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  string(2776) "Once known for luxury accommodations used by both corporate and year-round renters, the 40 stories that made up the Oakwood are now undergoing a complete transformation as part of the building's makeover into 1280 West Peachtree. Though there are no plans to change the exterior of Midtown's tallest residential structure, its interior has been given a face-lift to accommodate the needs of the new, owner-occupied condo units that have turned the building into 1280 West.

Rather than simply turning rental units into condos, 1280 West launched a unique onsite design program that gives all new condo owners the opportunity to personalize their spaces by choosing from an assortment of paint, carpet color, kitchen cabinets, tile, countertops and black or stainless steel appliances. New resident Kim O'Connor took advantage of the program and worked with onsite designer Stacy Bookmiller to create a living space that reflects her individual personality and tastes.

Creative Loafing: What's your favorite aspect of living here so far?

O'Connor: Walking to work is my favorite. And then being able to be a little self-contained in the building. There's a store here. So I can go pick up a bottle of wine. It's convenient to everything.

I noticed you had the option of a north, south, east or west view; why did you choose the east view?

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All in all, what impressed you about the program?

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__''Creative Loafing''____: What's your favorite aspect of living here so far?__

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__How does the design best represent you?__

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Wednesday April 20, 2005 12:04 am EDT
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Has the transition moving from your own home in Bonaire to the mansion been difficult, particularly with the kind of entertaining you now do?

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Eric: It's not the cookie-cutter condo. One key element for us is that it was basically like an apartment that we could just move into, hands down. It had all the appliances already included. It's a great starter home.

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Other Worthwhile Words this Week

Gary Mex Glazner, 1998 winner of the Poetry Olympics, producer of the first National Poetry Slam in San Francisco, and author of How To Make a Living as a Poet, discusses his new book at Sylvia's this week. Sycamore Place Gallery, 120 Sycamore Place, Decatur. (Time TBA.) $10 suggested donation. 404-352-5938.

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Skibell: I worked for a producer who had his own script. I was hired to make it work, which it never did.

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It made me realize I could write a novel by following the images honestly without knowing in advance too much about where I was going. It was quite liberating.

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I have. It's usually disappointing - writers aren't very social people. I had an excruciating breakfast once with D.M. Thomas.

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It depends on who you talk to.

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When Garrett returned to Atlanta, she brought friend Donna Ford on board. According to Garrett, it is a match made in heaven, as Ford brings another facet to the company with sales and business experience. While the two spend many hours strategizing over the Internet, Ford enjoys the flexibility of working out of Garrett's home. "Coming here is like my other office," she says.

Their vision for the company in the beginning was simply personal shopping and imaging. Then a client requested a purse party. The basic concept was to display handbags at an informal gathering where potential customers could view the merchandise and place orders. Garrett feels without a doubt that the parties have taken the company to another level.

Creative Loafing: What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Garrett: A wonderful part of the company is learning how we as individuals love to be treated with love and pampering. Then there is also the beauty in finding things for others that they cannot find for themselves.

So far, what has been the highlight of running Epitome?

Being a stylist for TBS' "Movie and a Makeover," XXL magazine with Bone Crusher, and two music videos.

What do you like most about working out of your home?

That I can just roll out of bed to go to work. Added to that is that there is just something about being in control of your day. I get to decide what to be involved with and what not to be involved with. Being self-employed is an amazing blessing and I could not fathom doing anything else.

Do you do all of the purse parties out of your home?

Not necessarily. Purse parties are typically held at hotels, a doctor's office, bed-and-breakfasts or even at a company "lunch and learn."

You mentioned the purse parties taking the company to another level.

Yes, the company grows off of customers' demands and evolves from customers' requests. For instance, we have men who call us for orders trying to find the "perfect" bag for their significant other.

The area that you live in continues to go through gentrification. Do you find this to be an advantage or disadvantage?

It is neither, really, except my property value has increased $50,000 since I purchased the place.

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Barbara Babbit Kaufman is best known as co-founder of Chapter 11, the Discount Bookstore Inc. Currently, she is a business consultant, motivational speaker and a teacher at Georgia State University. Babbit's book, Attitude, hit the stands last spring, adding to her already lengthy list of accomplishments. Having worked as a tax accountant, CPA, and chief financial officer at the family-owned Turtle's Music (now Wherehouse Music), she then opened a baby clothing store and later a women's boutique.

Creative Loafing: How would you describe yourself?

Kaufman: I like to have fun. I like new challenges. Life is short and every minute is important. And that's what motivates me - I try to do so much because I want to have many experiences in my life.

Where does your attitude come from?

I think it's learned. When I look back, and I do that in my motivational speaking, I tell stories about how having a good attitude became a habit. It's just like brushing your teeth.

As a woman, do you think you received more or less attention from the media?

More, because there are not that many women entrepreneurs. I learned early on that I am a woman entrepreneur and that is something that I could take advantage of and I did. I firmly believe in it and I speak a lot on it. I think it's an advantage to be a woman in life and in business, and it has always helped me.

Do you ever feel lonely while running a business?

When you are running a business, it is lonely because you don't have anybody to bounce ideas off. You have to make decisions that aren't always easy and you don't have people to confide in. But I always have mentors. I could always turn to my father, my husband or some other business associate.

What are you most proud of?

This is going to sound corny, but it's absolutely the truth. What I am most proud of are my two daughters. I have the two greatest daughters in the world. The second thing I do is these duathlons. I keep winning in my age group.

Did you make New Year's resolutions?

I haven't made a New Year's resolution in my entire life. I am afraid I won't keep them, so why make them? And if I make a resolution and I don't keep it, it might affect my attitude!

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