Midwest #20: Rob's Loft

Name: Rob
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Size: 698 sf
Rent/Own: Own

What is the advantage of SMALL? The smaller the place, the easier it is to create an atmosphere. Every piece of artwork and every trinket has been carefully chosen to reflect the things I love -- particularly music, theatre and travel. For instance, the walls of my entranceway are adorned with Broadway posters. Although my bedroom has no real windows, I have put old barn door windows on the wall, which are filled with photos of France. Another advantage of living in a small place is that it is easier to clean and organize. When I come home from work, instead of worrying about endless chores, I can put on some jazz music, turn on my fountain and lounge on my cosy leather couch.

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What's your favorite resource for your home?

I enjoy shopping online because it can be easier to find exactly what you're looking for and at an affordable price. The custom-made photo sign above my desk, my vintage Coca Cola clock, most of my Broadway posters, and the cat pillows on my couch were ordered on the Internet.

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home?

I love the many colors! Picking just one color seemed boring, so I chose five different colors to use throughout the loft. The entranceway is a brick color, the kitchen walls are cream, the living room walls are green, the bathroom is a sunny yellow and the bedroom is denim blue. All of the colors were chosen to closely match the art deco rug. The colors come together to create a chic, cherry feeling.


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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.