The suburban town of Addison, TX and I were good buds growing up. My club volleyball team trained in the local private school’s facility, which meant I made the hour-and-a-half drive to the campus on a regular basis. With hours of practice and a less-than-ideal commute keeping me occupied, I never got the chance to see exactly what the area had to offer. All these years later, I was thrilled to see Drew Johnson’s lofty studio come across my email inbox. What better way to get a taste for living in the neighborhood than through one of its stylish residents?
Drew, who works for a medical device company, has dreamed of living in a loft ever since he was a kid. It was the movie Big starring Tom Hanks that really hooked him. Exposed brick and duct work, concrete ceilings and large windows — that’s what he knew he wanted. Luckily for him, a loft unit became available that was simply perfect. The opportunity was a no-brainer, and without any hiccups he was quickly moved into his fantasy apartment. The serendipitous transition didn’t stop there. The decorating stage was a snap as well, thanks to his penchant for mid-century design. The style lends itself perfectly to the architecture of the building. As you click through, you’ll soon realize that pops of color and streamlined, thoughtful accessorizing are what Drew favors. A few pieces picked up here and there, and he was set.
The design stage was easy. Keeping that design intact, however, is a constant challenge. There simply isn’t much storage in the home, so Drew has to be extra tidy at all times. Open cabinetry, only one true closet, and a laundry room without a door really keep Drew on his toes. While he couldn’t be happier with how his loft looks, it’s the serenity he feels here that he cherishes. “I can rarely hear a peep from my neighbors,” he says. I am sure if he could, all he would hear is praise for the stellar job he has done crafting the space. Enjoy! —Garrett