I tend to think that loft renovations I see in magazines and newspapers are all more or less the same, but this one really struck a cord with me – last Thursday The NYimes featured the mega renovation of Billy Morrissette’s SoHo loft, filling the story with analogies about moving back to NYC from L.A., darkness in the original space and Morrissette’s status as recently divorced and depressed, etc. etc. In spite of all that, what I really liked about the story was the collaborative relationship he had with his architect, and that even though he was spending hundreds of thousands on the reno, he was not above building a dining room table out of poplar and IKEA legs, turning an old suitcase into a table, or using soundproofing material to make a headboard. You could really see this guy’s personality through his place; I know I’d walk in and say “I want to get to know the person who lives here.” Check out the full article and slideshow here.
photos by Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times