Alice remembers the first time she saw her new home in Princeton, NJ. Yet, the classic 1960s-style split-level was gloomy and dated. “We loved the wooded property, the neighborhood, the walking distance to school,” she says.
She currently has a 10-piece furniture collection in the works.
Her career trajectory is even more impressive given that just three years ago she was only doing design part time and living in her mother’s basement.
Then it all started happening: A story about their home appeared in the December 2010 issue of the magazine.
Soon after, Liess was selected to participate in the D. Design House, where she debuted her own line of fabrics.
“It was the most hideous house in the neighborhood,” Liess says.
But with Dave’s DIY assistance, and ,000 from savings and no-interest credit cards, Liess took a house that had been for sale for four years and, in six months, turned it into a jewel. “But it worked.” Two months later, in December 2009, a Better Homes and Garden editor saw the house’s transformation on Liess’s blog, purestylehome.
Sliding doors replace the old window and back door.
The angle of the wall also echoes that of the gently pitched ceiling, an architectural detail the couple decided to retain.
We’re thinking the rage for mid-century modern has just about run its course, and something else will have to take its place. While we loved the idea of a small, vintage house in a great neighborhood full of old trees and great restaurants and independent bookstores and one-of-a-kind shops, we knew that just wouldn’t work for the lives we’re really living.
If it’s hard for you to imagine the big 70s split-level having the same kind of appeal, we get that. We’ve got two adults and a revolving door of three getting-bigger kids (with other parents who live about 60 miles apart from each other).
We may be five minutes from chain restaurants, discount retailers, and a warehouse grocery store (by car, of course), but we’re determined to make this our version of the American Dream. We think the suburban split-level may be a house whose time is coming, and we want to tell you why–so you can get in while the gettins’ good.