Transformation of Historic Minneapolis Loft
Once a textile mill and today a prominent landmark in the downtown Minneapolis skyline, North Star Lofts recently became home to a couple of empty nesters moving from a large traditional family home to a 2,544-square-foot contemporary condo, one of the building’s just 36 units. To ease the transition, the homeowners tapped Rosenthal Interiors — also a downtown Minneapolis fixture — to help them adapt to not only a new look but also a new lifestyle.
First and foremost, the renowned design firm ensured that the condo reflected the homeowners’ unique style. “It has a relaxed contemporary feel, with an eclectic mix due to some very fun family pieces they brought with them,” explains designer Deanna Kallin. “Certain features in the historic, modern unit were preserved, like the contemporary white kitchen and the Swarovski crystal chandelier in the dining space, which set the tone for a light, airy color palette. From there, each piece was chosen for specific needs. They wanted pieces that would be a new experience for them but that would also reflect their personal style.”
To ensure the residence felt cohesive, the design team carried that color palette — light gray accented by white and shades of teal — throughout, “while allowing the energy of each space to be individual,” notes Kallin. They also took cues from the historic character of the building, highlighting elements like exposed brick and concrete detailing.
Throughout the process, Rosenthal Interiors worked closely with the homeowners, collaboratively making design decisions to ensure their true vision was brought to life. “We especially loved how Rosenthal was able to tie everything together,” the homeowner concludes. “It was so nice to have somebody think about the big picture and help you see it that way.”
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