Tour a Newly Renovated 1920s Era Home in Atlanta

This reno from HGTV Magazine checks all the boxes. Here's how they did it.

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November 06, 2019

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

The Family

There comes a time in many homeowners’ lives when they realize a reno is in their future. For Cristina Poscablo-Stein and James Stein, the momentum started during their daughter’s first birthday party in their Atlanta, Georgia, home. “I’d set up a spread in the dining room, but everyone congregated in our kitchen — the last place I wanted people to see,” says Cristina. The area was closed off and, like the rest of the house, not as efficiently laid out as it could be. As they considered what to do, she says, “the list of things we wanted to make us love our house kept growing!” Pictured here: Cristina and James with Max, 21 months, and Fiona, 6.

The Reno

Two years ago the pair embarked on a remodel of the 1920s Craftsman. With help from designers Lathem Gordon and Cate Dunning, they opened up the layout and brought house fantasies, including a music room and a back porch, to life. The result is full of fun flair, along with plenty of room to spread out … only they still have the reno bug. Maybe a garage? A pool? As Cristina says, “Our wish list has been fulfilled … for now.” Here's how they did it. (The pretty blue paint on the home's exterior is Commodore by Sherwin-Williams.)

Updating the Living Room

“Now that I see how good the built-ins look, I can’t believe I ever wanted to get rid of them,” says Cristina. To be fair, they were a drab yellowish cream color. Paint freshened them up, especially doing the backs in black — which also helps camouflage the TV. The furniture is a refreshing mix, with a leather sofa by CR Laine, nonmatching armchairs (the green one is by Bernhardt and the caned one is by Selamat) and layered rugs.

Opening Up the Kitchen

Cristina and James love to host, so connecting the kitchen to the living room was a top priority. They also longed for an island, and now they have a place to set out platters of food and gather when friends come over. The color palette is timeless — white with a teal island (Blue Peacock by Sherwin-Williams) plus leather counter stools from CB2.

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Adding a Dining Nook

The couple went for an everyday dining space with supercharged style, and even afternoon snacks feel special. They did a built-in banquette with dark blue cushions, pillows with punchy patterns and a gorgeous bone-inlay table by Bernhardt. The chandelier has gooseneck-style arms reminiscent of a curved lamppost — extra charm!

Letting In More Light

The stairwell has windows, but since it was walled off, any light that shone through didn’t hit the hallway. Knocking down the wall brightened everything right up, and a navy campaign chest from Crate & Barrel brings in a burst of color as does a branchy aqua lamp from Stray Dog Designs. The added rails and post were stained to match the heart pine floors and stair treads, which are original to the house.

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Creating a Music Room

A scarcely used formal dining room morphed into a favorite spot, complete with a grand piano inherited from Cristina’s family and James’ guitar collection (formerly housed under the guest bed). “I’ll play ‘Tweeter and the Monkey Man’ by The Traveling Wilburys and Fiona ‘plays’ along,” says James. Fun touches: a blue velvet tufted sofa by CR Laine and a bright kilim rug from Chairish. (Wall color: Yarmouth Blue by Benjamin Moore)

Redecorating the Master Bedroom

“I used to close the door to this room before people came over — that’s how not cute I thought it was,” says Cristina. Designers Lathem and Cate channeled the couple’s eclectic style with a caned headboard from CB2, buffalo check bedding from Ballard Designs and teal lamps by Circa Lighting plus a matching bench from HomeGoods.

Expanding the Kids’ Bathroom

A larger footprint made room for a double vanity (before, there was only a pedestal sink). The cabinets are dark blue to fit in with the blues throughout the rest of the house, while graphic porcelain tiles from TileBar keep things lively. “James makes fun of me for using this bathroom instead of the one in our master suite, but it’s just so new and nice,” says Cristina.

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Adding a Bedroom

Fiona got her own space and her pick of colors — a happy place for fort building and doll playing with friends. She loves mermaids, so the sea-themed quilt (from Crate & Barrel) is a prized possession. The lavender rug is made of carpet tiles by Flor, and the framed colorful prints are from Minted.

Building a Back Porch

The original plan was to do a deck off the kitchen, but at the last minute, James got the idea to make it a screened porch. No bugs here! With a striped outdoor sofa from CB2, a wood-slice coffee table from World Market and a sunny round rug from Frontgate, it’s a chic continuation of their living space — and the family’s go-to spot for watching movies with a projector.

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