Home Tour: An Architect’s Modern Bachelorette Pad
For designer Rosa Beltran, what started as a simple request for a custom-made midcentury-modern sofa turned into a whole-home redesign. Beltran’s client, a 30-something architect who has a deep appreciation of design, architecture, and downtown Los Angeles’s cultural resurgence, was so impressed with the designer’s ability to deliver that she ended up giving Beltran carte blanche to redesign her one-bedroom loft in a local vintage industrial building. Despite the home’s hard edges, concrete surfaces, and steel details, Beltran created a cosy and inviting space through a variety of texture, material, and smart space planning. Keep scrolling to take a tour!
Inspiration for the design of the space stemmed from the image of a midcentury sofa the client wanted Beltran to re-create. From there, the designer took the aesthetic and ran with it. “I embraced the midcentury vibe she wanted and added an ‘organic modern’ feel,” says Beltran. Warm wood surfaces and plenty of textural accents like woven baskets, kilim pillows, and a large tribal-motif rug add to the cosy, modern design of the space.
“She wanted it to feel modern yet warm,” says the designer, “with just enough softness and colour to balance out the industrial vibe and make it feel a bit more feminine.”
Due to the layout of the space, making the separate living and dining areas relate was of the utmost importance. “It was essential that the loft have well-organised storage and feel cohesive and pulled together, since the living area is essentially one big open space,” Beltran says.
Inspired by projects she has seen on Pinterest, Beltran suggested they install custom industrial-inspired shelving to provide storage and styling opportunities in the living room. “I’m a DIY fanatic and a Pinteresting fool, and I've long loved the clever DIY plumbing pipe shelving units that I’ve seen out there,” Beltran says. “This vintage industrial loft was the perfect setting for that look, especially because such tall ceilings would make any standard-sized shelving look too small and dinky. It’s really important to get scale and proportion right in a lofty space like this.”
A lime-green upholstered chair and black lamp where the only existing objects the client wanted Beltran to work with in the space.
When it comes to sectioning off spaces in an open-plan home, Beltran recommends rugs for creating designated areas. “Floor rugs really help to delineate spaces with different usages when you have an open floor plan,” she says. “Here we used a cowhide beneath the dining table and a large tribal wool rug in the living room. Even though they lie right beside each other, they help to set a different tone for each of these zones.”
Beltran spotted the leather replica of the classic Eames lounger in a vintage shop.
A skim coat of raw concrete over a standard wall in the dining and bar area injects the space with surprisingly warm texture and visual depth. “We loved the industrial feel of it and the texture it brings in with the hand-troweled, slightly mottled finish,” the designer adds.
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