Urban Spaces: Minimalist Modern Atlanta Loft
This 3,000-square-foot concrete-and-glass loft is a prime example of Atlanta's modern urban high-rise style.
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November 25, 2014
After meeting a young, successful Atlanta couple who responded to a posting to purchase vintage furniture from my former downtown loft, they hired me as the designer of their 3,000-square-foot concrete-and-glass loft in the pedestrian neighborhood known as Midtown.
Mod Powder Room
Just off the loft's entry is a sleek, ultra-modern powder room. The walls are covered in gray-green glass tile, and the pedestal sink is made of chrome.
Living Room, Above
Jeremy and Amanda's Midtown loft is geared mostly toward entertaining and relaxation. To ensure the view of downtown Atlanta remained front and center, the living room furniture was arranged floating in the center of the room. Not only does this allow guests to engage in conversation easily, but it also keeps a clear flow of traffic throughout the space, providing ample standing room during events.
So as not to distract from the beautiful view of the Atlanta skyline, the art in the living room was hung halfway up the perpendicular ultra-white wall; although the art draws guests over and into the living room, once seated, their attention is turned directly out the window. The blues and blacks found in the art by Robert DeLoach carry on throughout the loft, from the accent wall of the upstairs landing to the blue bedding of the guest bedroom.
The first floor is packed with urban design features, including the open-concept kitchen and great room, a steel staircase down the center with a lounge below, as well as ample sunlight, which streams in through a 30-foot-tall wall of glass windows.
Low-profile seating was tucked just below the steel staircase, creating a comfy, modern lounge space. The vintage chrome armchairs were reupholstered with red automotive vinyl, which is not only UV protected to resist sun-fading from the harsh rays streaming in through the 30-foot-tall wall of glass, but it's also durable enough to withstand the high traffic of Jeremy and Amanda's loft during their entertaining-packed weekends.
Jeremy and Amanda outfitted the kitchen with all high-end design elements. The white marble countertops contrast sharply with the dark custom cabinetry. A backsplash made of back-painted glass keeps the sleek, architectural aesthetic of the loft ongoing throughout the first floor. The extra-deep island countertop doubles as an eating space, complete with storage below.
Of all areas of the loft, the couple splurged the most on their state-of-the-art kitchen, which includes an integrated coffee and espresso maker.
Dining Room Drama
To add drama and a touch of Southern farmhouse style to their dining room, Jeremy and Amanda had a rustic farmhouse table lacquered in white, then added high-end black Maarten Baas Smoke chairs. The contrast between the white and the black adds high drama; the back wall was also painted black to delineate the dining room from the nearby lounge.
Jeremy and Amanda's dining room is packed with vintage pieces, including a Danish modern sideboard that houses all of their entertaining items. Above sits a resin-and-acrylic abstract by Atlanta artist David E. Peterson.
Built-In Home Office
A fully functional home office sits across from the dining room, tucked behind the state-of-the-art kitchen. An entire wall of built-ins keeps books and supplies neat and organized, and a pop art piece of actor Jude Law by artist Ronnie Bautista hangs above the desk area.
Light-Filled Guest Suite
Thanks to a half-wall that opens up to the first-floor great room and its 30-foot-tall wall of glass, the guest bedroom is packed with natural light all day long.
To add energetic pizzazz to their second-floor landing, which leads both to the master suite as well as the guest suite and laundry room, Jeremy and Amanda had the wall painted a cool shade of robin's egg blue. The blue on the walls helps highlight the blues found in the original wooden sculpture by Atlanta artist Robert DeLoach.
Instead of using the closet area of the second-story landing simply for storage, Jeremy and Amanda turned it into a full-fledged laundry room, complete with an 8-foot folding station made of a granite countertop.
The bedroom of Jeremy and Amanda's guest suite was intended to be masculine and industrial. Both active and outdoorsy, it's common for their weekend escapes to include trips to the lake, or even riding all-terrain vehicles in rural areas. The steel frame canopy bed adds industrial flair, while the navy blue bedding and black midcentury modern side table have masculine appeal.
To add industrial flair to the guest bedroom, Jeremy and Amanda chose a canopy bed with modern architecture, featuring steel and square tubular construction.
One of the ongoing design elements found throughout the loft is the use of graphic impact. Above the bed in the guest room sits an original pop art painting of actress Scarlett Johansson by Atlanta artist Ronnie Bautista.
Since the loft is intended mostly for weekend escapes, and Jeremy and Amanda have a good amount of overnight company, guests are welcomed to all Atlanta has to offer with an activity basket complete with a map of in-town hot spots.
Jeremy and Amanda spared no expense to outfit their guest suite as a relaxing getaway for visitors. The double vanity allows enough space for couples to use the space simultaneously.
After sunny weekends spent outdoors, guests can relax and shower off or soak in the guest suite bathroom. The glass shower enclosure not only keeps the room open and airy, it also works as a room divider between the entry and the soaking tub.
Iridescent mosaic glass tiles add architectural interest above the soaking tub while also playing with light. For a fresh dash of color, the wall behind the tub was painted celery green and houses floating shelves that hold clean-scented candles.
For an unexpected choice of material, Jeremy and Amanda had the floors of their guest suite bathroom covered in 12x12 terrazzo tiles. The man-made material is a composite pre-cast with bits of glass, marble and granite, which adds a sparkle and shimmer element depending on how it's hit with light.
Although much of the furnishings in the loft are vintage-modern, a few custom pieces were added to the design, including a platform bed upholstered with a silvery brown silk linen. To bring industrial flair to the space, vintage metal chests powder-coated with dark brown paint were used in place of night stands, then topped with sculptural chrome table lamps from the 1960s.
The 22-by-16-foot master bedroom offered enough space to incorporate a small desk area. After visiting local vintage boutique Scarlett Loves Rhettro named after the iconic Atlanta-based novel and movie Gone With the Wind Jeremy and Amanda added a Danish modern desk and a mint-condition Eames Eiffel chair in a vivid red-orange tone. A wood-and-resin piece by Robert DeLoach adds a jolt of color above, which coordinates with the bold orange chair.
Danish Modern Desk
Aside from being well-suited for their modern-style interior design, Jeremy and Amanda also loved the Danish modern desk for its graphic detail, especially the ovular, recessed pulls of its drawers.
To accentuate the clean, modern architectural lines of their high-rise loft, Jeremy and Amanda incorporated iconic modern furniture pieces, including a red-orange Eames Eiffel chair.
The walk-in closet of the master bedroom was made of basic building materials, yet designed in a way that makes them look high-end. Birch picked up at a home improvement chain was heavily sanded, then stained with a shade of ebony and used to create the casing for the closet storage system. A poppy, multicolored stripe chair adds space for Amanda to change in and out of heels as she comes and goes from nights out on the town.
Aside from the kitchen, the master bathroom was where Jeremy and Amanda splurged most. To add super-sleek vanities, they opted for wall-mounted faucets, which created a spa-like, cascading effect when in use. Hooks on nearby walls keep the couple's clothes neat and tidy as they get ready for nights out with friends.
Soak It Up
One of the biggest splurges of the project was the master bathroom soaking tub. The sides of the tub overflow with water, creating a cascading effect. Instead of installing a wall-mounted faucet, the water instead streams into the tub from the ceiling above.
Let It Pour
The biggest Aha! moment of the master bathroom is the plumbing of the infinity soaking tub, which pours out through the ceiling.