Photo Gallery: Stylish Loft Living
Industrial inspiration for any space.
Originally used to store farm machinery, the Caverhill building in Montreal is now home to this glamorous loft. The homeowners paid homage to the building’s historic architecture by adding moulding and columns to a custom-built bookcase dividing the living room from the home office. On a practical note, open shelving is also the perfect place to display a beautiful collection of silver and crystal.
In the same loft, a charming apron sink, shaker-style cabinetry and dark oiled-soapstone counters infuse the kitchen with unexpected farmhouse style.
Raw brick painted airy white, tone-on-tone bedding and luxuriously full drapes wrap this Montreal loft bedroom in elegance. Topped by twinkling crystals, this mostly white space gets its interest from a palette of textures and dramatic gold and black accents.
In Lemieux’s dining room, an ornate late-19th-century brass and crystal chandelier is a gorgeous contrast to the dining room’s clean-lined bookshelves, teak mid-century modern chairs and contemporary artwork.
Warm wood floors run throughout Lemieux’s entire loft, adding an organic element to the otherwise industrial space. In the spare and elegant kitchen, Bertoia wire stools enforce the modern vibe and leave the counter’s striking herringbone panelling visible. An oversized pendant light is a playful way to light the kitchen.
In this Toronto loft, the homeowner wanted a mix of strong and girly. To accomplish this, she worked with designer Jessica Cotton to embrace the raw elements of the space while adding her own personal style. The contemporary walnut wall, built-in bookshelf, shag rug and purple accent cushions lend a feminine touch to this industrial room, warming it significantly.
The homeowner softened the edges of her new home by drywalling the concrete walls and painting everything a warm cream, including the kitchen. The lower cabinets and island were sprayed the same cream as the walls, and upper cabinets were removed in favour of floating shelves. With no upper cabinets, the new Carrara marble blackplash is the kitchen’s focal point. A crystal chandelier and upholstered stools with nailhead trim add sparkle and old-Hollywood glam to the space.
Tucked away in a small alcove off the loft’s entryway, this lilliputian home office features a marble desk surface, modern chair and patterned rug. A pretty console table, turned lamp and floral scroll add feminine curves to the linear space.
With expansive windows and 19′ ceilings, this loft in Vancouver’s Gastown district called for generously proportioned pieces. The 5-1/2′ x 4-1/2′ chandelier, which required scaffolding to be assembled and hung, provides a dramatic focal point in the room. Classic silhouettes, like the overstuffed tufted sofa and wing chair, and a luxe palette of white, black, silver and grey create a chic contrast with the industrial elements in the space.
The delicate scrollwork of the wrought-iron railing that supplanted a dated one made of glass and white metal tubing was inspired by a week in Paris, where the homeowners loved the wrought iron they saw there. The new railing ties in with the street lamps visible through the windows, and creates a pretty sight line from the living room below.
The black and white colour palette of the loft is brought to a new level of sophistication in the bedroom, with accents such as a crystal chandelier, a mirrored side table, and pared down artwork. A poured concrete floor and modern dog sculpture add an element of playfulness to the traditional, high-glamour vibe of the space.
In House & Home design editor Stacey Begg’s loft, a beautiful floral focus wall wallpapered in daffodil yellow is the perfect complement for warm chocolate tones and an expansive exposed brick wall. Sunshades let in diffused light through the large, industrial-style windows of this vintage modern space.
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High ceilings and an open floor plan can be tricky to decorate. To define the ‘rooms’ in her loft, Stacey used statement pieces, like this huge arc lamp over the dining table, to delineate each ‘room’ from the next.
An antler chandelier, shag rug, and Hudson’s Bay throw add a lodge-like, après-ski vibe to Stacey’s modern bedroom with exposed brick and ceiling pipes. A charming mix of floral, trellis and herringbone patterned bedding add comfort and warmth.
White-painted brick walls let the stunning architecture of this space speak for itself. The colour scheme was taken from Regina’s natural elements: wheat-yellow and leaf-green. Vintage film lights and and weathered metal accents contribute to the raw feeling of the loft, while cosy textiles and the fireplace make it livable.
Original elements, such as cement flooring and wood beams, survived the conversion. The kitchen/dining area was customized with playful, apple-green cabinets to add a custom feel to the space.
On the second level of the loft, steel wall frames with panels of clear and translucent glass add privacy. To maintain the openness of the space, the staircase was constructed of a steel mesh-screen railing. A skylight allows natural light to flow in year-round.
It’s hard to believe that this Toronto-area loft — which features a personal gym, dressing room and spa bathroom — was once a raw concrete box. The glass side panel on this beautiful modern and minimalist staircase has a fresh, nautical feel, and leaves the space feeling open and airy.
In the double-height loft living room, an oak storage cabinet runs the length of the space, providing a base for a gas fireplace. Upholstered pieces and classic Barcelona chairs, set atop a hand-tufted rug, foster a sense of intimacy in the oversized room.
Oak shelves hung above the living room desk emphasize the 18-foot ceilings, as well as provide a place to store books, objets and other items. The combination of wood tones and off-white paint gives the space a warm feel, softening the industrial elements. The home gym looks over the living area.