18th Century Sugar Warehouse Loft in Amsterdam.

Bedroom One

Bedroom Two

1925 Drug store building in the Woodland Heights area of Houston.

Tribeca Loft in New York City

In the movie, "He's Just Not That Into You," a wife pleads her case to her husband in Home Depot that although the laminate wooden floors look like wood and are cheaper, she still prefers the real wood. Her husband doesn't understand because to him, it is the same and he doesn't see the need to spend more money on the real thing. She simply says, "I don't like that the laminate wood is pretending to be something it's not." If you are a man, you can stop reading because you probably agree with the husband in the movie. This is exactly how I feel about lofts. So many "lofts" have popped up that are way overpriced and have no architectural character. Many builders think they can throw up some concrete walls, cherry wood floors and exposed ventilation ducts and PRESTO! you have a loft. What makes a loft incredible are the structural bones: old, wide-planked floors with dings and scrapes in them, heavy metal windows, exposed old brick, antique tin, doors that rumble when they are moved, concrete floors with a great patina and rustic wooden beams. I love the first 3 pictures because this loft is authentically old yet warm and livable. Metal windows (as in the Houston loft) are the hottest thing going and work well in a modern or traditional environment. Loft living is not for all people but it's fun to imagine the lifestyle that goes with that cool space...you just returned from Barney's with your new Fiorentini + Baker boots, latte in hand and have just enough time to spruce up before the art show...

Photos via (Former site) Houstonist and Loft Living Magazine Blog