Monday, July 15, 2013

Loft Tour -- Progress

It's been six weeks since we moved into our new loft, so I thought I would share an update on our progress. This is not a before and after situation. Most things outside of HGTV are not. We're slowly working our way through the loft, but I'm not sure it will ever be "done." I'll forever be rearranging and tweaking the space, so consider this progress.

So here she is! The living room and dining room are one large industrial space, with an open kitchen to the left. Our bedroom is just past the kitchen and the office/guest room is just over the wall on the right. We actually had most of this furniture when we moved, but this was the first time we had a chance to "arrange" it rather than just squeeze it in wherever it fit.

I can't get enough of the 11ft ceilings and 8ft windows. Our place in Chicago was bright, but this takes it to another level.

The dining table and chairs were a new purchase for us. We found them at an antique store that specializes in 50s, 60s and 70s pieces, so they're only new to us. 

I love the clean lines and leginess. Yes, I just called a table leggy. So many of the new pieces I looked at were overbearing and heavy. In this space, it needed to feel light and open. The leggy legs on this Mid-Century Modern piece did just the thing. The grainy walnut finish is gorgeous too. I may have the chairs reupholstered at some point, but I'm liking the black leather for now. 

The windows really make the place. Old brown sofa made the move and is hanging in there, though needs more frequent fluffing than it used to. Poor old guy was the only seating in my past three apartments. The pillow we refer to as "Howards Biological Mother" makes it cuddly. 

Sofa - Klaussner, Fuzzy Pillow - Target, Throw - World Market, Rug - Purchased in Turkey / Table - Vintage via My Parent's Basement

Here you can see one of the original posts in the loft. The building is a 100-year old former shoe factory and the construction is SOLID. Check out the iron joist that connects the beams. Crazy! And the beams run throughout to the bedroom. I love the element of character these provide in a rehabbed space.

Chair - Reupholstered vintage via My Parent's Basement, Table - Vintage via my Grandmother's House, Lamp - Homegoods

With the natural light and comfy chair, this is becoming a good reading and blogging spot.

The kitchen is open to the rest of the space, with the stove and bulk of prep space facing the windows. It's been amazing to the have the Husband actually fit into the kitchen with me. Plus I can feed my House Hunters addiction while cooking. #Unnecessary

This is where all the action has been going down. There is enough room for my big block, knives and stove all next to one another. The uninterrupted workspace is beyond amazing.

Here's the other side of the kitchen, looking over to the dining area. The backsplash is stainless steel, which I'm loving.

Then I tried to get a picture in the kitchen with Howard and he was not having it. Apparently he's reached his photo max for the week (too many Instagrams). The one time this dog doesn't want to cuddle...

If he weren't so cute and lovable, he'd be in serious trouble for ruining this blog post. Naturally he's exhausted after this endeavor and is now sleeping on the couch. 

The living room area is certainly the most put together, with the bedroom and office coming along. Sneak peek below, but neither are quite there yet. Remember what I said about progress above? It all starts slow...

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