Jan's Cotton Exchange Building Loft

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Name: Jan Sheehan (plus daughters Susanna & Julie some of the time, and two cats, Scout & Asher)
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Size: 1862 square feet
Years lived in: 2 months

Jan's loft offers her interpretation of living in a historic building, which includes the pairing of celadon green and lavender walls. The curvature of her dining room wall accentuates the feminine lines and elements of her home. I am in love with her unexpected choices, such as utilizing a larger side table as her bedside table. After looking through her home photos more than a few times, I am still swooning over her vintage chandelier in her bedroom.

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Jan's sister encouraged her to just go for it and design in the way that makes her most happy. She seized the opportunity to completely indulge herself and make the space her own. The result - a warm and inviting home that is a direct reflection of her personality. I am so tempted to book that last minute flight to Fort Worth and be Jan's extended stay visitor.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Part Deco, part Mod laced with a little Paris flea market.

Inspiration: The building itself, which was built in the 1920's as a cotton exchange. It has original wavy glass windows with a view of the cool friezes on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram building across the street. That’s where my parents worked when my sister and I were growing up. So living here is incredibly nostalgic for me, but at the same time it’s something totally new.

Favorite Element: It’s a tie between the curved wall, the light fixtures, and the Yaya Chang painting of one of my favorite things (cake). I just brought it home from Paris.

Biggest Challenge: Living half a country away in Los Angeles while the unit was being built out. Even though I had picked all the materials and made visits at certain points, I wasn’t really sure how it would all come together until the day I moved in.

What Friends Say: That it is very much my own. They also want to know when I will be having a party.

Biggest Embarrassment: There are little tumbleweeds of cat fur everywhere!

Proudest DIY: Using cool wrapping paper to make instant wall art and decorative trays.

Biggest Indulgence: Vintage bar cart from Empiric, and turn of the century wine glasses.

Best advice: My sister, who has an incredible eye for design, encouraged me to forgo a “safe” palette and to indulge my lifelong obsession with the combination of purple and green.

Dream source: Emmerson Troop in Los Angeles (I can dream about their vintage Italian light fixtures, can’t I?) and ABC Home in NY

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Resources of Note:

APPLIANCES

  • GE

FURNITURE

ACCESSORIES

  • Mirror (bar): Williams-Sonoma Home by Way of eBay
  • Mirror (bedroom): HD Buttercup (Los Angeles)
  • Accent Pillows: ABC Home (New York)

RUGS & CARPETS

  • Living Room “Lily Pad” Rug: Empiric

LIGHTING

  • Entry Hall and Dining Room: Horchow
  • Bedroom Vintage Chandelier: Heaven Antiques (Los Angeles)
  • Table Lamps (living room and bedroom): Mortise & Tenon (Los Angeles)
  • Bedroom Floor Lamp: eBay

BEDS

ARTWORK

WINDOW TREATMENTS

PAINT

  • Lavande, Needlepoint (accent walls), and Celadon Green: ICI Paints

OTHER

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Thanks Jan!

Images: Jesus Prieto

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Marcia is an interior, portrait, and travel photographer and has photographed over 50 homes of creatives. Her photographic style is capturing her subject in the most natural state and creating an emotional response.

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