Mid Century Modern Re-Envisioned

THINK CLEAN, OPEN AND AIRY WHEN DOWNSIZING YOUR LIFESTYLE

I recently had the opportunity to help my good friend Kevin Thomas, of Maine Home and Design and MAINE magazines with his single level mid century ranch.

Initially, all the usual preconceived notions of what mid century architecture is like come flooding into your brain. Then you begin to settle down and come to realize just what brilliance those designs really demonstrated. In this case, the house consists of three distinct living areas all on one level. This makes for the perfect down size from a larger home. The main areas for living, dining, and communal activities are on opposite ends of the house with private quarters for the owner and a bedroom wing on the other end, which is perfect for the teenagers and guests.

Working on this project opened my eyes to all the unique possibilities of style and function that these homes offer. They can be clean and modern, they can have touches of cottage style, a bit arts and crafts bungalow by nature gives you yet another possible direction. You can open up the ceilings for dramatic open span spaces or leave them flat for a more intimate human scale experience.

These types of houses often have long large hallways which offer you great opportunities for showing off art collections. Big wall expanses are available for book walls and fire place features.

By cleaning up the inside spaces and unifying them with a neutral color pallet we have opportunities to reintroduce many different, but complementary furniture pieces, including mid century accessories that so often look out of place and dated in other styles of homes. In this type of setting, the objects come to life in a eye-opening new way.

Think clean, open and airy when visualizing this type of home. And then think of all the possibilities to re-envision your home and life style.