Thursday, September 17th, 2009

D.I.Y. Art, What to do with Ticket Stubs, and Some Other Good Ideas


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I stopped by my friend Lucas’s loft in the Old Fourth Ward today and took about a million pictures. Between the funky flash and the fact that I was dizzy, I’m not thrilled with the results, but the ideas are so good I had to share a few with you immediately anyway. I’ll share more of a house tour in a later post after some photo editing attempts, but for now, here are a few of his great ideas.

Aren’t these ticket stub shadowboxes a great idea? I have ticket stubs floating all over my house, some in scrapbooks, some on bulletin boards, I even saw one in my laundry room the other day. I’d love to get them all in one place, as each one carries different memories (side note: perhaps I’ll blow up the one from the Depeche Mode concert this past month – that show was AWESOME! OK, back to Lucas…) Lucas is a singer-songwriter and goes to see live music ALL the time. I even spy Suzanne Vega’s signature on a stub in his collection.

Lucas has a knack with IKEA frames. The piece above was bought from an artist in Provincetown, and he gave it more of a presence with an inexpensive black frame. The piece below is a tangle of old guitar wires that he was gathering up to toss out. When he saw they had formed a heart shape, he popped them in another frame:

Every surface around the loft is well-curated. Living in a small studio instilled the feeling of only keeping things you need and love around the house. Lucas entertains a lot, and I noticed he utilized trays and modern tray tables all over his home for various things. He keeps his bar beautiful with fresh flowers and candles.

A TV-related tree, currently some sort of shrine to Carrie Bradshaw!

Again, sorry for the photo quality. I’m not sure what happened there, and I feel like they don’t do the art or the space justice! Luckily, I have a bunch of photos from Lucas himself which are much better than mine. You can sort through them all in this flickr set if you’d like a peek before the house tour post!

Oh, and in case you were wondering about the note in the shadowbox, “U Cute” was a note left in grease pen on a Burger King bag by a toothless cashier who was staring at Lucas so much that he said “I was afraid he was gonna cut me.” It was only later as he picked up his burger detritus that he saw the note and it all made sense! Did I mention that Lucas is hilarious?


Monday, March 23rd, 2009

A Loft Renovation


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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


Thursday, December 4th, 2008

And I Said “Let There Be Light!”


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Whoa. Imagine going nearly two months living in a loft (aka a box) with only one floor lamp and some lighting from the kitchen. Let me tell ya, these were two months of very long and dark nights, especially now that the sun sets at 5pm. But as of this past weekend we have light! (excuse the mess)

loft lighting

We had to get our electrical setup figured out before we could install the Lights Up! Deco Deluxe Pendant Lamps over our “dining” and “living” spaces. We actually decided to use just the two big sections of the pendants…after playing with the various pieces to the lamp we liked the simplicity of the two pieces. What is great though is if we ever want to change it up we can add the rest of the shades to the pendant and we’ve got a new lamp!

While going through this lighting process/challenge I have learned a bit about what it takes to give a home the right lighting. I’ve collected all of my findings in our lighting guide, but if you see anything missing or have additional insight, please share!


Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Loft Floorplan Ideas?


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Loft with a posing dog
Finney, the dog nephew, posing.

Loft progress installment #3. I finally had a weekend open to put away a grand total of 7 boxes. We still have about 3214564 boxes (actually more like 17) left to unpack, a trip to Mexico and company coming for Thanksgiving (aka those boxes will never be touched!). Aye! With the time I did have available I was able to take the Flickr photos I promised of all of our furniture. This way you can get a sense as to what we are working with, our style, and our challenge!

Interior designer Murphy Moon passed along three floor plan suggestions which I have been eager to share:

Murphy Moon Loft Plan B

Murphy Moon Floor Plan

Murphy Moon Floor Plan A

I love the way Murphy encourages a distinct separation of work and living space…I never would have thought to create a platform for the office space. If we can only make the separation of work/life happen! Cooper’s photography business is a work from home job so he likes to have either music or the TV on during the day to ease the silence. At the moment the TV is within easy eye distance to his desk but this just may have to change. Here is a glimpse into Cooper’s “office” with the “his and hers” Steelcase desks:

His and Hers Steelcase desks

Hopefully you can sense that we are still a ways off from having the place as we vision it…currently we are living in “survival mode.” We need more lighting, a few rugs, and dining chairs. But, we are getting there. If you have suggestions on how we should arrange things, bring it!


Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Ali moved!


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I’m in! I moved! I know there is major love right now for small spaces and I do appreciate how small places limit your material world to only the items you need/love, but I have to admit that having a bit more leg room feels really really good. I have to go against the norm, right?! The biggest factor for me was having a photography business in addition to trying to live in a 502 sq ft cozy corner with odd angles (and two people). The photo gear became a third wheel/roommate.

Anyhow, I managed to throw out my back on after lifting the fourth box that I packed (weak!) so the rest of the weekend was super slow going, but we had amazing movers who piled the heaviest boxes on top of one another and carried them away without breaking more than two sweat drops (per square centimeter). We’ve been in the space for a week and three days now and still have a lot to unpack (which is why I have not shared many photos yet), but I’ve actually had a little fun living amongst the boxes…take a look (and crank up your volume!):

A couple of folks inquired about the general floor plan of the living space so I drafted a very basic layout (I am not an architect or graphic designer, unfortunately). If you have ideas as to how I could arrange things, have at it! So far we have gone through three different setups and liked them all for different reasons. I promise to post more photos next week so you can get a better sense as to what I am really working with. Until then, use your imagination!