Joel & McKenzie's Salvaged Live/Work Loft

Joel & McKenzie's Salvaged Live/Work Loft

Sarah Rainwater
Jan 26, 2011
Name: Joel & McKenzie Taplin, and their 14-month-old daughter Gere Location: Monohasset Mill — Providence, Rhode Island Size: 2,700 square feet Years lived in: 11 — rented, then owned One of over 30 live/work spaces in the Monohasset Mill building on Providence's West Side, Joel & McKenzie's loft evokes a feeling of cozy farmhouse minimalism despite its expansive size. Credit that to the fact that their décor is refreshingly free of big box store trappings, eschewed in favor of furnishings that are inherited, thrifted and hand made. Joel, a framer and woodworker, built out much of the loft himself — even the plumbing exhibits a sense of whimsy — first as a renter after graduating from RISD where he studied Industrial Design, and then again a few years later when he joined with other artists to buy space in the building. Many of the architectural details, like the oversize doors and industrial sinks were salvaged from local demolitions. Now a family home where he lives with his wife McKenzie, a photographer, and toddler daughter Gere, the couple celebrates their parenthood by letting bright, kid-friendly elements dominate the space. The openness allows for a blending of work, living, and play space — the perfect arrangement for a growing family. Apartment Therapy Survey: Our Style: Baby-proofed! Favorite Element: The light Biggest Challenge: The current layout came from the trial and error of living in the loft before it was renovated. For example, the kitchen used to be in another place, the front door was moved, and our sleeping loft has had 3 different iterations. We have always loved this benefit of living in a open space — if we did not like something in one place, we would move it. We've done a lot of building and demolition and rebuilding. For now things are a bit more fixed, primarily because we use the space differently now that we have a daughter. Resources of Note: Appliances: • Sink — Salvaged • Stove — Earthen Vessel, now closed • Fridge — Sears Furniture: Hand-me-down, thrift stores, and hand made Lighting: Lightolier/found Rugs & Carpets: Grandparents, IKEA, thrift stores Tiles & Stone: Home Depot and salvaged Window Treatments: IKEA curtains, Joel made the rods Beds: Hand made by Joel Artwork: Friends Flooring: Original Thanks, Joel & McKenzie! Images: Sarah Rainwater • HOUSE TOUR ARCHIVE Check out past house tours here • Interested in sharing your home with Apartment Therapy? Contact the editors through our House Tour Submission Form. • Are you a designer/architect/decorator interested in sharing a residential project with Apartment Therapy readers? Contact the editors through our Professional Submission Form.
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