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declutter and create displays: from a kitchen of clutter to cleaned out and cleared for style and counter space!  if you are into collecting things like these glass bottles and have an unused shelf, why not showcase them?

relocate or store away the clutter: how many plants is too many?  this before pic says it all!  healthy plants with substance are warm organic accents, but these make the decor look unclean and quite frankly, sad.  spreading them out to fill a shelf doesn’t help either.  i found this odd bench that was being used to hold (you guessed it) more books and clutter!  i wedged it into this corner, now that the panels were being used, and rested it on the radiator.  this grouping looks fuller and keeps the plants in the direct sunlight.  maybe when they get better they can be distributed around the loft.  the plants did add life to this unfinished drywall corner.

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dress it up: negative space works well in discerning areas, but leaving blank walls or placing pieces that are too proportionally small on it makes things look incomplete.  i’m constantly playing with composition in my mind’s eye.

make it pop: when a space is colored as neutral as this loft, i look around for objects or art that will lend a burst of color to keep things interesting, and to create areas of interest.

modernize and simplify: no one uses telephone books anymore, and isn’t the fax on it’s way out too?  regardless if you use these things, they certainly do not merit being showcased, nor is everything you own.  i consolidated everything to hide inside this distressed cabinet.

complete the look:  i don’t know why these extra window panels were wasted in the corner instead of finishing off the great idea of sectioning off the raised bedroom. i added the low panel to finish encasing the area.  i also placed the other one to create a faux french door, which creates flow that a loft needs.

take advantage of the room’s features: the livingroom area had plenty of space to add in this desk that the unique positioning of the sofas flow into, and it offers an alternate work space.  i prefer putting a desk by a window to take advantage of the light which makes work much more enjoyable and productive.

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my client brought along this sofa, as it was much more comfy than the cool looking, but austere one that was there.   the space could accommodate two sofas, but how?

with so much space to work with, i started to play with a unique  set up, that kept the comfy sofa facing the tv, while using the austere sofa as a display piece.

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the newly finished living room utilized the space nicely so that my client could appreciate the features of the space.   i found other interesting pieces to add accent, like the chair, side table (i added the ostrich egg), and stainless steel stretcher.  they add an almost sculptural quality to this artsy space, but are also functional.

here are some helpful design thoughts that go through my head when i am homestyling:

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loft spaces are always a challenge because there are no walls.  my philosophy is to create areas by visual delineation.  and just because there is more space doesn’t mean you have to fill up every bit of it.  keep it open and bright, and always keep it flowing!