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A Texas Loft Made for Mid-Century Style

by Garrett Fleming

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

Photography by Sam Melton

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As you enter Drew's soft yet industrial loft, you're greeted by his sofa and a gallery wall. The Z Gallerie lion print's "bold but subtle colors" captured Drew's interest. It's a great representation of "strength, royalty, and dignity."
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The Henry sofa from West Elm is "a dream to stretch out and relax on. Its super-soft, velvet upholstery is so inviting," Drew says. When light hits the velvet, a mesmerizing sheen bounces around the fabric, but the piping is his favorite aspect of it. The Stockholm throw pillows are by IKEA and the serape blanket was snagged from Amazon.
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The reading nook is one of Drew's favorite spots in his home. With a good drink in hand, he could sit here for hours. It also serves as the perfect transitional space between the bedroom and living area. The loft gets an abundance of natural light most days. "It accompanies me on whatever tasks I need to perform around my home. It's a joy to experience and to have," he raves. For him "it's another form of positivity and optimism." The small table is from Hive, and the molded, Eames chair was picked up at Office Designs Outlet.
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The IKEA alphabet print and Times Square sign by Parvez Taj have been with Drew for a bit. They're a few of the only pieces from his old home that made the journey to the new loft. Simple, bold and unable to be ignored: the three things Drew loves most about these works. The TV stand is from IKEA's Lack series.
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Drew's a huge graffiti fan, so the bold and colorful Abraham Lincoln piece by Matthew Lew was a must-have. "Everything about it speaks volumes," he says. The desk is made from an IKEA Linnmon table top and Krille legs.
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A sheepskin rug adds a bit of plush comfort to his Eames chair. Other mid-century touches are peppered throughout the Texas loft. The Design Within Reach Outlet chair was a steal.
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The first of the home's two "speak no evil" accessories – this one from Marshalls – sits on Drew's desk next to a brilliant mug. "I came across the Alexander Girard coffee mug after reading the story about the 'conversation pit' located within The Miller House in Columbus, Indiana. The pattern on the coffee mug was designed for Georg Jensen tableware that was used at the Miller House," Drew explains.
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The lotfy bedroom's metallic color scheme is pulled together by the Novo acrylic folding table, Z Gallerie taxidermy, and Kidrobot toy.
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Drew chose the bedroom's CB2 taxidermy for its "chic but also quirky" nature and knew it would make a "bold statement." Lofts can easily become cold and uninviting. To cleverly contrast the hard angles of his home, Drew styled his bed with comfy linens from Room & Board and Target. His bedroom set is from Coaster Fine Furniture.
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To lean into the building's industrial design, he picked up these McCoy metal barstools from Pottery Barn.
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Drew can't wait to "visit and experience the big city of New York." Until then, he's got subtle nods to the city in his kitchen like this Crate & Barrel bust. His white, Z Gallerie "ceramic owls portray the wisdom of see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." Open storage does wonders for the quaint kitchen. Without cabinet doors, the room immediately feels larger and gives him the perfect spot for displaying his accessories.
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The "playfulness and positivity" that the stove's accessories represent is why Drew cherishes them. "Viewing them always makes me smile," he says. Vases from CB2, a pig from Z Gallerie and Hanno the Gorilla hang out on the vent.
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The loft's floor plan.

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