A Loft Designed for World Travelers
Take a virtual tour of the Brown Camp Lofts project in Des Moines, Iowa, where six urban loft spaces got floor-to-ceiling makeovers. This space was designed by Carol Schalla of Midwest Living magazine.
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Loft 102 takes advantage of 1,676 square feet of living on three levels. From upper left: Secondary entry, powder/laundry room, kitchen, dining/living room/terrace From lower left: Front entry hall, stairs up to loft bedroom, master bedroom/bath/closet. Project Editor/Designer: MWL Home Editor Carol Schalla
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Pale blue glass tiles add color to the master bath where exposed vent pipes gleam overhead. Glass block over the tub helps bring in additional light while maintaining privacy.
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Expanding a small space to twice its size, a wall of mirror is a great way to add perceived elbow room, sparkle, and light in a small space.
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View from Above
Open "windows" in the master bedroom look down over the large living space on the lower level.
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Positioned under a loft bedroom above, the kitchen is a cozy space with warm wood cabinetry from KraftMaid and large island. Rows of small pendent lights drop illumination along the length of the countertop and island.
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Design a Bar
The opposite wall of the kitchen acts as an entertaining and bar area, with an icemaker and wine chillers built in under the Silestone countertop. At the far end of the space, a built-in bench offers a place to sit and put on boots before heading out the door in inclement weather.
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A microwave (top) and lower convection oven combination adds a sleek look to this loft's kitchen. These Jenn-Air ovens have attractive curved handles -- a look that is repeated in the curved metal cabinet handles.
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Stripe Me Rich
Behind the kitchen, a striking brown-and-white-striped bathroom greets visitors. Kohler's square sink and wood base have a spa-like contemporary feel, with a slatted wood shelf for extra towels and supplies.
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Our Favorite Idea: Oversize Photos
Here's a look that's simply elegant: four large black-and-white photo prints mounted in matching frames. What a joy it would be to wake to these adorable faces each day! Wall sconces are an interesting design element as well as a light source.