Alison Bologna Design
Alison Bologna is an award-winning journalist, yoga teacher, studio owner, non-profit organization founder and designer. Since moving to New England from New York City, she has designed a residential loft, an urban outreach yoga studio, a city home, a pool garden patio and transformed a garage into a gardening studio and outdoor cabana, all with a taste for preserving what is old in new, colorful, modern and eclectic ways. She's been known to dig through mills, artist studios, flea markets, friend's homes and other places for the perfect finds, and thanks to this "digging" skill, she is well equipped through a network of partners to turn any space into something special.
The McDevitt building was a department store in its day in downtown Pawtucket, RI. Since then, many occupants took it over, most recently an appliance warehouse for storage. In 2009, Alison opened up the space to transform it into an urban outreach yoga studio with 16 foot ceilings, wood floors and re-purposed benches, tables and wood found within the building. Now the studio has become a beautiful, bustling urban anchor in the downtown landscape.
Two floors, 2,000 square feet, with no closets or storage. See how Alison found homes for her favorite Eero Saarinen and Herman Miller chairs while staying true to the aesthetics of the loft. To show off the epoxy concrete floors, Alison kept the main living space wide open and used the beams between the first and second floors to showcase art and other finds. A coat rack from a theater served as the closet and the creative use of modern shelving and metal stacking bins created much-need storage.
Starting with nothing but concrete and a rotten fence in the back yard, the only element worth keeping in this urban plot was the in-ground pool that came with the house. Over the course of three years, Alison pulled up all the concrete, installed a stone patio, built a pergola for outdoor entertaining, designed new, raised planters to square off the yard, re organized the landscaping, created bamboo hedges and then converted the slate-roofed garage into a pool cabana and maintenance shed. Whoa!