October 19, 2009

Loft Life



This weekend I attended the annual loft tour of about 10 private residences organized by the City of Chicago. The lofts were magnificent and each so distinct in terms of style, from minimalist to a place filled with antiques! Most of them were converted spaces in old industrial buildings along Printer's Row, which gave them so much character and history. I've always loved lofts, and this tour only helped solidified my desire to own one some day! 

But I know they aren't for everyone. So, I want to know, could you live in a place with an open living plan, exposed beams, and concrete columns typical of loft spaces?  

*images via Nuevo Estilo

26 comments:

Ruth said...

Oh I absolutely could . . . these pictures are gorgeous! A loft tour sounds like fun!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

I would have loved to live in a loft before I had kids. Now that I have one toddler, and a little girl arriving in a few weeks, a regular house is definitely more practical. But lofts are great canvases for interior design with the high ceilings and open planned living.

LenkaLovee said...

that tour sounds so amazing!
wish i was there! ah....:)
i would love to live in a loft. the open space is what attracts me, and a lot of natural light. but i don't know, if i had a family, i don't think i would choose to live in a loft..:)
so i think it depends! :)

Donna said...

I don't know...with two kiddos it gets pretty rowdy at my house, so maybe in my retirement...but I love the look and concept!

Piia Harris Põdersalu said...

I lived in a loft before,loved the light and open space.I'm an artist and the light is always "the must" to me!Amazing pictures!

Brandi said...

I love lofts and wouldn't mind living in one with my boyfriend. I think there's so much creative stuff you can do in such an empty space. But I'm still longing for that cute little house off a side road somewhere, where there's lots of light, rooms with built in bookcases, and a kitchen that's just a dream to cook in.

Nikki said...

Defintely.

Whimsy Being said...

Having a loft life is the dream! Excellent photos!

Slices of Beauty... said...

Certainly could but the hubby would not! Love the first image more.

mise said...

What I'm wondering about is that lovely round stool in the top image. I confess I'm imagining it in fabric rather than leather, which may be contrary to the loft look, but I'm wondering who the designer is or whether it's a mainstream item I'm not aware of? Its lines are perfect, and I'd love to have one of my own.

Daniella said...

Lovely photos! I'm always looking for loft inspiration, i'm living in one now! You have to really pay attention to what furniture goes where I find... my space is pretty empty right now so i'd like to get decorating soon!

Miz.November said...

I love the idea of loft living. There is an old abandoned school building locally that I adore. It's red brick and has the most amazing arched windows in the front. Oh what could be done with that building if anyone had the money.

Inspiration in Italy said...

Your life sounds so fun and exciting! I love the style of lofts, and the idea of living in one. Great post and great photos.

xoxo
Rachel

Jane said...

Hi Crystal - I have already done that - lived in a huge warehouse loft space in the city of Melbourne - the space was amazing lots of natural light, our bed was a little platform and you can really use the wall space and have huge Persian rugs. Downside - garbage truck noise and junkies on the door step!! xoxo

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh I could for sure, especially in the inner city. My last house was really open plan.
xxx

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

I agree - a lot seems much more suited for a childless couple or for singles.

@mise, I have no idea who makes the stool but I will keep my eyes open!

Jessica said...

These are beautiful! I could definitely live in a loft (sans children, of course). I appreciate the open floor plan, the high ceilings and all of the light streaming through the large windows.

Adrienne S. said...

I've always dreamed of living in a loft (and a castle and on the beach...)! I love the desk in the first image.

urbansardines said...

I love the look of lofts. My friends live in a gorgeous loft in SF, and I'm always stunned at how the open space feels. I also really love Loft Life magazine, I end up buying it because the spreads are just so gorgeous. Having said all that, I don't know that I want to live in a loft. I really don't like to sleep with my bedroom door open, so the thought of having NO door is a bit much for me!!

Savvy Gal said...

i would love open space.

Blair said...

Oh how fun! I have seen some of my favorite lofts in chicago! I love them when they are well thought out and have a sensible and livable flow, if that makes sense:)

Lions, Tigers and Fashion OH MY! said...

very nice! I would die for my own loft ;)

Sarah Klassen said...

From a young girl, I have found lofts to be cool! I laugh now, but my best friend and I looked into one when we were only 14 -- in an area super close to the University that we wanted to attend. We thought it would be fun to be roomies! Alas, it did not happen, and we ended up going to different schools. I think it would be really fun to live in a loft now -- perhaps when I marry my David :)

Great post, as always, Crystal! I love the variety of your posts and your ability to look at something from a fresh and different angle. I always leave feeling inspired...

{xo} Sarah

Miss Always Carried Away said...

I love lofts!!! It's unconditional love I have for them! I'd love to have one in the future!

Down and Out Chic said...

i'd love a loft, but i can imagine i'd be terrified to try to to decorate one! these are wonderful.

eco-stylista said...

yes, yes, yes, absolutely! actually we are thinking about buying one in Brussels... this is just a dream, but a girl can dream...

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