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Gracious Loft-Style Living

Designer Vicki Bolick furnished a stark and vast open dwelling with a mix of traditional and contemporary elements, easing one woman's transition from house to loft.

Atlanta-based interior designer Vicki Bolick nurtured her client through a midlife design crisis with classic and contemporary solutions to a recently purchased loft space. The client lived in the space for almost a year before she contacted Vicki. Overwhelmed and frustrated, she needed major assistance pulling the cavernous 32' x 27' room together.

Vicki came up with a concept that included built-ins, additional lighting, furniture groupings, soft window treatments and a wisp of paint color on the walls. Four months later her client had a harmonious and elegant place to entertain big and small.

What was on the homeowner's wish list?

My client is in her fifties and wanted to start living in a whole new way. She wanted to downsize from a bigger, more traditional-style house, and wanted a fresh, clean new look.

The space lacked architectural detail so I created some with classic built-in bookshelves around the fireplace. That additional storage gave us room to store A/V equipment and to display various things. Lighting was also an issue. The dark espresso kitchen seemed to soak up all the light and made the place feel cave-like. I added can lights and spotlights throughout.

I think the most challenging part of the space was defining the living areas and creating a sense of warmth in such a large living area. And I didn’t want it to seem "overdone," which really equated to not crowding the space with too many pieces, and simply making sure it was purposeful.

I like the glint and sparkle of metals used throughout the space. The coffee and side tables have metallic accents as does the sideboard in the dining room. I also like the use of glass surfaces, letting light in and through and feeling airy.

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