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Cozy Cabin Meets City Loft

Updated: Aug 2, 2020

We transformed an attic into a high-end apartment. Here's the stunning end result.

This one-bedroom loft offers a modern rustic aesthetic, mixing wood flooring and mountain stone accents with sharp, clean lines and high-end finishes.

Situated on the third floor of a luxury apartment building, this unit is chock-full of character and amenities. In the living room, an entire wall of mountain stone spills over to a gas fireplace and surrounds a giant, light-filled window, making the room feel like a cabin in the sky.

The gas fireplace was key to creating that cabin feel. The fireplace is a great feature that is hard to find in Williamsport's rental market.

This apartment features many gorgeous lights that are all dimmable.

The ceiling in the bedroom is especially complicated. It took us a very long time to figure out how to handle all of the angles when painting this apartment. Should we paint the ceiling a dark color or light color? Where should we stop the ceiling color and use the wall color instead? It seems obvious now, but at the time it was overwhelming. Further complicating the matter, the paint colors in this apartment can look considerably different from room to room and even wall to wall due to the weird angles and lighting.

We ended up using Benjamin Moore's Willow Creek on the ceilings. Perhaps because of the angles, the color looks much lighter than what it appears on the swatch and in photos we found online.

The closet door color was another difficult decision. Every paint swatch we tested seemed to take on the look of the trim color when put next to the trim -- even when the color looked nothing like the trim. And of course, due to the weird lighting in the apartment, when a color looked like it might work in the bedroom, it didn't work at all in the hallway. We finally settled on Valspar's Sumatra Blend, which gives a nice contrast to the trim without being too over-the-top.

The bathroom includes a linen closet, a closet with a washer and dryer, and many custom-made features.

In addition to a stone accent wall, the bathroom features a striking shower tile inspired by a rolling river, as well as an earthy floor tile that evokes the look of stone.

The real showpiece in this bathroom is the custom-made vanity, which is constructed with two slabs of live edge wood separated by a tree trunk. The space between the wood slabs is the perfect place to keep decorative baskets filled with everyday go-to products.

The original plan was to install a plain bronze sink, but we found this decorative Mexican copper sink that we couldn't pass up.

We custom built a towel bar and toilet paper holder using piping and fittings that we spray painted.

The washer and dryer fit perfectly tucked under the slope of the ceiling.

The compact kitchen manages to fit everything a discerning tenant could want.

The spacious eat-in island features a durable Blanco Siligranit sink and built-in dishwasher so tenants can leave their old kitchen table behind and say goodbye to manual dishwashing.

The dramatic angles of the vaulted ceiling aren't just visually stunning, they also allow for creative usage of space. In the kitchen, cupboards are built into the eaves so that no space goes wasted.

These Canadian-made stools are great for so many reasons! They are really well-crafted, heavy, durable stools. Plus, they swivel and adjust to whatever height you want. What more can you ask for? They also have pinhole or "wormhole" distressing for an added rustic flair.

The kitchen also features colorful Crema Bordeaux granite countertops.


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Third-Floor Loft Details


Benjamin Moore Willow Creek paint on ceiling, Valspar Sumatra Blend paint on doors, Kwikset Halifax Door Levers in Venetian Bronze on doors




American Olean Fusion Cotto in Grigio (tile on floor), Daltile River Marble in Smoky River (tile on shower walls), Delta Monitor 14 Series Shower Head in Brilliance Stainless, Mexican Copper Sink in Rag Patina, Pfister Ashfield Faucet in Rustic Bronze, Margarida Two-Light Vanity Light in Parisian Bronze


American Olean Fusion Cotto in Grigio tile on floor, Trent Austin Design Bruges 3-Light Pendant in Rubbed Bronze, Carbon Loft Kettering Stools in Gunmetal/Brown, Brainerd Square Rectangular Bar Cabinet Pull, Crema Bordeaux granite



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