Michael's "Comfortable Modern" Rowan Building Loft

Michael's "Comfortable Modern" Rowan Building Loft

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Marcia Prentice
Jun 23, 2011
Name: Michael Francesconi Location: Downtown — Los Angeles, California Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: 2 years Michael's home is not just another run-of the mill downtown space. While It is common to find concrete floors and industrial modern style furnishings in lofts, Michael has balanced out his space by incorporating color, built-ins, and unexpected furniture choices. I feel like visitors could easily forget that they are in a loft because the overall vibe feels more like a comfortable house! Apartment Therapy Survey: My Style: Comfortably Modern Inspiration: About 9 years of loft living in Downtown Los Angeles Favorite Element: The floor to ceiling brick. I knew this was my home the moment I saw the brick. Biggest Challenge: There was very little shelf space when I bought the loft, which is where the built-ins came in. What Friends Say: Can't say for sure, but it's a constant place of gathering. Biggest Embarrassment: I hear the window shades are transparent at night … Proudest DIY: Less DIY and more found-art, the tumbleweed wire sculpture I found on the side of the road - it's been with me for half a decade. Biggest Indulgence: No question, the couch. An old girlfriend helped me design it — 7 feet, extra deep, goose down and royal blue velvet. I love it. Best Advice: A glass dining table. You've got to be extra conscious of visible space in a 1-bedroom loft. The dining room table I ended up with hosts 10 and doesn't hog the space a bit. Dream Source: Long standing coveter of all things Cisco Brothers. New found fan of Croft House on La Brea. And if I could bring anyone in to handle it all, I'd love to let Miguel and Sherry Nelson of Marvimon and Smog Shoppe have at it. Resources of Note: APPLIANCES
  • Bosch Range and Microwave
  • KitchenAid Fridge
  • Bosch Washer/Dryer
HARDWARE
  • Scavolini Cabinetry
  • John Boos Kitchen Island
  • Toto Plumbing Fixtures
FURNITURE
  • Custom Couch from Sofa Co.
  • Tufted Chairs from Craigslist
  • Dining Room Table from Calligaris
  • Eames Chairs
  • Bedside Table from Blueprint
ACCESSORIES
  • Wire Ball from side of the road
  • Typewriters from family
BEDROOM
  • Bed from Blueprint
FLOORING
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Essenza Porcelain Tile
PAINT
  • Benjamin Moore China White
  • Benjamin Moore Decorators White
  • Benjamin Moore Graphite
  • Benjamin Moore Chalkboard
LIGHTING
  • Pendants from Lamp Expo
  • Table Lamp from Blueprint
OTHER
  • Bedding by Matteo Home
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