On season four of HGTV Design Star, contestant Torie designs an artist loft for 8-year-old Carina, whose favorite colors are green, red and blue. Her big wow factor is a focal wall with her name illuminated over an assortment of fabrics.
Natural materials were the foundation of the loft's look, from exposed brick painted white and hickory floors to the leather sofa and natural fiber rug in the living room. For the floors, designers maintained the 2 1/4" width plank that was typical to artist lofts of the building's early 20th century era.
The upstairs loft living room features cinnamon-colored walls fanned by large hand-stenciled gingko leaves. A set of channel-tufted walnut library chairs in soft chenille fabrics bracket the small chest of drawers, where a bronze sculpture by renowned artist Robert Hooke stands.
You can still live large in a tiny apartment! A stunning, natural wood coffee table features prominently in this small studio remodel by designer Jarret Yoshida. Soft grays and muted lavenders help carry the relaxed feel through the space, while a large charcoal artwork by artist Josh Bricker evokes organic, floral imagery. Curling up on the sofa with a good book would be a joy in this cozy space.
It’s always nice when you come home to be greeted by something you love to see. In this apartment, a small hallway near the entry is home to one of Leyden’s favorite pieces. This “larger than life” drawing by artist, Chinatsu Seya is a quiet statement but a powerful one. Yet its detailed greyscale depiction of what Leyden calls, “the most lush dreadlocks,” is only the start of its appeal. “It’s over-scaled for the space,” the designer also notes, “which really makes an impact.”
A vintage kitchen cupboard handed down from my parents does double duty in a hallway as storage for gift wrap and shipping supplies, kitchen linens and other items. Figuring out where to store things in a historic home is a perennial problem but not as challenging as in previous homes. A small portion of my vintage suitcase collection on top of the hutch once functioned as a much-needed storage tower of suitcases and room divider in the closet-free two-room apartment where I lived with my husband in New York City's East Village. The "Pray for Atlanta" artwork is by beloved Atlanta artist R. Land. A metal basket holds my son's sports equipment and vintage wooden tennis rackets, which we still use.