"I like to push the envelope"
Being married to your contractor does have its perks. Lee Kleinhelter has seen the plus side two times over with the same handy man. When she and her husband, Kevin, decided to purchase and renovate a 1930s cottage in Atlanta, it was the couple's second project together since they married two years ago (in addition to the renovation he did for the opening of Pieces, Lee's home furnishings store, which kicked off their romance). "We're able to do more than normal, construction-wise, because Kevin can do so much on his own," she says. Lee is also pretty handy herself. Her shop is filled with unique "pieces" (with or without pedigree) that she transforms with as easy a fix as paint and upholstery or as extreme a measure as cutting a sofa in half to make a love seat or wiring an interesting object to make a lamp. In a sense, the reinvention of her new house mimicked Lee's approach to these types of furniture makeovers.
Featured furniture: Wood Framed Sofa, Key Hole Dining Chairs, Custom Butcher Block Coffee Table with Iron Base, Chocolate Brown Queen Headboard and Dust Skirt, Pair of Cork Lamps, Custom Blue Dot Headboard and Dust Skirt, Fiberglass Armchairs, Custom Yellow Prints with Gold Leaf Frame
Just the Right Mix of Color By Beaty Coleman; Produced by Anne Turner Carroll
As published in Cottage Living