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We bought a house. Now what?

November 9, 2009

In June 2009, my fiance and I took possession of a 1955 basement-less ranch in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was the only house we considered that was built post-1947, and by far the most modern. But from the moment we saw it in the online listing photo, we were both enamored. Thanks to its low-slung profile and clerestory windows, we took to calling it “The Frank Lloyd Wright House.”

I’ve been a design magazine and blog junkie for a couple of years now, and have only recently begun to really understand my own interior decorating style–spare, natural, comfortable, and light. When we were looking for houses, I thought that would involve something Victorian or traditional, with tons of molding painted white, giant windows, and contemporary furnishings. Ten months later, I’ve got the giant windows, but not much else is as I imagined.

Furthermore, upon research I realized our house does indeed show Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence, but only via Joseph Eichler. The house shares a few key characteristics with Eichler homes in California, like the roofline, post and beam construction, and carport, but is clearly adapted for Wisconsin’s colder climate (fewer glass walls and less outdoor living space).

So we’ve managed to furnish our three-bedroom, one-bath home with a few things we really love, and a few we’re just enduring until we win the lotto. Until then, my head is spinning with ideas and options for improvements to our home that will make it into something we truly love without pricing us out of the neighborhood. This blog will be the place to share my ideas, inspirations, and research.

The goal: redecorate in a way that is consistent with our home’s 1955 style, without instituting a program of restoration. Because our house is a home, not a time capsule.

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