Seven months ago and fresh out of college, a young Louisville bachelor found the perfect home for his lifestyle. It was a downtown loft dating back to the 1880s, with beautiful exposed brick, 15-foot ceilings and within walking distance of so many great downtown venues. While the loft was completely updated, it needed something more than just basic furniture to make it a home.
The homeowner hired Lee W. Robinson to make the space feel more modern and fresh. And while many of us think Lee only decorates top-notch mansions, that’s a misconception, and this loft is proof. This bachelor pad, which is only about 1,300 square feet, was decorated in a minimal amount of time and on a just-as-minimal budget. Lee wanted this space to better exemplify the NuLu lifestyle in Louisville, which means urban, sleek and still sophisticated. For a young bachelor to seek this out puts a whole new perspective on the perceived aesthetic of the millennial generation.
The loft has two bedrooms, two full baths, one half-bath, a kitchen and dining area, and a den. The second bedroom and full bath are located on the lower level and are not yet being used. The owner lives solely on the top floor, which has high ceilings with plenty of skylights and large windows. The space is long and narrow, with the bedroom somewhat separated from the rest of the loft by a hallway.
In determining the homeowner’s taste, Lee had him take a lifestyle survey, to see what aesthetic he gravitated towards. He matched up with the Thruston Lifestyle, which is one of three that Lee has developed. Thruston is considered modern, hip and, most of all, affordable.
Let’s take a tour through this lovely loft …
The view from the kitchen shows both elements of an 1880s building, such as exposed brick walls, exposed ducts and beams, and original flooring. Modern elements such as minimalist and utilitarian hardware and a sleek, shiny coating on the floors all help reflect the natural light that floods the space.
The kitchen has a red border surrounding the cabinetry, which helps to accent the brick wall and dark floors. The owner placed original Louisville art around the cabinet tops, drawing the eye up to the skylights and the natural light that pours in. Three functional stools at the end of the kitchen counter act as an informal eating, work or gathering space, and a butcher block island centers the kitchen.
Most notable in the den area is the red wall of large windows that look out on a shared courtyard and downtown Louisville. A red leather couch and two gray, modern club chairs provide seating, while glass end and coffee tables help reflect light from the windows.
Set between the den and kitchen, this modern, glass dining table with red leather chairs helps to transition both areas from eating to dining to gathering. The glass tables are easy to maintain and create the illusion of more space, as they are not a heavy material like the wood floors or brick walls.
ART & DETAILS
The owner likes art, and this cow skull is a fun, popular piece on his outer kitchen wall. There are also utilitarian artistic elements, such as the cable detail on the stairwell. The Union Jack carpet runner is a bold, graphic transition piece that separates the bedroom from the living space.
The master bedroom is cozy and lush, with elements of texture throughout. The upholstered headboard is linen, with silk and cotton blend bedding, and the flokati rug is a handmade, wool shag rug. The room color is caramel, which beautifully complements the bricks.
Inspired yet? We were; we left this loft wanting to move downtown immediately!
Designer: Lee W. Robinson
Photography: Adele Reding Photography
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