Mandy Flanders calls the second bedroom of her Bentley Place condo her paradise.
When she comes home from her day job at Georgia Health Sciences University, she retreats to the room to work on orders for her home-based business, Flandy’s Fancy Creations, often until the wee hours of the morning.
She made much of her home’s decor herself.
“I love to imagine and create,” she said. “I just like to do things (myself) because it’s cost efficient.”
Her craft room is organized. A T-shirt shelving unit from an old clothing store has been repurposed to house crafting supplies. Orders are held by wooden clothespins on a string across the window.
In the kitchen, pots and pans hang from hooks on a silver rod attached to the wall. Her father made a custom bookcase to fit over the bar separating the kitchen from the dining area so she could paint the areas different colors. He also made a bamboo magazine rack for the living room and a cedar-branch archway to decorate the privacy fence in the condo’s tiny backyard.
“I can envision something and he can build it,” she said.
The wide bar separating the kitchen from the living area is what sold Flanders on the 1,092-square-foot condo. It offers plenty of workspace for making cakes and cupcakes for her business, and room for other crafts. The cabinets and drawers underneath offer storage for her dishes, kitchen gadgets and small appliances.
Flanders is a sentimental person. Family is important to her, and so are heirlooms. She said the only new pieces of furniture in the house are the sofa, love seat and the television cabinet. Everything else has been passed down from family members and been either repainted or recovered.
“I think it’s important if you have nice things to keep it in the family,” she said.