Stephen's Warm Modern Loft

Stephen's Warm Modern Loft

Kim Lucian
Oct 31, 2012

Name: Stephen O'Connor
Location: South End (Piano Craft Building), Boston, Massachusetts
Size: 1,500 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; Rented

Walking into this light flooded space in an old piano factory, I realize that I've only seen this place at night. Stephen O'Connor, an interior designer and recent Design Center graduate, has a reputation amongst friends and colleagues for throwing over the top (often themed) parties in this space. The loft is transformed from day to night by moody lighting highlighting every well thought out detail.

Unlike the "morning after" feeling I sometimes get after attending such parties, the space holds up to the light of day. It feels open and airy while at the same time maintaining the charm of the historic building. It's this kind of seamless day to night transition that showcases what Stephen does so well, both in his own space and the projects that he works on. He has an eye for detail, a sense of space and a style that isn't afraid to stand out.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Warm Modern with some unexpected touches.

Inspiration: The space itself! The high gloss wood floors, exposed beams and brick as well as high ceilings allowed for a mix of many different styles of furniture in the space.

Favorite Element: The large rustic farm table in the dining area is great for dinner parties and large gatherings.

Biggest Challenge: The space! It's an inspiration and a challenge! The open flow is great for parties, but makes it hard to delineate spaces. Using a mixed palette of furnishings in one space and making them work together was the biggest challenge.

What Friends Say: They love it. I get the most compliments when I'm having parties; the space is made for that. There can be intimate pockets in the seating and dining area and a crowd standing around in the kitchen.

Proudest DIY: I did a painting in collaboration with a good friend and old roommate (Nicole Fichera). It hangs between the two windows in my dining area. It was a quick and inexpensive way to add some gorgeous artwork in my space.

Biggest Indulgence: Vases! I have a beautiful collection of vases in my home from an amazing European home furnishings store (Lekker Home). They are my sculptural elements in the space, and I am very protective of them when people get rowdy!

Best Advice: Make a list of the things that you need and keep pictures of elements that you already have when you are out shopping. It is important to think about scale, in relation to your space and what you already have, when you are out shopping for furniture and accessories .

Dream Sources: BDDW, The Rug Company, B&B Italia, De La Espada

Resources of Note:


    • Full Length Mirror (Homegoods)
    • Orange Rocking Chair (Parents Attic)


    • Rug (Flor Tiles)
    • Tripod and Antique Glass Lamp (Homegoods)
    • Cocktail/ash tray table (SoWA Vintage Market)
    • Throw Pillows (Urban Outfitters, IKEA, Unison)
    • Couch (Friend Donation)


    • Farm Table (Old Model Making Table)
    • Chairs (Old Hitchcock Chairs, Parents Attic)
    • Plate Wall Collage (Goodwill Store)
    • Large "Octopus" Vase (Lekker Home)


    • Blown Glass Pendant (Etsy)
    • Artwork (Art by Nicole Fichera)
    • Table (Street Find Painted by Yours Truly)


    • Bed (Boston Interiors)
    • Duvet (Unison)
    • Shams (West Elm)
    • Bedside Table (Flea Market Find)
    • Round Stainless Mirror (IKEA)
    • Cowhide (Yerra Rugs)

Thanks, Stephen!

(Images: Kim Lucian)

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