The Fat Hydrangea

Sara Michelle - Columbus, Ohio

TFH Designs: The Bachelor Pad

Design Projects, Home TourSara Michelle B.1 Comment

I am so excited to share this incredible bachelor pad with you! My friend Matt is renting this awesome 1,200 square foot apartment space above a dry cleaners, and enlisted me to help him transform it into a industrial chic, loft-like apartment. It has been in the works for quite some time, but the space has finally come together and looks great! There are still a handful of things we are working on - drapes, artwork, bedding, a bar, and some accessorizing.. but the major things are in place at this point and I couldn't wait to share the progress!

The dining room is definitely my favorite area. This space has so much natural light, and I just love how all the textures of the table, chairs, rug and light fixture work together.

And this light fixture! Do you love it as much as I do, because I am obsessed. It is amazing how it transforms the room. I don't think many people think about changing out light fixtures when renting, but its really not that hard as long as you get the okay from the landlord and save the fixture that was originally in its place so you can swap it out again when you move out.  A little bit of hassle goes a really long way!

And here of course are the guys hanging out in the family room area watching March Madness. I love all of the touches of wood and metal, even though it is clearly still a warm and inviting space. 

The brown accent wall is where we are going to install a custom bar. We are in the process of designing it now!

Since Matt didn't really need two eating areas, we made the space off of the kitchen a den/reading area. This oversized chair is super comfortable and I'm pretty much obsessed with the custom mirror Matt ordered. It is HUGE and reflects a lot of light into this back corner.

There are two rooms off of the main living space - the bedroom and the office. We decided to make these spaces a little brighter and went with grayish/blue walls and some lighter furniture. Still have some work to do here, but I'm loving the foundation of these rooms!

Matt's place spans the whole top of this storefront. It has a beautiful view and is walking distance to my favorite town in Ohio.


Outer Gray Walls - Martha Stewart"Flagstone"
Brown Accent Wall - Behr "Aging Barrel"
Bedroom - Martha Stewart "Mariner"
Kitchen & Office- Behr "Pencil Point"
Bathrooms - Sherwin Williams "Raging River"



And of course, here are the before pictures:

I will continue to keep you posted as we continue to make changes!

Matt thank you for sharing and for trusting me w/designing your space! It's been a blast!