An Office to Love...

As a freelance TV producer, I spend a lot of time in the field and, although I enjoy that time immensely, I miss the coziness and stability of an office. I miss the chance to make my work space inviting and fun with a mix of things gathered and loved. So if I do get the chance for an office someday, I will be looking to this one for decor ideas. It's all the inspiration I could ever ask for...

Scott Lowden is a photographer and has had this gem of a work space for 18 years. It's situated in the Poncey Highlands area of Atlanta and has enough space, (8000 square feet worth) to allow Scott to play with his love of antiques and unusual finds. 

I absolutely love these chandeliers that hang low over the large dining/conference table. The one to the left is from Mexico and dates back to the 1800's. As I was admiring all the incredible tables in his space, Scott confided, "I have a large table fetish." Now that's a fetish I can appreciate...

What I love about this space are the details. No matter where you look, from shelves to cabinets and oversized wall space, Scott is able to create pretty pictures with all his favorite finds. 

For those that have lived in Atlanta for a while, you may remember the Lakewood Antiques Market. This incredible, extra large green cabinet Scott purchased there for less than $500. Such a steal... 

When I asked Scott what he wanted his office space to look and feel like, he answered, "An antique store in Paris." That reminds me to always think big as that's such a great vision for an office.

Scott rents out and shares this large communal space with a few other business owners and freelancers, including the Atlanta Intown Paper. That's how I first found him. I went to visit Wendy and Collin at the paper and discovered that they inhabit an office that may just be Atlanta's best kept secret. Shhh....

When Scott first got a hold of this space, he had to spend a few years getting it into shape...sandblasting, painting, installing the AC and heating. It was a lot of physical work but he knew it was worth it. It's the kind of place that has that one of a kind, timeless quality to it. If loved and cared for, it can only get better with age...

Another pretty gathering of Scott's found materials sits atop a bookshelf...

Near the entryway, you'll find this incredible red patterned piece. Turns out it's flooring from Eastern Europe, purchased from the wonderful Mark Sage. Scott decided to convert it into a wall panel that slides open to reveal a storage area when needed. 

The various antique panels transformed into barn doors are found throughout the space and are the unifying design element here. It's an office that could never of happened overnight. It demands time, patience, care, curiosity and a vision. Luckily, Scott's got a handle on all that...

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach