Michael’s “Comfortable Modern” Rowan Building Loft
Name: Michael Francesconi
Location: Downtown — Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years
Michael’s home is not just another run-of the mill downtown space. While It is common to find concrete floors and industrial modern style furnishings in lofts, Michael has balanced out his space by incorporating color, built-ins, and unexpected furniture choices. I feel like visitors could easily forget that they are in a loft because the overall vibe feels more like a comfortable house!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Comfortably Modern
Inspiration: About 9 years of loft living in Downtown Los Angeles
Favorite Element: The floor to ceiling brick. I knew this was my home the moment I saw the brick.
Biggest Challenge: There was very little shelf space when I bought the loft, which is where the built-ins came in.
What Friends Say: Can’t say for sure, but it’s a constant place of gathering.
Biggest Embarrassment: I hear the window shades are transparent at night …
Proudest DIY: Less DIY and more found-art, the tumbleweed wire sculpture I found on the side of the road – it’s been with me for half a decade.
Biggest Indulgence: No question, the couch. An old girlfriend helped me design it — 7 feet, extra deep, goose down and royal blue velvet. I love it.
Best Advice: A glass dining table. You’ve got to be extra conscious of visible space in a 1-bedroom loft. The dining room table I ended up with hosts 10 and doesn’t hog the space a bit.
Dream Source: Long standing coveter of all things Cisco Brothers. New found fan of Croft House on La Brea. And if I could bring anyone in to handle it all, I’d love to let Miguel and Sherry Nelson of Marvimon and Smog Shoppe have at it.
Resources of Note:
- Bosch Range and Microwave
- KitchenAid Fridge
- Bosch Washer/Dryer
- Scavolini Cabinetry
- John Boos Kitchen Island
- Toto Plumbing Fixtures
- Custom Couch from Sofa Co.
- Tufted Chairs from Craigslist
- Dining Room Table from Calligaris
- Eames Chairs
- Bedside Table from Blueprint
- Wire Ball from side of the road
- Typewriters from family
- Bed from Blueprint
- Hardwood Floors
- Essenza Porcelain Tile
- Benjamin Moore China White
- Benjamin Moore Decorators White
- Benjamin Moore Graphite
- Benjamin Moore Chalkboard
- Pendants from Lamp Expo
- Table Lamp from Blueprint
- Bedding by Matteo Home
Images: Evan Koester