Shauna & Stephen's Lively Loft

Shauna & Stephen's Lively Loft

Kristen Lubbe
Aug 13, 2009

Name: Shauna Alterio & Stephen Loidolt of something's hiding in here
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (at the edge of the city)
Size: 2,300 square feet (1 bedroom & 1 bath)
Years lived in: 3.5 rented

Shauna and Stephen may have sacrificed being able to step out the front door of their loft and be in the heart of Philadelphia, but what they got in return makes the very short drive all worth it. They like to consider their loft one big studio — a studio that has been transformed from an old tire factory into one lively loft.

Shauna and Stephen have lived in Philadelphia for about 4 years and have spent most of that time in this loft. They both have very creative jobs and the wheels in their brains certainly don't stop turning when they come home after work. They boast that the majority of their things are from thrift & antique stores, Craigslist and IKEA. They take pride in their artistic abilities and transform many of the pieces they uncover from unlikely sources.

Their lively loft — that sits right next to railroad tracks — is illuminated with sun pouring in through the giant windows during the peak hours of the day. That light helps showcase all of the amazing and unique items that are spread throughout the space. One can find anything from a case full of anatomical figures to (wooden) "brass" knuckles. We also can't overlook Shauna and Stephen's two work rooms that help them run their Etsy shop: something's hiding in here. The workshops are both efficient and whimsical.

We've actually seen Stephen in action here on Apartment Therapy — teaching us How To: Make a Block Print!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My/Our style: Our style is a mix of all the things we love.

Inspiration: We've been looking at the Zakka movement in Japan, its inspired us to search for pieces with natural textures and wood like our dining room table and wicker chairs. Mid Century education has always been an inspiration, from our colors (taken from our globe collection), to our favorite vintage finds like a classroom chalkboard and card catalog. We also love industrial items from the 70's like our green, metal flat file and metal tool chest. One day, we'd love to have vintage pieces by some of our favorite Mid Century designers like Paul McCobb.

Favorite Element: We love that it's an open space, we truly think of it as one big studio.

Biggest Challenge: The same thing that we love about our place is also its biggest challenge. Because it's one open space any changes we make effects everything.

What Friends Say: Our friends joke that we're always making or changing something in our loft, and it's true. We just can't help ourselves.

Biggest Embarrassment: We do have a dirty secret... the loft above our studio is all storage. We really want to turn it into a second bedroom for guests, but it's so nice to have a secret place to hide all the things you don't want to look at.

Proudest DIY: Our giant, built in, bookcase, made of scrap lumber from old projects.

Biggest Indulgence: There is one thing I still can't believe we bought... our Eames, fiberglass rocker. It was so worth it, even though we had to save for a year to buy it.

Best advice: Look everywhere... you never know where you'll find inspiration.

Dream source: We can't think of a dream source... but there's a piece of furniture we dream of owning: the Paul McCobb planner desk and chair. One day.


Furniture: Thrift & antique stores, Craigslist, IKEA

Accessories: Thrift & antique stores, eBay, Etsy

Lighting: Gallery802, cb2, PBteen

Rugs and Carpets: IKEA, Urban Outfitters

Window Treatments: Home Depot (painters canvas drop cloth & galvanized pipe & flange)

Beds: IKEA, Craigslist

Artwork: From friends & Etsy.

Paint: Lowes - we buy LOTS of latex paint, it's the fastest way to make a big change with little time & money.

(Thanks, Shauna & Stephen!)

(Images: Kristen Lubbe)

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