Steal This Look: An Organized Loft, Japanese Style
Makié Yahagi’s two-bedroom SoHo loft is akin to the charm-filled interiors of her nearby shop on Thompson Street, Makié. A cult favorite since its opening in 1999, Makié sells children’s clothing and home goods with a handmade feel. At home, Makié lives with her two now-teenage sons who occupy the main bedrooms; Makié makes her sleeping quarters in a makeshift nook in the loft while expertly storing various textiles, photographs, magazines, and books in baskets, bins, and fabric-covered boxes—a smart solution to open shelving and one room loft-style living. Here is a look at some of the room’s features.Above: Makié delineates the living room with a large area rug, a sofa covered with a linen sheet, and a stack of floor pillows. Photography by Matthew Williams for Remodelista; styling by Alexa Hotz. Above: One side of the fireplace displays prized ceramics and antiques while the other is devoted to reference materials and fabric (Makié is the daughter of a seamstress and sewed all her sons’ clothing when they were young, the impetus for opening her store). Photography by Matthew Williams for Remodelista; styling by Alexa Hotz. Above: Sleeping quarters by way of a clothing rack with hanging curtain. Photography by Matthew Williams for Remodelista; styling by Alexa Hotz.
Furniture & LightingAbove: A similar desk to the one seen in the sleeping area is the Crate & Barrel Haldeman Pine Wood Desk by Leanne Ford for $1,299. Above: Similar to the table lamp by the bed, the Hay Paper Cube Table Lamp is $123.25 at Design Within Reach.
TextilesAbove: The rug in the living room is the now-discontinued Ikea Osted Rug. For a close second, the Beige Seagrass with Border Area Rug is $42 to $697.50 depending on size at Rugs USA. Another option is the Ikea Vodskov Rug for $142.99. Above: The Whiteface Dartmoor Sheepskin Rug is $380 at Toast in the UK. Above: The Sheepskin Pillow Short is $131.75 at Design Within Reach. Another option is the White Short Sheepskin Fur Throw Pillow in white; $129 at CB2. Above: The Makié Pillows B Pillow Cases are $28 each.
Storage BinsAbove: The storage baskets are the Kikapu Palm Baskets, which are no longer available. Another woven storage solution is the Large Palm Basket from Minna Goods; $135. Above: The Serax Marie Large Canvas Bag is made of white-painted canvas; €46.10 at Lili’s. Above: A similar option to some of the fabric storage solutions in Makié’s house: the Pottery Barn Linen Utility Basket, available in three different sizes; from $23. Above: Makié offers the Handmade Cotton Covered Boxes in Light Indigo in her online shop; starting at $85.
DIY Room DividerAbove: Makié’s sleeping nook is made with a rolling rack from Ted-Steel Industries in Hell’s Kitchen. Another option is the Econoco Pipeline Ballet Clothes Rack for $189.99 at Northern Tool + Equipment. Above: The sheet hanging on the rack is the Selena Washed Linen Flat Sheet from Caravane, show in Ciment; €155 at Caravane. Above: The Chrome Stainless Steel Shower Curtain Rings are $19.50 at Pottery Barn. Above: The shower rings hang from the Ikea Riktig Curtain Hooks with Clip, using only the clip part of the setup; $4.99 for a 24-pack at Ikea.
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