When I moved into my loft in Northern Liberties I had grand ambitions. I was going to stretch my creative muscles and pour my heart and soul into creating the ultimate modern-bohemian-glam loft. It had to be my first statement portfolio piece for decorating. Hey World, I can do more than just kitchens and baths. I can do it all.
I hoped people would notice me. I hoped I would get published. I’m not embarrassed to admit I dreamed big and was just crazy enough to believe it could happen. I often stood staring at vignettes and arrangement- editing in my head- imagining how to make it lovely enough to appear on the pages of Lonny Magazine. (I then I would occasionally tear myself down and believe I wasn’t good enough. Three steps forward, two steps back, you know?)
And then it came out and I was blown away by how many people embraced the design. Gratifying doesn’t begin to describe the feeling. Just like that… after 10 months of designing and obsessing and fretting and jiving and getting all risky and crazy, after all of that, I got what I wanted from the loft.
It was such a lovely place to live. I feel so lucky to have lived there and enjoyed the space and the neighborhood! But I have to tell you that I don’t live in my loft anymore. I don’t want to get into the details, because I don’t want to ruin your pristine, angelic vision of the space. The short story is there were serious leaks and suspected mold issues and it wasn’t the place for me.
So now I am looking for a new home. It will probably take me a little while, as I truly have no idea what I want right now. Plus it will take a lot to top the last place. I promise you this, though, when I find Home, I’m going to create the most perfect haven. My head is already spinning in new directions. I’m excited, and I’m also willing to be patient.
I think it’s time to put the loft to bed. You can always find it on the right hand side over there–> NAOMI’S LOFT. But I’m done talking about it.
Loft, you gave me more than I could ever imagined, and for that I am incredibly grateful. My sister and I like to joke it’s the little loft that could. And now it’s the little loft that’s been viewed around the world. Crazypants.
Dream big, friends! And work hard! I certainly intend to.
Happy Friday. I’m spending it with my besties. It’s such a treat 🙂
images via courtney apple, as seen through the lens of my instagram