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Downtown Lofted Living- Part 1

There's something about a bold move in life; a big change. I love the quote,"Life will only change when you become more committed to your dreams than you are to your comfort zone." That is such a accurate reflection of our latest client and their families decision to sell their house with a yard, and move into a lofted apartment. I know we were both super curious...Is there enough space? Can it be done with a young kids? Will the stairs make it hard each day? We were BLOWN away with how easy and natural it feels when you set foot inside. The bones of their newly renovated apartment are just GORGEOUS. The 12 foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, and neutral paint selection was the perfect backdrop for us to get started.

Here is what the apartment looked like as they moved in, and started to get situated:

And here it is now!

The TV was mounted on the wall and paired with a wood cabinet. In a room with ceilings of average height, this would of been an inviting and warm piece. However, because of the grandness these ceilings evoked, the piece was just too small for such a large wall:

We catered to completing the wall not only going making a selection that was wider, but also a taller wall unit that draws your eye up. (And shhh!! Our little secret is that this is an IKEA piece! )

Can you even??

The old TV stand was a much better selection to fill out a wall in the dining area. It had great length which is perfect to be used as a buffet. It's top can be used when entertaining, or simply decorated for an easy, everyday look.

We continued to play off of the living room's color scheme since the loft is so open concept and the rooms flowed into one another.

Pro Tip: When filling a wall, pay attention to scale. These pieces were substantial on their own but in a space with such large walls, using multiples filled the space out without being to cluttered or busy.

We went super simple with this everyday elegant table setting. We loved the lanterns as a centerpiece, allowing your view to continue right on through out the large windows.

When we first met with our client, she kept stating how she wanted their new loft to really exude a feeling of home. She wanted to feel welcomed upon entering the door, and for that feeling to carry throughout and spill over onto any guest to come through the door.

Again, note the tall ceilings. With so much space, it is easy to feel small; for a room or home to feel cold.

At M+B, we remedy that by drawing your eye up, adding personal touches, textures and lots of life with plants!

Here is what they walked into before we got our hands on the entryway:

Here is their entryway now:

These floating acrylics frames are showstoppers. The clear matte edging draws your eye to focus on the photo and we love the bold brass details to secure each piece to the wall, melding with the more modern style of this home.

Notice how we coordinated the two runners, connecting the entrance and hallway into the loft. This helps the spaces flow together.

Too many plants? We say, NEVER!

Pro Tip: Adding a tray where you come in the door offers an easy catch-all solution without creating clutter or chaos. A place to hold your keys, wallet, etc.

If you follow us on Instagram, you will remember this rug which are actually tiles from Flor put together to create a large area rug unit. Flor tiles are great and so versatile. You can keep the tiles consistent (like we did) to create an area rug. You can mix and match tiles for a unique look. And if a tile gets ruined, it is a simple swap instead of having to get rid of an entire rug!

The clients already had the sectional and one leather chair when we started. We wanted to maximize the seating options and help fill out the living room area so we added a second leather chair. We love the side by side chairs now facing out towards the window. This seating arrangement also lends itself to nights as a family watching a movie, or entertaining friends.

Open framework, like on these chairs, helps alleviate bulk and the sense of heaviness that furniture can add to a room. The mix of metal and leather also gravitates towards a modern vibe while still being ultra comfortable.

We love a good floor plant in our designs but the trick here was again, the tall ceilings. We didn't want a literal tree in their dining space but we knew it needed to be substantial in height. That being said, even this 7.5 foot tree would not have been the right choice IF we didn't also consider the base. Note the size of the planter. It is large both in girth and height, accentuating the height of the tree and helping to fill out that corner. The weight of the base + the height of the new plant creates a fullness that neither piece could have achieved on it's own.

Pro Tip: Don't skimp where it matters. The extra inches, the extra weight - they can make or break a design element.

We loved the marble center that acted as a lazy Susan in their dining table. We wanted that to be accentuated. We opted to keep it exposed, ditching the table runner, and keeping the centerpiece simple.

We also went out of the box with place settings mixing gold and black chargers. This happy accident is because, in all honesty, we could not find chargers we loved and had six available. ANYWHERE! On a whim, we set a table up with two options and fell in love with it proving once again that design doesn't always have to play by the rules. (Unless you are hanging curtains, then you hold tight to that rule of HIGH + WIDE!)

Bouncing over to the living room, playing off the marble dining table center, we chose a marble top coffee table. As always, we want our designs to be functional for the clients. Knowing they had kiddos, we ditched breakables and opted for fun graphic books + this whitewashed funky bowl with unique filler accents. We can totally see the boys playing some kind of game with those X's and their toy cars!

This glitzed up loft needed to be down home enough for this family's youngest inhabitants. To create that feeling of cozy, we focused on adding texture in the textiles. The right textiles. Mixing and matching patterns and details with these Crate and Barrel throw pillows keep the aesthetic on track but add that homey touch.

We couldn't be more thrilled for our clients to further settle into their new home. Seeing this project complete absolutely shows us that often times, taking the risk to move beyond your comfort zone is more than worth the reward waiting for you.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this reveal where we showcase their boys room...

Emily + Bekah

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