A Modern Loft in a Former Textile Factory

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Modern Loft in a Former Textile Factory

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Sandy and Mike
Location: Downtown — Los Angeles, California
Size: 970 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

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The Santee Building in downtown Los Angeles was granted historic landmark status in 2001. The former textile factory-turned-modern loft building is now home to Sandy and her fiancé Mike; they’ve lived here for about two years with their friendly labsky (labrador husky mix) Bowie.

The industrial architecture of the loft speaks for itself — Sandy and Mike’s decor simply accents the space. Mike is a dentist and Sandy works at the marketing department at Pandora Radio, but in her free time she also runs a succulent arranging business, Wild Desert Blooms, out of their home.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Industrial, Mid-Century, Eclectic, Modern

Inspiration: We’re inspired by the industrial look of the loft and wanted to incorporate unique features like the metal pin legs on our dining table or the copper iron lantern. We’re also inspired by our travels and different styles from around the world.

Favorite Element: I love our Moroccan corner next to the guitar and ukulele. We got the rugs and the red/orange pouf from Morocco. It’s so vibrant and reminds us of our trip.

Biggest Challenge: The open floor plan loft. It’s a lot of space to fill but also there isn’t a ton of storage space.

What Friends Say: Our friends enjoy our space since it’s nice and open. It’s great for entertaining and it has fantastic views of the city.

Biggest Embarrassment: My dog’s hair. It’s everywhere! We have to sweep all the time.

Proudest DIY: The DIY triangle shelves built by my fiancé and his dad. They’re so unique and really tie the place together. It’s a great statement piece.

Biggest Indulgence: Our dining table was custom built for us by a craftsman from Fresh Dust LA. We loved the unique wood-working and chevron design of the table.

Best Advice: Keep it simple. Sometimes less is more. Not every furniture piece needs to be expensive to look nice. You’d be surprised by what you find when you do a little research online when searching for furniture and decor.

Dream Sources: West Elm, Pinterest, Anthropologie.


Couch – Scandinavian Designs
Mexican blanket — Amazon
Oswald Tufted Slipper Chair — West Elm
Coffee table — Gift from a friend
Porter Mid Century Two Tone TV Stand — Target
Tripod Floor Lamp Antique Brass – Target
Wool pillow — Amazon
Kilim pillows – Etsy, Etsy
Morrocan Trellis Shag Rug – Overstock
White plant stand with wooden legs – Flower Mart
Red/Orange Pouf – Morocco
Moroccan Leather Ottoman – Etsy
Rugs – Morocco Shelf Ladder – Crate & Barrel

Bronze Round Twisted Wire Pendant Lamp — Cost Plus World Market
Chevron Wood Dining Table – Fresh Dust LA
Carlisle Metal Dining Chairs – Target

Bed frame – Scandinavian Designs

Thanks, Sandy and Mike!

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