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


Wendy's INtown Abode

Wendy and Ward Binns live in this wonderful craftsman bungalow right in the heart of Atlanta. Wendy is the owner and publisher of the Atlanta INtown paper and her home, built in 1920, is a mix of formal and traditional, with an ode to mother nature. 

The dining room is one of the first rooms you see when you enter Wendy's home. She has wonderful bunches of greenery found from room to room. Her friend Duane Marcus helped her plant the right foliage and flowering plants in her garden to best complement her style. A job well done as this added touch fills the bright, inviting space with warmth and beckons you to come sit and hang out a while. The dining table is from Urban Cottage Atlanta and the chandelier from Pottery Barn. 

Her lovely kitchen nook is everything a nook should be. It's inviting and charming as she mixes greens, browns and whites in a perfectly sized corner. A teacup is always a good cozy indicator as well as plentiful pillows.  

I couldn't help but notice a few mason jars filled with Brandy Fig Jam on the kitchen counter. Her friend Robin picked them from her backyard Celeste Fig trees and Wendy then created big batches of jam using this recipe. Wendy recommends pairing the jam with manchego cheese. Sounds so good... 

Good design is in the details. I was instantly charmed by the little chickens hanging from her kitchen tea towels...

I also adore Wendy's collection of silver vases that have been handed down by her mom and grandma. Wendy added clippings of artemisia powis castle from the garden this morning. So lovely and unusual.

This is a great angle of the house that shows off a bungalow's charm. The sweet owl print complements the browns and whites of the interior staircase and makes me want to see more... 

Wendy has the sweetest bathrooms. They're simple and white with just a pop of color here and there.

I'm a fan of anything distressed so when I saw this great green and white side table with the pretty green and white flowers, I had to take a moment to capture its imperfect perfection.

As many would agree in the South, the porch is the favored room in the house. Such is the case for Ward and Wendy who spend a ton of time relaxing on theirs....along with their cat, Larry whom Wendy describes as "wanting to be everyone's best friend." Larry was certainly a most gracious host. 

Lovely home Wendy and Ward! And an exciting aside...Wendy is featuring a few Sweet Peach blog entries each month in the Atlanta INtown Paper. Wendy is calling them Peach Picks and September is the first featured month so please take a look if you live down this way...or check it out online. 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach