Decorators share small space trends at Dannenburg lofts

lfabian@macon.comOctober 3, 2013 

Juxtaposed acrylic triangles climb their way up a floor lamp that doubles as an end table.

A wooden cabinet housing a turntable and old radio serves as a nightstand.

Light shines from within a vintage hair dryer.

Those are just a few of the flea market finds showcased in Historic Macon’s Idea House at Dannenburg Lofts.

Two of the new apartments are decorated by designers under 40. They specialize in do-it-yourself decor and pieces that look like a million bucks, but hardly cost you a dime.

Organizer Carrie Robinson said the Dannenburg backdrop is fabulous for the event.

“This is the first time anybody is going to see these lofts, and it’s all about creating small spaces,” Robinson said.

Designers Canaan Marshall and Andrea Crawford paired his current Asian flair with her edgy looks in a living room/kitchen combination.

An abstract oil-painted coffee table is an example of up-cycling, Marshall said.

“If you have an old, raggedy piece, you can paint it,” he said.

Crawford found some old, wooden, arched pocket doors that frame a green sofa.

The duo’s main goal was to put a room together with a lot of eclectic furnishings.

Most young loft dwellers are on a budget and have collected odd pieces and styles from relatives and garage sales.

Crawford wants people thinking outside of the box.

Sitting on a wooden tray on a kitchen countertop are what appear to be tarnished, antique silver cups with handles. They were actually bought new to look old.

“Grandma’s silver pieces nobody puts out because nobody likes to polish them. Just leave them,” Crawford said. “It creates a nice patina.”

She suggests acquiring neutral pieces to anchor a room, then changing up pillows and accessories for different looks.

In the bedroom, decorator Brooke Merrill found a towering crystal lamp that became the focal point for her design.

In the small space with its towering ceiling, she wanted to draw the eye up.

“I love that those old ‘50s and ‘60s lamps are making a comeback, and you can pick them up at local flea markets.”

Many of the refurbished items on display will be available at the Historic Macon Flea Market at the Northeast Plaza Shopping Center Oct. 18 and 19.

“It’s hard for someone who doesn’t come by it naturally to see the treasures,” Merrill said.

Her imaginary client for the room is a single, female college professor on a budget, who has traveled the world.

A collection of old African prints hangs on one wall, and a family of bright, blue cats lives on the night table.

“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” she said.

Friday night’s preview party from 6-8 p.m. includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine at a cost of $35 at the door.

The $10 tours will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

Next week, the house also will be open for lunchtime tours between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

For more information on the tour and flea market, visit the events tab at

Robinson said part of the charm is that guests can truly be inspired to make changes at home.

“I think people enjoy its attainable ideas,” she said. “Something you can buy for $15 and showcase it.”

To contact Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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