Before and after: Industrial loft made warm and bright


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Jewelry designer Lisa Marie Todd and interior designer Jessica McClendon of Glamour Nest recently transformed an industrial loft in West L.A. into a warm design studio for Todd. The project is the latest installment of Pro Portfolio, our Monday feature that looks at recently built, remodeled or redecorated spaces with commentary from the designers.

Project: 1,745-square-foot loft built in 2011

Designers: Lisa Marie Todd and Jessica McClendon, Glamour Nest


Todd’s statement: I love modern design mixed with vintage inspirations. My goal was to create a space that would inspire creativity, reflect my lifestyle and showcase my work. As a jewelry designer, I’m constantly inspired by color, texture and the ability to transform metals. Transforming this loft space into a modern jewel box was like creating a new piece of jewelry.

When you start with a cold, concrete rectangle filled with odd spaces, you need to add elements of color and texture to soften and warm the space. No interior construction was necessary. The simple fix: Incorporating texture through fabrics, paint and great light fixtures.

We began with an obvious fix: Paint the walls my favorite blue. The use of tone-on-tone color defined by various textures and finishes was key to transforming the space. It was important to create clearly defined areas for workspace and showroom. We incorporated a fabric curtain to act as a divider and to soften the room. We used vintage lamps and furniture that I already owned and great vintage lighting from Orange, one of my favorite stores in Los Angeles. More vintage touches and colorful artwork added to the transformation.

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The upstairs conference room before the makeover, and ...

... the upstairs area after. This is where my team and I brainstorm and look over designs for the coming seasons.

The kitchen before the redecoration, and ...

... after. The concrete floors now have a dark, glossy finish with a marbleized look.

The office.

The entrance area before the makeover, and ...

... the view from the entry after. To separate the front parlor and showroom from my design studio and workshop, we used that simple trick of hanging beautiful metallic blue drapes and some vintage tables to create the illusion of two rooms. Wall shelves also help maximize the floor space.

We mixed textures and added vibrant color with touches of vintage chic.

The goal: A modern, inviting design studio and showroom for private customers and stylists to visit -- and an inspirational space in which I love creating and working every day.



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-- Lisa Boone

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Photos from Lisa Marie Todd