Liberty Lofts | Model Opens at Liberty Lofts

ANN ARBOR, MI – The recently opened model at Ann Arbor’s Liberty Lofts reflects some current trends in interior design while demonstrating the lofts’ ability to serve as a blank canvas for any kind of style – contemporary, modern, traditional or eclectic.

Designers from the Morningside Group used assertive paint colors, including new-leaf green and gunmetal blue, on facing walls in the living/dining area. Accent pieces – shelves, pictures frames and mats – are in dark or black finishes. Contemporary seating pieces in a deep cocoa with metal legs and glass/chrome coffee table contrast with the rustic, warm wood tabletop and bright red chairs in the dining area.

“We chose colors and finishes that would appeal to both men and women,” said Tracey Bleeden, Director of Marketing for Morningside Group “We wanted furnishings that would excite the imagination, yet make one feel at home. We sought out furnishings that would help people see the tremendous potential these lofts have. That it can truly be anything they want it to be.”

Morningside’s designers shopped at a variety of local stores including Three Chairs in downtown Ann Arbor and the new Ikea store in nearby Canton Township, as well as national favorites including Pier 1 Imports, Bombay Company and Crate & Barrel. They also utilized unique, although perhaps lesser known sources such as West Elm, Interface FLOR, Z Gallerie and CB2 (Crate & Barrel’s modern ‘sister’).

With its open floor plan, high ceilings and exposed ductwork in an 18th-century building, Liberty Lofts feels new and old at the same time. The most contemporary furniture could comfortably mix with grandma’s antiques. That eclecticism, in fact, is an industry trend, according to Grosse Pointe interior designer Elisabeth Meda, who recently returned from the annual trade show in High Point, N.C.

“There’s a mix of styles and periods,” Meda said. “You’re seeing a lot of antique pieces incorporated with new pieces. There aren’t as many rules anymore. It’s an eclectic mix of things, even in the more traditional furniture lines. They are mixing iron with painted wood with gilded finishes and layers of texture. There was a time when people thought you could only put a contemporary interior in a loft, but I think that’s now a misnomer. I don’t think there are any rules there any longer.”

The lush green seen on the walls in the model loft and the dark gold in the master bath reflect an embracing of warmer tones, according to Kasey Pierson, who teaches interior design at Baker College and works in the Michigan Design Center showroom of R.J. Thomas Ltd.

“There’s a big resurgence with the oranges, with the warmer colors,” Pierson said. “We have an abundance right now of the warmer tones, still with darker finishes.”

“A lot of the colors depend on the times,” Pierson continued. “Warm colors seem to make people feel more secure — that cocooning feeling.”

Pierson said that national chains of home furnishings have driven some trends, such as the natural materials, hard lines and darker finishes seen in places like Restoration Hardware, Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn.

Meda said she saw lots of high contrast graphic fabrics in High Point. There it was black and white, while the Liberty Lofts model’s master bedroom uses a bold, chocolate brown and white geometric bedcover, with an Asian-influenced lattice headboard.

Founded in 1993, Morningside Group is a boutique real estate development firm that specializes in creating premier residential and mixed-use developments on in-fill sites in downtown locations. Long recognized as a leader in the design and construction of highly acclaimed buildings, Morningside Group has built an enviable track record of successful public-private partnerships.

Morningside’s incomparable work ensures that each new development will join a growing portfolio of prized buildings which includes, in Michigan, SkyLofts Royal Oak and SkyLofts MarketSquare in Royal Oak and, in Illinois, Arbor Court and Prairie Town Center in Oak Lawn, Crescent Court and Museum Square in Elmhurst, Morningside Square in Downers Grove, The Glen Astor in Glen Ellyn, and buildings in Evanston and Skokie.

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