A Warm Brooklyn Loft Features Custom and Clever DIYs

updated Mar 21, 2019

A Warm Brooklyn Loft Features Custom and Clever DIYs

updated Mar 21, 2019
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Name: Freddie Chavda and pups
Location: Bushwick — Brooklyn, New York
Size: Somewhere between 850 – 1,000 square feet
Years Lived In: 1 year, renting

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Freddie’s Bushwick loft is a perfect example of taking a raw, industrial space and turning it into a home. But rather than just filling it with newly purchased furniture, he both thrifted and found elements to add warmth to his home… as well as custom built many of the elements in the home.

The wall that separates the entryway from the bedroom, for instance, is a DIY. One corner of the loft has been transformed into a casual seating area for projector viewings (on a DIY projector screen frame). The loft came without any closets, so Freddie made his own storage.

Mixed in with functional items are those that reference travel and the globe—like a classroom map found at local thrift store Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing—as well as plenty of plants (over 50, he estimates). And while there is a lot going on visually, Freddie wisely used color—in this case a seafoam green—to connect disparate designs.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Industrial and thrift store look-and-feel meets cozy loft.

Inspiration: All of the lofts in NYC that I saw in movies as a kid.

Favorite Element: The custom bookshelves that are actually hidden storage.

Biggest Challenge: Learning how to keep my plants alive! I have over 50 throughout the apartment, sans some unfortunate casualties.

What Friends Say: A mix of “You live here?” and “Where did you get this from?”

Biggest Embarrassment: All of the hidden junk drawers in my space. I keep on telling myself that I’ll clean them out soon.

Proudest DIY: Custom bookshelves that are actually storage. I have no closets in the loft so I had to figure out ways to create storage in an interesting way.

Biggest Indulgence: My plants—I didn’t know they could be so expensive!

Best Advice: Don’t think you have to just stick to one style in your apartment, however, try to pick an accent color that you can weave throughout the apartment. I chose seafoam, a light blue-green, to incorporate into different areas of the space.

Dream Sources: A thrift store upstate that has all of the things I didn’t know I needed

Resources:

PAINT & COLORS
Behr Seafoam Matte Interior Paint — Home Depot
Varathane Golden Pecan Wood Interior Stain — Home Depot
Varathane Espresso Classic Wood Interior Stain — Home Depot

ENTRY
Door Mat — West Elm
Buffet Dresser — Local antique store
Mirrors — Local thrift stores (Reuse America and Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing)
Dried Flowers and Vases — Local flower stores
Chrome Metal 10-Tier Rolling Shoe Rack — Container Store
Dog Bed — HomeGoods
Dog Bowls — HomeGoods
LURVIG Dog Placemat — IKEA
Room Divider — DIY

LIVING ROOM
Sectional — Birch Lane
Pillows — West Elm, IKEA, and Target
Throw Blankets — Local, IKEA and Amazon
Wingback Chair — Overstock
Bookcases — Overstock
Lamps — Amazon
Hanging Lights — IKEA
Rug — Overstock
Sitting/Floor Ottoman — Local
Foot Ottoman and Cushion — Local and Amazon
Plants and Planters/Bowls — Local
Vintage Crates — Local thrift stores (Reuse America and Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing)
Various Candles, Diffusers, and Tray — HomeGoods, Amazon, Anthropologie, and Local
Piano — Craigslist
Piano Lamp — Local
Classroom Map — Local thrift store (Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing)
Side Table — Local thrift store (Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing)
Wood Artwork — DIY

OFFICE + PROJECTOR ROOM
Buffet Dresser — Local antique store
Loveseat — Overstock
Pillows — West Elm
Throw Blanket — IKEA
Crate — Local
Chest — Local
Plants and Planters/Bowls — Local
Projector Frame — DIY
Projector Table — DIY
Projector — Amazon
Custom Bookcase — DIY
Bookcase Lights — Local thrift stores (Reuse America and Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing)
Milk Crates — Local thrift stores (Reuse America and Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing)
Custom Book Spine Storage — DIY
Laundry Baskets — World Market
Wood Artwork — DIY
Blankets and Throws — India, Bolivia, World Market, Target, IKEA
Crate — Local thrift store (Reuse America)

KITCHEN
Wood Artwork — DIY
Kitchen Table — Craigslist
Stools — Craigslist
Baker’s Rack — Craigslist
Microwave — Amazon
Utensils — HomeGoods, IKEA, Brandless
Books — Local thrift store (Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing)
Containers — IKEA
Fridge Crate — Local thrift store (Green Village Used Furniture and Clothing)
Portrait Artwork — DIY
Map Print — IKEA
Apothecary Cabinet — Local antique store
Glass Containers — IKEA
Pot Rack — DIY
Copper Pots and Pans — Etsy
Blue Pots and Pans — World Market
Recycling Pin — Home Depot
Trash Can — Home Depot
Step Trash Can — Amazon
Shelving — DIY, IKEA
Plates, Bowls, Cups, etc. — World Market, Home Goods, IKEA Target, Swell, Instant Pot
Coffee Maker — Target

BEDROOM
Custom Room Divider — DIY
Mattress — Casper
Bedspread — Amazon
Bed Frame — Overstock
Wire Filing Rack — World Market
Industrial Shelving Unit — West Elm
Oversized Puma Shoe — Puma (I used to work there in marketing)
Colette x Puma Bike — Puma
Side Table — Local thrift store (Reuse America)
Exercise Bike — Overstock
Classroom Map — Local thrift store (Reuse America)

BATHROOM
Pegboard Shelving — DIY
Pegboard Baskets — Amazon, Home Depot
Shower Curtain — World Market
Towels — World Market, Amazon
Vintage Sign — Local vintage store (Trailer Park)
Artwork — A friend (@thecallofthecreative)

Thanks, Freddie!


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