Gracious Loft-Style Living

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


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By: Jane Dagmi

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.

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Color Me Darker

Custom bookcases bring in much-needed architectural detail and help anchor the seating area. Designer Vicki Bolick made a subtle color change on the mantel and interior of the bookcase, painting the areas a darker taupe to add definition and dimension.

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No-Watering Rule

The homeowners love the look of flowers, but don't like the maintenance routine that real plants require. Vicki worked around her "no-watering rule" with floral paintings and the spare use of low-maintenance plants.

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Gray and Blue Color Scheme

The neutral and blue color palette unifies the space. Soft colors take away the starkness and bring out the vibrancy in the art.

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Intimate Dining Is an Option

Vicki offset the dark finish on the dining area furniture by using a glass-top table, light chairs and silver accessories.

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In Love With Linen

Even though the custom linen chair is traditional in shape, it feels modern upholstered in a jaunty stripe in an airy, open room.

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What was the largest design issue in this remodel?

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.

What are some of the challenges in designing an open loft space?

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.

What are some of the details you like best?

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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