Modern kid-friendly makeover in Kirkwood

Lucas and Jennifer Smith perused dozens of Dwell magazines to define the minimalist look for their renovated and expanded Kirkwood home.

“We definitely wanted something that was modern, but fit into the neighborhood,” Jennifer said.

They took some risks with the design and color palette, such as a greenish-blue peninsula in the kitchen, which can be seen during the 12th Annual Kirkwood Spring Fling Tour of Homes on May 17-18.

“Our house is modern, but we also bring in a lot of homey feeling,” Jennifer said. “We wanted it to feel comfortable to us.”


Residents: Lucas and Jennifer Smith, their children, Odin, 2, and Silas, 3 months, their dog, Penny, and cats, Chloe and Lilly.

Location: Atlanta's Kirkwood neighborhood

Size: About 2,644 square feet, five bedrooms, three baths

Year built: 1948

Year bought: 2006

Builder: Ted Baltrusaitis, Century Craft Homes

Architect: Joe Alcock, Rutledge Alcock Architects

Renovations: Expanded to 1,600 square feet by adding a second story with a master suite, the kids' bedrooms, two baths and a laundry room. The back of the home was also expanded for a sunken living room and larger kitchen.

Cost of renovations: $230,000

Architectural style: Modern

Favorite architectural elements: Vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom and windows wrapping around the room with a corner seat; abundant windows throughout the two-story home; and step-down living room. "I love the living room for its open and bright feeling and how open it is to the kitchen," Jennifer said.

Interior design style: Somewhat eclectic with mid-century modern theme, Jennifer said.

Favorite interior design elements: A Risom rocker, which was their splurge for the living room, and the wood furniture, such as the bench in the kitchen nook and the headboard in the master bedroom, which was made by Lucas.

Favorite outdoor feature: Big back deck made of Cumaru, a Brazilian teak.

Resources: Atlanta Kitchens, Smith Cabinet Shop, W D Cabinets, Howard Payne Appliances, REM (Restaurant Equipment Market); furniture from Design Within Reach, IKEA, Pier 1 Imports, West Elm,, Room & Board, Macy's, Dot & Bo, Land of Nod and Pottery Barn Kids; light fixtures from Lowe's; artwork from, Young Blood Gallery and Highland Row Antiques, and by homeowner Lucas Smith.

Decor tip: Use furniture and artwork that you like and don't worry too much about whether things go together.