Downtown loft owners geek out on movie art, PEZ collection

  • Lori Johnston
  • Fast Copy News Service
9:59 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 Home & Garden
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Reds, oranges and blacks warm the white walls and 14-foot ceilings of this eclectic loft. The Steven and Carrie Burns installed the black drapes from Atlanta Blind & Shade to create a more energy-efficient home. Photo captions by Lori Johnston and Anna Logan/Fast Copy News Service.

Carrie Burns saw her future husband, Steven, for the first time at a party on the rooftop of her downtown Atlanta loft. A few years after they got married, they purchased another loft in the same Castleberry Hill building with views of the skyline and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The couple uses the rooftop, which they share with neighbors, for entertaining and gardening, and their renovated unit is one of several homes on the Oct. 14 Castleberry Hill Loft Tour (castleberryhill.org).

“I knew I wanted to live downtown, and I knew I wanted to live in a loft,” she said.

Their eclectic decor includes a Pez collection displayed in custom racks — complete with notches for the feet so they won’t tip over — and movie-themed artwork.

“My sister says that our place is like a curiosity shop,” she said. “It’s stuff we’ve collected over the years.”

Residents: Carrie and Steven Burns and their dogs, Sherlock and Watson. Carrie owns Atlanta Movie Tours and Steven is vice president of development for Look Listen.

Steven and Carrie Burns, with their dogs, Watson (left) and Sherlock, have lived in this loft in the Mueller building for a decade. He works for Look Listen as a software developer, and she owns and operates Atlanta Movie Tours. A love of movies contributed to many design choices throughout the home.

Location: Atlanta’s Castleberry Hill

Size: About 2,000 square feet, two bedrooms, two baths

Year built/bought: 1937/2007. The Mueller Building was converted from warehouse use (Mueller Pipe & Brass made fire hydrants and later pedestal sinks; then the building was used for bank and document storage and meat packing) to lofts in 1999.

Architectural style: Loft

Favorite architectural elements: Classic industrial columns, loading dock garage doors

The 2,000-square-foot residence, which will be on the Oct. 14 Castleberry Hill Loft Tour, is the only unit in Mueller Lofts with a garage door. Their home, which has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, was once the loading dock for the Great Depression-era warehouse.

Renovations: The loft was renovated previously, but the couple added custom wood bookcases in the living room, corner cabinets in the kitchen and built-in shelving in the bedroom. They also removed a couple of partial walls in the master bedroom and bath to open up the room and accommodate a double vanity. Recently, the concrete floors were refinished and stained/sealed, and the kitchen cabinets were refaced.

Interior design style: Eclectic

Favorite interior design elements: The entryway is a gallery, including a commissioned painting by Brandon Morrison (who goes by IBLet). The liner piece was designed to follow people down the hallway and the mix of styles speaks to the loft’s eclectic nature, Carrie said. Their decor also has “geeky movie stuff,” she said, including artwork and items from “The Big Lebowski,” “Star Wars,” such as a painting of Han Solo and Chewbacca, and characters like Jay and Silent Bob.

Favorite collections: The Pez collection began when Carrie was 14 and has grown to more than 700 non-duplicated dispensers she displays, including a dozen Santa Claus and a rare Wonder Woman, she said.

The loft is an eclectic escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Atlanta. This custom shelving unit displays some of the couple's most interesting memorabilia, which can be seen on the Oct. 14 Castleberry Hill Loft Tour.

Resources: Furniture from shops along Dawson Boulevard off I-85 in Norcross, such as Italia Furniture and Bova. Wall treatments are Hunter Douglas Skyline vertical blinds and drapes from Atlanta Blind & Shade.

Decor tip: They used a couple of IKEA hacks, including turning a shelf into a standing desk and replacing the partial bedroom wall with a mirrored IKEA closet. “It gave us so much closet space,” Carrie said. “We gained an incredible amount of functionality.”

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