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Matthew is a filmmaker and photo stylist in Minneapolis. He recruited some friends to help turn his dark attic into a bright and cheerful space for sleeping, working and lounging…

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My friends Ryan Fall, Jake Zontelli and Nadia Haddad helped me design and build the attic of my 1901 South Minneapolis duplex. I hope you enjoy them!

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I chose the Kite Kilim Pouf because of the pattern and the color. It’s the perfect mix of navy blue, black and gray. I joke that the living room side of the attic will some day become a “Moroccan Den” where I have nothing but floor pillows everywhere. The pouf is a great start. The Perch Table Lamp was the perfect size for a desk and I love the neutral colors. I try to stay neutral, but then add pops of bright colors. The hive vase and lanterns seemed really beachy to me, so I had to put them next to my Rio poster. It seems to fit well with that mood.

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Thanks Matthew!

SHOP THIS LOOK

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Images: by TJ Thoraldson

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LaNava

April 18, 2013

Looks great, but what happened to all of the duct work?!

MARYBEL

April 18, 2013

Great job!!!

Kate

April 18, 2013

Yes LANAVA, I’m curious where all the ducts went too! This is beautiful.

Ashli

April 18, 2013

Wow… there is definitely beauty in all things!

Celeste C.

April 18, 2013

Love it! Can you come and re-do my living room? 🙂

Denyse Cohen

April 18, 2013

What a transformation! Loved the furnishing.

Bryan

April 18, 2013

I know he painted it white, but how is that one tiny window making it so bright?

Lanette

April 18, 2013

If you look, the “after” pictures are just of the room, from the brick work, towards the window. We don’t see any “after” pictures of the A/C system and duct.

Catherine

April 18, 2013

more info on materials used, please, for walls and floorboarding? also, did the height of the ceilings remain the same or were they raised at all? perhaps it’s a trick of the white paint, but it seems taller now. well cone!

Ferris

April 18, 2013

This is beautiful. What did you do to the floors, love them

KATIE

April 18, 2013

THIS MAKEOVER IS AMAZING! I LOVE THE WHITE, CLEAN LOOK BUT THE POP OF SUBTLE COLOR WITH THE BED PILLOWS AND ACCENTS. I COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT BETTER MYSELF! MY HATS OFF TO YOU!

carrotstudio

April 18, 2013

wow. what a great job. hoping real soon to do the same to our attic. how much did this transformation cost?

carrotstudio

April 18, 2013

lovely.

Matthew

April 18, 2013

Thanks for all the nice comments, wow! I’ll try to answer a few questions. All the shots were taken from the center of the attic, near the closet (not shown) so all the duct work was hidden in those walls and in the knee-walls too. The furnace in the attic also heats the second floor.

The floors are original to the house, I just cleaned them. The might be from 1901, but I’m not sure. The walls were 4×8 plywood cut into 8″ planks and sanded on the edges to give definition. We didn’t have to use an ounce of sheetrock! (Yay)

The height below the beams is about 6’8″ I’m not sure how tall it is to the peak. The ceilings look higher because of the lower camera angle. TJ Thoraldson took the photos and he used a longer exposure and a little of his magic lighting to make it look so bright. There are only two windows in the whole attic…

Thanks again! Matthew

Matthew

April 19, 2013

P.S.
I lied, the panels are 11.5″ tall…

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