Upcoming Events at e-lofts: Panel Discussion on Designing for the Modern Loft

Concrete Chic: Panel Discussion on Designing for the Modern Loft

DC by Design Panel Discussion with West Elm on Creating the Ultimate Modern Living Space

December 1, 2016; 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The modern apartment building must serve two purposes: form and function. As lifestyles evolve, so must our living and working spaces. So how can the everyday person create a loft that is both elegant and efficient?

Designing for the Modern Loft is a panel discussion moderated by DC by Design’s Jennifer Sergent on how design is evolving to meet the needs of the next generation of renters. Located at e-lofts—an unprecedented community of premium lofts can be used as a home, an office or both—our panelists Jiyoung Park (Lead Home Stylist at west elm), Holly Polgreen (of Carlyn & Company Interiors + Design) and Melanie Domres (EVP of Novus Residences) will share insights on using interior design to enhance the unique features of modern loft spaces, such as window walls and exposed concrete. Attendees will hear a case study on e-lofts, from concept to completion, and will have the chance to win one of three $200 gift cards to west elm, where they can put their new expertise to use.



Jennifer Sergent (@jensergent)

Design Writer & Blogger, DC by Design

Jennifer Sergent is a design blogger and freelance writer. She’s a regular homes contributor to LUXE Interiors + DesignHome & DesignWashingtonian, and DC Modern Luxury; she also helps design and building-related firms with web content and blogging. She’s the founder the DC by Design blog, which has covered design talent throughout the DMV region since 2010.


Jiyoung Park

Lead Home Stylist, west elm Logan Circle (@westelmdc)

Jiyoung collaborates with clients to create beautiful spaces that reflect their own personal style and help achieve their personal and business goals. Jiyoung is a recovering management consultant and federal executive who has found her dream job and creative outlet as an interior decorator.


Melanie Domres (@eloftsUSA)

Executive Vice President, Novus Residences

Over the span of her career, Melanie Domres has overseen the operations of more than 15,000 apartments in 15 states and the District of Columbia. She has worked at the institutional level, managing an extensive apartment portfolio for the Goldman Sachs subsidiary Archon Group, as well as turning around a distressed portfolio owned by Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette (now Credit Suisse First Boston).


Holly Polgreen

President & Co-Founder, Carlyn & Company Interiors + Design 

Since co-founding Carlyn and Company Interiors + Design in July 1993, Holly has been responsible for steering the inspired design direction of the firm, with a special focus on model home merchandising and interior furnishing. Her forward-thinking and innovative design sensibility has been the driving force behind the hundreds of local, regional and national design awards garnered by the firm. She has been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, Builders Magazine, Washington Spaces, Mid Atlantic Country and Better Homes and Gardens.