Designing a Downtown Des Moines Loft

Sometimes you just click with a customer…

I recently took a call from a customer looking for a designer.  The mission was to help him create a wonderful, new living space in his downtown Des Moines loft.  Matt & I had an instant connection.  Since he had been in by Design before, we quickly set up a house call.  An additional challenge was time — he was hosting a big party in 4 weeks!
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We met in the space, and discussed his dreams of having a “rat-pack” sort of “old Hollywood glam” vibe, yet being very live-able too. With the limited amount of square footage, we had to be creative with hidden storage and be practical with every piece chosen.
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We chose the Tristan sofa for it’s retro look.  We love how it appears to “float” over the stainless sleigh base.  (Light & airy pieces were important as we didn’t want to overpower the intimate space).  We anchored the room with a deep pile, chunky shag rug and topped it with a large storage ottoman.  The two George chairs can span the decades and certainly have a personality all their own.  The repetition of the metal and tufting in all of the pieces gives continuity to the design – an important consideration when designing a space this eclectic.  The open shelving offered more storage as well as giving a great silhouette against the original white brick wall.
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I think the end result suits him to a tee, whether he is relaxing or entertaining. The best part was that we had it all in place in the allotted time frame and gained a client for life!
 
by Laura Beeler
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