The Francis Files
A New Look for the Media Room Loft
November 25, 2022 - Written by Kevin O'Gara
This project was produced in partnership with Dorel Home and the Queer Eye furniture collection.
When I introduced the media room loft in West Midtown Project, I added a seating area with a small sectional and chairs. With the holidays approaching (and my little sister coming home from college), I started thinking about how to reconfigure the space to include more comfortable seating for TV-watching, and also accommodate a guest with a convertible sofa. After partnering with the Queer Eye furniture collection, available at Walmart, to find a stylish storage futon for this space, I started redesigning the layout and color palette. You may notice a fun custom detail I added to the futon to take it to the next level – the dark brown bullion trim! It makes me so happy.
I started the new design by considering the sectional pieces separately, and had a hunch that the armless sofa just might fit in the nook at the far end of the space. I couldn't believe it when the piece fit perfectly – and I mean it couldn't have been one inch larger! This created the coziest little nook at the back of the room so I could define two separate seating areas with the futon at the front of the room. I used the chaise piece of the sectional against the railing, and used the olive green futon as inspiration for a fall-inspired color palette with dark brown and purple. I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit with the funky shag rug, but I absolutely love it up here – and it's incredibly comfortable.
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The other key pieces I added to this space from the Queer Eye furniture collection include the plaster-look side table sets. They've got such a great texture and a versatile shape and color that can go pretty much anywhere! I anchored the futon with two larger tables and floated the smaller pairs throughout the space to add functional surfaces.
A special detail I added to the end of the room is the painting I created with a purple orb. I don't think it's quite complete yet, but it's the start of a new series that I am exploring with the color purple and gates drawn with vine charcoal.
To complete the space, my mom sewed linen curtains with a brown grosgrain trim that can be pulled across the railing to close the space in and provide privacy. I love the new layout makes it even cozier, with more comfortable seating and the additional guest bed for me or my sisters to stay over.
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