The below mock-ups and images are part of a DIY design plan that was done for a Brooklyn loft. The walls had recently been painted a light blue and grayish blue. The leather sofa and coffee table were already in place in the living room area. The first purchase was the beautiful rug from Turkey. The blue and chrome chairs in the mock-ups are stand-ins for the Jerry Johnson chairs that the couple already owned. They will be reupholstered in a nice blue linen or wool. A couple of industrial carts were ordered to fill the expanse of wall. With baskets and vintage crates, they will provide storage and hold audio visual equipment for the wall mounted flat screen. The linen storage bench was suggested as a flexible piece to be used as seating or an ottoman.
The wood table for the dining room had been previously ordered. One of the main issues for the dining space was to actually fill the space. A large antique sideboard was sourced locally and arrived in short order. A large mirror above the sideboard was recommended to help visually fill space, but also reflect light from the lamps - as there is no wiring for an over the table fixture. With such high ceilings, something of volume over the table was needed as well. The couple did not want to deal with wiring, so a few options were presented - paper lanterns, IKEA Maskros lights or these DIY wire orbs by Orlando Soria - without bulbs. The wire orbs are presented in the mocx-up and were recommended to best fit the rustic industrial vibe in place.
The low metal bench at the other end of the dining area sits along a wall that is somewhat of a traffic area. It visually anchors the space under the artwork without being too bulky or something their toddler or dog might bump into. With the addition of an old milking stool and storage pieces, the bench can serve as a play area, doing double duty as a table for coloring, games and puzzles. Additionally, it can be used as extra seating for guests during parties.
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