While split levels can be the butt of jokes from architects and McMansion owners, most people don’t realize that the home style was derived from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style.
Wright championed “organic” architecture, and designed his Prairie homes with alternately stacked “half-floors” to blend well with the natural landscape, and short runs of steps connecting the public and private living areas. Many split-level homes also share the Prairie home’s low-slung roofline and generous eaves.While Wright's designs are lovely, we prefer to let our lifestyle dictate our home, not the other way around. So while we'll respect the design heritage of our humble abode by "upcycling," using earth tones, and incorporating natural materials, we have no intent of being a slave to a ghost.
At the same, we also don't want to live in a 1970s time capsule:
To avoid the "frozen in time" look, we've included a 1930s waterfall bureau and mirror, a 1950s Heywood Wakefield nightstand, 1960s Broyhill Brasilia, a 1970s Brutalist nightstand, an early 2000s bedroom set, etc. We've also mixed artwork from the 1950s to the present. Even though we've only lived here since December 2012, there's a "settled" feel to the place, as if the pieces have been gathered over decades (instead of only a few years.)