Buckhead Dutch Colonial keeps classic charm through modern update

A 1930 Dutch Colonial delighted Kim Rowe when she saw the Atlanta home perched above the street with large windows, numerous French doors and an adorable serpentine path.

“I fell in love with the classic architecture of the home the minute we walked in and we made an offer on the spot,” she said.

Kim and Thomas Rowe, with their daughters, 8-year-old Anna and 7-year-old Libby, bought their 1930 Dutch Colonial home in Brookwood in 2007. Kim is an interior designer, and Thomas is chief financial officer for a commercial real estate developer. (Text by Marena Galluccio/ Photos by Christopher Oquendo/Fast Copy News Service)

In the 11 years she and her husband, Thomas, have lived in the three-bedroom home, she said the home has evolved alongside the Rowes’ daughters, 8-year-old Anna and 7-year-old Libby, and their pets. But as they make memories in the home, she’s cognizant of its past.

“I have tried to make sure that the updates we have made maintain the home’s original charm and historic integrity,” she said.

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Snapshot

Residents: Kim and Thomas Rowe, daughters 8-year-old Anna and 7-year-old Libby, and King Charles Cavalier Spaniels Beau and Charlie. Kim is an interior designer, and Thomas is the chief financial officer for a commercial real estate developer.

Location: Atlanta’s Brookwood neighborhood

Size: 2,918 square feet, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths

Year built and bought: 1930/2007

Architectural style: Dutch Colonial

Favorite architectural elements: The French doors, windows with six panes of glass over six panes of glass and 10-foot ceilings

Renovations: Updates to the kitchen include marble countertops, subway tile, GE appliances and paint, such as Farrow and Ball’s gray Purbeck Stone in the breakfast nook.

Renovation consultant: Viking Works

Interior design style: Fresh traditional

Favorite furniture: The Eastlake-style dresser that belonged to Kim’s grandmother and is now in one of her daughter’s rooms. “It’s the only piece I have from her,” she said. A piano, a Duncan Phyfe-style dining table and an antique rug are among heirlooms from her husband’s family. “We love having pieces of furniture with personal history that have come down through our families,” she said.

Favorite room: The sunroom, which also serves as a den. “It is filled with large windows and French doors that look out over the patio/garden area and the backyard,” Kim said. “It’s bright and cozy at the same time.”

Favorite outdoor feature: They purchased a piece of land that was adjacent to the property to extend the yard for their kids to play, she said.

Resources: Lighting from Circa Lighting, Ballard and Gramercy Fine Linens & Furnishings. Antiques from Boxwoods Antiques and Adornments and Peachtree Battle Antiques & Interiors. Paint by Farrow & Ball and Benjamin Moore. Furniture by Baker Furniture, Pottery Barn Kids and Ballard. Bedding by Serena & Lily, Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn Kids. Rug by Dash & Albert and Capel Rugs.

Decor tip: Look for unexpected collections. For example, she hunts for antique canes at antique stores and flea markets and displays them in an antique faux bamboo cane stand in her foyer.

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