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Shanley's Baton Rouge Loft

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Shanley's art gallery in her dining area.

Hello, My Lovelies!  Today I want to share with you Shanley Belle's student loft.

At a Glance:

What:  End Unit Loft Built in 2008
Size:  977 Square Feet
1 1/2 baths, 
Total Open-Concept with Bedroom Loft Above
Feature:  Soaring 20' Ceilings Downstairs with Very Large Windows
Style: Boho/Hippie Chic
Where:  Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Before I begin the tour, I want to share some "before" photos from the listing:

Here, the carpet is nasty, and the walls desperately need new paint.

You can't tell from the photos but the kitchen cabinets are a mess and they had to be repainted.

The tile floor needs a good scrubbing, too.

The carpet still gives me chills.  Fleas!  Filth!  Rust!  I wanted to run screaming from this place.  But I was brave.  Very Brave.   ;P

The location of the loft can't be beat, and there's great storage, including an attic!

Okay so I'm sure you've had enough of this.  I get the heebie jeebies looking at the before photos!


Clean!  It's amazing what fresh paint and cleansers can do for a space.

We did not replace the tile floors downstairs, but I had to spend HOURS removing paint from the floor.  Otherwise, the painters did an excellent job.  I couldn't paint the loft because we don't have a lull for painting twenty feet in the air!

Marble top coffee table is from Target.

Desk is behind sofa, and you can see her computer monitor and table lamp.

The throw pillow says:  "Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn."  Very appropriate for a speech language pathologist!  Pillow from Sugar Boo.

Mr. Art @ Home built the shelving in the nook to the right of the front door.
A few of Shanley's favorite classics are on these shelves.

This dresser provides super storage for purses, umbrellas (a necessity in Baton Rouge), remote controls, electronics, sweatshirts/sweaters, and ballet gear.

The powder room is to the left of the TV.

Artwork in powder room.  Walls are painted Tahitian Breeze by Behr.

A view from front of built in book case across to kitchen
Lampshade Anthropologie

Due to Shanley's asthma, she opted for no rugs or carpet.

Top of coffee table and raspberry agate coasters from Target.
Shanley's colors are mostly blues and greens with raspberry, yellow, and lavender accents.

Shanley's desk and work area is directly behind the sectional sofa.  Behind the work area is her eating space.  This bookshelf holds books and supplies for her coursework.

Tablecloth from Anthropologie

Although subtle, Shanley Belle wanted a little purple in her loft.
Slipcovers and tablecloth wash easily.

I painted the kitchen cabinets.  Other than that, we're leaving it alone for now.  Soon we want to replace the countertops, sink, and add a backsplash.

Barstools are from Pier1, and mail holder is from Target.
Shanley Belle also chose her paint colors.  Her program is going to be hard, so she wanted soothing colors in her loft.  Wall color is Ethereal Mood by Behr.
Pillar candle holders are from World Market.

Canisters from Mod Cloth.  Bearded Iris teapot is from the Taylor Collection by MacKenzie-Childs.

Creamer and spoon from Mod Cloth, and sugar bowl is from MacKenzie-Childs.  

Let's go upstairs!

Shanley's Vespa helmets to the left of the front door and by the stairs leading to the loft.

Look up!  The Cubs Win!!!  The W flag is flying!

We replaced the nasty carpet on the stairs and in the loft with laminate flooring.

Shanley wanted an accent wall.  She chose Shamrock Green, and Shanley and I painted it.
Door to right of dresser is large walk-in closet.  Bathroom is on the left.

Bed is custom made from Southern Accents in Cullman, Alabama

Bedding via Target
Nightstand from Pier1

Only two authors rank high enough for the cubbies in her bed:  Lynn Kurland and Nalini Singh
Apparently Rocket likes Lynn Kurland, too!

Shanley's childhood dresser

Vanity mirror via Etsy and painting by me.  Pont means bridge in French, and this signage is from one of the 37 bridges crossing the Seine in Paris.

Shanley's reading nook.  Only reading for pleasure upstairs!  Behind door is a large linen closet.  The tower holds comic book collection, and the bar on the right is her ballet bar.
Behind the chair you can see the ledge overlooking the living area below.

Baby Groot!

There is a large laundry area in her bathroom.  There are also two large vanities that are dark with black granite.  We hate them, and we will replace them eventually.  You can barely see one in a "before" photo.

Shower curtain is from Anthropologie and the towels are from Target.
The gold is for LSU
Paint color is Tahitian Breeze, same as the powder room.

Looking downstairs 

We moved Shanley in during Tropical Storm Cindy.  Literally her backyard was four inches deep in water (With a French drain in the middle of the yard!), so I couldn't really share the small patio and yard with you this time.  The front needs plants badly, but we couldn't deal with that given the weather situation.

We are thrilled for Shanley Belle as she begins her exciting doctoral program at LSU.  As we make updates and fluff it a bit more, I'll share here on the blog!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. She is one lucky girl!! What a great loft - and an exceptional goal to begin working towards her Doctorate - good for her!!! I am interested in the pull out each for clothes in laundry area - where did you find that? Is it attached to the shelf with hooks? Love her headboard and the boho look!! A lovely place for her to be!!

  2. Shanley's place is so cute and so hippie chic! I love the way y'all mixed all of the colors together. She takes after you. :)

  3. Oh, to be young and on the brink of it all! This nest looks so inviting, and I know you two had a blast doing it up in spite of all the trials and tribulations going on in life all the while. My favorite thing is, of course, that bed-head from Southern Accents. The little book cubbies in it are perfect! We are expecting more great things from this young woman, aren't we?

  4. I love the gallery wall and am so intrigued by that bed!

    Congrats on entering the doctoral program.

  5. Beautiful!
    I agree with Art and Sand, I like the bed-head, so very unique.
    Best to your lovely girl.

  6. What a beautiful loft! I wish only the best for Shanley Belle. I love her book shelves and head board. Go Cubs Go!

  7. Beautiful transformation. A space she can really enjoy. Congrats on the doctoral program. Have a fabulous weekend.

  8. What a lucky gal, her loft is an awesome space, and all the work you did really updated and made it perfect for her! Good luck Shanley Belle! Love that custom head board and the cute throw pillow!

  9. What a darling space. I have big heart eyes for the bedroom area. Well done!


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