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Friday
May132016

The vertical loft

Designed as a live/work space for an artist the standout design feature of this home is the freestanding OSB shelving system that rises over four floors with access from each level. The first two floors are devoted the studio space and storage with racking system for paintings and the cube storage while climbing higher brings you to the living areas on the top two floors. Modern minimalism contained within a 100 year old shell. DL House by Nuno Alves de Carvalho of Portuguese architecture and design firm URBAstudios.

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Thursday
Apr212016

The elephant in the room

Or should that be the skeleton on the ceiling? It may be the deal breaker if you want to come on my virtual getaway to this loft style apartment in Tribeca, New York which ticks all the boxes. Exposed brick walls, light streaming in the the tall windows, a mini jungle, curios on industrial style shelves, great kitchen ... and the skeleton above the dining table. I've been staring at it for ages trying to work out what the model is actually of. Ichthyosaur? Prehistoric razor toothed dolphin? A cousin of the Loch Ness Monster? It would certainly make for an interesting dinner party conversation. Franklin Place is available through onefinestay

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Wednesday
Apr062016

Earls Court apartment

Alex of Kia Designs sent over photos of a property they designed that is soon going to be listed for sale. It is lofty with huge windows which are both bonuses in my book so I had to share. This particular property was once the ballroom of a grand townhouse on the Chelsea borders in London. The space had previously been converted into a pokey two bed, 1 bath flat with large mezzanine and windowless kitchen. It felt very much like a student let, with compromised ceiling heights and awkward room sizes and no storage. You were very aware that you were in a room which had been chopped up. We emptied it and started from scratch, highlighting the grander elements, like the stunning windows and balcony and the vast ceiling height. We then moved the kitchen into the living space, so that you actually got to enjoy the view. In it’s place we put a personal gym, as the flat is in an area which oddly lacks one, despite being full of prime clientele. We included lots of storage in the entrance hall and enlarged the downstairs bathroom. The original mezzanine space became a grand master bedroom, with a walk-thought wardrobe into a hidden ensuite. The Tom Dixon copper lights were bought a few years ago, so they were quite unusual at the time they went in…. Did I mention the windows?! GORG! If I bought this space I think I would want to highlight them a bit more - maybe paint the frames and shutters black. I would splurge on some massive art work and a tall ornate gold vintage mirror for over the fireplace. Such a great space to play around with. 

Wednesday
Apr062016

The loft list

Light filled. Tick. Huge open plan. Tick. Steel framed windows. Tick. White painted bricks and white washed floors. Tick tick. Cool artwork, fab furniture, a statement fireplace and even the obligatory accessory, the swing. Tick all those boxes. There is a definite loft love list that we keep here at Desire to Inspire and this Harrison St. interior, in the heart of Manhattan's TriBeCa, by Søren Rose Studio is definitely a success.

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Tuesday
Mar292016

A light filled loft

I do like a light filled loft. Yes I do. Almost as much as I love steel framed industrial windows, the tiniest touch of retro, books and all of the lighting in this light filled loft. Love the high concrete ceilings, the exposed pipes and the Douglas fir floors. Love it all. London loft apartment by Cloud Studios.

 

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