When Beverly Moore, interior designer and owner of Moore to Love Homes, made her first site visit to her client’s outdated loft office, she knew she didn’t just want to modernize it. She also wanted to rewind time.
The office space was for a West Plains–based writer, but lacked architectural charm, which was surprising considering it is within a historic building in downtown West Plains. “It hadn’t been touched probably since the 1950s or 1960s,” Moore says. “It was built in the early 1900s, but it just didn’t have any architectural details that you would expect from that time. So we decided we would just put [those details] back in.”
To breathe life back into the space, Moore added board and batten molding to the walls. This served a dual purpose, which was to add interest but to also provide a convenient surface to hang art since the walls are made of plaster and lathe.
Moore also took the ceiling from basic to captivating by adding a rough-sawn pine ceiling. This created an exposed look that is similar to what you might see if you could peer beneath the plaster.