House Tour: Taylor and Mandy's Eclectic Loft

(Welcome again to Manuela, one of the finalists in our Blogger search. She's writing from Seattle. Comment away!)

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Name: Taylor & Mandy Calloway
Location: Seattle, Washington
Size: 709 sq ft
Years lived in: 3

If it weren�t for Taylor Calloway�s mean brisket, you wouldn�t know he hailed from Texas. Both transplants from the Lone Star state, Taylor and Mandy Calloway fit right in in the Pacific Northwest with their passion for sustainable design, eagerly looking for ways to incorporate green materials into their designs. Architect and interior designer respectively, they put their talent to good use in fixing up their condo in the heart of downtown Seattle...

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...They snagged a place in a great location; right next door to Pike Place Market, their apartment looks west to Puget Sound. They both walk to work � and why not? They are just a few flights of stairs (or an elevator ride on a weary day) away from the office (where they both work), which occupies one of the storefronts.

Exposed brick and timber enrich the character of the space; quirky additions like the beat-up chipped-paint doors lend personality (and happen to be an inventive room divider!).

As illustrated in the pictures, there is no separate bedroom. Undaunted, Taylor and Mandy implemented a creative track system to create visual privacy. Next, they went to work on the kitchen and the bath. They even managed to fit a grand piano into their space and still not have it feel cluttered. Now that is some serious space-wizardry!

The Calloways� sense of material and texture is impeccable; and the results are truly drool-worthy. Their place is so cool we bet you�ll forget you�re looking at a mere 700 square feet.

Style: Eclectic modern

Inspiration: Loft style and living, green/sustainable design (we have bamboo floors, recycled paper/fly ash countertops, low voc paint, natural stone in bathroom)

Favorite element: Exposed timber beams and ceiling

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Biggest challenge: Closet storage; there simply isn't enough space and we have had to be clever and creative to hide clutter. We did so with a wall shelving system which was then hidden by full height drapery on a track.

What friends say: How did you get that piano in here?! They also note how impressive it is that we have everything we need in such a small space and it isn't overwhelming or cluttered.

Biggest embarrassment: Lighting...we have had very little budget to do what needs to be done...now that we have a new kitchen and bath, the poor light quality really stands out.....next project for sure!

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Proudest DIY: Steel backsplash in kitchen and mosaic tile at vanity

Biggest indulgence: Entire bathroom!!!!! We wanted a serene space, where we could relax. We also splurged on fixtures.

Best advice (given or received): Our advice is to find a great plumber...

Dream source (for stuff): Dwell, Poliform, DWR.

Thanks, Taylor and Mandy!

-manuela