin is creating spaces less ordinary. I love this crumbling home that she has brought back to life and where she now runs an underground dining experience Bite Club with partners David and Virginia. As they say on their website “Think Alice In Wonderland meets The Addam’s Family”. Dinner group anyone?








sinan says:

It's a great idea to be in peace with the passage of time and its effects but it's taken to an extreme here. There is a happy medium between spotless-scratchless-ageless perfection and this. But while not exactly practical this is more beautiful, more interesting, and has a lot more character in my opinion. Your "desire to inspire" has been accomplished!

omg, yes. this is what i'm into lately. this space is quite wabi-sabi in concept. brilliant!

Alexandra says:

Absolutely beautiful work! Not one thing is out of place. The washroom with the different medicine cabinets is simply brilliant.
The imperfectnesses in the walls or furnitures add such character. Truely stunning.

Tracey says:

Stunning. I love all of the contrasts and how well they flow together. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

Tim Capaldi says:

That wall treatment is killer. I could totally see this in a study or powder room.

christiana says:

This is STUNNING! So, so inspiring, unique ideas. For starters, those bar stools… gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

bbt09 says:

i just died and went to heaven with this post….

Gorgeous! I am right with you! I LOVE this look…it reeks of class, breeding, excellent taste, appreciation of quality, a healthy respect for the effects of time, and a somewhat laissez-faire approach to design and decoration…the implication, and sometimes assumption that these rooms are somehow dusty and dirty is absurd! As is the idea that these rooms are fantasy. Indeed great care is often taken to stabilize the cracking plaster, peeling wallpaper, etc. Our culture has become so youth and "new" oriented that even the slightest blemish must be erased…
Yes, ones mans trash is another's treasure, and given the current trend going of green and sustainable building and living, the reuse and re-purposing of the past is a brilliant scheme, not to mention truly elegant. Ms. Cronin I heartily applaud you and your work, and thank you "Desire to Inspire" for doing exactly that…

Patrick Landrum

Classof65 says:

You've got to be kidding me! Someone paid a "decorator" to do this house? Their money should be refunded by several times! This dwelling is the most depressing space I've ever seen. If this were a prison, the inmates could sue for "cruel and inhumane" punishment. I would commit suicide if I had to live there. And those of you who exclaim over the ambiance and beauty of this dump need to have your decorator licenses suspended — either you have no taste whatsoever or you're just kissing someone's nether region. Why this shack merits space on a decorating web-site is beyond me, unless it was just about to be demolished.

Richard B says:

I have never been able to put a finger onto my tastes until now, I love high quality, rustic, charming and character, however putting them together is beyond my abilities. I simply love your interiors! I can just imagine sitting down with a good book and a glass of port in one photo and then cooking up an old steak pie whilst using the finest quality Japanese knives in the kitchen.

How would you do the garden I wonder? I saw an old white cast iron bath with gold fish in the other day that looked great.

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