Real STL Spaces: An Artistic Abode In Alton

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

A freshly rehabbed space in Alton occupied by photographer Edward Scott and his adorable doberman pup, Finn, first caught our attention last fall via social media. His teasers of the home decor and renovations were so stylish, we were dying to see more. Here is a look inside the home of Edward and Finn, which is located in Alton’s historical Milton Schoolhouse.

Photos by Edward Scott.

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How would you describe the decor in your home?
My aesthetic is best described as western minimalism. More specifically, I am drawn to earth tones and nature. I am drawn to timeless shapes and textures when it comes to furniture—each piece should serve a purpose. My art ranges from nature artifacts all the way to my US army laundry duffel I’ve hung up. My aesthetic would best be described as a visual biography.

What was your inspiration behind your decor and home organization?
Being a visual artist, I am naturally very picky when it comes to what I like. I am drawn to mid-century modernism due to the simple lines and straightforward craftsmanship. Growing up, I was given the nickname “Nature Boy,” so naturally I have many plants, tribal prints and skulls throughout my home.

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What are some of your favorite places to purchase home décor items?
I do most of my shopping at home improvement stores for plants and sandpaper. I can’t tell you a specific store that I love because half of my decor I have gotten from thrift shops, the other half I have inherited from friends or family members.

What is your favorite part of your home and why?
When I moved in to this apartment years ago, it was a dull canvas of bad paint jobs and laminate floors. Renovating my apartment into a home has created an attachment collectively throughout. Carefully completing each room has made it a sanctuary for living. Before having a pup I bought plants; having plants in a household has given my space life and growth.

Do you have a favorite individual piece of furniture, décor or art? Why is it so special?
When I was in college out in California, I would regularly escape to the “Secret Garden.” My friend’s great-grandparents had been gardeners their whole lives. Their backyard had become a huge sanctuary of succulents and cacti. After Evelyn’s husband, Harry, passed, the garden became untouched and overgrown. For years, I would escape the big city to renovate the garden back to Evelyn’s memory. The Secret Garden was a gift in itself but upon moving back to the Midwest, she gave me one of Harry’s Pendleton blankets. It has hung on my wall as a reminder of my favorite place.

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