The Atlanta Schoolhouse: Part 3B

In continuation of the Atlanta Schoolhouse series, (with Part 3A posting yesterday) we head upstairs to Scot and Stephanie's master suite. It's an open, bright, peaceful santuary with modern and Asian influence. Scot, "My feeling is I try to leave my work outside my walls, I like to keep the chaos out." 

I love these pendants that hang on either side of the bed. They're new but have that mid century feel. You can find them at domus in Atlanta. 

As expected after seeing their main floor in yesterday's post, smart design reigns supreme at this home. If you look to the right of the bathroom, you see what initially looks like a bookcase...then you get a closer look and realize it's also a staircase. Scot modeled this after a ship ladder staircase that serves the dual purpose of a bookshelf. This small and tidy staircase leads to a reading nook up top that's full of blankets and cozy pillows.

When I asked Scot about the design of the home, he quickly responded, "There is no master plan, I just do what looks and feels right." There is a plan, however, for utilizing the square footage. He shares, "I don't like any wasted space. I can't understand when I look at something and say, 'What is that hallway doing there?' I try to use every inch of space effectively." 

This spacious, free standing acrylic tub evokes jealousy and comes via MTI Baths in Sugar Hill, Georgia.  

This bathroom is stunning and for Scot and Stephanie, a true labor of love. Italian statuary marble is the backdrop to the modern floating cabinetry originally made just outside of Istanbul, Turkey. Two sinks and sets of cabinets assure each of them their own personal space...lots of glorious, personal space. 

Scot is quite proud of what they have accomplished here, sharing "This space is as much a piece of artwork as anything else in the house." I concur...

These incredible milk bottle lights, which are actually hung in one of their downstairs rooms, come via droog in Amsterdam. The PH Artichoke Pendant is a classic masterpiece you may have seen before and works wonderfully as a dining or bedroom light. As Scot shares, "You won't ever see the light bulb and it spreads a really nice, diffuse light." 72 leaves in 12 circular rows shield the light source. The original artichokes were created for the restaurant Langelinie Pavilion in Copenhagen, where they still hang today. 

Moving to the bottom floor of the home you'll find the guest bedroom. Impressive pieces of tribal art, primarily from Africa, fill the walls. Notice the wine cellar in the back left corner...

I love vintage glassware and am always on the hunt for more at yard sales. So this collection of old bottles, which I found atop their stone headboard, had my heart at first glance. Scot and Stephanie bought them at second hand stores during their many travels- from Connecticut, Oregon and Hawaii to Africa, Asia and Central America. 

Stephanie is a true lover of wine and wanted Scot to build her a wine cellar. The deal was...'You build me a wine cellar and I'll always keep it stocked.' (Stephanie now realizes she may have gotten the raw end of the deal)  But...she is quite content with the beautiful new home for all her favorite vino. She added the chandelier just after completion. The perfect enchanting touch...

Scot built the cellar racks with mahogany. The wall behind the racks is the granite foundation original to the Schoolhouse, giving it that rustic, Tuscan feel. 

Built in 1894 atop 1.5 acres of land, the Atlanta Schoolhouse is its very own compound and one of the largest and oldest Victorian structures in the city. The front steps are a marvel, made of granite from Stone Mountain. Scot knows he has it good, saying "This is probably the most unique property in the city as far as condos go." 

Just before I left, Scot shared a great story about the Schoolhouse. If you visit the property, you'll notice the structure looks exactly the same in the front as it does in the back. Years ago, when the Schoolhouse was built, thought was put into who would be attending the school and from which direction. The Inman Park kids, whose families were primarily rich, would be entering from what is now the front of the building and the kids from Cabbagetown or the mill area, who tended to be less financially stable, would be arriving from the back end of the building. The builders, primarily from Cabbagetown, wanted the entrance to look and feel the same no matter which direction the kids came from. Love that...

I can't thank Scot and Stephanie enough (and Dalai, their pup) for opening their front door and sharing their gorgeous home with all of us. And, you know, Scot and Stephanie, Anne and John, if one of your neighbors just happens to move out...remember, I'd be more than happy to take the spot :) 


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The Atlanta Schoolhouse: Part 3A

If you've been following Sweet Peach, you know about the oldest schoolhouse in Atlanta that has been converted into some amazing condos. (click to see Part 1 and Part 2) Today, I bring you Part 3A...because there must be a part 3B to showcase the entirety of this next condo. Residents Scot Dunn and Stephanie Monroe abide in three floors of stunning and smart design. So let's begin with the main floor...

Scot has lived in the schoolhouse for fourteen years, the longest of all the residents. When he first moved in he described the place as "Low grade dog food. All the past renovations were as cheap as they could be." He got to work and immediately updated the kitchen and bathrooms. He swapped out all the doors, door knobs and light fixtures. And he also exposed some of the original brick to add texture, which was under four inches of thick, dense plaster. The gorgeous floors are original, 120 year old Maple that are extremely hard to dent or scratch. It's an incredible piece of property to renovate...

Scot is an entrepreneur, real estate developer and an artist. The first piece I drooled over was this assembly of vintage carpenter rulers. It has a whole different feel when you look at it from afar as opposed to closeup. When I asked where he got this, he just responded, "I made it." awe.

Scot and Stephanie collect a multitude of tribal and cultural items. I was quickly drawn to their slingshots from Africa, South America and Asia. As Scot explains, "These were used by the poor, impoverished children to protect themselves from the evil that was around them. Imagine placing a ball bearing in this empowers the least powerful." They are all mother figures, symbols of the protective one, made from wood or antler bone. 

Scot and Stephanie are attracted, as am I, to the Italian style kitchen. Yet instead of buying the often outrageously expensive Italian cabinetry, Scot shared a picture of the cabinets with a local craftsman who replicated the look for about a 1/3 of the cost. 

On the wall leading downstairs, you'll notice a grouping of prints in black frames. These are political posters whose originals were once posted on the Berlin Wall. They are all commentary on communism and the social issues that naturally evolve in a communist society- from having your own opinion to pollution, the quality of roads, lack of privacy and good education. 


Another collection you'll find in the home are these wonderful Chinese children's hats. They range from 30-80 years old and once acted as protection from evil spirits and bad energy. The detail on these is just incredible and you can spend some time just staring and smiling at their intricate and unique personalities. In this collection you'll find three tigers, a mythical creature and a rat. 

There is a ton of incredibly smart design in this space but my favorite has to be this kitchen window. From afar, its colors and texture intrigues...and then you get up close and realize it is a collection of metal color slides from the 1930's. 

As Scot explains, "I collect things that I like the aesthetic of and then create something with them." Using foil tape and a custom made frame, he created this mini masterpiece. I just love it. 

One's living space reflects their inner being. For Scot, he shares "I like to have a lot of things to look at but clutter bothers me so I'm always striving for balance. I'm also ADD so since all my objects tell a story, it keeps my brain occupied and calm." One such piece that offers a sense of peace can be found on the stairway leading to the master bedroom. It is here you'll notice a series of bamboo panels with Buddhist text...this is an ancient Burmese bible. 

Stephanie makes jewelry from time to time and so utilized her skills to string these panels together and display their text in a beautiful, thoughtful manner. 

Scot inherited these Italian chairs from his parents and they certainly draw your attention and admiration. 

As amazing as this condo is, there is another two floors to show you. The first floor is private and cozy and influenced by tribal design while the top floor is the most modern of the three. It's light and airy, with an incredible master bathroom most women would kill for. Stay tuned... 


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