Designer Danny Russo’s Unique Creative Flow for Crafting Interiors

Belinda Arcitec
Designer Danny Russo in his living room

Danny Russo says that anyone can be a designer, but not everyone can create what he calls “design magic.”

The owner of Daniel Russo Home, an interior design company based in Columbus, he resides in the Short North with his husband in a space that delineates his design philosophy: bespoke and timeless.

The living space in the condo is an open floor plan that includes the kitchen, dining and living rooms. There is a bar area located conveniently to the side of a comfortable conversation area. Like most experienced designers, Russo has a warehouse for storing furniture and décor for his company. He recently tested an unusual pair of barstools—designed to look like large hands—in his home. It is not uncommon for him to audition décor in his own space before recommending it to clients.

“I would not put anything into a client’s house that I would not use in my own house,” he says.

Dried twigs and a textured grass cloth in the bathroom emphasizes its spa-like qualities.

Black walls can make a room feel larger, Russo feels, and he has incorporated the technique throughout the condo by installing grass cloth and vinyl wallpaper. There is a distinction of light and dark throughout the space; the foyer’s gray walls lead to the guest bathroom. Russo envisioned an ethereal aesthetic to create a sense of calm and relaxation for guests. The bathroom is reminiscent of visiting a spa.

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