I’ve been following interior designer Lauren Liess’s popular blog Pure Style Home for a long time, but even if you haven’t, you’ve probably seen her work featured in magazines like Better Homes and Gardens.
She and husband David bought a house that was stuck in a bit of a 1970s time warp and spent the last few years updating it. The before and after photos are pretty jaw-dropping. They’re selling it now and moving on, so let’s take a look at its transformation!
This is one of those tricky 1970s contemporary styles that can be a challenge to update. She says she originally had no idea what to do with the exterior when they bought it in 2012, but “now it’s black and spruced up a bit.”
The Living Room:
The living room was kind of a blank slate before without a lot of personality. Lauren redesigned the staircase and replaced the wall-to-wall white carpeting and tile floors, among other things:
The Fireplace Wall:
The wall dividing the living room and kitchen was opened up, and a beautiful new fireplace now anchors the room:
The barstools look so much better in the new kitchen, don’t they?
Lauren and David have four young children. She says, “It’s not a big house at all, so we’ve employed some major organization and storage techniques to make it work for us, mainly in the form of built-ins, closet systems, and converting under-utilized spaces spaces into practical ones.”
View from the Upstairs Landing:
It’s just amazing how much bigger the living room looks now without the wall that used to separate it from the kitchen:
How fabulous is the long windowseat in the upstairs loft space?
There’s a small courtyard off the bedroom.
The Back of the House:
The house has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and about 2,400 square feet.
The listing says, “Impeccable, bright contemporary with dramatic lines, soaring ceilings, and newer systems. A designer’s dream on nearly one-acre lot. Every detail addressed with full remodel from top to bottom.”
“Exquisite details include a wooded cabana, wide plank white oak floors, reclaimed wood kitchen island, new flagstone patio, custom iron stair railings, wood plank ceiling in dining room, and a master bedroom courtyard with outdoor shower.”
Lauren says she may miss her outdoor shower most of all!
Her book Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating, will be out in October. Can’t wait to read it! You can preorder a copy here.
Thanks to Lauren for letting me share her home makeover with you. For more photos and information: Lauren’s blog and her Portfolio. I knew it wouldn’t last long, and it’s already under contract. It’ll be fun to see what she does with her next house! 🙂