This Maximalist, Modern, Industrial Idaho Loft Has Several Clever, Stylish Plant Display Ideas
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Name: Derek Cooper and puppies, Odin and Eames
Location: Idaho Falls, Idaho
Type of home: Loft apartment
Size: 950 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Even though I’ve lived in a new apartment almost every year of my adult life, my style has remained relatively the same. Industrial modern with a hint of maximalism. (Okay, just load it all on, please!)
Now that I live in a loft, I feel even freer to bring out the “industrial” side, which has been a super fun change. I love black and mixing new with old and creating layers upon layers of coffee table books and decorative pieces. I also scour Facebook marketplace constantly for my next, one-of-a-kind piece. I’m not afraid to spend good money on things that I really love and know will be universal pieces that I can continue to use for years to come.
From the moment you walk through the front door, you can start to see a lot of my favorite things on display and hopefully, they tell you a bit about who I am as a person and my personality. My friends would describe me as a maximalist and a collector of things and a lover of good aesthetics and good scents. I also feel like several of my decor pieces show off my humor and quirky side.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Maximalist Modern Industrial Loft
What is your favorite room and why? My bedroom is hands down my favorite room. It’s an urban jungle of sorts that I can escape to when needed. It’s also the only room with windows (the only downside to this apartment) hence why a majority of the plants live in here as well. The awesome flag above my bed serves as a daily reminder to live life for myself and not on other people’s terms. At the end of the day, I’m happiest when I’m 100 perecent myself. Renovated lofts can come with some pretty interesting layouts and weird niches, so I decided to turn these niches into a “living wall” of sorts.
With some simple pipe from Home Depot, I built the perfect rack for hanging plants and made this “empty space” have a purpose. I also have a large ledge above the built-out closet that ended up being a perfect area for, wait for it, more plants. Also, I put a disco ball on the floor to bounce flecks of light around the room. It’s super rad. The modern shelves I found on Amazon were the perfect way to turn the opposite wall into a “gallery wall” of sorts, but with house plants. Don’t worry, not all of these plants are real. Faux plants are sprinkled in to make the whole thing a little more low maintenance, especially up high. They really can look almost as real and can also save you from falling off a ladder and breaking your leg during weekly watering sessions.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? (Include links if you have them!) I most recently purchased the giant “I Am Not A Role Model” flag above the bed. It was the perfect finishing touch. It’s from an amazing brand called United Strangers.
Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t be afraid to mix styles. I feel like it’s the only way I could have found my true design style. I have a mix of modern, mid-century, industrial, and other styles in my loft, but I love them all, and they still share similar colors, wood tones, etc. which help them blend more seamlessly. I also suggest layering and showing off all the decor you love the most. As a maximalist, I’ve had to find specific furniture that helps me do so in a more organized manner, such as my shadowbox side tables and coffee table and also the bookshelves in the entryway.
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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