The Little Loft that Could

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
  1. Well I’m glad you got so much out of it!! And I know you will make your next place equally as fabulous!

  2. I just found your blog and I have to say, I think I’ve “pinned” almost every space in your loft! Great design and best of luck on your new home search!

  3. J and V

    Amazing- you created such a fabulous place and no one would ever have know there were issues bc it was indeed so gorgeous! You truly made your little loft a home and you will do it again! Cannot wait to see the magic you create in your new home! They say- somethings just happen for a reason and this may be that time! Good luck, all will work out and be great!

  4. Erin

    She was a beauty, but there are many fish in the sea… also I suspect that the next place will be even more fabulous. Philly must be full of places with amazing bones, plus you now have one victory under your belt. The next project will probably rule the world!

  5. I am so excited about this new chapter/adventure in your life – can’t wait to see what’s out there for you next. I feel a magazine feature is definitely in your future!

  6. You created such a wonderful space. Love how you embrace new beginnings and cant wait to see what the future holds for you.

  7. Well, I can’t wait to see what you do with your next place!
    Have a great weekend! xoxo

  8. court.

    Sorry to hear about the loft! BUT! This has to be the start of something amazing for you, I can feel it!

    Can’t wait for what’s up next for you.

  9. It is sad to say good bye to a home, but just remember it is you and your adorable pug that make your house a home. Your next place will be fab, can’t wait to see the progress once you find the right space!! xx

  10. Hannah

    Your loft has been such an inspiration in decorating my own apartment, and it is so exciting that we will get to watch you do it all over again! I can’t wait to see your new canvas. :)

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  11. Well, I can imagine this is a bitter sweet time for you. I too moved from what I thought was my little dream home and it was sad…at first, but then I moved and poured all my love in to our new home and have never been happier. Good luck to you in your new venture and the great part is that you will now have a new creative canvas!:) By the way, I got in to design and decore simply through our move and it turned in to a career and passion so my thoughts are ALWAYS DREAM BIG!

    XOXO,
    Whitney

  12. Good for you girlfriend. You are so talented and I cannot wait to see what you dream up next!

  13. You will always remember this place and have a special spot in your heart for it. But I am suuuuper excited to see what you do with the next place. It will top this one, just you wait!

  14. Mold and leaks are never fun! Don’t worry you’ll find a fabulous place AND make it even more stunning, I know it! X

  15. Well your hard work paid off and now we get to follow you along on your next space. Even more portfolio goodness.

  16. Saaaaad!!! But we can’t having you living in dampness and mold. AND this means we get to look forward to a whole new design adventure! EEeeeeEEEeeee!!!

  17. Said to hear…but not going to lie it will be amazballs to see whats coming! Can’t wait till I can start anew again!

  18. Yay for the little loft that could … and another amazing space to design!!

  19. I love this post! I saw many of these images before I ever knew who decorated the place, and once I did, I was delighted! You did such a great job. And I love to hear how you dreamed big- that’s so wonderful to hear! I do the same, and I think it’s important to be our own biggest fans. :)

    XOXO,

    Sam

  20. It definitely was. You created something o special, unique, memorable. But I admit I am super excited to see v2!!!!

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