Two New Yorkers Upsize Into an Industrial Modern Loft in Detroit

updated Apr 30, 2019

Two New Yorkers Upsize Into an Industrial Modern Loft in Detroit

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Gretchen and Kevin
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Size: 2,200 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned

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After spending four years in 800 square feet in New York City, Kevin and Gretchen were able to design their dream loft back in their home state of Michigan. They found a space in an old, industrial building in a mixed-use neighborhood that’s lively and vibrant. Though the loft was bare bones, it was a perfect white canvas for them to make it their own, with the help of their good friend Patrick Thompson.

“The loft is in a building that’s over a hundred years old, and we were able to design and build out the interior exactly how we wanted. We love the open common area and the mix of old and new,” says Gretchen. Gretchen works in apparel and Kevin works in film production.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Collected Modern

Inspiration: Travels, family, film, fashion, friends.

Favorite Element: Light

Biggest Challenge: Space. We moved from an 800-square-foot apartment, so expanding and adapting to a larger home took some time. We worked with Michigan designer Patrick Thompson to help us define and lay out the space.

What Friends Say: They love the large common area, gathering around the table or talking into the night around the island.

Biggest Embarrassment: Trying to keep our two ficus trees alive; we learned we have to shift them with the seasons to make sure they are getting enough light.

Proudest DIY: Floyd leg desk with table tops made out of maple from Kevin’s family farm.

Biggest Indulgence: Art

Best Advice: Grow into it, layer with time. Let your style evolve. Our space is filled with memories. Our renovation took a long time so in the period of construction our style evolved, and luckily the space allowed for some new items along with our old.

Dream Sources: Future travels, new friends


Decorator’s White — Benjamin Moore

Moved Console — Roche Bobois
Sailor’s Mirror — Anthropologie
Oriental Runner – Brooklyn Flea Market
Mud Matt – Cass Community Social Services
Euclidean Pendant — Anthropologie

Club 3 Seater Sofa — CB2
Bantam Armchair — DWR
Wishbone Chair — Carl Hansen & Søn
Darcy Marble Side Table — Pottery Barn
Sculpture “Everyone Gets to Do One” — Cedric Tai
Royal System Shelving — DWR
Pillow Lamp — Thing Thing
Aura Media Unit — Muebles Treku
Grasshopper Lamp — Gubi
Basket Light Fixture — Montana Art Store
Painting “Orange, four-inch, door hinge in storage” — Cedric Tai

Wilhelm Dining Table — Arhaus
Eaton Recycled Leather Settee — Arhaus
Dining Chair — Will Leather Goods
Nelson Crisscross Bubble Pendant — Herman Miller
Loft Mural On Wall — Mike Han
Turnstone Depot — Steelcase

Gretchen Bar — Ganas MFG
Glass Pendant — ABC Carpet & Home
Case Study Shell H Base — Modernica

Farm Wood Desks — Floyd Detroit
Trundle Bed — ABC Carpet & Home
Louis Ghost Chair — Kartell
Steel Window Wall — Bliss Noram

Distressed Platinum Rug — Restoration Hardware
Parallel Bed — DWR
Canvas Art “Arc of Infinity” — George Rahme
Riley Dog Bed — LL Bean

Thanks, Gretchen and Kevin!

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