Game Changer

A dated Bucktown loft becomes a modern bachelor pad with a party-ready attitude

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The dining nook, before and after
A dining nook has its own well-defined space but doesn’t interrupt the visual flow of the room. Granite-flecked cork wallpaper adds subtle texture on the walls; three tall mirrors create depth and interest. Sassy pillows make the banquette feel even more sofa-like.

Gramenos replaced the fussy, old-fashioned mantel with a simple stainless steel unit. She nixed the glass tile she had planned to use for a surround, deciding even that was too much (“We’re saving it for the bathroom”). A cutout above the fireplace repeats its shape and provides a simple, sophisticated display area for art.


Photograph: Alan Shortall



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