A Musician's Magical Loft

Last August, I was asked to style a loft for one of my favorite clients, Matt Wertz, a singer/songwriter here in Nashville. I enjoy working with Matt because he has a great sense of style, appreciates good design, and loves vintage pieces, allowing me to really flex my creative muscle.

The loft is located above the main area of his vaulted back house and requires a climb up a custom ladder to get to. Because of the challenging (yet fun) ascent and the unique layout of the room, I wanted the space to feel extra special, reflecting the magic of being up in the clouds and providing a true “hideaway” experience. Instead of fighting the low, angled ceilings, I used their cocoon-like quality to my advantage and brought in low furniture to keep the ceiling height in check.

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For the rest of the design, I took cues from the homeowner and focused on building a room that would inspire creativity. When I saw the antique tribal floor pillows from one of my favorite Nashville vendors, Nomad Collective, I knew they'd be perfect for the space. Channeling my inner dreamer, I imagined an adult-version of my all time magic place: twinkly lights, floor cushions, and music - a place to escape the world and spend hours with friends listening to vinyl records and enjoying a drink. Just be careful on the way down!

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 Interior stylist, Carly Ripp, and homeower, Matt Wertz, enjoy the finished loft.

Interior stylist, Carly Ripp, and homeower, Matt Wertz, enjoy the finished loft.