Design Feature: The Atomic Ranch – Mid Century Modern

mid century modern design

mid century modern design

I fall in and out of love with a lot of different styles of homes, my heart in this area is fickle indeed.  My most recent architectural crush is the ranch style home….not just any ranch, the Atomic Ranch. Mid century modern/atomic design is a type of architectural design and furniture design that began in the 1940′s and continued into the 1960′s.  The style is marked by simplicity, clean lines, organic lines and materials such as wood. The mid century/ atomic era design is gaining popularity and has quite a cult following.  There are multiple Flickr photography groups dedicated to documenting the designs features and many blogs of people that are enthusiasts that renovate this type of home.  There are mid century ranch homes sprinkled all over the Portland Oregon Metro area.  However, there is a good concentration in Argay Terrace, Russell, Cherry Park, Glendoveer and Wilkes neighborhoods and many amazing options in the West Hills. For the past 4 years, there has been a Street of Eames tour celebrating modern style homes in Portland (tickets sell out very quickly).  If you own a mid century modern and want to take it back to it’s original glam, consider furnishing it with wares from local retailers that specialize in this type of mod design such as: Janus Home, Noun, Lounge Lizard, and Shag.

P.S. the one I buy will have a daylight basement, 2 fireplaces….


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