A Maximalist Cincinnati Loft Has Hidden Jewelry Storage, a Brilliant Bar Setup, and Lots More

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Name: Kate Beebe
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Type of home: Urban Apartment
Size: 745 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

How to make ugly rental cabinetry disappear? Deflect with a million other things for the eye to see.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: A transplant in Cincinnati for my job—working for home decor/furniture brand Frontgate—renting provides me the luxury of a low-maintenance lifestyle. The history of this building (a former piano factory now-turned apartments) sets this rental community apart from any other apartment building in the area. Aside from being nearly 100 years old, the 13-foot ceilings and expansive windows have provided the perfect backdrop for my eclectic decorating taste.

Because why wouldn't you ever want to hang a disco ball from your Frontgate canopy bed?

I’ve had a fabulous time filling the interiors with both my hunted treasures and Frontgate finds. While I’ve always adored collecting art and antiques, working for Frontgate (also sister to Ballard Designs) has influenced me to incorporate more modern pieces—and pattern! It’s my goal that my space be a wonderment to every eye who enters. I want people to see something new every time they take another glance. I want them to be prompted to ask, “What is this?” or, “Why is this here?” or, “Where did this come from?”

When space is limited, look to secret hiding spaces. This floor-to-ceiling jewelry storage mirror from Frontgate is both beautiful and functional.

From my neon-lit signs, to quirky framed cross stitches, to my great grandfather’s old dance cards encased in acrylic boxes—people could spend all day exploring this small space.

What is your favorite room and why? The entryway. It puts a smile on my face every time I walk through the door. I couldn’t pick a theme, so I settled for “catch-all.” The gallery wall reaches from floor to 13-foot ceiling, and spans original water colors and oils, antique ceramic plates and—yes—boxed Barbie dolls.

When you live in a 745 square foot apartment, the kitchen, dining room and living room are all one.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I am obsessed with this rug I just bought from Frontgate. I love layering, and this really pulled the “living room” space together.

When a bar cart isn't enough, hang a bar shelf on top. These two pieces from Ballard Designs work so well together. And since my bar cart had to house all my Kentucky Derby glasses, the shelf was a perfect solve to store the good stuff.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Collected and eclectic.

An old school map of my hometown Lexington, KY rests above the end of a 12-person dining room table inherited from my great grandmother, an antique dealer.

Any advice for creating a home you love? A well-collected home knows no bounds. Forget the rules, and simply build a space you love.

This submission’s responses were edited for length and clarity.