Client Project: City Loft

I have a design project to share with you today. This was my last project before taking a break for the twins so I’m glad it was a really fun design. My client lives in a downtown loft and likes the modern, minimalist look. He’s renting the loft, so we had limitations, but we chose items that will be flexible in another space as well.

He just moved from a different state so he didn’t have much furniture, which gave us a pretty blank slate. The loft is a one bedroom that is separated from the main living space. Today I’m sharing the main living area which also includes the kitchen/dining area.

City Loft- Living.Dining Design.

The space has super tall ceilings, lots of windows and light, and is generally a large open space, as most lofts. But there weren’t too many options for furniture arrangement since the TV needs to be against a wall, and one wall is floor to ceiling windows. The furniture he did have was a TV stand made of a dark rustic wood, and a tufted sofa in a neutral beige.

City Loft-Living layout

He is allowed to paint, even though it’s a rental, so I suggested painting the west wall behind the sofa in Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal to provide a nice backdrop for the furniture. It also breaks up all of the white walls and windows.


I went with a white and black Moroccan rug from West Elm to define the seating area.

Kasbah Wool Rug WE

My client saw these chairs from Knoll at his office so we incorporated them into the design for the seating area.

Risom Lounge Chair Knoll

Here are a few other options that we looked at:

Chair Options

We chose a glass coffee table from Room & Board to keep the seating area from feeling too heavy. The wood base ties in with the other wood accents in the room.

Dunn Cocktail Table RB

The accent table is from Crate & Barrel. It’s made of sturdy metal that ties in with other metal accents and hardware in the room.

Acadia Accent Table CB

Between all of the windows and overhead lighting in the loft, there wasn’t much need for lighting except for a reading lamp at night. This one is from All Modern and matches the kitchen fixtures.

Arc Floor Lamp All Modern

The room needed some greenery, and succulents are easy to take care of. They can also have a modern look to them if displayed right. I suggested a wood ledge from Restoration Hardware with small potted succulents evenly spaced along it for the space over the TV.

For the dining table, we wanted something simple, to not take too much away from the seating area. Here are a few options we looked at:

Dining Tables copy

We ultimately went with this dining table from Urban Wood Goods. It’s a counter height table that can also be used as an island.


I paired it with counter height Eames stools from Contemporary Furniture Warehouse.


Overhead in the kitchen and dining area is an alcove of windows, so to add a little ambiance, I included globe string lights in that area for a fun, unexpected lighting option. The clock is actually an over sized decal from Walls Need Love, which is an amazing resource for temporary wall decor (take note renters!).

My client has a large world map with amazing coloring, including a burnt orange color, for over the sofa. All of the other accessories are from West Elm and Crate & Barrel.

Next up…the bedroom design!

Hello Third Trimester.

I’m officially in my third trimester, 29 weeks to be exact, and boy did it come quickly.

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(28 Weeks)

The babies are doing great, both 2 1/2 lbs as of last week, momma on the other hand is measuring 35 weeks if I was carrying one baby. So I’m sure you can imagine the toll the growing babies are taking on my body…..and I have about 2 months to go.

They’re watching me even closer now for preterm labor, as I’ve already had a few signs, and a late night hospital visit that was zero fun. I remember being at our first OB appointment, after learning we are having twins, and the doctor warned me that many twin pregnancies result in bed rest as early as 22 weeks. While I’m thankfully not on strict bed rest, I am on modified bed rest: not able to exercise, do house work, or walk much. I can leave the house, just not run all over town or be on my feet for a long period of time. Even though I expected it, it’s a hard pill to swallow; especially now that my favorite season is here and I can’t physically do as much as I’d like to enjoy it. I know it will be worth it in the end; I’ll just look forward to next fall when we can share it with our girls.

Seeing as we only have about 2 months (maybe less…yikes!) until the babies come, we’re in scramble mode to get things done. We’re getting everything we can in order so we don’t have to think about it when we bring the girls home…insurance, finances, shopping, meal planning, house work, etc. Charlie is the best husband ever and has taken over a lot of the chores, and taking great care of me. My mom has been coming down every week to help clean and get everything we need for the nursery. It’s coming together, but I’m adjusting my priorities in the nursery as I don’t have the energy or physical ability to do all the projects I wanted to before they come.

Please keep us in your prayers as we’re in the critical stage now…our next milestone being 32 weeks. The doctor says she thinks I’ll have no problem making it that far, but our end goal is 38 weeks! We’re hoping for Christmas babies!

Winterize Your Living Room

Winterizing is a term when it comes to design, at least I think it is. One thing I love about Virginia is the seasons, and the opportunity to change your decor according to the weather outside. With all the fall home tours I’ve seen lately, I’ve been inspired to change up our home for the cooler weather. I thought I’d show you a few ideas and pieces you can add to your living room to make it feel more cozy and winterized.

Fuzzy Throws

marion house book dining room 2




Sweater+Flannel Pillows



Candles Everywhere

Cozy Living Room




Bring Nature Inside





OB-Winter copy


What are some of your favorite ways to winterize your home?

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