Why did you choose this house?
Marie: I fell in love at first sight! I immediately felt a connection to the house and knew it would be a place where many would gather—a creative community group. As I mentioned previously, one of our top reasons for choosing this house was there had been no renovations—it was a clean slate to bring back to life…Again, no crazy previous renovations from the ‘80s or ‘90s.
Dylan: Location was a large part of our decision to purchase the house. It is on the campus of Wake Forrest University. It is less than a mile walk from the church where I work. The neighborhood offers both cultural diversity and a high value on nature conservancy. Often, we will be drinking our morning coffee and tea and see wildlife cruising through our back yard—deer, foxes, and birds are quite common.
What drew you to mid-century modern style?
As a young child, I (Marie) would watch old movies from the 1950s–1960s with my grandmother. I fondly remember watching one particular movie, Auntie Mame, and falling in love with both the style of clothes and the designs in her NYC apartment. For the past 21 years, we have been looking for “The One!”
Tell us about a favorite memory here.
Marie: One of my favorite memories in our new home was the Mad Men–inspired birthday party I threw for Dylan’s birthday. Everyone dressed from the time period and brought a cocktail along with an appetizer inspired by the 1960s.
Dylan: Building community is an important part of who we are. We love to host gatherings at our home. Recently, Marie and I helped fund a documentary. When we received our early-release copy of the film, we decided to host an outdoor viewing party in our backyard for about 50 folks. The film is about American roots music and featured many of the music festivals we have attended over the years. After the film came to an end, we were inspired! Those who played grabbed instruments and had a two-hour jam session under the tall white oaks.
Tell us about a favorite feature or what you love most about this home.
We love our foyer. As you drive into our neighborhood / Wake Forest University you immediately recognize the beauty of nature. The window-walled foyer, offers the perfect transition from outside to inside—the perfect “power-down” experience.
What is your favorite detail (or details) in this home?
First of all, Marie is obsessed with encaustic cement tiles. We looked all over North Carolina / South Carolina trying to find these tiles and I could not find anything even close to the desired style we want to obtain for our bathrooms. So, we decided to purchase tile from another California-based company, Cle’ Tile. Although the price/shipping was way above budget, it is one of the most beautiful features in our home—definitely a work of art we get to walk on every day.