For me, the best part of designing a loft is that, for the most part, you can throw all the rules out the window.
Just about anything works. You can combine styles, colours, design elements and nothing looks out of place. Go subtle, Go bold. Go crazy. It’s all good.
My most recent project was a converted “hard” loft at The Printing Factory. Built in 1913 to house the printing presses of Rolph Clark Stone, this Leslieville landmark blends the original 3 story factory with an 8 story glass tower and a cluster of townhomes.
The original features of the building were fully restored including the spectacular Carlaw entrance with it’s grand staircase and vaulted ceilings.
This basement loft unit had all the features you would expect in a “hard” loft; exposed brick, polished concrete floors, concrete ceilings, exposed duct work and my client had a vision for his place that it was my job to bring to life.
He envisioned a space that would be rustic and charming, having a bit of a cottage feel but was concerned about how it would look in the end; would it look awkward and out of place?
Together we came up with a plan that combined rustic elements contrasting with modern features and vintage inspired furniture pieces and elements.
We wanted a feature wall but rather than simply have a painted accent wall, as the previous owners had done, we decided on a feature wall of barnboard which I sourced through http://www.barnboardstore.com a company that scours the country gathering up the remnants of fallen barns. For contrast, I mounted a silver vintage mirror and two contemporary brushed nickel wall lamps on the barnboard wall. Some leftover pieces were made into shelves for the bedroom and over the bar area.
We found a couple of amazing rustic furniture pieces at http://www.lhimports.com part of their “Rope-Me” collection and they couldn’t have fit in any better. An amazing wool “shag” rug and some modern vintage inspired furniture pieces completed the main living area.
For the kitchen I put up a beautiful mosaic tile backsplash combining glass, marble and stainless steel. Standing in stark contrast to the barnboard, but having a similar linear shape, the kitchen backsplash is stunning as it gleams and sparkles.
I absolutely love this place. It was so much fun to do and I am extremely proud of the final result. The client is thrilled and in the end it is what he envisioned.
Have a look at the before and afters below: