The Atlanta Schoolhouse: Part 1

If you live in Atlanta, you may have passed this stately brick building dozens of times without realizing its history or its current state of being- which happens to be eight very cool, renovated condos. The residents that live here on Edgewood Ave in Inman Park are quite fortunate to have found this little gem as it offers a unique loft space with tons of history and character.

Established in 1894, this building was once home to Atlanta's oldest schoolhouse. It slowly transitioned from "Inman Park School" to a boys reformatory school, before being abandoned for decades. Then, as interest in Atlanta's intown property grew, so did the interest in renovating rundown, historic buildings with potential. This certainly fit the bill...

The best part about entering the building is that the lobby, staircases and hallways are all decorated with vintage schoolhouse items- from old maps and chalkboards to trophies and school chairs.

I found this building via my friend Madison...who had a friend...Anne, who lives here with her 12 year old son, Pete. The moment I walked in, I was smitten but I was especially drawn to Anne's newly renovated kitchen...

I have no red in my house but I always love when people use it in such a bold and fun way. Anne was first inspired by some red tile she found at Ikea. From there, she found the red cabinets, also from Ikea. She loves the retro feel of the space and my absolute favorite feature is her row of vintage clocks that line the top.

One of the clocks was once her grandmothers. After putting it up, she realized more would be better. She slowly gathered additional vintage clocks, each one adding their own personality. I also like how she utilized her laundry space. The washer and dryer needed to stay where they were so she smartly added a wood block to allow for more counter space.

Loft space is great but it's also challenging. With high ceilings of 13', bigger is often better. Anne has many large, vintage fans in the space and they complement her decor well, which includes the always beautiful, Heywood Wakefield furniture.

Another great feature in her home is the bookcase/door which separates the living space from both her and Pete's bedrooms. Her condo used to be comprised of two apartments, so she decided to tear down the adjoining wall to create one space. And when they did, they found that just beneath the sheetrock, it was all brick. She then smartly repurposed the old bricks to create a large, welcoming archway. Room was now left for a door that would be anything but ordinary...

Furniture designer and carpenter, George Berry created this fabulous bookcase door. When I asked Anne what she wanted her 2000 square foot space to feel like she said, "I want my guests to be comfortable- to take their shoes off, put their feet up and stay a while." Her space is immediately warm and inviting so it's safe to say she accomplished just that.

Through the archway, you'll find Anne's bedroom. Her favorite feature are the gorgeously tall windows that allow in much natural light. The George Nelson designed pendant lights can be found at Room & Board.

I can't say enough how much I love a home that exudes the personality of its owner. Anne's home is anything but stale or cookie cutter and exudes her own interests which includes folk art, vintage items, bold color and books. Lots of books...

Directly behind Anne's room is a second space that was once used as a guestroom....

Now it's Pete's room with a second tier added for storage and a playroom.

Pete loves maps so it made sense to add one to an entire wall. Color, art and creativity abounds here...

Thanks Anne and Pete for sharing your amazing space with us! And stay tuned next week for a peek at her downstairs neighbor- an antique dealer who added some very inspiring, original art to his space. I can't wait to share it...

Photos: Sweet Peach. Final Photo: Allison Shirreffs. Content: Sweet Peach