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"Given the style's popularity these days, decorating a home in mid-century modern design isn't too difficult. The real question is, how far are you willing to go?" From "Getting the 'Mad Men' look: How far will you go?"

(Amanda Abrams Washington Post 2012-02-29)

In their new book, the duo gives tips from homeowners on using color, flooring, window treatments, and furniture arrangements to get the split-level, rambler, modern home, or traditional ranch stylishly ready for its closeup. (Rebecca Christian Traditional Home 2012-03-16)

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MIDCENTURY INTERIORS Michelle Gringeri-Brown Photographs by Jim Brown

“How can we fix up our boring, humdrum ranch house?”

Well, we’re glad you asked. Traveling from upstate New York to Washington, D.C., to San Mateo, California, and various places in between, we found eight great examples of ranch interiors sure to inspire. Flip through the pages of this book and you’ll find kitchens and baths that stand out from the crowd but are still at home in this modest architectural style. You’ll see how the judicious addition of the most inexpensive details can make your house look like a zillion bucks.

The homeowners of our featured homes share their tips on color, flooring, window coverings, furniture arrangements, and more. They turn off-the-shelf components into custom features and talk about both their successes and their challenges. But most importantly, they show how to live stylishly while still having a life. Like you, they have kids, pets, and jobs, and would trade a kitchen floor that doesn’t show muddy footprints for a white carpet any day. Their stories explain why these rooms work, and provide you with resources and ideas for everything from the garage door to the art on the wall.

Whether your taste runs to vintage originality or updated modern finishes, there are sure to be plenty of ideas within these pages that you can borrow for your own home, be it split-level, rambler, traditional ranch, or modernist. Come on inside the amazing Atomic Ranch house with us.

Writer Michelle Gringeri-Brown and photographer Jim Brown launched the quarterly magazine Atomic Ranch in 2004 to help call attention to the underappreciated ranch homes built all across postwar America. Since then, admiration for the charms of this era of housing has blossomed, and home tours, enthusiasts’ groups, and national preservation efforts have followed. The Atomic Ranch community meets on Facebook to discuss all things midcentury, including the name: “Atomic,” referring to the Atomic Age, and “Ranch,” for the architectural style.

Their first book, Atomic Ranch: Design Ideas for Stylish Ranch Homes, was published by Gibbs Smith in 2006. The couple’s work has previously appeared in automotive and shelter magazines. They live in Portland, Oregon, in a 1952 brick ranch.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423619315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423619314
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very disappointed - no where in the description did it say all pictures were in black and white. It's an interior design book. With black and white pictures. Completely useless. My bad for not reading all the reviews, never imagined that an interior design book wouldn't have color pictures.
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Ugly facsimile of the original with only black and white photo's. If I had seen in person would not have purchased. It is easy to read with nice bold print, but a book on interior design should have color photo's as the authors included in the original publication.
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Contents are good, but black and white illustrations (which are referred to as in color) and fonts are very hard to understand. Seemed more like a print of a PDF than a real book, and that was not clear from the description.
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By js on March 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Once again, a wonderful book that is a must-have for mid-century modern enthusiasts. There are eight homes featured in this book, all are great examples of mid-century style, yet each is very different than the next. It shows the diversity of the period.

Being the 2nd Atomic Ranch book, I do feel like this one leans a bit more towards the upscale luxury home than the first book. Although stunning and inspiring with jaw-dropping views and expanses of natural light, I do wish a couple more "working class heroes" had been featured. That said, my favorite house featured in this book is actually the most modest - a 1955 traditional ranch in Tulsa, OK. I feel that this house is such a familiar example that can be found pretty much anywhere in the country, a modest dream house that is within reach of many homeowners, rather than a gigantic McMansion with far too much square footage. This home feels like...well, *home*.

The book contains lots of useful tips. I will definitely use it as a reference when remodeling my own mid-century home. The bathroom fixture resources are particularly helpful, as it is difficult to find era-appropriate toilets, sinks, and faucets at your average big-box home store.

I do love that each home has a very different paint palette. Many mid-century homes seem to be stuck in a pink/yellow/turquoise pastel scheme, so I like that different bold options were featured, showing that personal taste and bold choices, as well as understated neutrals, and yes, period-appropriate pastels, will still all work well in these homes.

I'll continue to reference this book for inspiration throughout my own renovations. While I'll be dreaming about the 4,000+ square footer overlooking the mountains of Oregon, I'll be quite content with using the smaller, more traditional ranchers to influence my choices for my own cozy little MCM gem.
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My Northern California ranch house was built of redwood in 1947 and is clearly within the "Atomic Ranch" period. It still is a fun house to live in , but it works less well as a functional house.

Remember televisions, computers and forced-air conditioning which all required machines the size of Mac trucks during that era? These items took space and were clunky unless hidden from view. And rabbit ears for the television to broadcast. Very important, those rabbit ears. Couldn't disguise that antenna easily.

Enter "The Atomic Ranch;Midcentury Interiors" by Michelle Gringeri-Brown.

Great pictures of post-war homes, great suggestions for modernization without changing the home's essential style. And, a great coffee table book for those sunny afternoon coffee-klatches with your sewing guild. (You do remember those all girl gatherings don't you?)

Worth reading, worth owning and worth living with. Rather like those 1950s atomic ranch houses...practical and fun!
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A great book. We own a 1960s prairie-style house and looking through this book provided many different visions that, with minor changes, might be our house. Gave us some great ideas for decorating and furnishing. And my spouse picked a new exterior paint color (ash grey) to go with the red brick (trim is now sort of barn red). It is a fascinating cultural piece, looking at mostly elegant ranch-style homes of the 1950s and 1960s -- but for us it is also a very useful tool.
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For the paperback edition, read the reviews CAREFULLY before ordering! Pictures are small, low resolution, and in black and white. Poor quality, I received it as a gift from a family member and had to get on amazon because we thought the book was an unauthorized reproduction. Nope... It's the real thing.
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An eye-opening look on this niche of interior design and architecture, this book was a delightful surprise and a fun read. My only criticism is that many of the homes seem to run together; there is not quite as much diversity as I would have enjoyed seeing. However, if you have an interest in mid-century ranch homes, this is a good jumping off point and money well spent.
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