The Tour continues this week with The Loft, a collection of urban home furniture and accents that offers modern functionality. This trendy and edgy look shows attitude, individuality, and sophisticated personality.
Home Office Furniture
A home office doesn’t have to be fancy. Plenty of start-ups have been born at a kitchen table, or a piece of plywood thrown across a couple of saw horses. This collection is infused with that same can-do spirit, and is designed to be a solid launching pad for your next great idea.
If you’re just starting out, your living space is probably limited. The desks in this collection pack a lot of function into their minimalist forms. Yet their beauty might compel you to design the rest of your living space around them. And why not? Chances are your office is going to share space with your living room, dining room, or even bedroom.
Warm up what might otherwise seem like a cold, reclaimed warehouse condo with plenty of warm wood grains. Choose a desk that recalls a rough-and-ready steamer trunk set on top of a couple of saw horses. Use a dining room wine butler to store office supplies and a few bottles to celebrate your next success. Coordinated with light neutral walls, wood frames for your wall art, and a solid-color tile floor, and you have a welcoming space that’s ready to go to work.
A different take on this old-is-new idea: surround our glass-and-saw-horse desk with rustic décor, such as hand-woven baskets, repurposed machine gears, and a single potted plant set inside a palm-front laundry basket. If your space has exposed brick and interior pipes, don’t cover them up! Let them be part of the atmosphere.
If you like a clean, spare, industrial look, go for it with steel-and-glass desk units and shelving. If your office shares space with a living or dining area, keep the floors and walls simple and uncluttered to contribute to an open, airy feeling.
Let’s say you’re working toward the future with your feet rooted firmly in tradition. Choose a combination desk and shelving unit in fine finished woods, and pair it with a solid, leather-upholstered chair. Though this piece looks vintage, it has a convenient, removable panel underneath the knee space to make it easy to access printer and fax cables.
Living Room Furniture
Casual and classy, that’s what you want from a Loft-style living room. Space-saving designs, like curved couches and multi-purpose cocktail tables, are just what you need to make the most of small spaces.
Choose a comfy, overstuffed couch and side chair, and pair it with rustic-look cocktail and end tables. Though it may look like an inherited treasure, this cocktail table has a secret: a pop-up section that makes it easy to enjoy a snack while watching TV or entertaining guests. Cool, quirky pieces like these deserve an equally creative floor.
Here’s a secret about floors: they don’t have to be all one color or material! There’s no law that says you can’t do one section in tile, another in hardwood, maybe even another in fieldstone. It’s a great way to visually divide up one big space, or just go wild with a creative pattern.