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Metropolitan Life

Getting Warmer The clever use of texture and color means that even a highceilinged city loft can feel snug and livable. ///////////

Text by Louis Postel Photography by Eric Roth

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loft in the city can hold big dreams. It’s where we paint the outsize canvases of our lives. It’s where light fills space like a cathedral. That’s the upside. The downside is that twenty-foot-high ceilings can make a person feel very small, and the space can feel more like an airplane hangar than Chartres. Enter Stephanie Horowitz of Zero­ Energy Design in Boston. The loft condominium she designed for a young family in the city’s South End could have

been cavernous, but it’s not, thanks to her approach. “Our task was to make the loft more human in scale, more comfortable. And we did that by layering various textures,” Horowitz says. Her clients had done their homework,

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: A wall of walnut that

begins at about the average height of most kitchens adds a note of warmth. The live-edge dining table helped inspire the overall design. Vertical and horizontal elements form a pleasing composition, as in the tall wall of slate above a long, narrow fireplace mantel.

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New England Home May/June 2014  

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