Casey's Loft Life

Casey's Loft Life

Jason Loper
Jul 16, 2010

Name: Casey Fritz and Eric Sodemann
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Size: 620 square feet
Years lived in: 3

I've always wanted to live in a loft so I'll admit right now that it was pretty easy for me to fall in love with Casey's condo. With its 14-foot ceilings, concrete floors, and exposed steel beams and railroad trestles, Casey's home is the loft of my dreams. And even though it's only 620 square feet, the high ceiling and open floor plan make it feel much larger.

Casey's loft near downtown Minneapolis has been thoughtfully decorated. The furniture is a mix of old and new yet it all feels cohesive. Casey has arranged the furniture to carve out separate areas, making great use of the open floorplan. The chaise divides the living area and the new marble topped table creates a dining area.

The half-wall that separates the bedroom is the only room divider. By painting it a dark color, Casey has given this half-wall great visual interest, complete with space-multiplying mirrors and artwork. Casey used the same color to accentuate part of the wall in the living area, too.

Casey's loft feels both modern and old-fashioned at the same time. Overlooking the building's modern garden and the nearby historic Pillsbury mansions, the condo's old/new style mash-up matches the neighborhood's eclectic sensibility.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My/Our style: Eclectic/cohesive

Inspiration: European lofts, gracious Southern homes and my love of shiny objects.

Favorite Element: The concrete floors and the railroad trestle supports. The building has no support columns. It was built as the headquarters of the Minneapolis St. Louis Railway, so they used what they had. Lots of steel beams and railroad trestles.

Biggest Challenge: Window treatments (14 foot ceilings).

What Friends Say: Everyone loves it and always says, "I can't believe this is only 600 square feet".

Proudest DIY: Making a curtain rod out of plant hangers and copper pipes and custom drapes sewn out of burlap. It adds in the contrast of textures.

Biggest Indulgence: Books! I love books. I bought a kindle and craig's listed it the next day...I prefer an actual book in my hands. And when you live somewhere in which storage is precious, buying and keeping books is truly an indulgence. I also love supporting local artists. The "angel/devil" and the "pistol" are from Atlanta. The Barbie shots are from Minneapolis local Nicole Houff. The "dog" and "pig" are from Minneapolis' own Greg Tennant. The "Nesting" is from Heather Murphy of Minneapolis.

Best advice: Whether it's from Craigslist or Room & Board buy what you love. Sometimes it's worth saving up for something you really want. Quality pieces can always be reupholstered in the long run thereby being eco-friendly.

Had forever: The jelly cupboard in the foyer I purchased when I was 16. It got a fresh coat of paint this spring.

Just got: We just purchased the chaise and dining table this spring - our 1st purchase together.


Paint: Main color "Flowering Herb" Benjamin Moore
Accent walls "Reflecting Pool" Ralph Lauren
Bathroom "Silver Cufflinks" Ralph Lauren

STORES: Craigslist, Room & Board, Mitchell gold + Bob Williams, Providence Antiques (Atlanta), Hunt and Gather (Minneapolis), Homegoods and everywhere in between.

Room & Board chaise "Hutton" in cloud
Room & Board "Saarinen" 47 Round in White Carrera Marble
Room & Board "Radius" counter stool in walnut
Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams settee and chairs at dining table
Brindle cowhide rug Ikea

Embroidered pistol - Kerri Boles, Atlanta
"Barbie Family" - Nicole Houff
"Green Horse", "Dog and Pig" - Greg Tennant Minneapolis
"Nesting" - Heather Murphy

(Thanks, Casey!)

Images: Jason Loper

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