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With 25-foot ceilings and lots of concrete, this space could easily have felt cold,
but the homeowners’ eclectic style and comfortable seating make it inviting.
In what would become the Santoses’ future home, team Beauxbo had left the glazed-brick walls (the kind you see in subway stations and that nowadays cost a fortune to make, according to Schroeder), along with random nails stuck into them, and only lightly sanded the chipping paint on the ceiling beams. They’d installed an HVAC system, poured a new concrete floor, and put in an Ikea kitchen.
An upstairs loft area that may have once housed machinery had become home to three bedrooms—two of them behind simple Douglas-fir-and-glass sliding doors—and two bathrooms outfitted with Ikea and Home Depot products. The steel staircase is original, and so are the splotches of yellow paint along the edge of the balcony. With 2,800 square feet to work with, there had been enough room for the developers to create a study and a third bathroom downstairs.
“I love the openness,” Lisa says. “I love that it has a story. And I love that we were able to move in and just be, without having to change much of anything.” (The couple did install an additional row of cabinets behind the kitchen island.) With brick walls and concrete floors, she doesn’t have to worry about anything getting ruined, crucial for a couple who entertain often, even hosting slumber parties for the Southport Grocery staff. The Santoses have filled the space with mid-century-modern and contemporary furnishings, including splurging on a sharp L-shaped sofa from Ligne Roset. Several walls still need art, but they’re not rushing into anything.
“It’s a journey,” Lisa says. “We only want to buy things that really inspire us.”
Photography: Alec Hemer
Styling: Lindsey Parker