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I’ve always dreamed of living “the loft life”—tons of open space, big windows, and light. Lucky for me, we get to stage and decorate a fair number of them so I can get my fix.

In April we staged two cool East Bay lofts—each with a unique history. First up, a unit in Oak Park Studios,  formerly the Oakland Edison Elementary School built in 1926. It was converted to condos in the late 1980s.

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We love that the original first grade chalkboard was left in tact.

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The bedroom suite is located down a fun spiral staircase . . .

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. . . and it’s much more than a bedroom. It includes a sitting area, office space, and a dressing room area (not to mention a fabulous custom bathroom).

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The unit includes a charming outdoor patio right off the living room, as well as a detached workshop with high ceilings.

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This schoolhouse loft went into contract just two weeks after the first open house!

The second loft we staged is open this Sunday, May 10. It’s in the Besler Building in Emeryville, one of the very first live/work loft projects in the Bay Area.

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As you can see, this is more of a “New York” style loft, with visible pipes and columns and tall steel windows.

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We separated the open floor plan into several different spaces (living room, dining room, bedroom, office, dressing room), using rugs and artwork to anchor each one.

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Lofts are some of our favorite spaces to decorate, because you can completely change the feel and layout by simply moving furniture around. The flexibility means you’ll never get tired of your home. What do you think of lofts? Tell us in the comments section.

Photography credits:

Schoolhouse loft photos by Natacha Nay

Emeryville loft photos by Liz Rusby

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