SMALL SPACE: FRESH OUT­LOOK

Cus­tom-built fur­ni­ture, re­claimed ma­te­ri­als, and stylish bins el­e­vate the look and func­tion of a Port­land, Ore­gon, cou­ple’s com­pact loft.

Secrets of Getting Organized - - Front Page - WRITER RE­NEE FREEMON MUL­VI­HILL PRO­DUCER SHAN­NON QUIMBY PHO­TOG­RA­PHER LAU­RIE BLACK

Clever DIY tricks and re­pur­posed items help a small loft live large.

WHEN FIRE BROKE OUT

in Val and Joey Fish­man’s Port­land, Ore­gon, loft, the floor and 12 inches up the wall were ru­ined. In­stead of let­ting this catas­tro­phe get them down, the cou­ple viewed it as an op­por­tu­nity to cus­tom­ize the space and make the unit truly feel like their own. They also added lots of cre­ative stor­age to help the 889-square­foot unit, lo­cated in one of the city’s old­est build­ings, feel much larger than its ac­tual foot­print would sug­gest.

Af­ter re­plac­ing the floor and ap­pli­ances, the cou­ple fo­cused on tak­ing stock of what items they ac­tu­ally needed. “Essen­tially, we have al­ways been pro­po­nents of liv­ing small,” Joey says. “We tried to toss ev­ery­thing we don’t use on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

What they kept, they put into con­tain­ers in a pair of book­cases in the main room, sorted by cat­e­gory. New fur­ni­ture through­out the loft cre­atively en­hances avail­able stor­age space, and re­claimed ma­te­ri­als mix in­dus­trial chic style with vin­tage warmth for a mood that’s at once com­fort­able and con­tem­po­rary.

OPEN AND AIRY

The loft is pri­mar­ily one big space, so home­own­ers Val and Joey Fish­man set up dis­tinct zones through the use of area rugs and fur­ni­ture group­ings, above. A desk in a win­dow bump-out cre­ates a cozy of­fice in the far cor­ner.

FO­CAL POINT

A pair of book­cases at one end of the kitchen, right, holds bins and bas­kets to or­ga­nize ex­er­cise equip­ment, clean­ing sup­plies, and pet food and toys.

CUS­TOM CRATES

Val used a chalk pen and sten­cils on chalkboard fronts to la­bel match­ing crates, be­low. She painted paw prints and other dog-re­lated de­signs on bas­kets of pet gear.

HID­DEN STOR­AGE

Joey crafted the cof­fee ta­ble, be­low right, out of two wooden pal­lets. Hol­low in­side, it of­fers a handy place to stash items when guests visit.

Cor­ral read­ing ma­te­rial in­side shal­low bas­kets or trays.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.