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!

Update: My client ended up moving before implementing the design and we edited the plan to fit his new condo.

Here are a few photos of the implemented design.

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