A large, urban, two-story loft in a bare-bones industrial space sounds like the renter’s holy grail. Still, that doesn’t mean this sort of space comes without challenges. When Salt Lake City-based interior designer Mikelle Mabey was approached to help transform one such location, there was one glaring issue. The space had everything: huge windows, ample space, a covetable open floor plan. It also had a caveat. As a rental, no cosmetic or structural changes could be made, something that included a brown, Venetian plaster treatment on the apartment’s largest wall. “The owner wouldn’t allow us to paint, or do any damage to it,” Mikelle says. “This was a huge obstacle.”
The other major challenge with the space was also one of its greatest assets—the open floor plan. “I needed to really try to define each space,” Mikelle continues, “dining, living, office, bedroom and closets.” This was accomplished by dedicating the second story to the bedroom and giving the entire apartment a cohesive visual style. The building’s industrial 1901 bones were complemented with Modernist designs, exposed wood, and a neutral color palette. And that big, brown Venetian plaster wall? Mikelle hired a woodworker to create a floor-to-ceiling reclaimed wood “wall” that covered the plaster without actually making any damage to it. Win-win! Take a closer look at this stunning Salt Lake City residence below!