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By Michelle Gringeri-Brown

Atomic Ranch Midcentury Interiors showcases the virtues of the preferred and ubiquitous ranch homes that sprang up around the state following international warfare II. It positive aspects the outstanding interiors of 8 homes, discusses successes and demanding situations, and indicates tips to reside stylishly. assistance are shared on colour, ground, window coverings, furnishings preparations, and the way off-the-shelf parts might be become customized gains. The householders’ tales clarify why those rooms paintings, and supply you with assets and ideas for every thing from storage doorways to the artwork at the wall.

Writer Michelle Gringeri-Brown and photographer Jim Brown put up the quarterly journal Atomic Ranch, which beneficial properties ranch houses equipped all throughout the US. they're the authors of Atomic Ranch: layout principles for classy Ranch houses and stay in Portland, Oregon, in a 1952 brick ranch.

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The front facade has some wild elements that invite a double take the first time you visit: purple exterior panels, decorative blue grillwork on the windows, and greenish-gold doors, all fabricated from aluminum. A simple side-gable ranch with pierced-brick privacy walls is transported to Wonderland—or at least Sinatra’s Las Vegas—with these colorful period embellishments. Inside, the posts and beams and the wood wall sections—all built on a 12' grid—are edged in aluminum, which gives a crisp, tailored appearance to the midcentury house.

Later, when carpeting was king, plywood subfloors were covered with neutral wall-to-wall. Sixties and ’70s modernist homes built on cement slabs still had resilient tile in the wet rooms (and sometimes throughout), but added cork and poured terrazzo to the mix. Joseph Eichler used exposed aggregate and later ceramic tile in his entries, while custom houses sometimes had wood parquet, sealed brick, or 12" ceramic tile; by and large, flooring was meant to flow from room to room and be unobtrusive.

With these solid foundations, the returning GIs and the millions who awaited them at home helped fuel the housing boom of the midcentury period. And that provides the context for the eight homes we feature here. Our 2006 book for Gibbs Smith, Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes, introduced the wide variety of postwar ranches and the historical roots of the style. And while our quarterly magazine explores these homes in more depth, we found that we wanted to dig even deeper into some exceptional examples, focusing on what makes their interiors so compelling while giving you ideas to apply to your own home.

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