I couldn’t have imagined that I would be living in the historic loft while in college. Truthfully, I am trying to relish these moments as much as I can before I move out into the real world (i.e., not Waco, Texas). I mean, Waco is the only place where I could live in an 1,100 sq. foot apartment for $400 a month. Crazy right?
The story goes that LL Sams, the guy the loft is named after, owned and operated the worlds largest church furniture factory for years. After it was shut down, the buildings were renovated to cater to the booming Baylor crowds. Because Waco real estate is so cheap, affording a place like this is possible — even for college students. HGTV’s Fixer Uppers, eat your heart out.
Loft – Entryway
Because our loft is on the third floor, and each story is nearly 20 feet tall, it is a hike to get upstairs. By the time I walk through the doorway, I don’t want to have to think about where I need to put my belongings. That’s why immediately on entering I have this convenient series of baskets. It serves as a catchall for everything you don’t want in your pockets. I wish I had thought to design this — but it was something that can be found at a Homegoods or World Market.
Loft – Coffee
The coffee station takes over the living room — as it should. For something that is a daily (often multi-daily) routine, making coffee should be convenient and aesthetically pleasing. With the print above, and the two tier shelving, this gets the job done.
Featured on the slow-bar from left to right are two 8 cup Chemexes, a Clever dripper on a Hario decanter, and Aeropress also on a Hario decanter, the Kalita Wave dripper, decanter, and pot, and a french press. Oh, and the Bonavita.
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Loft – Kitchen
There are so many ways to get a loft right, and yet there are just as many to get it wrong. Too much stuff and the beauty of the vaulted ceilings and original concrete get drowned out. Too little and it can look white washed and clinicy. That’s why I like to keep the kitchen relatively simple, as it can often seem cluttered with all the appliances on the right.
An authentic mid century table graces the middle, overlooked by a chalkboard — often used for mapping out study guides. Of course, the bottles and bottles of Topo Chico used in conjunction with coffee are displayed above. Just for kicks.
This is one of my favorite spaces in the loft. The natural lighting bathes everything in white, and cuts the need for using electricity during the day. And those loft windows go for miles…
Loft – Work Space
Desks are sacred spaces. They reflect the individual. For the longest time, I pictured myself with a mid century, boxy desk full of filing drawers and space to keep all my pens. But the minimalism of my hairpin desk pairs so well with the Eames chair; all matching with the loft and its industrial roots.
I bought the legs off eBay and fitted them to a solid wood top I found for free in Dallas. My clunky Lenovo Thinkpad is stored underneath a serving tray that just so happened to fit all the cables perfectly. Being able to store the cables underneath makes for a very clean working space, which is great for hammering out those long hours of writing.
I know I will never have an opportunity to live in a space like LL Sams at this price again. That is why I renewed my lease until June of 2017 — right before Michelle and I get married. All the while — adding touches of my taste as it changes. As it always does.