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Elissa Rosen | Photo: Jeff Wolk | February 20, 2014
Playing the design field for a change, Braves’ center fielder Jordan Schafer spruces up his new Downtown condo.
Jordan Schafer is no longer the rookie we first saw in 2009 when he joined the Atlanta Braves. Chalk it up to some early bad career decisions followed by significant life experience, but now this 27-year-old is focused, determined and knows exactly what he wants—both on and off the field. For example, it only took him minutes to decide to buy his 18th floor corner unit at the Residences at W Atlanta - Downtown. A few steps inside and he was sold.
“I love to stay at W [Hotels & Resorts] when I travel,” says the leadoff hitter and outfielder for the Braves. “I love the design of the W brands.” As for the interiors, he did them himself, opting for a color palette of black, grays and pops of red. “I had a mental picture of what I wanted my place to look like,” says Schafer. He envisioned the space as a puzzle to solve. “I just like putting things together,” he says about his approach to design, “making it all fit.” The result is a contemporary living space with dark tones, two red faux croc pillars and a mix of masculine and modern furniture. Yet the real hallmark of the home is the captivating skyline view, visible from all sides.
The spacious unit has all the makings of a man cave, including a black and chrome pool table, two 55-inch flat-screen TVs hanging on the wall with a constant stream of ESPN and Fox News, and a custom L-shaped couch from By Design Furniture that can double as a bed.
In the master bedroom, Schafer opted for a customized slate gray bed from Huff Furniture & Design that features a suede and mirrored headboard. “It’s like a giant cloud,” he says of his cozy bed, which sits against a geometric stenciled wall. The bathroom is signature W-style with a white tub, dark tile and sleek fixtures. In his closet, he has a slew of shelves for his Air Jordans and Adidas as well as a place to store his collection of baseball hats.
For the walls, Schafer commissioned painter and artist Kathy Hynes, who specializes in faux-finishes. Using his color palette, she gave texture and depth to the walls using specialized paints and techniques. Hynes, who has collaborated with her share of celebrities, found Schafer easy to work with. “He knew exactly what he wanted,” says Hynes.
Now that everything is complete and the puzzle is solved, Schafer can sit back with his view, watch some football and enjoy the new $1.09 million deal he just inked with the Braves for the 2014 season. “I wanted a place where I could get away from everything and let my mind relax,” he says. Schafer has arrived to a good place—literally and figuratively. “I have been through so many ups and downs since my first year. I have made a lot of mistakes,” he says, “but I have learned from them. Ultimately, I believe they have made me a better person.”