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Farm to City

An Atlanta couple took this Buckhead home from the ‘80s and converted it from drab to drop-dead gorgeous.

LET'S TAKE THIS OUTSIDE The ceiling’s original exposed wood beams and stained doors create an aura of warmth in the great room, which is outfitted with a grand piano that belonged to Cindy Smith’s mother and has since been converted into a player piano. The great room opens to a stunning cupola-covered loggia via 27-foot sliding doors to create a true indoor-outdoor feel.

Two years ago, Dan and Cindy Smith decided to uproot from their country home in Peachtree City and make a move to the big city.

“While we loved the splendor and tranquility of our farm, we decided it was time to begin a new life chapter and move in town,” says Dan. “We traded pastures, ponds, forests and our own herd of deer for a walkable, minimal-commute-focused, more urban lifestyle.”

The pair (he’s the president of Atlanta-based PrivatePlus Mortgage, and she’s a registered nurse/aspiring artist) ended up falling in love with a Dutch Colonial-style residence at 3359 Woodhaven Road NW in Buckhead’s fashionable Tuxedo Park neighborhood, just off West Paces Ferry Road, adjacent to the governor’s mansion. While Dan appreciated the location—less than a mile from his office and Chastain Park—Cindy was drawn to the lot’s privacy and level land. They also knew it would be the ideal site for all of the dinner and cocktail parties they planned to host there, including an affair for the Georgia Council for International Visitors.

Upon purchasing the 6,500-square-foot home in 2014, they decided to undertake a complete interior and exterior renovation. Originally built in 1980, the property had been updated in 2007, but still sported a brown exterior, outdated interiors, and a backyard with a simple patio and pool. They enlisted a talented design team consisting of architect Peter Block, interior designer Danielle King Chizzolin and builder Brad Barnard. Landscape architect Alec Michaelides also came on board to spearhead work on the all-important outdoors.

A MODERN OUTLOOK The home’s Dutch Colonial-style exterior was updated by architect Peter Block to provide understated elegance without compromising the structure’s original architectural integrity.

The entire process took about 20 months from start to finish, with the finishing touches completed in April 2016. The result? A stunning 8,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, seven-bath home boasting new outdoor environs—including a covered loggia with living, dining and cooking areas, a bocce court, and pool and spa with extended terrace areas. There’s also a new in-law suite/art studio; a completely redone terrace level boasting a wine cellar and tasting room, large recreation/media/game room and a full bar for wintertime parties; as well as a steam room and built-in cigar humidor.

“The Smiths' residence is an ideal entertaining venue, complementing the couple’s professional and philanthropic endeavors,” says Chizzolin. “Virtually the entire house was updated, with a modern take on classical forms. The paint palette is, for the most part, a transitional-inspired white and pale gray, with warmth brought in by rich, exposed wood beams and stained doors, thus keeping the visitor’s focus on the furnishings and art. The most spectacular single piece of furniture was an art moderne-inspired desk for the office, with a rich, high-gloss polished wood, art deco styling and metal accents.”

As for Dan and Cindy, they both adore the loggia. “From the front door, your eye moves through the foyer, great room, out through the 27-foot sliding doors to the loggia, pool and formal gardens of the backyard,” Dan says. “The setting is very private and quiet; you almost never feel like you are in the city.” But, he adds, it’s the little things that truly set the home apart—like the humidor for him, and the art studio for Cindy.

“It took us a while to refine our vision and blend the existing architectural styles in a holistic way, but we feel like we accomplished our goal,” he says. “Ultimately, we were rewarded with a home that we feel is updated and elegant, but very easy to live in,” Dan says.


Single-family home


General Contractor
EC & AL Inc.
Brad Barnard

Interior Design
Kings Home Furnishings
Danielle King Chizzolin

Landscape Design
Land Plus
Alec Michaelides

Peter Block Architects
Peter Block

Progressive Lighting

EE Armored Protection
Audio and visual home security

Duquette Trim & Millwork
Kitchen cabinetry