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A Downtown Loft Apartment Bldg Goes Chic
Designs by: Shoshana Gosselin,
When this downtown Allentown brick warehouse building was converted to loft style apartments my team and I were hired to ‘glam up’ the lobby, two empty model apartments, along with the main hallway, and a community atrium- to help potential tenants visualize how they could live there. Loft living can be very cool if designed right. You have high ceilings, great concrete floors and exposed pipes to work with. But you have to worry that the spaces do not end up looking cold and uninviting.
Our goal was to create a warm, contemporary urban vibe for young hip professionals in this urban area. We got to work right away. Once our design plan was approved we had three weeks to complete the project on a budget. Our paint crew rolled on the colors while SJ and I, in baseball caps and sneakers, purchased, assembled and placed all the furniture and decor. And with some help from a contractor from heaven, all of our wishes came true (minus the broken mirrors and stressed out moments)!! Continue Reading
The Uptown model apartment is a rich blend of bold color and shiny finishes. A place for a young sophisticated executive to host after work happy hours and . We brought in that red orange, along with deep grays, to play off the shimmering finishes and exposed pipes. Warm deep colors can bring down the size of tall walls, to make room feel comfortable. To keep the space from feeling overwhelmed with color we broke it up with some white walls in between.
To take advantage of the main space we floated a good amount of seating in the center of the room, utilizing as much floor space as possible that would other wise be unused. Using light colored upholstery and a thin metal framed coffee table keeps the loft space feeling open and airy. The oversized shiny chandelier above not only offers greater brightness when natural is limited, but offers an industrial chic addition, that now compliments the exposed piping. We also used a buffet as the media center to get more storage out of it.
Via: Designs by Shoshana
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