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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.

Media room loft design by Atlanta interior designer Kevin Francis O'Gara with the Queer Eye Kerswell futon, brown shag rug, and custom painting

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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Media room loft design by Atlanta interior designer Kevin Francis O'Gara with the Queer Eye Kerswell futon, brown shag rug, and custom painting
Media room loft design by Atlanta interior designer Kevin Francis O'Gara with the Queer Eye Kerswell futon, vintage rug, and custom painting
Media room loft design by Atlanta interior designer Kevin Francis O'Gara with the Queer Eye Kerswell futon, brown shag rug, and custom painting
Media room loft design by Atlanta interior designer Kevin Francis O'Gara with the Queer Eye Kerswell futon, brown shag rug, and custom painting

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.

Media room loft design by Atlanta interior designer Kevin Francis O'Gara with the Queer Eye Kerswell futon, brown shag rug, and custom painting
Media room loft design by Atlanta interior designer Kevin Francis O'Gara with the Queer Eye Kerswell futon, brown shag rug, and custom painting
Media room loft design by Atlanta interior designer Kevin Francis O'Gara with the Queer Eye Kerswell futon, brown shag rug, and custom painting
Media room loft design by Atlanta interior designer Kevin Francis O'Gara with the Queer Eye Kerswell futon, brown shag rug, and custom painting

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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