As someone who has watched the Netflix reboot through twice, I'm confident in saying it is a smashing success. I laughed. I cried. I wanted another eight episodes. The new Fab Five are so charming; it's hard to stop watching.
They've retained the same format at the original: Five gay men make over a (usually) straight guy. They redesign his home, his clothing, his hairstyle, and his inner confidence. On top of loving their witty banter and heartfelt investment in each of their projects, the loft in Georgia that they use as home base is fun, fresh, and a look I definitely want to steal.
It's unabashedly industrial. There's a garage door that opens to the outside. It's open concept – although we never see a bedroom area. It's perfect for entertaining or watching your makeover prodigy complete his final test. It actually reminds me a bit of a retail catalog set, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Infuse your personality into it, and you can't go wrong.
The palette is neutral. Concrete, white subway tile, leather, glass and natural wood are the main players. I can feel you thinking, "I don't have subway tile in my apartment." Oh boy do I have a treat for you? Beautiful geniuses have created tile wallpaper. It sticks to your walls like paper, but look like tile. It's a brilliant, inexpensive way to get the subway tile look. And the best part? Subway tile looks good in 98% of homes. It transcends styles and always looks fresh.
The Fab Five's loft also has exposed brick that is painted white, so it almost blends in with the subway tile. If you have exposed brick, you're a lucky duck and I bet your friends talk about you behind your back in jealousy. If you don't, paint all of your walls white and call it a day. If you want to create some contrast, paint your window and door trims black.
Let's chat furniture. They have a big white sectional in the loft. White sofas are not the most practical of pieces so if you're nervous about that, go for a light grey or a black sofa. Black? Won't that look big and clunky? Not if it's a sleek, tailored silhouette. Pair it with a shapely leather chair. It doesn't necessarily need to be an armchair, but make sure it's super comfortable and perfect for curling up and cracking open a good book. If you can tuck your legs under you, it's a winner. For tables, look at natural wood, glass, or metal. Rectangular shapes are going to look the most modern, but I wouldn't kick a fabulous oval table out of my home either.
Top the whole look off with some pops of greenery, gallery frames, and fun modern lighting fixtures. Oh and don't forget a bar cart. You can't throw a great party without one!
Get the look
- Tile: Smart Tiles Peel and Stick Backsplash, $14.49/sq. ft.
- Sofa: West Elm Serene L Shaped Sectional, sale from $1,678
- Floor lamp: Cal Lighting Metal Floor Lamp, sale $117.68
- Table lamp: Threshold Hudson Industrial Desk Lamp, sale $47.49
- Coffee table: West Elm Box Frame Storage Coffee Table, $599
- Side table: CB2 Cement Grey Side Table, $149
- Chair: CB2 Terreno Leather Chair, $799
- Bar cart: CB2 Dolce Vita Outdoor Bar Cart, $299
- Rug: Wayfair Olga Grey Rug, from $53.99
- Pillows: World Market Geometric Indoor Outdoor Throw Pillows, $29.99
- Tree: Faux Bird of Paradise, $299
- Frames: West Elm Gallery Frames, from $12