A house should be a home, but there are no rules saying it can’t function well for work, too. For Robanne Schulman, a personal wardrobe stylist, an updated Sandy Springs ranch serves as a work and family space.

As her business grew, she turned the basement into an office with multiple desks and mirrors, and plenty of space to showcase clothing.

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Just as Robanne updates clients’ wardrobes, light-colored shake siding and dark accents fashioned the ranch into a Cape Cod-style residence. Her and husband Troy gutted and remodeled the kitchen and bathrooms, and expanded the back to add a master suite and oversized screened-in porch.

Robanne and Troy Schulman, with daughters Eva Kennedy, 15, and Easton Rose, 6, have remodeled their Sandy Springs ranch. Robanne is a personal wardrobe stylist and Troy is a dentist.
Photo: Text by Kat Khoury/ Photo by Reynolds Rogers

“You can do a lot with a ranch,” Robanne said.


Names: Troy and Robanne Schulman, daughters Eva Kennedy, 15, and Easton Rose, 6, and their Yorkie-poo, Bolt. Troy is a dentist, and Robanne owns Plaid Monkey, a private wardrobe service.

Location: Sandy Springs

Size: 3,100 square feet, three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths

Year built/bought: 1950/1998

Architectural style: Cape Cod ranch

Favorite architectural elements: White and black exterior, screened-in deck

Renovations: They gutted and remodeled the kitchen and bathrooms. To create an open living space, the Schulmans eliminated a bedroom next to the kitchen, which they turned into an attached seating area. They added a master suite behind the garage and a screened-in deck on the back.

Design consultants: Huband House, Kathy York with J&K Designs, contractor Mike Gatto with Vision Painting, AHC Landscape

Interior design style: Minimalistic and modern

Favorite interior design elements: Sliding barn-style doors and custom-made drapes for their daughter’s bed.

Decor tip: In keeping with her modern minimalist style, one piece of art rather than a collection, Robanne said.

Resources: Furniture from RH, Bungalow Classic, Ballard Designs, Target, Houzz.com, Pottery Barn Kids, Rocky Mountain Patio Furniture, HomeGoods, Scott Antique Market, Frontgate and The Container Store. Lighting from Bevolo, Bungalow Classic, Target, Pottery Barn Teen, Pottery Barn, Scott Antique Market and RH. Linens and pillows from Pottery Barn Teen, Von Maur, B.D. Jeffries and RH. The refrigerator is Sub-Zero, the stove is JennAir, the dishwasher is KitchenAid and the double oven is Thermador. Sliding barn doors from European Antique Pine Warehouse & Custom Barn Doors. Art from the Ann Jackson Gallery. Paint is Sherwin-Williams Oyster Bay and Black Fox and Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee. The swing set is from PlayNation.

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