Monday, November 23, 2009

the amazing atomic ranch

i have always had a thing for anything '60's or '70's. i'm not really sure why, but you could even ask my mom about this peculiarity. in 8th grade, i wore solely clothes from this era (my mom took me to thrift stores and even asked around to her friends about clothes they may have had left over from their teenage years), and have just always appreciated the colors (oranges, mustards, avocado greens, etc) and quirky styling of this bygone era. i wasn't alive during this time, so i don't know why it appeals to me so heavily; but for some reason, it does. 

anyway, enter the ranch-style home. 

here are some interesting facts about the ranch style house from "wikipedia:"

Ranch-style houses (also American ranchCalifornia ranchrambler or rancher) is a uniquely American domestic architectural style. First built in the 1920s, the ranch style was extremely popular in the United States during the 1940s to 1970s, as new suburbs were built for the Greatest Generation and later the Silent Generation. The style was exported to other nations and so is found in other countries.

The style is often associated with tract housing built during this period, particularly in the western United States, which experienced a population explosion during this period, with a corresponding demand for housing.

The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile, and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration. The houses fuse modernist ideas and styles with notions of the American Western period working ranches to create a very informal and casual living style. Their popularity waned in the late 20th century as neo-eclectic house styles, a return to using historical and traditional decoration, became popular. 

cool, huh? so the other day, i took jordan to the airport, and in order to escape the scary atlanta traffic, i put in my GPS to take backroads home, and it took me through the cutest little '60's/'70's ranch house neighborhood. i think i just love all the fun, weird details these homes have, and for some reason they seem really home-ey to me. i never lived in a house like this, but i would love to own one one day!

this room makes carpet look so chic! it'd be really disgusting to keep the original carpet though - that'd have to be replaced :)

how cute is this little garage?  i also love the placement of the fire place in front:
this is a photo of an updated ranch home in malibu...LOVE the pink rail, the handles on the door, and the plants in the in-ground planter.
i really love the see-through iron (i think it's iron? or maybe brick?) work on the front of this home, and the matching area where the little trees are planted:

cute roof!

it's also fun to think that all these homes have super-cool pools as well:
the uncommon color choices for this home are great. i always love a good, punchy door-color choice:
the tall windows to the left on this house are awesome! it looks like they are actually smaller windows within the big frame. i think i would like them better if they were giant windows inside those huge pillars. perfect for christmas tree placement! 
cute "shutters" and i like that tree to the left of them. 
again with the awesome pattern to the left. REALLY AWESOME.
so while most of my friends probably dream of giant traditional homes, or craftsman style homes, i shall continue to dream of long, flat ones with orange doors and giant brass handles. fortunately, one of the first conversations jordan and i had was about how he likes ranch homes, so maybe we will have one one day! and i hope it has an indoor planter for some cacti.


  1. We must be some sort of long lost sisters. I have been into those styles since a young age too! I was listening to Jimi Hendrix in the 4th grade and have no idea how i knew who he was.. ha
    Did you see the color splash episode where the couple has our same taste adn they redid their living room in the whole orange /brown/avacado vibe? It was awesome

  2. Some of the homes in your pictures look like Eichlers. There were many neighborhoods in California with Eichler homes. Check this out:

  3. LG- hah! that is funny. i did not see that color splash - i need to look it up, it sounds like just my thing. i always hate on those shows when someone has an awesome 60s or 70s house and they just haaate it and gut everything out, like their turquoise toilet. kills me. that's why i usually stay away from those shows!

    patty b- looks like you are right! they are soooo cute!

  4. i am so with you! i never want to live in a mcmansion. i would love any of these houses. maybe i need to move to atlanta... charlotte, nc has a shortage of awesome retro houses.

  5. You're not alone in longing for this type of home. I am as well. Which is how I came across your blog (searching for Atomic Age ranch homes). If you have collected information, etc. about them I would love to email you and get any bookmarks, etc. so I could add to my own research pile.

  6. loved ur blog...and ur (our) love for ranch wish for now is to live in a ranch for one day atleast...:P

  7. Jennifer WilliamsApril 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this style as well. My dream is to one day own an Eichler-esque ranch, but for now I have an 80's contemporary that's kinda reminiscent of the style. Most of the good ones don't catch on here in Louisiana, or were destroyed in Katrina. I hear there's a lot of MCM homes in ATL! Do you get Atomic Ranch magazine? I have every issue of that as well (see my comments on your post about Budget Living)thanks to the kind editors who sent me the lost ones that got soaked in Hurricane Katrina. I sent them photos to prove it, and they even ran a small piece about me! I am forever grateful to them. It's so great to find a great designer like you who loves the same things I do!

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