A 1930s cottage in Atlanta renovated with charming details


A 1930’s cottage was renovated by interior designer Lee Kleinhelter and her husband, Kevin Kleinhelter the founder of K2 Construction. Their cottage home is located in the historic Garden Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Their main goal was to add a sizable addition that would work seamlessly with the existing spaces. They added a kitchen, family room and master bedroom the the rear of the home.

Using quality materials and carefully space planning the traffic flow allowed them to camouflage the original from the new. An exterior color was selected to compliment the new cedar shake roof and older stone, giving it an updated, monochromatic look. Door openings were expanded to match window heights, while a floor-to-ceiling brick surround was added to the fireplace to give it a modern, updated look.


For the interior color palette, the designer applied a white backdrop to give a Hamptons vibe, while layering in bold pops of yellow throughout the main level. The addition of horizontal tongue-and-groove paneled walls and whitewashed oak beam ceilings helped to completely modernized the cottage.

Although most of the furnishings are clean lined, the designer likes to layer with something vintage or organic, she enjoys mixing styles. The renovation mimicked the designer’s approach for fun yet timeless well edited interiors. The updated cottage blends into the neighborhood and now caters to the needs of a modern family.


What We Love: This cottage style home offers cozy living spaces for the whole family to enjoy. The renovation project was meticulously designed, with the designer sourcing some of her unique furnishings and accessories from her interiors boutique, Pieces. The home features a collected aesthetic, with the mixing of modern, vintage and organic to create a serene aesthetic. We also love the simple yet elegant Christmas decor in the living room!

Have a look at Lee and Kevin’s latest home that they designed together, featured here on One Kindesign: Dutch meets West Indies in this stylish Atlanta dream home.



Photo Credit: Cottage Living Magazine



Above: The bedrooms feature white walls as the backdrop to seagrass area rugs with colorful furnishings and fabrics. Each of the bedrooms throughout the cottage are a simple two color palette. She designs with continuity, allowing pattern in only the pillows and accessories.




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The designers holiday decorating style is very non-traditional, opting for eye-catching, elegant decor. “Instead of the traditional red and green, I tell people to make it unexpected and subtle by blending ribbons, ornaments, and accessories with colors of their home and furniture”, states the designer.

Photo Credit: Cottage Living Magazine


Above: The couple converted an old stove in the backward into an outdoor fire pit with a circular patio and plenty of space for entertaining guests. Now they enjoy eating s’mores every night!


Above: The exterior of the home went through a full renovation to add curb appeal. The stone originally had peach paint on it. It was sandblasted off and given a fresh coat of gray. The siding was originally vinyl, which was stripped and real wood was added in it’s stead. Operable shutters were added as well as a wood shingled roof, completing the charming cottage aesthetic.

Photos: Roger Davies

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