It’s not often that reconfiguring a home in terms of room size and family needs can come without remodeling or demolition of any kind — walls generally need to come down or go up and serious renovation plans are sometimes involved. In an open-concept loft, however, spaces are what we make them and the options are infinite. Furniture placement, rugs and clever dividers have given this industrial Brooklyn loft spatial definition while keeping the cool factor of the studio layout.
Natalie, a writer and blogger, Brandon, a tax attorney, and preschool-aged Huck Holbrook moved into this gorgeous space almost on a whim. They loved their West Side apartment, but when a Brooklyn loft in a better school district opened up at a great price, they were sold even before stepping inside. The blank canvas has given Natalie and Brandon a never-ending game of Tetris (that they kind of love). “We moved in on a Friday and I managed to get the entire place unpacked by Sunday, but the actual process of working within the space and finding the best layout took us almost a full year,” Natalie says. “It’s an open studio floor plan — one giant box — and so the furniture and space arrangement possibilities are endless. I’ve been very mindful the last few months of how we live and what we need our space to accomplish for us, and here and there I’ve been tweaking our space to accommodate.” The overall impact their loft has had on the Holbrook family’s lifestyle doesn’t stop there.
Without walls, keeping a clutter-free approach in each room is a necessity. “No bedrooms means no closets, and rather than stuff all our things into creative storage all over the place, we decided to just get rid of the stuff. We’ve learned to live with so much less, and it’s been life-changing,” Natalie says. “As a result, our space feels airy, clean, and calm. It’s been the most freeing, relaxing decision we’ve ever made. We absolutely love our new, light footprint.” Natalie and Brandon have turned their “giant box” into an intentional living space that is perfect for their current needs. And if those needs change, so will their home. —Lauren