Modern urban loft with custom oversized chimney hood in living room on Thou Swell @thouswellblog (via Elle Decor, photography by Alyssa Rosenheck)

For Will Lansing, the founder of boutique urban development firm Valor Development, based in Washington, D.C., finding a modern home for a budding art collection meant investing in great architecture and furnishings too. Together with interior designer Christina Cole, they outfitted an old auto body shop with bespoke details like a floor-to-ceiling bookcase and an oversized hood in the living room. The designer kept the finishes luxurious but durable, choosing grey Fabricut upholstery for the sofa and solid walnut for the dining room table. While the project keeps a fresh, urban aesthetic with its industrial shell, Cole was able to beautifully finish the place for a polished, grown-up aesthetic that can easily carry over to Lansing’s future homes – and this synthesis represents a beautiful tenet of good urban development: responding to and enhancing the existing character and architecture of a building. Step inside this bold urban loft below!


Urban loft with floor-to-ceiling bookcase and velvet wingback chair on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Black doors to home office on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Black home office with built-in cabinetry and gold accents on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Modern dining room with walnut table, windsor chairs, black pendant light on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Moody black bedroom with walnut mid-century bed and gold floor mirror on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Modern bathroom with black and white grid tile and gold pendant above weathered grey vanity on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I love how the loft’s private rooms are painted in darker colors for visual emphasis. How do you like the bold design of this D.C. loft?

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