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Decorating a Minimalist Modern Atlanta Loft

How do you make a 3,000-square-foot concrete-and-glass loft in Atlanta feel urban? Get designer secrets to achieve this modern high-rise style.

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Bedroom with Wall of Windows The master bedroom features a custom headboard upholstered in a silvery-brown silk linen and a pair of high-back flea market chairs picked up for $100, then reupholstered in an indoor-outdoor dark brown acrylic.

With the dining room and guest bedroom tackled, we next turned our focus to the master bedroom, the area of the loft with the most spectacular view of downtown Atlanta — a view left unobstructed thanks to clear glass half-walls, which open up to the first floor. To ensure the view remained front and center, the walls were kept white and the furniture was kept minimal. In order to keep the budget in check, we added a custom headboard upholstered in a silvery-brown silk linen and a pair of high-back flea market chairs picked up for $100, then reupholstered in an indoor-outdoor dark brown acrylic. Since the seating area of the master bedroom has the best view in the loft, and it was certain to get the most foot traffic during parties, it was important the upholstery be durable enough for all of the up-and-down, but also soft and tailored enough to fit the streamlined menswear-inspired look of the master bedroom.

Keeping our focus on the view, we made our way downstairs with design ideas in mind that wouldn't detract from the skyline just outside the window. In the kitchen, we added clear acrylic stools that allow the state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen to have a clear view out the windows. When arranging the living room, we stuck with low-slung, white vinyl 1960s sofas floating in the center, facing one another. This encouraged conversation between guests and also directed eyes back out to the view. When it came to hanging art on the 30-foot-tall white wall, we chose a four-piece navy blue, white and black abstract collection, which allowed us to use a consistent color, fire engine red, as the accent color for the first floor.

The red accents were carried on from the living room over to the lounge, tucked just underneath the industrial staircase, in the form of 1970s chrome armchairs upholstered in bright red automotive vinyl. Similar to the durability of the seating in the master bedroom, it was important the lounge upholstery also be able to withstand high traffic. Lastly, to keep the lounge light and airy, we added a 42-inch round coffee table with a Lucite and chrome base and a clear, tempered glass top.

As the project came to a close, my team and I found ourselves rather attached not only to our urban-dwelling clients, but also to the pedestrian lifestyle their high-rise offered. Directly across the street sits a 10,000-square-foot gym; two blocks up is a grocery store; restaurants and bars cover every corner for at least six blocks; and Piedmont Park, the most popular picnic and exercise area of Atlanta, is a seven minute walk up the street. With everything complete and centered around the fantastic view, it's safe to say that any seat in Jeremy and Amanda's loft is the best seat in the house.

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