welcome to our loft. we have called this space with concrete floors, exposed brick and huge windows, “home” for the last couple of years. as we start to take the frames down and paint the walls white it is nice to remember this place the way it was before we pack up and move on. not that it ever looked the same for a long period of time. there were many re-arranges along the way because that is how i roll.
the front of our loft serves many purposes: entry, closet, guest room, and evie’s room. you just get a peek at the front door. i covered the walls with pages of an old book and since we are renting i didn’t want to glue them so they are just hanging with scotch tape. it may be one of the easiest projects possible.
our gallery wall displays art that we have collected along the way, each piece brings back a memory of a time and place. we try to find something special each time we take a trip to remind us of that place.
the skull used to hold my necklaces in the bathroom. he got so covered up that you didn’t even know what was underneath so i freed him and moved him front and center for a while. nothing is permanent when i’m around.
this side is packed with special pieces. the black and white art in the top left was made by kim. i got her to do it as a valentine’s gift for matt way back in the day; still one of our favorite pieces. the olive tree was an anniversary gift for the year that you give fruit. i gave an assortment of beers fruit-infused beers…matt always wins at giving gifts. the painted dog, named trubble, was the mascot for ruehl (which no longer exists). one of the talented artists who worked for the brand gave him to me while i was interning at abercrombie. i love that little guy!
most of the important pieces in our home are handmade. this shelf was imagined after a trip to anthropologie. they had something similar as a store display and i asked matt to make it for me (i try to encourage everyone to marry a man that can make things). the wood shelves were found in a lumber yard and intended for other projects but they look so nice holding up this books i don’t think i’ll ever let them go. my mom is still trying to figure out how i find the book i’m looking for if i don’t remember what color it is.
these big windows i will miss the most. we got magical sunlight all hours of the day. i couldn’t have asked for anything more for the first year of eve’s life when picture taking hit an all-time high. they also served as the one thing that would sooth her when nothing else would. we did a lot of gazing out on the world until everything was all better.
eve’s play area used to be our bedroom. it’s in the back corner and a little more private but this kid needed somewhere to play so the bed moved out! we have a lot of fun in here which usually ends in a real big mess of toys.
we have enjoyed our time here but have outgrown the space and have a burning desire for closets, doors, and a back yard. it won’t be long until everything is boxed up and we are on our way. 2014 is going to be a good one.